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InuYasha - Vol. 24: Severed Identities

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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 demon dog Inuyasha for the sacred "Jewel of Four … see full wiki

Release Date: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about InuYasha - Vol. 24: Severed Identities

Heh, Naraku has multiple personalities...

  • May 1, 2006
Rating:
+5
Pros: I like some of the down time we get in #72

Cons: 3 episodes per volume.

The Bottom Line: Drinks all around! (and no, that really has no relevance to anything)

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

Yes, after my Inuyasha hiatus, I’m back. So what am I doing? Procrastinating of course. Eating more fudge cows (Vermonty Python ice cream, but my friend Derek and I just call it “fudge cows” or “fudge cow ice cream”) and popping in some enjoyable Inuyasha. On with the fun!

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 70: There is much more to Muso than meets the eye. Even Muso himself realizes this. It’s strange how he has no memory, how it seems he is not obeying Naraku, and how he’s constantly trying to kidnap Kagome. Everyone manages to work out the details and now the biggest problem they have is how to destroy him.

Episode 71: Inuyasha has his hands full with Muso and Naraku, but why would Kagura follow Muso? What is the relationship between Naraku and Muso? Things just don’t seem to add up like they should.

Episode 72: Inuyasha once again stomps on over to Totosai’s place to learn a new technique – but he’s not the only one. A little mountain cat demon seeks Totosai’s help as well. Looks like we might get to see a little more of Inuyasha’s softer side.

Highlights and Issues:
Ah HA! No wonder I get Brian Dobson and Paul Dobson goofed up all the time – because they’re brothers! Musou happens to be Brian…ok… It doesn’t help that these guys sound like David Kaye and Brian Drummond. *gyah* But I love all their voices so I’ll forgive them, haha. And Inuyasha gets to face Naraku one on one and he just decides to chit-chat? With Inuyasha’s personality, you know that’s the writer’s decision, otherwise he’d just attack, no questions asked.

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 – oooh! The ending song is 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. The opening theme is “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 is quite foot-tapping. Both songs are sung by women 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. Instrumental background music is still done by Kaoru Wada and is always good, a lot of the same themes like Shippou’s little fluty one, 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 (Inuyasha impaled on a scorpion sting comes to mind), 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 70. Onigumo's Memories Reawaken
Episode 71. Three-Sided Battle to the Death
Episode 72. Totosai's Rigid Training

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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
Volume 20: Fathers and Sons
Volume 21: Double Trouble
Volume 22: The True Face Of Evil
Volume 23: Wicked Clutches

Future Inuyasha Volumes:
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

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