Season 1 Episode 8

The Toad Who Would Be Prince

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • Kagome: So you are in love with the princess. I knew it!
      Nobunaga: You could tell?
      Kagome: It was supposed to be a secret?

    • Myoga: Kagome, toxic fumes--very dangerous.
      Kagome: I kinda figured that.

    • Nobunaga: (to monkey) So, what'd you bring me this time? (pulls bra from Kagome's clothes) Hey! This isn't food!

    • Kagome: (to Inuyasha) That's Oda Nobunaga. Hello, didn't you study history?
      Myoga: Well, actually my dear, that's not what the signature says.
      Kagome: Amari Nobunaga? But I thought you were Oda Nobunaga!

    • Inuyasha: Well, how 'bout it. You want I should kill him yet?

    • Kagome: He's an "idjit" alright

    • Myoga: My, my, Lord Inuyasha, you seem not to be able to resist either.

    • Tsuyu: Oh, Nobunaga.
      Nobunaga: Princess Tsuyu.
      Tsuyu: Uh, Nobunaga?
      Nobunaga: Yes, Princess Tsuyu?
      Tsuyu: Nobunaga, there's a monkey on your head!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • 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)