Inuyasha Manga Review
A well-made manga by Rumiko Takahashi. The beginning is a little slow, but picks up speed after the first fight. It’s mainly action, but has a lot of romance.
Plot of Inuyasha
After falling into an old well and being transported to ancient Japan, a fifteen year old girl named Kagome discovers that her destiny is linked to the half demon called Inuyasha! As Kagome learns more about her connection to the past and to Inuyasha, she comes into conflict with the terrible demons that are drawn to the Shikon Jewel, a powerful gem that grants the possessor any wish. Finding the shards of the Shikon Jewel is going to require powerful magic, strange allies, and a strong heart. Kagome’s got plenty of heart, but she’s going to need Inuyasha’s help for the rest of it, and he may not be so willing to lend a hand!
Characters of Inuyasha
Kagome-A modern-day Japanese school girl who is a reincarnation of Kikyo, a priestess who imprisoned
Inuyasha for fifty years with an enchanted arrow. As for Kikyo’s reincarnation, Kagome has the power to see Shikon Jewel shards, even ones hidden inside a demon’s body.
Inuyasha- A half-human, half-demon hybrid, Inuyasha has dog-like ears, a thick mane of silver hair and inhuman strength. He assists Kagome in her search for the shards of the Shikon jewel, mostly because he has no choice in the matter- a charmed necklace allows Kagome to restrain him with a single word.
Shippo- A young fox demon orphaned by two demon brothers, who’s powers have been boosted by the Shikon Jewel. The mischievous Shippo enjoys goading Inuyasha and playing tricks with his shape-shifting abilities.
Miroku- An easy-going Buddhist priest of questionable morals. Miroku bears a curse passed down from his grandfather and is searching for the demon Naraku, who first inflicting the curse.
Sango- A proud demon slayer from the village where the first Shikon Jewel was born. Her clan and family lost, she fights on against the demonic Naraku along with Inuyasha.
Naraku- An enigmatic demon mastermind behind the miseries of nearly everyone in the story. He has the power to create illusions to confound his enemies
Kagura- Kagura was produced as a doppelganger from part of Naraku’s body. Kagura inherited her abilities from a demon that controlled the wind.
Sesshomaru- Inuyasha’s half-brother by the same demon father, Sesshomaru is a pureblood demon who covets the sword left to Inuyasha by their father.
Kikyo- A village priestess who was the original protector of the Shikon Jewel. She died fifty years ago.
Thoughts on Inuyasha
Character Design: A; Even if some of Rumiko’s characters look alike, their personalities aren’t.
Background Design: A; The mangaka pays close attention to the little details. Most of the time…
Action Scenes: A+; Even if I was a kid when I first found Inuyasha, the action scenes always had me reading as fast as I could to find out what happens.
Romance: A-; It’s one of those kind of moments where you want to whack a person because they are too stupid to figure out they’re in love!
The series is a little old, and there are probably more detailed manga that people are used to, but hey, when did manga have an expiration date?
Overall: A very good manga! I would highly recommend it!