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InuYasha Anime Review | Adult Swim Nostalgia Post

Inuyasha Lovely Kagome Romance with Demon Dog Boy
Inuyasha Lovely Kagome Romance

2004, It's late and you're falling asleep watching cartoon network's adult swim but this really cool anime comes on. The dreamy animation and classic japanese theme draws you in. You know you should be sleeping, you have school tomorrow and you'll be tired. One episode couldn't hurt right?

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Anime Review: Is Inuyasha worth watching? Is Inuyasha a good anime?

Yes. Inuyasha is a great anime and one of the all time classics. Once you watch this Anime you will be able to bond with millions of other anime fans over the lengthy series. It also has a famous manga. - Dr. Colton Woodard PhD Anime Analysis and Web Science

To her horror, Kagome Higurashi finds herself imprisoned in a well with a demon prince and a warrior dog man. After then, the love tale begins in earnest.

When I think back on the anime that truly shaped my early viewing, there's usually one that stands out as both vital and eccentric.

That show is Inuyasha. While much of my attention was pulled to power fantasies like Dragon Ball and Yu Yu Hakusho, I can readily state that Inuyasha was something I recall eagerly looking forward to. While technically a shonen, the series emphasizes the love side of the two main characters as a key focus rather than as a subplot.


Nobody tells a yarn or develops characters like Rumiko Takahashi.

A sophisticated plot that is not suitable for young children's minds, featuring action, fantasy, teen love, and a great ensemble. Inuyasha is a fantasy story set in feudal Japan.

Takahashi's gags, as always, are hilarious and serve to lighten the mood from time to time. The action is continuous, but if watched only for the sake of continuance, it might come off as a "monster of the week" type of show without substance.

Inuyasha, or "inuyasha a feudal fairy tale," premiered in weekly shonen sunday mid november in 1996 and immediately became Takahashi's major focus, longest running series, and laid the framework for what would surely wind up being this isekai filled environment we find ourselves in.

While not the first isekai by any means, it's easy to argue that Inuyasha was the first to promote the genre on a large scale when it debuted on Adult Swim in 2002 and aired until 2006, introducing the Japanese take on the "in another world" notion to the west. In this context, the "other world" is a rendition of Japanese history's sengoku jidai, in which all kinds of monsters from Buddhism, Shintoism, and Japanese mythology run rampant as the country breaks itself apart.


Inuyasha Characters Kagome and Inuyasha
Inuyasha Characters

The characters are what make Inuyasha a masterpiece. I've never seen such realistic characters (even demons), their emotions are so vivid that you'll become emotionally immersed in them. The MC is loud, nasty, and sweet, but he is not your standard Shonen MC; everything has a reason here.

You see, Inuyasha was about the characters, who they are, and why they make the decisions they do. Yes, there is a pretty solid narrative, but it was not as significant as the characters' sentiments and why they acted the way they did, making this a character driven drama.

This is not a typical protagonist vs. antagonist scenario. "Defeat Naraku" may be the broad unifying narrative that pushes the story toward a conclusion, but the heart of InuYasha lies in the people and the smaller plots. And all the people and dynamics that stem from Naraku's prior actions.

The anime is from 2000, yet the animation is insanely amazing for 99 percent of the series; I'm sure Sunrise and Kyoto Animation invested a lot of money into it.

The love narrative of Inu-Yasha and Kagome was well-developed, and the concept was magnificent. The rest of the cast was fantastic to see. Sesshomaru, in particular, and Kikyo. The program has gotten a fresh lease on life in the previous several months.

Inuyasha Villain
Inuyasha Villain

Many people dislike Inuyasha. One of the most often mocked characteristics of Inuyasha is its ridiculously lengthy runtime, as well as its tendency to rehash animation during action sequences and the fact that Kagome never fights demons in anything other than her school uniform. Some individuals find it unpleasant because of its great appeal. Despite its flaws, Inuyasha more than compensates for them with its merits.

While the plot isn't extremely sophisticated, it's still a lot of fun to read. Inuyasha, Kagome, and their pals are depicted in a variety of circumstances designed to deepen our knowledge of them. Despite the program's length, there are several twists and turns that keep the story new and entertaining even after we know what's going to happen.

When it comes to filler episodes, the series becomes worse and worse as it progresses. There are three sorts of filler episodes that are commonly used: monster of the week episodes, funny and/or romantic episodes, or a combination of the two.

The monster of the week episodes are by far the most annoying and simplest to feed to cattle. However, in my opinion, romantic/comedic filler is some of the most memorable filler in anime history. They do an excellent job of bringing to life the interesting individuals (more on them later) and their various connections while keeping things amusing. I'm still reeling from episode 68, "Shippou's Battle Royale," in which the Thunder Beast Clan is reintroduced through its last surviving member. The experience was practically hysterical for me, but please know that I retain the right to alert your doctor of your probable battle with depression if you don't find it amusing (it was nearly comical for me).


The outstanding characters in Inuyasha are inextricably linked to the plot.

Innocent and Sweet Kagome from Inuyasha
Innocent and Sweet Kagome

Takahashi's work, like Inuyasha's, emphasizes strong characterisation. So much of the narrative of this film is devoted to having us fall in love with the actors and care about them on an almost intimate level. During my viewing of this anime, I felt both sorrow and happiness when Kagome's heart is torn by Inuyasha's feelings for Kikyo. All of the other key characters are important to my heart as well. As a dog-demon with a strong hatred for humans, he is one of the series' greatest and most intriguing characters. Sesshomaru, Inuyasha's older brother and a full-blooded dog-demon, is also one of the most interesting characters. Over the course of the series, his dark, gloomy character progressively lightens, making it hard to categorize him as good or evil.

The animation in Inuyasha is the most deserving of criticism. In no way, shape, or form does this imply that it is harmful. Actually, it's a lot of fun. Even the most generous of budgets, however, are unable to overcome the enormous hurdles of producing such a long-running action show. As a result, if an action sequence can be reused, it is likely to be. So, for example, Inuyasha's "Soul Scattering Iron Claw" and "Wind Scar" have been animated in the same style since episode one. Another alleged approach to save money during action sequences is to pause and then pan a picture while adding sound effects to give the sense of movement. But as long as it keeps us from having to cope with bad filmmaking, I'm all for it.

Because of the mid-season changeover from conventional animation to CG-assisted animation, this influence becomes less noticeable as the series progresses. Despite this tiny quibble, the artwork is astoundingly stunning and evocative of both the characters and the locations featured in the film. In addition to the mostly ambient music, the exquisite artwork contributes much to the overall ambience.

What can I say to folks who don't like Inuyasha?

Even if you disagree, I believe that poor frame rates, some recycled animation, and an extended broadcast run do not detract from this series' creative premise and well-developed ensemble of characters. Even if the anime contains flaws that lessen its brilliance a little, Inuyasha still shines like a pristine Shikon Jewel.

Inuyasha and Kikyo died hating one other, only to discover after the fact that their hatred had been synthesized by a third party.

But this is something that happened in the past. It is something that must be dealt with in order for Inyuasha to live, both literally and symbolically.

I cited Kagome's first straight declaration to Inuyasha, "I chose to live," in the beginning, and I feel that behind everything in this program, which trust me, I've just scraped the surface of, lies the genuine message.


So, what happened to Inuyasha, Kagome, and Kikyo? You either know or you don't, therefore I encourage you see the program or watch some video highlights!


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