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InuYasha - Vol. 30: Monkey Business

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Members of a town being terrorized by monkeys are desperately awaiting some kind of savior. When they see Inuyasha and his pals, they assume that he is a Dog God there to save them from their predicament. Willing to help the townspeople, Inuyasha allows … see full wiki

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1 review about InuYasha - Vol. 30: Monkey Business

Yes, that's right - Volume 30

  • May 1, 2006
Pros: #89!

Cons: ...we're on volume 30, what more do you need?

The Bottom Line: The craziness...the sheer craziness.

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

Volume 30? Ugh. I think we’ve hit ludicrious speed here. Who out there thinks I’m nuts? *raises own hand* Yeah, I certainly do. Ah…mendoukusai. Oh well, too late to turn back now isn’t it?

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 88: On their wandering journey to find Naraku, a group of people from a nearby village suddenly ask for Inuyasha’s help, calling him the Dog God. They need him to get rid of some monkey demons that have been tearing up their harvest. But the monkeys are really more Shippou’s speed, and now Inuyasha is caught between a rock and a hard place – or just the rock.

Episode 89: Aww, poor Kagome is sick, so she heads home to get better and gets a visit from some of her friends. Inuyasha runs around killing demons for a special reason and eventually goes to see Kagome in one of the cuter Kagome/Inuyasha episodes I’ve seen.

Episode 90: Looks like Souta has a little crush on someone, but he doesn’t know what to do about it (oh please Souta, don’t ask Inuyasha for advice!).

Highlights and Issues:
#89 was a treat because it’s not often we get to see Kagome and Inuyasha being cute (or really close to) toward each other. It made for some nice, relaxing downtime from demon killing all the time too. There are times when I almost get to the point of “I’m tired of killing demons all the time!” but I never make it because they always have unique stories behind them. Then episodes like #88 and #89 get slipped in, which change the pace up even better because they’re lighter and ease up the tension.

As for #90 – Sometimes, no, actually, I decided a long time ago that Kagome’s mom is just not in touch with reality, because what normal mother would let her young daughter jump through a well to go back in time to help slay demons? I wonder about that woman. When it comes to Souta, yeah, as if Inuyasha or Kagome should be saying anything… Wah! And how old is Souta? Mm…how old was I when I was in 3rd grade?

At #86 the music changed and though the opening theme is the same, the ending theme has switched up to something new. So that makes this the 7th ending theme. Do you remember “Do As Infinity?” It’s another one by those who brought you “Deep Forest” and you all remember (well, maybe) how I liked that one. I’m starting to think maybe I should look into a CD or something. I approve of this song as well, I love the instrumentation, has a few things we don’t often hear and the lead singer’s voice is really beautiful, I just think it’s really nice the way it’s put together. 5 stars, yay!

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 – The opening theme is still “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 the opening and closing songs are sung by women and are nice (not too high this time, hehe). Instrumental background music is done by Kaoru Wada and is very 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, blood, and dead people are involved. Some of the demons themselves are pretty creepy looking and do some bizarre things. Hey, demons are demons. Comparing it to other anime series I’ve seen though, it’s not as realistic by far, but hey, you’re the parent; you decide.

Episodes in this Volume:
Episode 88. The Three Sprites of the Monkey God
Episode 89. Nursing Battle of the Rival Lovers
Episode 90. Sota Falls in Love


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
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

Future Inuyasha Volumes:
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


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