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InuYasha - Vol. 47: On a Pale Horse

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A movie directed by Yasunao Aoki

Kagome is a 15-year-old schoolgirl who falls into a secret well that transports her back 500 years to a feudal Japan filled with demons, goblins, and magic. When she discovers that she is the reincarnation of a powerful priestess and keeper of a magical … see full wiki

Director: Yasunao Aoki
Release Date: 2000-2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about InuYasha - Vol. 47: On a Pale Horse

Evil, Fiery Horsey. That's Right - Horsey.

  • Nov 4, 2006
Rating:
+5
Pros: Haha - horsey. Isn't that just fun to say?

Cons: 3 episodes per volume.

The Bottom Line: Do fiery horsies eat grass?

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

Ah. Now that we’re back on track and a few missing volumes are now in existence, let us now continue on with our Inuyasha march. Like I’ve said; I finish what I start. Oh yes, even a series as long as this. Call me crazy, but it’s what I do. ^_~

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 139: Genbu, Suzaku, Byakko, and Seiryuu are posing a real problem for our heroes, but inside the shrine, Kagome faces their leader, Hoshiyomi and realizes maybe he’s not such a bad guy after all…or maybe he is.

Episode 140: Hoshiyomi continues his rage, and no one seems to stop him until he sees the woman he loves even after so many years of anger and we see his past. However, that still may not be enough.

Episode 141: The stories about someone killing off powerful monks and priests hasn’t died down yet because they haven’t stopped. Kagura and the creepy child seek out a powerful monk who has sealed away the horse demon Entei, and their attack on him might unseal the demon once more.

Yay, Nay, and New Stuff:
Though they didn’t last long, I wasn’t a fan of Suzaku’s voice. It seemed off, like it didn’t quite work out. But oh well.

Ok, so how many villages have Inuyasha and the others come upon in this series that have been wiped out or nearly wiped out? If you saw all the demons that flew out of Mt. Hakurei, it’s a wonder there are any people left in Japan at all. They had to have come upon at least 5-10 totally crushed villages. Even people who take out demons are few and far between. Glad I don’t live there, I don’t think I’d make it.

Ugh, people are freaking stupid. How about you run when you’re told? Sorry, dumb people annoy me, even in cartoons sometimes.

You know, for an evil, flaming horsey, he’s not all that scary looking. I was hoping for something more, I mean, come on – evil fiery horse should equal (pardon my language) badass. I’m a bit disappointed, but I guess it can’t be helped.

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 is 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 used to it by now. 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 139. The Great Duel at Shoun Falls
Episode 140. Eternal Love, The Naginata of Kenkon
Episode 141. Entei, The Demon Horse Unleashed!

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
Volume 35: The Band of Seven
Volume 36: A Half-Demon’s Tears
Volume 37: Two Souls, One Body
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
Volume 44: The Most Dangerous Confession
Volume 45: The Woman Who Loved Sesshomaru
Volume 46: An Ancestor Named Kagome


Inuyasha Movies:
Movie 1: Affections Touching Across Time
Movie 2: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass
Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler
Movie 4: Fire on the Mystic Island

Recommended:
Yes

Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening

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