InuYasha The Movie 2: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass

Alt title: InuYasha Movie 2: Kagami no Naka no Mugenjo

Movie (1 ep x 99 min)
2002
3.923 out of 5 from 13,779 votes
Rank #1,788

With their greatest enemy defeated and peace seemingly restored, Inuyasha and his friends each go their separate ways continue on with their lives. But when a full moon keeps rising night after night, our heroes know something new is amiss in the land -- a threat caused by a demon of immense power. Named Kaguya, this powerful foe plans to shroud the world in eternal darkness! And thus, Inuyasha, Kagome, Miroku, Sango and Shippo must unite once more to put a stop to Kaguya's evil plans, to once more attain peace and keep the sun shining...

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ThatAnimeSnob
6.5

This is the second Inu Yasha movie, taking place after the hero has learned the barrier breaker technique. The scenario takes advantage of a possible sequel after the main objective is completed. So imagine the heroes managing to destroy Naraku 200 episodes earlier and are thinking of what to do with their lives now that the threat is over. This alone gave a lot more focus to every one of them and how they are now trying to settle down in a peaceful world. Of course this is not meant to last because there is a demon who rivals Naraku’s power and whose plan can be achieved now that he is dead. So it’s like an after story scenario where trying to fix things only manages to make them worse. Also, the villain is based on a fairy tale and a poem, and her motives seem quite strange for most of the movie, so everything feels far more mysterious and elaborate. Unlike the first movie the plot is not that predictable and it is surely not about huge explosions either. The conflict is far more esoteric and despite not feeling as threatening or powerful as the villains of the first movie, it definitely manages to build up far better tension and excitement. After all, saving the flow of time sounds more cool that just saving the world once more. Plus, I liked how it took everybody’s effort to weaken the villain instead of just being about the hero and his kill-all sword as usual. Combined all that with far better production values than the tv series and you got yourself a very interesting filler mission. Although I enjoyed the whole “what happens next” flavour, the movie is otherwise not exactly trying to offer something we haven’t seen already. It would fit nicely as a final mission a little bit before the canon finale but for the time it takes place it just tells us what we already see in the main series. Also, once you see past the mysterious goals of the villain you realize that half the movie is just a dull build up. The movie will better be appreciated by those who prefer mystery or comedy than action, as there isn’t that much of the later. Plus, it is much closer to a metaphysical journey than shounen action. Nothing amazing in overall but at least it is different than the usual stuff you get in the main series.

TeamAlex
5

Foreword: Like its predecessor, this movie has no connection to the main story. But here are some scenes that are roughly based on the main story, but were never mentioned in the actual series. Movie played after episode 120+ Subtext: Compared to its predecessor, this movie has been somewhat neat, both in terms of its concept and its implementation. Even if the suspense was not particularly terrific and the process was very chewy, it stayed alive thanks to its animations. Story: As mentioned, the plot leaned somewhat on a story from Japanese mythology and there were also quite well-known names that you should know from other anime, among others. The beginning of the movie was quite individual and gave a good introduction. The following tension build-up was pretty weak and most of the movie was pretty quiet. It remained roughly the same until the already obvious final started, action was seen and the movie came to an end. It wasn't a great achievement in the end, but compared to Movie 1, the story was much richer in detail. Animation / pictures: The animations surprised me already at the beginning of the movie, they were even better than the anime itself. The drawing style remained the same, the surroundings were drawn much more directly and with more detail. And the combat animations in particular were very striking because they were also incredibly smooth and even opened up new perspectives. [Spoilers!]. They erroneously faded a little in the direction of the finale, but the animations were nevertheless successful. Characters: Roughly the same problem as the predecessor, no depth of character and nothing worth mentioning. The movie was also all about the fight, which meant that the actual characters were neglected and hardly anything related to them. But at the beginning there was some material [Spoiler!] Which at least dealt with him. Music: There was no real change compared to the anime. The soundtracks were still quite pleasant, both from the calming and the stimulating sense. Unfortunately, there was again a lack of placement of the tracks, which meant that the finale also lacked dynamics due to the lack of soundtracks. The movie had a certain entertainment value, but I would not really recommend it as it would only be a mild snack in between.He was quite satisfactory, but this was really close to the limit, I hope to see more in the next 2 movies.

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