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InuYasha - The Movie 2: The Castle Beyond The Looking Glass

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This film begins with the killing of Nakaru, Inuyasha's biggest enemy. With Nakaru out of the picture, Inuyashu and his friends can return to living their regular lives. However, little time passes before they are swept back up in another battle. … see full wiki

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Inuyasha - OSUWARI!

  • May 1, 2006
Pros: Hehe…I love anime.

Cons: Took a little time to get rolling.

The Bottom Line: 21 and still watching cartoons – thank goodness for anime!

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

So I decided that I needed more anime. I’d seen Inuyasha before on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim and thought it was fun. And so, like with any anime series, they decided to make a movie…or two…or three. But we’re only going to focus on one today.

Here we have The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass. It’s the second movie of the three (the third apparently is not released here in the US…but I'm working on that). You want a summary? Okay. However, if you don’t know anything about Inuyasha, then I suggest going around and looking at some of the series first because there is definitely some background info you’d have to know in order to know certain things that are going on in this movie.

With the death of Naraku, everyone can finally sit back and relax. Sango can find her brother Kohaku, Miroku is finally free of his curse, and Inuyasha can continue his quest to become a full demon without having to bother with Naraku anymore. Kagome goes between worlds less and less, only needing to return in order to help the others recover the Shikon shards…but other than that, how much longer does she need really to be there?

Even Kagura and Kanna are free and wander about without having to obey Naraku anymore. But instead of kicking back, Kanna leads Kagura to a strange mirror. Trapped inside this mirror is a woman named Kaguya – and she wants to get out (of course). In order to do so, Kagura and Kanna must find five special items and drop them into the five lakes around Mt. Fuji. Ironically enough, one of these happens to be the “Robe of the Fire Rat” – Inuyasha’s robe.

Once Kaguya awoke from her time in the mirror, a full moon has been appearing every night – something that has not gone unnoticed by Kagome and the others. A few scuffles and five objects later, Kaguya is free from her mirror and ready to wreak havoc upon the world. But nothing now is what it seems – Kaguya’s world is a world of darkness and mirrors. What awaits the group inside her Castle Beyond the Looking Glass? Well, there’s only one way to find out…and what’s inside might be the last thing you ever expected.

I’m an anime freak and I enjoy Inuyasha because it’s one of the fun shows to watch. There is swearing and blood, but it’s not excessive. There’s a lot going on in this movie, and just like anything to do with Inuyasha, a few pretty goofy parts – like when Inuyasha visits Kagome in her time and encounters a photo booth. Then there’s Miroku, who is still a freak, trying to hook up with Sango in less than smooth ways, but that’s to be expected from him. There’s some good action in the beginning, but from there it’s a little slow. Actually a lot of the movie is sort of slow, but it gets pretty interesting near the end. The surprise goodies you get there makes up for anything else that may have bored you, because they did so for me. The idea itself is pretty original too, because, after all, how many times can you kill a demon, get a Shikon shard, and then do whatever the rest of the time? Kaguya didn’t even have a Shikon shard, so there ya go.

Sub vs. Dub: Actually, this is one of the few anime series that actually does a good job with the dubbing. Naturally, I will always prefer subtitles over English voices, but I really think that they did a good job here with their English actors. They actually seem pretty similar and work really well with the characters – I can even pick out a few that I’ve heard before in other shows who usually do a darn good job. …Subs are still better though (especially if you’re studying Japanese). Hehe.

I do recommend this movie, if anything, for the little scene that occurs near the end between Inuyasha and Kagome…


Oh, and FYI, "Osuwari" means "sit" - it's what Kagome yells to keep Inuyasha in check (or just because).

Other Inuyasha Movies:
InuYasha The Movie 1: The Love That Transcends Time
InuYasha The Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler

The Inuyasha TV Series:
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
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


Viewing Format: DVD
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older

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