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InuYasha - Vol. 44: The Most Dangerous Confession

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A movie directed by Yasunao Aoki

Kagome is a 15-year-old Japanese school girl who discovers a secret well at a Shinto shrine that transports her back 500 years to a feudal Japan filled with demons, goblins, and magic. Kagome discovers she is the reincarnation of a powerful priestess, … see full wiki

Director: Yasunao Aoki
Release Date: 2000-2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about InuYasha - Vol. 44: The Most Dangerous Confession

Love and Leadership

  • Aug 10, 2006
Rating:
+5
Pros: Yay, focus on Shippou! Yay, focus on Sango + Miroku!

Cons: (duh?)

The Bottom Line: Feel the love (haha, sort of)

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

F.Y.I.Inuyasha is brought to you by the talented and creative Rumiko Takahashi, who is also well-known for Ranma 1/2. 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 130: Shippou really has a way with the ladies – better than Miroku. Aside from that, he’s now got five little fox demons trailing after him trying to learn the “Kaze no Kizu” (Wind Scar) as they’ve mistaken him for the person actually doing it. May the goofiness begin!

Episode 131: The group is told yet another tale concerning a demon and a lot of women. This time the demon seems to be taking the skin of men and the women are in league with it. So what is “it” and what can everyone do if they’re split up?

Episode 132: Sango vs. Miroku! But why is that? And the end might have a little something that may surprise you…and then something else that probably won’t.

Yay, Nay, and New Stuff:
Er, some of those little fox demons sounded like kittens… It was cute for once seeing Shippou go off on Inuyasha instead of simply getting smacked upside the head like usual.

Hooray for #132! Except…at the end, Miroku, honestly, just say no. Idiot.

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 – #128 brought us new songs altogether. The new opening is (surprise!) not a female singer this time, “One Day, One Dream” by Takki & Tsubasa. Like most, it is all right, upbeat, and at least it doesn’t getting stuck in my head like “Grip” started to have a tendency to. I do like it a little better though, even if I did finally get used to the last one. The ending song, “Come” by Namie Amuro is kind of weird for this series. It’s got a dance beat to it, very mellow, few instruments, a good female lead singer, and in general a good song, but still rather odd considering the sort of show it closes. Almost too modern, so to speak. At least the ending clips went well, keeping it dark and soft. I’ll probably get used to it at some point. Instrumental background music is done by Kaoru Wada and is good, with many of the same themes repeating, but after a while you sort of forget. 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 130. Shippo's New Technique, The Heart Scar!
Episode 131. Trap of The Cursed Wall Hanging
Episode 132. Miroku's Most Dangerous Confession

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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
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
Volume 40: Divine Malice
Volume 41: Naraku Reborn
Volume 42: Farewell My Beloved
Volume 43: Demons in the Modern Age


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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