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InuYasha – Review

This anime is about a junior middle school girl, Kagome, who lives in a Shinto shine with her family, her mother, brother, and grandpa.  Her grandpa tells her about a sacred jewel, the Shikon Jewel, that possesses great powers.  Shortly after, a centipede demon comes to claim the jewel and pulls Kagome into a well on the grounds.  She finds herself in Feudal Japan!
Kagome comes to find out that she is the reincarnation of a priestess, Kikyo, who protected the Shikon Jewel with her life.  InuYasha, a half demon who had a relationship with Kikyo, was shot by Kikyo’s arrow fifty years before, which sealed him to a tree.  It is Kagome that releases him from this.  During a battle with numerous demons, Kagome, who tries to wield a bow and arrow like Kikyo did, shoots the demon in the spot where the jewel was swallowed.  The Shikon Jewel is shattered and spread throughout the area.  It’s up to Kagome to find and retrieve all the pieces of the Shikon Jewel before they fall into evil hands.

InuYasha, who wants the jewel for himself to become a full demon, decides to help her.  They make friends with a lecturous monk, a fox demon, a flea, a demon slayer, and her demon cat who all help them collect the pieces.  There are problems around every corner; InuYasha’s brother, Sesshomaru, is a major rival.  Naraku is the main antagonist, responsible for the feud between InuYasha and Kikyuo.  If I explained every problem that comes up in this anime, I’d be here all night writing this and soon you would tire of reading it.

The anime is mostly an action/adventure type anime, but there is a major romance that happens between InuYasha and Kagome.  The characters are so deep; each one has their ups and downs.  Kagome can be annoying at times, but she has good intentions.  InuYasha is really immature, but he’s really funny.  Sesshomaru is one of my favorites.  He’s stoic…strong, silent, and sexy (especially in his demon form).  The other characters are great, too.  Like I said before, they are so deep.  There will be times when you won’t like certain characters, but there are times when you see their vulnerability and their charms.

The music is another thing that I can’t completely write out.  The anime is 193 episodes in all, including The Final Act; there’s also four movies, and 56 volumes of the manga.  There’s twenty songs, I think.  My favorites, though, are “Every Heart” by BoA (4th ending) and “Fukai Mori” by Do As Infinity (2nd ending).

For me, the English dub is best.  I think the voices match better with the characters.  The artwork, though it’s not my style, is one of the best.  I would recommend this to anyone whether they prefer more fighting or more romantic aspects to anime.  Both my husband and I love this anime and our preferences are almost complete opposites.

Story: 10

Characters: 9

Music: 9

Voices: 9

Artwork: 9

Overall: 9.5 out of 10

^_^ Sayonara!

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