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InuYasha - Vol. 4: The Thunder Brothers

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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. Here, she must search the countryside with the demon dog Inuyasha for the … see full wiki

Release Date: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about InuYasha - Vol. 4: The Thunder Brothers

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  • May 1, 2006
Rating:
+5
Pros: Shippou/Inuyasha interaction, uniqueness of plots

Cons: (permanent con) 3 episodes per volume.

The Bottom Line: Might as well keep going now eh?

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

Well, well, well. Volume 4 and it looks like I’m on my own. No other reviews to keep mine company. Never did understand why one would stop in the middle of the series. After all, by now we’ve seen that Inuyasha might have some feelings for Kagome – and I of course want to see how that plays out, among other things.

General Info – Inuyasha is brought to you by the talented and creative Rumiko Takahashi. If you’re familiar with her famous Ranma ½ then by all means look into this series. Cartoon Network used to have Inuyasha on its Adult Swim, but no more. Instead the craze is focused on Naruto. The Inuyasha series is a total of 167 episodes with a mere 3 episodes per DVD, and once you’re in, it’s really hard to get out. Yeah, I know. 3 per DVD = Dumb Idea, but that was Viz’s decision, so oh well.

It’s a little late to turn back now. We’ve hit the episode 10 mark and been introduced to a third main character. Back out now and trust me, you’re missing out on a lot of Inuyasha goodness. I mean, you could, but why would you? Again, I don’t quite get the title of this volume, as the Thunder Brothers only get one episode in it. Oh well.

Episode 10: Things are going badly for Inuyasha, Kagome, and Shippou against Hiten and Manten. Inuyasha can’t take on both brothers at once, and Kagome and Shippou just aren’t strong enough to take on one. What’s a dog demon to do? Help may come from some unexpected places.

Episode 11: After all this crazy demon excitement, Kagome still has a mind to think of the exams she has to take in her real time. Except now there’s a small problem. The active Shikon shards she carries with her have woken up a nasty demon in her time, confusing everyone and landing Kagome’s grandfather in the hospital. It isn’t long before the demon is after Kagome and the shards she carries, but what will she do without Inuyasha?

Episode 12: Some people may not like this episode, but I found it rather interesting. Kagome, now that the other demon has been dealt with, can go back to her normal life. Or so she thinks. Suddenly she finds she is able to see a small girl – who also happens to be dead. This baffles Kagome until she realizes the girl is the sister of a boy in the hospital named Satoru. Apparently the little girl died in the fire that put Satou in the hospital, and she is very, very angry. If Kagome doesn’t help, the spirit that helps children pass on will open its eyes completely and perform its other function – to take evil children to hell before they become demons.

Animation – grand! The countryside Kagome finds herself surrounded by is lush and green with open fields of grasses and wildflowers, mountains in the distance. Colors are bright and vibrant; the difference between modern and feudal Japan is well done. The addition of Shippou brings an element of cuteness and fun into the show, and I just love the interaction between Shippou and Inuyasha. The cutest thing about Shippou – I adore his little fox feet. Yes, that’s right. He’s got adorable feet. Just look at them! Tell me they’re not cute…

Music – fun times! I’m not the biggest fan of the opening song, “Change the World” by V6, but I still think they’ll switch it up later. The ending song, however, I am a fan of. Do yourself a favor and find “My Will” by Dream. I often listen to it. They’re both upbeat and in Japanese…well, “My Will” is completely anyway, maybe that’s partially why I don’t like “Change the World” so much – random English tossed into a Japanese song throws me off sometimes. As for the instrumental stuff, well, let’s just say it’s very nice, gets even better over time, and makes for great soft stuff to fall asleep too (been doin’ it for years actually ^_~).

And Voices! Japanese is great of course. Love Kappei Yamaguchi and Richard Ian Cox as Inuyasha, the young, snarling puppy – kudos to them both for portraying him well. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to pick one VA over another. I admit though I like both Kagomes, I prefer her Japanese version, but as for Sesshoumaru, his English VA, David Kaye, is perfect. I prefer it over the Japanese version by just *eensy* bit. I enjoy both Jakens and then there’s Shippou! I’m kind of torn there too, actually. Shippou is cute both in Japanese and English. I realize I’ve forgotten to mention Myouga – I prefer his Japanese version, it sounds less forced and works much better for his character. As for everyone else (demons and such), I’m pretty versatile. A lot of these VAs are seasoned and have a lot of experience, so it’s not like we’re getting a bunch of rough talent here. I always like to hope that people keep that in mind before they go judging books by the cover.

The series moves along at a fairly quick pace, different stories popping up when an episode doesn’t lead into another one, such as #s 11 and 12. Even so, they don’t seen to drag out too much, just nice, self-contained little stories. Stuff I can’t do (curse my short-story writing ability!)

Final thoughts? Learn something new every episode…

Episodes in this Volume:
Episode 10: Phantom Showdown- The Thunder Brothers vs. Tetsusaiga
Episode 11: Terror of the Ancient Noh Mask
Episode 12: Soul Piper and the Mischievous Little Soul

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Note: Yes, I know they spell it “Sesshomaru” but I’m just used to spelling it the Japanese way – the “o” is long, which makes for an extra Japanese character, designated as the “u.” So I use the Romanization. The same goes for Myouga and Shippou (though I was actually torn on him because I’ve seen it so many times both ways). If you hate it, sorry. It’s habit and technically not really wrong… So again, nyah. XP

Earlier Inuyasha Volumes:
Volume 1: Down the Well
Volume 2: A Girl’s Best Friend
Volume 3: Fathers and Sons

Future Inuyasha Volumes:
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
Volume 20: Fathers and Sons
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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