Affections Touching Across Time is the first of four movies released for the Inuyasha franchise. In the film, Inuyasha, Kagome, and their friends must defeat Menomaru, the reawakened son of Hyoga (a powerful moth yokai that Inuyasha's father had defeated two hundred years earlier).
The animation in the film is a little different than the anime series, because the character designs in the film more closely resemble the characters' manga counterparts. There is also some use of computer animation in the movie. Unfortunately, the CG that was used stands out like a sore thumb compared to the rest of the film. However, the CG really needed to be used where it was (the shots of the Tree of Ages), because 2D animation would have been more limiting for what the filmmakers were trying to portray.
There are some bonus features on the DVD. While I was happy to see that the original Japanese trailers for the film were included, I was disappointed that English subtitles weren't included; without the English subtitles, the Japanese trailers were rather awkward for me to watch. There are also some character line art sketches included in the extras. There is also a 35-minute piece that appears to be a promotional piece that aired on Japanese television before the release of the film, which recaps what happened in the Inuyasha television series prior to the film.
Overall, I thought the film was rather well-done. Clock in at 100 minutes, it was just the right length to tell the story that the filmmakers wanted to tell. This DVD is a definite "must-have" for any Inuyasha fan.
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The firstInu-Yashatheatrical feature plays like an extended episode of the popular television series. Kagome, Inu-Yasha, Shippo, Miroku, and Sango are pitted not against Naraku, but against the moth-demon Menomaru, who was awakened by a falling shard from the enchanted Shikon Jewel. Menomaru seeks to recapture the power of his father Hyoga, who was defeated by Inu-Yasha's father when Hyoga came to Japan "from the continent" (i.e., during the Mongol invasion of 1274). Only the combined power of Kagome's arrows and Inu-Yasha's sword Tetsusaiga can defeat this mighty demon.Affections Touching Across Timeis unusually handsome for a feature based on a broadcast series: When snow falls on Kagome's 20th-century home, the designers evoke the prints of Kawase Hasui. Unfortunately, the images have been compressed to fit the TV format, and there's no widescreen option. Still, it's a must-have forInu-Yashafans. (Unrated: suitable for ages 13 and older: violence, grotesque imagery)--Charles Solomon