Kagome is a normal high school girl who falls into a well, transporting her back in time to the feudal era. Upon her arrival to this world, she mercifully unleashes Inuyasha, a half demon. As if this isn't enough, she also discovers that she is the bearer of the Shikon no Tama, a jewel of great spiritual power, a jewel which has just shattered into a million shards. Now, along with Miroku the priest, Sango the demon hunter, and Shippo the mischievous fox-demon, they must set out to find the Shikon shards and defeat the evils of the demon Naraku.
Synopsis InuYasha follows the exploits of a fifteen-year-old girl called Kagome, after she inadvertently falls down a well, and is transported five centuries back in time to feudal Japan. There, she encounters the half-demon boy InuYasha for which the series is named, and discovers that she is the modern-day reincarnation of a powerful priestess, felled fifty years earlier at the hands of an evil demon tyrant. Her adventures begin after she shatters the Sacred Shikon Jewel; said to grand its wielder unrelenting power. Along with InuYasha, she swears to collect all of the shards before they fall into the wrong hands. Story (6/10) Considering the fact that it is admired still by thousands of fans across the world, the combination of noticeable plot holes and overused character interactions appears to suit InuYasha just fine. For such a series, there is really no need for a plot development deeper than, “You two were in love fifty years ago?” That single phrase sums up large amounts of the story, simply due to the fact that InuYasha is, in short, a romantic time-traveling fairy tale with a demonic twist. It is captivating enough to absorb members of a mainstream audience, but should without a doubt stick within the zone of comfort that it presents to those viewers, while attempting to swerve away from more critical thinkers. Now, that isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy it, because I most certainly did. Still, I must be practical, because even with the elements of fantasy and adventure that it overlooks, the plot of InuYasha remains so-so at best. Animation (8/10) It was evident since episode 1, that InuYasha was a fairly high-budget series. With drastic alterations in art styles spanning from the original manga by Rumiko Takahashi, it takes on a much more colorful and clean effect. Nevertheless, there were several moments when the animation thrust itself downhill, particularly close to where it was cut short at episode 167. It quickly regains its original momentum and vigor whenever key plot elements are introduced however. The character designs were bold and easy on the eyes, but reminded me somehow of a higher-budget Rurouni Kenshin. The battle sequences were poorly done, most likely because the animators had already spent so much money on the series’ gorgeous backgrounds. The swings of enormous swords and boomerangs were often represented by flashing white lines, which were enough to get the basic point across, but went no further than that. Overall, InuYasha’s animation was pretty, but nothing truly spectacular. Sound (8/10) Kauru Wada delivers a breathtaking score to InuYasha, coupling with its J-pop opening and closing themes. I admit that I listen to the tracks quite often on my free time, singularly the main theme, which combines cellos, violins and drums to create a beautiful effect. These pieces highlight the action and sorrow sequences perfectly, and in my opinion, are one of the major reasons why the InuYasha anime has been so well respected throughout the years. As I recall, my very favorite background themes always incorporated pan flutes at some point. This really took to my fancy because I simply adore flutes. As another category for sound, I was truly impressed by the English dub of the series, which I first watched as a part of the Adult Swim program on Cartoon Network when I was 7. The voices are all well performed and suite the individual characters, especially in comparison to quite a few dubs I’ve heard in the past. Characters (6/10) The characters in InuYasha are poorly introduced and poorly developed. They hardly manage to accent the series at all, and almost hurt it each moment a new character is established. In this case, I am specifically noting InuYasha himself. Although he grows in terms of emotional baggage, he remains both arrogant and selfish throughout the series. Considering the fact that there were many instances when I was able to predict his words before he spoke them, his personality is cliché as well. The relationship he shares with Kagome wasn’t truly interesting either, and again, was reminiscent of Rurouni Kenshin. This truth becomes especially noticeable when InuYasha’s transformations into a full demon are introduced. Every other character in InuYasha fits into a specific category. Shippou for example is the cute sidekick, and Miroku is the lecher with a dark past. I could go on much further, but I wouldn't want to ramble, and I believe that my basic point was made clear. Overall (7/10) InuYasha was certainly not a bad anime, far from it in fact. It was appealing enough that I managed to finish the entire series, as well as read the remainder of the manga and watch The Final Act when it was released. Still, there was just something about it that reminded me too much of Rurouni Kenshin. Nevertheless, Nobuhiro Watsuki's manga remains brilliant through my eyes, whereas InuYasha was easily forgotten, and composedly thrust beneath a mound of temporary highlights. With that said, I conclude by review of Rumiko Takahashi's, InuYasha.
