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InuYasha - Vol. 23: Wicked Clutches

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When 15 year-old Kagome Higurashi falls down a well, she finds herself magically transported to medieval Japan, a place inhabited by demons and goblins. Here, she must search the countryside with the half human-half demon dog Inuyasha for the sacred … see full wiki

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1 review about InuYasha - Vol. 23: Wicked Clutches

Inuyasha - when you don't wanna do anything else.

  • May 1, 2006
Pros: Always.

Cons: 3 eps. per vol.

The Bottom Line: It is good for a rainy day. Know why? Cuz it's raining right now.

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

Once again I’m reviewing Inuyasha when I should be doing something else – hey, my laundry’s done!

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 67: Kagura’s decision backfires on her, and she finds herself at a loss of what to do when Kouga and the others catch up with her again. Kouga wants his Shikon shards back, and Inuyasha wants to fight despite his present state. Kagura makes some interesting finds and so makes one more decision that might be her last hope.

Episode 68: Duel! At least, that’s what the letter Shippou receives demands of him. It seems Souten of the Thunder Beast family wants to fight Shippou one on one. This doesn’t make much sense to the others, but they plan to help him, even though Shippou claims he doesn’t need any help (though he certainly does need assistance when it comes to even walking in the direction of the duel). However, things are not all as they appear, and Souten is (almost) a mastermind planner.

Episode 69: Once more Kagome goes home to take some tests and attempt to catch up in school. Her friends poke and prod her about her “boyfriend” and I think Kagome finally got annoyed with them enough to just start bringing up other people after accidentally mentioning Kouga (like Miroku and him asking her to bear his child like he does with everyone). Rewinding to the feudal era, Naraku seems to have an ugly problem on hand – or in his arm. Either way he unleashes another part of himself, which turns into a faceless man who (naturally) starts looking for faces to use. There’s also something else he wants, but he can’t seem to grasp what it is – until he sees Kagome.

Highlights and Issues:
You know, I never really thought about it before until Inuyasha mentioned it in #67. Everyone always makes him stay hidden and not fight (mostly to preserve his secret), but he’s frustrated that everyone else he fights with is human and he doesn’t want to suddenly be weak because he’s human. Good point – half the time I forget that everyone he fights with are (almost) regular humans. Then there’s Kagura and sometimes I wonder why she ever thought to fight Inuyasha and the others (aside from being forced to by Naraku), because if she wants her freedom, she should let them get away with as much as possible. And if I were her, my reply to Sesshoumaru would be, “Well technically I’m betraying him right now so what do you think of that?” I’d be pretty mad at Kanna too – way to turn traitor sis…unless Naraku made her, then that’s different.

The Shippou thing was cute and really amusing, especially Miroku’s antics and when Inuyasha was dealing with Koryuu, though I don’t see why Kagome got all starry-eyed over Souten – Shippou and Kirara are definitely cuter. And man, those kids can draw better than I can.

Oh, silly me, I forgot to mention way back at #61 – the ending song has changed to another favorite of mine, “Every Heart” by BoA. I like this one a lot, it’s upbeat but not too peppy and I really love the chorus parts – I’ve managed to make out enough of the words to even sing along to it, haha. Also, #65 the opening theme also changed to “Owarinai Yume” by Aikawa Nanase. It rocks out right away, so be sure your speakers aren’t too loud or you might scare yourself. Haha, I kinda jumped because I hadn’t been expecting the change. It’s fast with lots of drums and guitar and quite foot-tapping if you ask me. Both songs are sung by females and are nice (not too high this time, hehe). I read at a reliable website that the series used some of the popular songs at the time in Japan for the openings and endings. I approve of the idea. I like a lot of what they’ve had.

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.

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 67. Howling Wind of Betrayal
Episode 68. Shippo Gets an Angry Challenge
Episode 69. Terror of the Faceless Man


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
Volume 20: Fathers and Sons
Volume 21: Double Trouble
Volume 22: The True Face Of Evil

Future Inuyasha Volumes:
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


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older

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