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InuYasha - Vol. 7: Face of the Enemy

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When 15 year-old Kagome Higurashi falls down a well she finds herself magically transported to medieval Japan, a place where the countryside is inhabited by demons and goblins. Here, she must search the countryside with the demon dog Inu Yasha for the … see full wiki

Release Date: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about InuYasha - Vol. 7: Face of the Enemy

Secrets of the Past

  • May 1, 2006
Rating:
+5
Pros: Awww Kagome likes Inuyasha! Yeah, bad guys rock!

Cons: 3 episodes per volume.

The Bottom Line: Cheated 50 years ago. That's gotta suck.

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

Ooookay, so I guess they changed the cover and title since this one was posted. I got really confused there for a minute, but all is well. If you look this up on Amazon.com, don’t worry, as long as it says Volume 7 and the episodes on the cover match up with these, you’re good to go.

General Info – Inuyasha is brought to you by the talented and creative Rumiko Takahashi. If you’re familiar with her famous Ranma ½ then by all means look into this series. The Inuyasha series is a total of 167 episodes with a mere 3 episodes per DVD, and once you’re in, it’s really hard to get out. Yeah, I know. 3 per DVD = Lame, but that was Viz’s decision, so oh well.

I’m just going to assume you’re forging ahead with me from now on. Main characters are coming in by the volume now (literally, each volume introduces someone new and important).

Episode 19: Sesshoumaru and Inuyasha are still going at it, Naraku’s gifts to Sesshoumaru seeming to work perfectly. Miroku is ill, Inuyasha is losing, Shippou doesn’t know what to do, and Kagome bravely steps up against Sesshoumaru, which is never a good idea. What happens leads Inuyasha to decide Kagome should go home – for good.

Episode 20: Inuyasha is in Kagome’s mind almost all day and night. She doesn’t understand why he sent her back, why she can’t go back, and why she keeps thinking about such a jerk? Meanwhile Inuyasha discusses Naraku’s origins with Kaede, concerning Kikyo, herself, and a horribly burned thief named Onigumo. No sooner do they learn of his past when Naraku strikes again, this time with a wolf demon. The problem? Inuyasha’s wounds from his fight with Sesshoumaru haven’t completely healed yet. Ouchie.

Episode 21: Kagome keeps returning to the well, hoping that perhaps Inuyasha will come and get her, but finally decides her hopes are in vain. Inuyasha is unable to fight at his best, Miroku is unable to help, and Shippou is trapped at the bottom of the well, evil wolves closing in. How can they stop Naraku in such states? Whatever the outcome, Naraku has some interesting and yet horrifying news for Inuyasha about Kikyo.

Animation – grand! The countryside Kagome finds herself surrounded by is lush and green with open fields of grasses and wildflowers, mountains in the distance. Colors are bright and vibrant; the difference between modern and feudal Japan is well done. Each character has their distinct outfits which help add to their personalities, like Shippou’s little hair bow and Inuyasha’s fire robe. It irks me at times that Kagome continues to wear her school outfit while hiking around backcountry Japan. It doesn’t take that much common sense to realize fighting demons and hiking through woods and over rivers in a freakin’ skirt and generic shoes is a bad if not downright stupid idea. I know they know this over in Japan. This sort of school girl uniform thing happens all the time…but geez, at least Miaka of Fushigi Yuugi changed at some point – the only time we see Kagome change is when she puts on a priestess robe, and that only serves to freak Inuyasha out.

Music – fun times! I’m not the biggest fan of the opening song, “Change the World” by V6, but I still think they’ll switch it up later. The ending song, however, I am a fan of. Do yourself a favor and find “My Will” by Dream. I often listen to it. They’re both upbeat and in Japanese…well, “My Will” is completely anyway, maybe that’s partially why I don’t like “Change the World” so much – random English tossed into a Japanese song throws me off sometimes. As for the instrumental stuff, well, let’s just say it’s very nice, gets even better over time, and makes for great soft stuff to fall asleep too (been doin’ it for years actually ^_~).

Voices! Japanese is great of course. English – pretty damn good. I’ve decided to turn this into a sort of list because characters just keep getting added as we go along.
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

Repeat recap on characters met last time: First, Miroku, the perverted, woman-chasing Monk (he’s just like his father…) and his voice talents. I’m pretty level with both of them when it comes to choosing a favorite because they’re actually rather similar, young, smooth, and if you like Kirby Marrow (yet another VA with an awesome set of credentials), then you have a good idea of what his Japanese counterpart, Kouji Tsujitani, sounds like. His voice fits very, very well, and I always was pleased with Miroku.

Next is Naraku, whose voice can easily be mistaken as the same VA as Sesshoumaru, but that is not so! Naraku is actually Paul Dobson (cue another ton of appearances – shall I ruin Naraku for you and tell you Paul does Myouga too? Oops, sorry.). His voice is smooth in a dangerous, “I’ll kill you way” very similar to Sesshoumaru’s. In short, he fits Naraku wonderfully. Not to sell his Japanese VA short, Toshiyuki Morikawa (though apparently at one point, the VA of Celestine of the Ah! My Goddess! The Movie, Hiroshi Yanaka popped in to do Naraku, but I’ve not noticed any differences yet, but he was a great Celestine, so I don’t care, haha) does an excellent job as the bad guy. Both are different in tone and a bit of portrayal, but are still really good, so I find myself also unable to choose a favorite here.

A note to parents. There is some language, some implied nudity (such as if Kagome is bathing and Inuyasha accidentally shows up and sees something – though it usually earns him a particularly painful “OSUWARI!”), and a definite amount of violence and blood involved. Demons tend to do that to Inuyasha and even then, some of these demons are pretty creepy looking and do some weird things. They are demons, after all. The point is, be a good parent and make the decision. That’s why I’ve been putting up the 㥹 and up” label on all of these. Hint hint.

Final thoughts? Rough times now and lying ahead of our heroes – so much to wade through and so many opponents to defeat!

Episodes in this Volume:
Episode 19: Go Home to Your Own Time, Kagome!
Episode 20: Despicable Villain! The Mystery of Onigumo
Episode 21: Naraku's True Identity Unveiled

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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

Future Inuyasha Volumes:
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 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

Recommended:
Yes

Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Better than Watching TV
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older

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