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  • Inuyasha (Manga) Review

    Inuyasha Manga Review

    Man, when I say that I fell in love with this as a child. I’m am not kidding. This show was everything to me when I was a kid. If not Dragonball z and this I would not be into anime nor would I be into manga. Reading it over as an adult, I was speechless with the amount of details, fast pace and love able characters. As a kid I consider this the romance/fantasy/action of all time. The magic lasted but the nostalgia didn’t last and I found myself seeing things I didn’t see as a kid. But on to the review.

     

    Inuyasha Art

    Visually the series is amazing. The constant switching from daily life of modern times to epic quest during the feudal era was very interesting and was great story. The level of detail was rather average but it was still very good. The characters are usually drawn simple and the backgrounds feel empty when not showing long panels but nothing too bad. The atmosphere of the manga has huge contrast, as there are events with minor violence as well as gruesome violence, full of bloodshed and gore. It’s has normal areas such as villages and modern day Tokyo but also has nightmarish ones like tombs made of bones and a castle with acid fog or castles hidden under water. The variety alone is enough to keep you reading every chapter. The character figures are generally rather simple and cute looking. All normal people have back hair though which I though was a little weird. The secondary details are rather poor so if a new villain looks like he’s shit then he probably is. They way most of them look are enough to attract any reader though. Special effects will remind you of Dragonball Z. Everyone yells their attacks, wears the same thing basically. I found that this didn’t really make me mad but I know it will for some of you.

     

    Inuyasha Plot

    Just like another manga it starts off very strong. The first 50 chapters are among the best in action manga ever. They had good ideas such as, time travel, demon slaying, magic relics, to avenging a sinister person. They had comedy, romance, drama, and mystery all in one. Everything you love you could see in this manga. Everything was a solid 10. But then, well they murder the story kinda. Sadly after the initial first 50 chapters, it turns Ito your average shonen manga. Pointless power ups, repetitive plot, stale characters, and a hunt for a villain for years. Get a power up, fight a boss, repeat. The story never truly offers a solid resolution for any of the unfinished side stories. Up until the last arc, Inuyasha Doesn’t come to terms with his evil side until then, Mikoru doesn’t undo his curse, Sango doesn’t find her brother, Naraku keeps invading them, kikyo doesn’t undo her undead nature and no one Admits there true feelings to anyone or at least in a long lasting way!!! Ugh! The first few battles had fast pace action and actually had strategy in battle. Enemies actually lasted a whole arc instead of being destroyed in 5 pages. Inuyasha gets a super sword that can basically kill anyone. Even worse, he kept getting defensive abilities that could block anything. He was practically indestructible. In about 70 chapters he was the strongest demon alive. Naraku kept fucking escaping only to leave and power up again just like Inuyasha! This was so annoying!! The only reason villains kept surviving because Inuyasha wouldn’t use his kill attack at the beginning of the battle. The manga eventually ends with closure. It does feel dry for everyone other than the main cast though.

     

    Inuyasha Characters

    Inuyasha is clearly the main character so everyone pretty much just becomes his underling throughout the series. Or not….he soon just becomes a lap dog for kagome the cute Japanese school girl who keeps abusing him and punishing him in the most ridiculous ways. They are supposed to like each other but it’s hard to see sometimes. Then you have miroku, an ero monk who will never miss the chance to feel up some girls ass. It was funny the first 50 times but just got stupid after a while. Especially since he has a love interest and is basically cheating on her all the time. This said love interest is Sango and she is looking for a way to save her brother but since she never find a way for the most part, she just exist to hit miroku and nag all the time. Then there is shippo the cute mascot. I basically just told you who he was. Then you have seshomaru, the big bad brother of Inuyasha, the best character and main antagonist of the series Naraku. They have the most common sense but are not present all the time in series. They mess around but never truly accomplish anything until the end of the series. The character were good for the most part I enjoyed them.

    Despite the lack of development for part of the story I really loved this series and I would probably re read this any day. If it has less dead time in the middle it would have been a masterpiece.

    Thanks for reading.

    -Manga Llama-

    Story: 8/10

    Characters: 7/10

    Enjoyment: 10/10

    Overall: 8.5/10


  • Inuyasha (Manga) Review

    Inuyasha Manga Review

    Inuyasha
    Manga Cover

    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

    Inuyasha
    Manga Page

    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

    Inuyasha
    Characters

    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

    Inuyasha
    Thoughts

    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!

     

    -Daydreamer Kate