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So many new demons...

  • May 1, 2006
Pros: More info and demon-slaying

Cons: ...

The Bottom Line: Makes for good procrastination material. I would know.

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

Just one more before I go work on my Buddhist Philosophy paper to argue that physical objects don’t exist (no, I’m not kidding). You know, I think this is one of the only series I’ve seen that has so many two-part episodes hanging around.

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.

Episode 85: As much as Inuyasha and the others don’t want to get sidetracked, they can’t avoid a place dubbed Demonhead with all that creepy evil energy flowing around it. The one problem now is to find out who the real demon is. Place your bets!

Episode 86: Well, a few people have figured things out, but now the problem is how to defeat a demon with such ugly power. It may not be as easy as they think – perhaps that random old woman can be of some help.

Episode 87: This story isn’t so much about Kikyo as it is more information on Onigumo, which is good for the rest of us who want to know.

Highlights and Issues:
Aw, c’mon Sango! What Miroku was doing should be considered sweet! At least he’s not groping your butt for once. If I had placed a bet, by the way, I would have won. Whoohoo!

I guess we’re doing some sort of character focus here because everyone seems to pick up on narrating an episode now (or at least the intro to the episode). Interesting way to switch things up a bit for a change of pace. Ah, at least now I know when the next setting will come up – I’ve been waiting for the mountain I saw when I caught an episode on TV.

Ah! Here at #86 the music has once again changed! Though the opening theme is the same, the ending theme has switched up to something new. So that makes this the *counts* 7th ending theme thus far. Whoo! That’s a lot of different ending themes! I’d actually forgotten about this one, but it’s pretty good. Do you remember “Do As Infinity?” It’s another one by those who brought you “Deep Forest” and you all remember (well, maybe) how I liked that one. I’m starting to think maybe I should look into a CD or something. I approve of this song as well, I love the instrumentation, has a few things we don’t often hear and the lead singer’s voice is really beautiful, I just think it’s really nice the way it’s put together. 5 stars, yay!

The Usual:
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 still have over 100 episodes to go, 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 theme is still “Owarinai Yume” by Aikawa Nanase. It rocks out right away, so be sure your speakers aren’t too loud or you might scare yourself. Haha. I kinda jumped because I hadn’t been expecting the change. It’s fast with lots of drums and guitar and is quite foot-tapping. Both the opening and closing songs are sung by women and are nice (not too high this time, hehe). Instrumental background music is done by Kaoru Wada and is very good, a lot of the same themes like Shippou’s little fluty one, but they always work well wherever they’re placed. Piano and gentle string themes, such as Kagome and Inuyasha’s songs of when they’re 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, 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 85. The Evil Within Demon's Head Castle
Episode 86. Secret of the Possessed Princess
Episode 87. Kikyo's Lonely Journey


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

Future Inuyasha Volumes:
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


Viewing Format: DVD

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The wildly popular Anim? series INUYASHA was created by imaginative author Rumiko Takahashi. INUYASHA is a half-demon warrior who has been awakened accidentally from his long slumber by the schoolgirl Kagome, who embarks on a series of adventures with him. VOLUME 29: CASTLE OF EVIL contains episodes 85-87 of the program. Inuyasha and his companions follow a demonic aura to a mysterious castle, thinking that their nemesis Naraku might be inside. But instead they discover an evil floating head that's holding a beautiful princess captive! While battling the head, they discovers the ancient and horrible secret of the castle.
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Release Date: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
DVD Release Date: Ventura Distribution (April 26, 2005)
Runtime: 1hr 15min

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