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InuYasha - Vol. 40: Divine Malice

1 rating: 5.0
A movie directed by Yasunao Aoki

When Kagome, a schoolgirl, falls into a well at a Shinto shrine, she zips 500 years back into the past to a feudal Japan filled with demons, goblins, and magic. Soon she discovers that she is the reincarnation of a powerful priestess, Kikyo, the keeper … see full wiki

Director: Yasunao Aoki
Release Date: 2000-2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about InuYasha - Vol. 40: Divine Malice

Bankotsu

  • Jun 10, 2006
Rating:
+5
Pros: Yay.

Cons: .

The Bottom Line: Are you still with me? Good, because that means you’re as nuts as I am.

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

If you haven’t noticed by now (and you really should have cuz, sheesh) I ran out of titles for my reviews and settled on giving them the names of the Band of Seven instead. Ironically I’ve ended up with the final name on volume 40, and he also happens to be the leader. Hmm. Well, anyway, dead people brought back to life can’t last forever, can they? Wait…maybe that’s a bad example because Kikyo’s been around for freaking ever…*grr*

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 118: Sango and Miroku still haven’t come back from Mt. Hakurei yet, and it’s beginning to worry Inuyasha and Kagome. Finally Inuyasha decides to go find them, purifying barrier or not. But Mt. Hakurei holds all kinds of troubles for Sango, Miroku, and Inuyasha.

Episode 119: It looks like the cause behind the strong barrier has been discovered – now something just needs to be done about it before bad things happen to Inuyasha.

Episode 120: Will Inuyasha ever be able to escape members of the Band of Seven? What can Kikyo do about the mountain’s barrier? And wow, that’s a lot of demons…

Yay, Nay, and New Stuff:
Aww, yay for Miroku! He’s such a sweet guy when he wants to be.

I wonder how someone like that is able to keep up a barrier that pure while harboring Naraku. I mean, honestly, that guy is building up some bad karma and if he gets killed, he’s not going to be going where he initially planned when he ended up in this position in the first place. Those who follow Buddha are supposed to stop suffering and finish up all their karma. Dope. But enough about that, I’ve worked with Buddhism enough.

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! 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 118. Into the Depths of Mr. Hakurei
Episode 119. Divine Malice of the Saint
Episode 120. Fare Thee Well: Jakotsu's Requiem

NT


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
Volume 39: The Black, Impure Light


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
Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day

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