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Answer: InuYasha is a shonen (for young men) manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. It premiered on Weekly Shonen Sunday in November 1996 and ran for 12 years. It was adapted into a 167 episode anime series, animated by Sunrise Company, which aired from 2000 through 2004. The final 26 episodes, or the Final Act episodes, aired in 2009.