Inuyasha

Season 1 Episode 12

The Soul Piper and the Mischievous Little Soul

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Aired Saturday 11:00 PM Nov 16, 2002 on Cartoon Network
9.2
out of 10
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Kagome helps a troubled ghost move on.

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  • A great emotional roller coaster ride.

    9.9
    The episode is about Kagome helping out a lost soul who is bitter because she thinks her mother didn't care for her when she died in the fire. Now that the soul-piper is opening his eyes, she is closer and closer to going to hell. Can Kagome help this lost soul from being dragged into the depths of hell? This was an unusual episode because it is rare that the show deals with this type of emtional stuff. I think it was a nice break from the search of the shards. I recommend this episode to people who like tearjerker episode. If not, don't watch it.moreless
  • While Kagome spends more time in her own time period, she notices that a mischievous girl is causing trouble towards other people. Kagome finds out that she is a ghost and that the child was called Maiyu. Eventually, Kagome settles Maiyu down after Maiyumoreless

    10
    This is one of the greatest episodes I have seen. (To be completely honest, I never cried). Personally, I decided to rewrite the episode by adding myself into the story. I play a classmate to Kagome (an exchange student from America) and I am self-aware of her adventures with Inuyasha.
  • This episode made me sad a little girl was killed in a fire and her soul has not left yet She is very mad and resentful because she thinks nobody cares about her dying but she very wrong and just needs some help and thats were Kagome comes into plamoreless

    10
    In this one we see Kagome try very hard to help the soul of this poor child whos been killed in a fire the little girl put her mittens on the heater and that is what started the fire that put her younger brother in a coma and killed her she was hiding in the closet. Now the girls soul has stayed behind and is reeking havic on her brother who is still in a coma, she is only doing this because she thinks that her mother is glad that she is dead witch is the total oposite. The little girl has no yet crossed over yet witch is making the soul pipper mad. Its up to Kagome to help this girl or the soul pipper will send the child stright to hell. Can she save this girl or is this child's soul doomed.moreless
  • A young girl's soul is at risk of being pulled down into hell unless she realizes that her mother did not intentionally let her burn in a fire, while saving her little brother.moreless

    9.5
    This episode was very sad and emotional. An innocent little girl who has held onto so much hatred after her life was ended due to an accident comes close to being forever tormented in hell. Kagome cannot let that fate be thrown onto Mayu and does everything she can to help rid her of her hate and make sure she makes it to the right place, even when Mayu refuses her help and even tries to hurt her.



    Shippou spots a strange looking demon playing a flute. Myoga informs them that it is the soul piper. The soul piper is a demon that plays a flute to entertain small children passing over after death to make it easier for them, keep them company, and help them make it to heaven. The demon keeps it's eyes closed. However, if the demon's eyes ever open, the soul piper will throw a soul into the depths of hell.



    Kagome is out with her friends watching the kids pop fireworks when she notices a mischievous little girl setting of fireworks deliberately, scaring and disappointing the other children. Kagome runs after her to ask her why she did what she did. The little girl responds by asking Kagome if she can see her. The little girl snapped at Kagome and then disappeared. The little girl was a ghost. Kagome's friends finally catch up and ask who she was talking too. Kagome looked puzzled and replied that it was nobody.



    Later, Kagome takes Sota to visit a friend of his who was hospitalized after a fire and has remained unconcious ever since. He lost his sister in the fire, and his mother visits him everyday. While at the hospital, Kagome saw the same little girl inside of the room where Sota's friend resided. She caused an accident and disappeared again. The little girl turned out to be Mayu, the little sister that was lost in the fire.



    There is a flashback where it shows good and bad times between Mayu and her mother. Mayu always thought her mom liked her brother more than her. One day, she came home and hung her scarf over a stove. She then decided to play a trick on her mother, and hid in the closet to make her worry about her. However, unknowingly, her hanging scarf fell in on the stove and the house was set ablaze. Her mother came home and rescued her brother, but didn't save Mayu. Her mother thought she wasn't in the house and didn't know she was hiding in the closet. Mayu died in the fire, and came back as a spirit full of hatred towards her mother.



    Soon, the soul piper had opened it's eyes completely and began to drag Mayu into hell. InuYasha could not pass the barrier that lead to where Mayu was, so Kagome had to save Mayu on her own. Upon finding Mayu, she found her in the illusion of the fire that took her life a while ago. Mayu finally got to see what had happened and realized that her mother didn't leave her in the closet on purpose. Kagome pulled her from the chains and Mayu began to beg her mother for forgiveness. Her hatred descipated, and the pits to hell was closed.



    Mayu bid her mother and Kagome a final farewell in the summer kimono her mother was making for her when she was still alive. She followed the soul piper, eyes now closed, into the sky and disappeared into the night.moreless
  • A great filler episode. Loved the "get out of the well chant" and "the sacred rice wine". ^-^

    10
    Soul Piper is a round, whiteish demon, and has a yellow pipe that it plays. It plays with dead children's souls until it's eyes open or they are leaving to a place in the sky. But if it opens it's eyes, the soul goes to hell. When open, there will be a vortex to hell. The Soul Piper is also known as Tatari Mokke.



Chantal Strand

Chantal Strand

Mayu (E)

Guest Star

Ayaka Saito

Ayaka Saito

Mayu (J)

Guest Star

Shinobu Satoru

Shinobu Satoru

Mayu's Mother(J)

Guest Star

Akiko Nakagawa

Akiko Nakagawa

Sota (J)

Recurring Role

Yuji Ueda

Yuji Ueda

Hojo (J)

Recurring Role

Ginzo Matsuo

Ginzo Matsuo

Grandpa (J)

Recurring Role

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