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InuYasha - Vol. 20: Curse Of The Dark Priestess

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When 15 year-old Kagome Higurashi falls down a well she finds herself magically transported to medieval Japan, a place where the countryside is inhabited by demons and goblins. Before long, she encounters a demon named Inuyasha, a dog who has been pinned … see full wiki

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1 review about InuYasha - Vol. 20: Curse Of The Dark Priestess

There are way too many demons in feudal Japan...

  • May 1, 2006
Rating:
+5
Pros: More interesting story ideas...

Cons: *sigh* Still only 3...

The Bottom Line: The adventure! The excitement! The suspense!

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

For a while I simply accepted the whole 3 episodes per volume thing, and though you can get the series in sections of seasons now, I really wish they had at least put 4 on a volume. I’d like to know their exact reason for picking 3. There’s starting to be a pattern where the concluding episode of a 2-3 episode story is cut off – so then you feel even more compelled to get the next volume. It’s a little annoying, but there’s not much choice. (unless of course you just go buy the box sets for each series, haha)

F.Y.I.Inuyasha is brought to you by the talented and creative Rumiko Takahashi, who is also well-known for Ranma ½. If you are new to Inuyasha, don’t start here. It’s a bad idea. You wouldn’t have a clue of what is going on. Scroll to the bottom of this review and choose Volume 1. If you’re a parent and have no idea what you are looking for, I suggest you get help from your children, but if you’re just perusing around, by all means, forge ahead. Inuyasha is a series with a total of 167 episodes with only 3 episodes per DVD. Such was that decision made by Viz to get the episodes out to the public faster.

Episode 58: Inuyasha is trapped between a rock and a hard place. Almost literally. His new-moon problem obviously makes things worse, and it’s amazing that he wasn’t killed in the last episode. He spots something that shows him Kagome has been there – but now he has no idea what’s become of her and demands Toukajin tell him. What to do? Inuyasha needs the sun to come up, Kagome, Shippou, and Miroku need to find a way to escape the box, and then they need to kill Toukajin and destroy the Nimenka Tree. It’s going to be a tough job.

Episode 59: The whole time everyone else has been dealing with Toukajin and the Nimenka Tree, Sango has been working on her Hiraikotsu in her old village, Kirara at her side. As she sits at the graves of her people, someone throws a rock at her. How not nice is that? It turns out to be two sisters who beg Sango to take them on as apprentices in order to defeat the demons invading their town. Sango refuses, as it takes years to become a demon hunter, but decides to teach them some basic ideas they can use. However, at night she finds out these girls aren’t all they seem, and learns something about herself and her past in the end.

Episode 60: Naraku, endless plans up his sleeves, sends Kagura out to find Tsubaki, also known as the Dark Priestess. The deal is simple – Tsubaki gets the nearly completed Shikon Jewel in exchange for killing Kagome (and anyone else who gets in the way). Sounds simple enough to Tsubaki, whether or not Naraku warns her about Kagome being Kikyo’s reincarnation. Tsubaki’s plan is to curse Kagome, make her kill Inuyasha and then let her die. The plan appears to be solid, but perhaps she should have listened to Naraku a little more.

Highlights and Issues:
Peach man? There are no peaches involved…so yeah, no comment on that. Yeesh. I’d like to know a little something about Inuyasha in his human form – is he totally human? Because if he is I’m pretty sure he’d need intensive care after the last episode. Maybe he’s just super-human. Not as strong as his half-demon self, but still stronger than a usual human. That’s really the only answer, as unsatisfying as it is. And if I were Kagome, I would have totally freaked out on Toukajin for what he did - dump me in a vat of stuff like that? No way - I would have looked for a bow and arrows and shot him so fast... I’m excited about the Tsubaki arc, because I always dig on situations Kagome and Inuyasha now find themselves in. I suppose I have an evil streak, but I like the tension it brings in, and it also helps show just how much the two care for each other.

The Usual:
Animation – the animation is awesome. It’s not going to stop being awesome unless the animators suddenly get lazy and start drawing stick figures. But I doubt that because we still have over 100 episodes to go, so that must mean everyone still liked it beyond this point, otherwise I’m sure it would have been cancelled over in Japan. Great use of character design, color, detail (I’m always a fan of detail when it comes to anime – the more the better – we don’t do enough of it here in the US, so sad), and always the facial expressions. Gotta love anime facial expressions.