Dragon Ball Z sets the bar pretty low for shows that only include "durfighting" for their entire run. Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist, Yu-Yu Hakusho, all bad shows, but they're at least above DBZ. Enter Inuyasha. You've heard of the bar being low, Inuyasha grabs hold and drags it to the depths of hell. A black hole of virtually anything enjoyable, I can't see how most anyone could possibly enjoy this. But alright, enough bland insults and let's get to some analyzing! The premise (I refuse to call it a story) of the series is the ultimate in McGuffin: A random jewel breaks into an indiscernible amount (Yay for flexible episode numbers!) of pieces and a bunch of jack-wagons have to run after it. Characters? No, not characters, just stand-ins. Inuyasha himself is just the typical "gotta get stronger derp" protagonist we've seen a thousand times before. Kagome is an awful Mary-Sue, and their entire troupe is composed of virtually the same person in a different costume. The villains, every. Single. One. Don't show any emotion short of ambivalence. You can't hate these people, root against them, because they aren't people. Just bored voice actors reading lines of what, ultimately, is for five year-olds. The art direction and animation in this series is the worst. For something that relies heavily on action, they sure show very little of it. Stilted animation, "telling, not showing", and the old trope of reusing shots are plentiful here. If you weren't actively looking for it, the action would pass you by in an instant. With a terrible premise, bad acting, little in the way of actual animation, there is just no show here to even review; there is nothing to watch. As such, there is nothing to enjoy. This show gets, and earns, a 1 in every conceivable category, and that is simply irrefutable.
Premise: Inuyasha, a Hanyou (half-demon) who desires to steal the Shikon Jewel (Also known as the Sacred Jewel) is shot to a tree by the Priestess Kikyou and sealed to the tree to sleep forever. Around 500 Years later Kagome Higurashi, who happens to be the reincarnation of Kikyou stumbles into the shed of her family's Shrine grounds and is transported to the Warring States period in time. It is 50 years after the events of Inuyasha getting sealed to where Kagome arrives and has little choice, but to release Inuyasha from his seal to kill a demon which threatens the Village Kagome arrives in. Story(8/10): Japan is the setting the story takes place in. The story is relatively basic. There are several mysteries surrounding why Inuyasha wants to become a full Demon, what really happened 50 Years ago in the Warring States period, and how Kagome is related to Kikyou. These mysteries are slowly uncovered throughout the story with each mystery being uncovered leaving the viewer wanting more. The story jumps between the present day Modern Japan where Kagome's home and family are and the Warring States Period where Inuyasha and most of the other major characters live. Inuyasha is also able to travel to Kagome's time and these moments are used to expand on the relationship of Kagome and Inuyasha. While the story starts out by Kagome accidentally shattering the Shikon Jewel into several fragments setting up the plot as a "fetch quest" the story really picks up after discovering more of the truth about Kikyou and Inuyasha 50 years ago and discovering that they were turned against each other by a Demon named Naraku. After learning about Naraku, the story shifts from a Fetch Quest for the Shikon Jewel and battling random demons, to focusing on the enemy Naraku who has manipulated the lives of Inuyasha and several other characters that eventually travel alongside Inuyasha to take down Naraku. It is the shift to dealing with the Antagonist Naraku which is what makes the story interesting instead of simply regathering the shattered Shikon Jewel Fragments. Animation(9/10): This Anime was made around the year 2000, so the Animation is dated compared to modern Anime standards, but the Animation is very well done for its time. The antics of Inuyasha, Kagome and the other characters flow well, and the fight scenes are addicting to watch. Sound(10/10): Masterful Soundtrack. The Soundtrack for this Anime was composed by Kaoru Wada