Season 1 Episode 8

The Toad Who Would Be Prince

Aired Saturday 11:00 PM Oct 19, 2002 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

On their search for Shikon jewel shards, Inuyasha and Kagome come across Amari Nobunaga, who is on a search and rescue mission for his beloved Princess Tsuyu.

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  • Inuyasha and Kagome run across a young man by the name of Nobunaga. They learn that he is on his way to rescue his beloved princess from the grips of a deranged master, and they decide to lend a hand.moreless

    This episode was interesting. The most important part was the development of Inuyasha's character. This was really the first time we see Inuyasha make some personal progress aside from his usual lust for fighting and spilling blood. The plot of the episode was also entertaining, but definitely served more as a platform for Inuyasha to show a different side of himself; to show compassion, not only to the viewer, but also to Kagome. Overall, a very good episode.moreless
  • a toad, i love frogs!

    I liked this episode. It was funny and I always like when a show makes me laugh. The toad talked funny and I like the guy that was in this one, but he looked like a girl! I thought that was what it was and then I found out it was a guy! I was like ew, his monkey was really cute though and I thought it was funny the things it did and the way the princess was like ‘you have a monkey on your head’. It was funny when he was surprised that Kagome knew that he liked the girl. Any how I liked that inuyasha was angry cuz he couldn’t kill the toad. It sucks that she ended up with the lame looking prince. I didn’t like the sword how it could just know to get small, I’d like to see him try to use it when he cant. But yes I liked this episode.moreless
  • Inuyasha and Kagome meet a young man going to rescue his true love who is married to a mysterious man of questionable character.

    I really do not like this ep and the only thing that I can really say positive about it is the fact that there are a few Inuyasha / Kagome moments in it and the fact that it is in the Inuyasha series in general. It does not have anything that is really important in it as far as new characters or information is concerned, but it is not a total waste of time for most people who are getting started with the series. In all I can say that it was just written for comic relief for the series and to show a mild adventure Kagome and Inuyasha must cope with.moreless
  • This episode is about a frog prince who is keeping captive a young princess. So Inuyasha and Kagome go to save her.They meet up with Nobunaga who also wants to save the princess so all three save her, but in the end the frog prince was really her husband.moreless

    I think that this episode is pretty go. When I was five years old, I think, I watched this episode. So then after that I never forgot about it. When I was little it always scared me how that frog would suck out souls of young maidens. That was my first Inuyasha episode. When I first saw it I didn't even know it was Inuyasha until six years later when I bought the DVD. Its hard to believe that six years it was still aired. It's still hard to belaive that the series is now over. I was so upset on how the series ended.moreless
  • A series classic full of retardedness!

    Amari Nobunaga! A classic messup for the whole family! Come and enjoy the retardedness of a love-struck person. Princess Tsuyu...has problems. She's in love with a toad...a toad...!! A freakin toad! A ugly toad might I add. episode! Props...for...the retardedness...!!! ^-^
Paul Dobson

Paul Dobson

Toad Demon (E)

Guest Star

Andrew Francis

Andrew Francis

Tsuyu's Lord (E)

Guest Star

Jillian Michaels (I)

Jillian Michaels (I)

Princess Tsuyu (E)

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • This episode has the first appearance of Inuyasha's sheath. It was later revealed that the sheath was made from Boku'seno's body but it was never explained how Inuyasha received it.

    • The monkey on Amari Nobunga's head wasn't mentioned by the other characters until Princess Tsuyu notices it.

    • Running Gag: At the beginning and end of this episode, while sitting on a hill outside the castle, Inuyasha tells Amari Nobunaga "I wouldn't go that way if I were you," and Nobunaga falls down the steep side of the hill.

    • Notice that Kagome pulls out a bag of dog food for Inuyasha (while she is giving food to Nobunaga), asking him if he wants to eat it, because she's tired of carrying it around. Very funny bit, considering that Inuyasha is half-human and we only see him eat regular food.

  • QUOTES (8)

  • NOTES (4)


    • The episode title is a rewording of the 1975 film: The Man Who Would Be King.

    • Kagome: Oda Nobunaga

      June 23, 1534 - June 21, 1582
      An important daimyo (warlord) of the Sengoku period, and one who is considered to be one of the most influential people in Japanese history. He was the third son of a daimyo named Oda Nobuhime. In 1551, his father died suddenly, and Nobunaga became his successor. By 1559, he had claimed and unified the Owari province, and by 1568, became dictator of central Japan. With the help of his general Toyotomi Hideyoshi and ally Tokugawa Ieyasu, he was able to unify most of Japan except for the north and west. He changed the way that war was fought in Japan, and had created one of the most modernized forces at that time, with firearms, pikes and ironclad ships. He was the first of three unifiers in the Sengoku period, the other two being his general and ally. Under Nobunaga's rule, free trade became encouraged and a great amount of castle building began. He was on his way to gaining the entire unification of Japan, when in 1882, one of his generals named Akechi Mitsuhide betrayed Nobunaga, and forced him into committing seppuku (a form of ritual suicide) in Honnoji, Tokyo. Mitsuhide had blamed Nobunaga for the murder of his mother. Mitsuhide then claimed Nobunaga's domain, but only for a short time. About eleven days later, he was defeated by Nobunaga's general, Hideyoshi. The unification of Japan was later completed by Hideyoshi and Ieyasu.
      (from Wikipedia)