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InuYasha - Vol. 39: The Black, Impure Light

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A movie directed by Yasunao Aoki

InuYasha and his companions come under attack from the dangerous Band of Seven in this 39th collection of the wildly popular anime series.

Director: Yasunao Aoki
Release Date: 2000-2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about InuYasha - Vol. 39: The Black, Impure Light


  • Jun 10, 2006
Pros: Plenty of aww-worthy moments.

Cons: Same as usual!

The Bottom Line: Rainy day slob clothes food Inuyasha = relaxation and good times.

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

After our town’s Dump Day (you know, get rid of couches and stuff the garbage men don’t take) and me hauling a bunch of stuff around and loading/unloading it in the rain with my dad, I decided it was time for a little R&R. It’s a rainy day, so why not a little early morning Inuyasha?

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. I do not recommend buying them this way.

Episode 115: Despite everyone’s similar goals, they’re all getting scattered by the Band of Seven, whose members just seem to keep popping out of the woodwork. Sesshoumaru is attacked by Jakotsu, Rin is taken by Suikotsu, who is now followed by Kikyo, Miroku and Sango are still wandering up the mountain, and Inuyasha and Kagome are taking Kouga and his wolves somewhere safe to recoup.

Episode 116: Sesshoumaru must be more fond of Rin than he ever lets on (which is so cute!) because he goes after her, no questions asked. Eventually we get to hear Suikotsu’s troubled past, but it occurs under some dire circumstances.

Episode 117: Wow, Renkotsu is angry. It would seem he is not happy about Ginkotsu’s death, I suppose they were that close. Whatever the case may be, he wants Kouga’s Shikon shards and his hide, and he wants them bad.

Yay, Nay, and New Stuff:
I think it was actually #115 that actually confirmed that Jakotsu was a guy when I was catching random episodes on TV. I hadn’t really decided until this point. I’m sure you’ll see why.

Er, I thought anything that went inside the barrier (excluding those protected) would be instantly purified? Guess I heard wrong or something because that definitely did not happen.

Aww, it’s always so cute to see Inuyasha giving Kagome his fire-rat robe.

Just the Facts Jack:
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’ve gone over 100 episodes, 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 song is called “Grip” by Every Little Thing. It’s a good song, but it doesn’t make me want to go out and by the soundtrack or anything the way others do. It’s peppy and fast with a female singer, but somehow doesn’t strike me as very unique. It almost gives the show more of a kid-like feel than it really has, which is starting to get a little weird. A new ending song appeared at #109; it is called “Kiss” by Day After Tomorrow and I approve. I don’t go bonkers over it, but it’s upbeat and works well for the series, somewhat like “Grip” only taken down a notch in pep so that it doesn’t give off the same young kiddy feel. Either song can get stuck in your head, so watch out. Instrumental background music is done by Kaoru Wada and is very good, a lot of the same themes repeat, but after a while you sort of stop paying attention. The instruments are nice, such as flutes, piano, and soft strings, combined in unique ways for each character or scene.

Voices! You know, if you’re a VA for Inuyasha, that is one steady paying job.
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 115. Lured by the Black Light
Episode 116. The Exposed Face of Truth
Episode 117. Vanished in a River of Flames


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
Volume 30: Monkey Business
Volume 31: Duplicates and Dilemmas
Volume 32: Glow of the False Jewel
Volume 33: Unexpected Encounters
Volume 34: Children of Snow
*cue gap for Volumes 35, 36, and 37*
Volume 38: Battle on the Sacred Island

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

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