who I found out about from watching this Anime, and he is a great composer. He has also composed for D. Gray Man, the 3x3 Eyes Ova, and other series. It is possible you may have heard of him from the other series. The soundtrack fits perfectly with the Anime, and you may find that you'll still remember this soundtrack long after you finish this Anime. Characters(10/10): This show has many characters and overall, the main characters get very well developed, and the side characters also get developed. The main character Inuyasha is refreshing to have as a Protagonist compared to other Anime. His personality could be considered Tsundere as despite how he acts rude, selfish, and somewhat arrogant, he really cares about his comrades as they have shown him what it is like to have bonds. Also considering his history as a Half-Demon, he was rejected by both Humans and Demons overall which didn't allow him to learn how to act in social situations very well. The only person who accepted him was his Human Mother (His Father is a Demon, which is how he is a Half-Demon, and Inuyasha's father is dead by the time the show begins). He goes through a lot of character development after meeting Kagome. It is very hard to dislike Inuyasha as he is very loveable taking his whole personality into account. Kagome who gets involved in the events of the Warring States period brings a different form of kindness to Inuyasha than Kikyou did which slowly affects Inuyasha throughout the series. Also as Kikyou's reincarnation, there is a lot of romantic tension throughout the series with Inuyasha. Though unlike other series, the initial love/hate relationship with Inuyasha feels natural considering the time they spend together and the overall long length of the series making the developing feelings between Inuyasha and Kagome feel very believable and strong. Little is known about Kikyou until later in the series all we know in the beginning was that she was the Priestess that protected the Shikon Jewel from Demons, and ended up sealing Inuyasha to a Tree for 50 years before she ended up getting cremated along with the Shikon Jewel which eventually comes back through Kagome, her reincarnation from around 500 years into the Present day. Sesshomaru is Inuyasha's Half Brother who is a full Demon as both of Sesshomaru's parents are Demons unlike Inuyasha. Because of Inuyasha's Half-Demon heritage, he ends up at odds with Sesshomaru frequently. They fight over their Father's heirloom the Sword Tessaiga initially and this affects Sesshomaru's pride and slowly allows him to change towards more of an Anti-Hero rather than just trying to sabotage Inuyasha whenever possible. Then there is the Demon Naraku who has affected the Lives of Inuyasha and the other characters with a level of cunning, manipulation, and ruthlessness unparalleled by any other Antagonist seen in a series. Throughout the show, Naraku's actions grow more and more despicable which causes the characters and audience to hate Naraku even more. Naraku manipulates other villains in the show to fight the main characters as well and even the other villains hate Naraku which goes to show how great of an Antagonist Naraku is. Overall(10/10): Inuyasha is a long Anime series, so a fair amount of dedication will be required to watch it. It is 167 Episodes long (193 if you include the Final Act, which is a conclusion to this Anime series) Making around 200 Episodes. Despite this, I would still highly recommend Inuyasha to anyone. It has great elements of Fantasy, Demons, Action, Adventure, Romance, Friendship which means there's many things for many people to enjoy. In Inuyasha's case, the large amount of episodes are justified considering the great characters and overall plot elements. Inuyasha certainly lives up to be an unforgettable Adventure. There is also little filler even though the series is long. The Filler doesn't take up an entire season like Filler does in series like Naruto and Bleach. It is normally contained in a few episodes before returning to the main story. If you're considering a "trial" for viewing this Anime before you commit to it, I'd recommend watching at least 20 episodes before deciding whether you'll dislike it or not.
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