Still waiting for Epinions to add the other volumes and by the looks of it, this will be the last Inuyasha review for a while until more come up since I'm basically all nice and caught up. Until then Inuyasha fans!
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. I do not recommend buying them this way.
Episode 127: Exhausted from all the chaos shes been faced with lately, its decided Kagome should go home and be herself in her own time for a while. Sure, that would be great if her school wasnt having a culture festival and her friends dragged her into it and she hadnt brought back dried demons as food. Ew, why would you eat that anyway? *bleh*
Episode 128: The hunt for all the reborn mushroom/weed-like/uh, fish? demons continues while Kagome tries to fulfill her parts in the festival, putting more pressure on her than she already had. Oi, nothing is ever easy for her.
Episode 129: All the girls in the surrounding areas are being kidnapped by a demon, so Inuyasha and co. are asked for their help. Remember, there are beautiful girls involved, so Ill give you two guesses as to what the group's answer is and the first one doesnt count.
Yay, Nay, and New Stuff:
The title for #127 has gotta be the weirdest title Ive ever seen. I watched #127 and #128 in English first and found myself thinking, Is it this dumb in Japanese? I thought the song they sang was just ridiculous, so I supposed the scriptwriters were just going with anything they figured they could fit in. Wrong its still really weird. What an awkward song. Kudos to Hojo the guy has been rejected/stood up/abandoned so many times and hes still trying to win over Kagome. Poor guy must have it bad. That pumpkin thing was weird though. A lot of weirdness going on in this episode, though it was really cute to see Souta running around pretending to be Inuyasha. At least he has more sense than our little puppy dog. Escargo Pudding? Wtf?
Still, after so long with nothing but a couple of Shippous antics and Mirokus wonton butt-grabbing, it is nice to have some kind of amusing episode, even though it sort of seems rather sudden after whats just happened to Kagome. I was sort of thinking wed be in for some kind of down time, like the way Soutas episode was. And props go to Sangos English VA for pronouncing the names of all those demons so well.
The best part about #129 is the simple fact that Inuyasha actually barked at something. Haha!
#128 also brings us new songs! Both the opening and the closing songs have changed. The new opening is (surprise!) not a female singer this time, One Day, One Dream by Takki & Tsubasa. It too is all right, upbeat, and at least it isnt getting stuck in my head like the other one started to have a tendency to. I do like it a little better though, even if I did get used to the last one. The ending song, Come by Namie Amuro is kind of weird for this series. Its 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 what it happens to be the ending song for. Almost too modern, so to speak. At least the ending clips went well, keeping it dark and soft. I might get used to it eventually
Just the Facts Jack:
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 weve gone over 100 episodes, 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 The opening song is called Grip by Every Little Thing. Its a good song, but it doesnt make me want to go out and by the soundtrack or anything the way others do. Its peppy and fast with a female singer, but somehow doesnt strike me as very unique. It almost gives the show more of a kid-like feel than it really has, which is starting to get a little weird. A new ending song appeared at #109; it is called Kiss by Day After Tomorrow and I approve. I dont go bonkers over it, but its upbeat and works well for the series, somewhat like Grip only taken down a notch in pep so that it doesnt give off the same young kiddy feel. Either song can get stuck in your head, so watch out. Instrumental background music is done by Kaoru Wada and is very good, a lot of the same themes repeat, but after a while you sort of stop paying attention. 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, 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 127. Don't Boil It! The Terrifying Dried-Up Demon!
Episode 128. Battle Against the Dried-Up Demons at the Cultural Festival!
Episode 129. Chokyukai and the Abducted Bride
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
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
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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