Music – magical! The opening song is “I Am” by Hitomi Yaida. It’s all right, but her voice is just too high pitched for me to really enjoy it. It’s a good song, but not one of my favorites. The ending song, “Dearest” by Ayumi Hamasaki is a very nice piano and gentle instrument piece, soft and serene. It almost seems to reflect the strained love between Kagome and Inuyasha, or the trials that all their companions have been through and have yet to go through. Very expressive. I approve this song. Instrumental background music done by Kaoru Wada within the show is always good, a lot of the same themes, but they always work well wherever they’re placed. Piano and gentle string themes, such as Kagome and Inuyasha’s songs of when they’re together make for great soft stuff to fall asleep to.

Voices! Japanese is great of course. English; as pleasing as the Japanese. As you can see from the little compiled list below, I’m not always biased toward the Japanese version. It just depends upon the script and who they hire for voices. Sometimes they do a good job and I prefer the English version. Then there are times like this, when I just can’t decide…

Inuyasha – love both VAs, and am unable to pick a favorite. Perfect characterization.
Kagome – enjoy both, but prefer Satsuki Yukino for Japanese version.
Sesshoumaru – I *love* David Kaye for the English version, but just barely over the Japanese VA
Shippou – both are totally cute, and I cannot choose a favorite
Jaken – they both crack me up, prefer Japanese just a *bit* over the English one
Kikyo – definitely prefer the Japanese version, just seems to fit better
Miroku – both VAs are very good, very similar, and I can’t pick a favorite
Naraku – the evil guy, done very well by all VAs (2 Japanese, 1 English), no favorites, though they have different qualities, they’re all good.
Sango – both are very good, though I do have a slight preference for the Japanese version
Kirara – no actual voice here, but I like the sound effects chosen to represent her, such as the snarling jaguar noise in her fired up form, and then the little squeak of a mew in her adorable little form.
Kouga – English favorite hands down, but Japanese is still cool. I just love Scott McNeil.
Everyone else, such as Souta, Kagome’s mother, grandfather, Myouga, Kaede, Kohaku, and demons involved are well done. Kaede would be better if she weren’t speaking in medieval English all the time (“Ye?”), but that’s blame on the scriptwriters.

Note to Parents: There is some language, some implied nudity, a lot of violence, blood, and dead people are involved. Some of the demons themselves are pretty creepy looking and do some bizarre things. Hey, demons are demons. You’re the parent; you decide.

Episodes in this Volume:
Episode 58. Fateful Night in Togenkyo, Part Two
Episode 59. Beautiful Sister Apprentices
Episode 60. The 50-Year Curse of the Dark Priestess

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Earlier Inuyasha Volumes:
Volume 1: Down the Well
Volume 2: A Girl’s Best Friend
Volume 3: Fathers and Sons
Volume 4: The Thunder Brothers
Volume 5: Secret of the New Moon
Volume 6: Deadly Liaisons
Volume 7: Face of the Enemy
Volume 8: Kikyo’s Wandering Soul
Volume 9: Origin of the Sacred Jewel
Volume 10: Scars of Battle
Volume 11: Into the Miasma
Volume 12: Swords of Destiny
Volume 13: Den of Wolves
Volume 14: The Wind and the Void
Volume 15: Broken Fang
Volume 16: Heart of the Beast
Volume 17: Shattered Memories
Volume 18: The Demon Within
Volume 19: The Way to Wisdom

Future Inuyasha Volumes:
Volume 21: Double Trouble
Volume 22: The True Face Of Evil
Volume 23: Wicked Clutches
Volume 24: Severed Identities
Volume 25: Crimson Blade
Volume 26: Curse of Generations
Volume 27: Brothers In Arms
Volume 28: Promise of the Past
Volume 29: Castle of Evil
Volume 30: Monkey Business
Volume 31: Duplicates and Dilemas
Volume 32: Glow of the False Jewel
Volume 33: Unexpected Encounters
Volume 34: Children of Snow

Inuyasha Movies:
Movie 1: Affections Touching Across Time
Movie 2: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass
Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler

Recommended:
Yes

Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Better than Watching TV
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older

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