The Inuyasha fest continues!
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, dont start here. Its a bad idea. You wouldnt have a clue of what is going on. Scroll to the bottom of this review and choose Volume 1. If youre a parent and have no idea what you are looking for, I suggest you get help from your children, but if youre 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.
Episode 76: Kagomes been kidnapped by panther demons, Inuyasha is stuck with Kouga following him, and Sesshoumaru is just not being helpful, or maybe he has other plans. Either way, three tough panther demons divide up evenly amongst our respective heroes.
Episode 77: The fighting between panther and dog (and wolf) continues, and now with one certain panther awakened, the stakes have gotten much higher. Lets see what Inuyashas new Tetsusaiga can do!
Episode 78: Uh oh, looks like Miroku may have competition when it comes to Sango! Meanwhile Inuyasha, Shippou, and Kirara chow down on all the food they can get their hands on.
Highlights and Issues:
In #76, there was a point where I was absolutely sure Miroku was going to try something but I was disappointed. Guess hes not always trying to feel Sango up. We do get some interesting information from Jaken though, which actually was kind of odd to hear.
Aw man. Dumb Tenseiga. I was hoping to see Sesshoumaru go all berserk that would have been loads of fun. Ah well. Cant always get what I want.
Yay! An episode entirely devoted to Sango and Miroku! So much fun to be had! Haha, I love how Kagome sees this as a chance to hook them up (since theyre doing a bad job of it themselves).
Animation the animation is awesome. Its not going to stop being awesome unless the animators suddenly get lazy and start drawing stick figures. But I doubt that because we still have over 100 episodes to go, so that must mean everyone still liked it beyond this point, otherwise Im sure it would have been cancelled over in Japan. Great use of character design, color, detail (Im always a fan of detail when it comes to anime the more the better we dont do enough of it here in the US, so sad), and always the facial expressions. Gotta love anime facial expressions.
Music oooh! The ending song is another favorite of mine, Every Heart by BoA. I like this one a lot, its upbeat but not too peppy and I really love the chorus parts Ive managed to make out enough of the words to even sing along to it, haha. The opening theme is Owarinai Yume by Aikawa Nanase. It rocks out right away, so be sure your speakers arent too loud or you might scare yourself. Haha. I kinda jumped because I hadnt been expecting the change. Its fast with lots of drums and guitar and is quite foot-tapping. Both songs are sung by women and are nice (not too high this time, hehe). I read at a reliable website that the series used some of the popular songs at the time in Japan for the openings and endings. I approve of the idea. I like a lot of what theyve had. Instrumental background music is done by Kaoru Wada and is very good, a lot of the same themes like Shippous little fluty one, but they always work well wherever theyre placed. Piano and gentle string themes, such as Kagome and Inuyashas songs of when theyre together make for great soft stuff to fall asleep to.
Voices! Japanese is great of course. English; as pleasing as the Japanese. As you can see from the little compiled list below, Im 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 cant 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 cant pick a favorite
Naraku the evil guy, done very well by all VAs (2 Japanese, 1 English), no favorites, though they have different qualities, theyre 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, Kagomes mother, grandfather, Myouga, Kaede, Kohaku, and demons involved are well done. Kaede would be better if she werent speaking in medieval English all the time (Ye?), but thats 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 Ive seen though, its not as realistic by far, but hey, youre the parent; you decide.
Episodes in this Volume:
Episode 76. Target: Sesshomaru and InuYasha
Episode 77. The Panther Tribe and the Two Swords of the Fang
Episode 78. Only You, Sango
Earlier Inuyasha Volumes:
Volume 1: Down the Well
Volume 2: A Girls 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: Kikyos 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
Future Inuyasha Volumes:
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
Movie 1: Affections Touching Across Time
Movie 2: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass
Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler
Viewing Format: DVD
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