Synonyms: Inu Yasha
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 16, 2000 to Sep 13, 2004
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 7.811 (scored by 75474 users)
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Popular Tagsaction adventure comedy fantasy romance supernatural
Jan 29, 2012
There are flaws in the overall composition. Things one might ask themselves like; why, if you KNEW you we're going to be trekking across feudal Japan for months on end, would you bring only one outfit? And more importantly why would it be your Junior High School uniform - i.e. a bright green miniskirt?
Regardless, the story itself is very weak, as its the random plot arcs and ridiculous character relations that really make the show. To summarize, a young girl falls down a well at her family's shrine, only to be transported back in time to feudal Japan, where she frees a grumpy dog eared half demon man who is stuck to a tree (The result of a bad breakup) and ends up breaking a magical mystical artifact that then shatters into a bazillion pieces. Ditzy teenage girl and pissy dog demon guy now must work together to find all the shards of "The Sacred Jewel" before the bad guys do. Sure there's another load of subplots - pointless, funny and romantic alike - but we'll get to that.
Although the premise is simplistic it does expand further along in the story, but only if one likes the show enough initially to move on in the series through the 160 + episodes.
The subplots and the arcs are what make this series entertaining. (And also agonizing if the arc you're in bores you to tears) We'll have run ins with random demons and get mixed up with numerous characters who may or may not come and go. Each plot brings changes and the characters do a very good job of growing and evolving as a result. The series does, despite its episodic nature, still follow some sense of linearity. Development in the characters remain as they would in a real person. (This excludes the Inuyasha movies, unfortunately)
Despite all that, its still one of those series that makes it very easy to drop in at any time and figure things out eventually. I watched from the middle first before I decided I loved the show and went back to see the beginning - which was drastically different to me considering the amount of change that takes place from beginning to middle to end.
I can't go into detail very well considering the story, as there is so much of it its hard to find a place to start. The elements of the setting and time really come into play with the presence of the spirits and demons all of which offer a uniqueness all to its own. The multiple love triangle issues are superficial but also complex, so there is a degree of decent conflict in that regard. I also really appreciate personally how the development of the relationship between the two main characters, Inuyasha and Kagome, is gradual.
Coming to the characters, there are many. Too many to identify them all in this review. This is a great thing about the show, but can also be annoying and for the casual observer, confusing as hell. I'll touch on the main characters at least:
Kagome is a really plain Junior High School girl. As a heroine she starts out pathetically dull and often comes off as a total ditz. However if you give her a chance she does show you how she can grow to be a capable human being despite the fact that she is a 15 year old idiot running around feudal Japan in a miniskirt. Throughout the show we find shes short tempered, opinionated and rash, but she does keep a sense femininity intact somehow. She also retains an ability to sympathize with and care for the people she comes to know. What I love about her is that she starts out completely incompetent. Literally she is nothing but a Mary-Sue-ish teenage airhead with little care in the world aside doing well in school, and she morphs (gradually) into a priestess who can use a bow and even protect herself. She - going through the show constantly compared to the priestess Kikiyo (Details will become clear if you decide to watch the show) she makes a deliberate effort to break free of that confine and become her own person, and I like that.
Inuyasha is also a great source of character development. I know I keep saying "Development development development!" but really is one of the biggest things this show has going for itself. I almost see this anime as some kind of document of how Inuyasha becomes a man. Hes over 50 years old but despite that he is extremely childish, boorish and often rude and annoying. He also works pretty hard to gain strength and create a name for himself. He is an 'underdog' (lol puns) and also has a bit of a Gary-Stu thing going for him. Being a half demon with a snobby older brother and a messed up undead ex-girlfriend gives him a lot of stuff to complain about.
The characters ARE shallow. But their relationships are entertaining and - if you get all the way to the end of this series and the short Inuyasha Sequel: Inuyasha the Final Act - are rewarding to see until the end.
I'll keep the review of the art quick in saying that it is very traditional for the time it was made. Its got a lot of square and rectangular shapes and brightly colored character designs that fit in well with its shounen genre. The style is very consistent, budget obviously allowed for lots of attention to detail and a tone of seriousness. It has its own sort of beauty, very reminiscent of Takahashi's earlier works like Ranma 1/2 and the like, which aired in the late 1980's. Almost a retro anime style if you get my meaning. Movies have much more bold and sharp lines. Character designs could use work (I can't get over the miniskirt thing, I'm sorry. Its just too stupid. And I get really sick of Inuyasha never wearing anything but his giant red.. thing)
Even quicker, my opinion of the sound. The music is diverse and beautifully complex. One of the best parts of the show. Multiple opening and ending themes, background music all magical and perfectly suitable to the time period. Voice acting is always better in Japanese. English is very harsh on the ears, I strongly dislike it nowadays.
Very long review and I've only just scratched the surface. Inuyasha, as I see it, is a classic shounen. Its time in the limelight long passed when it made room for Naruto and Bleach to move in on the scene. For those of you who can take a long series and like the sound of this show, give it a shot. Perhaps google a list of filler episodes you might feel like skipping if this does tickle your fancy. Inuyasha does have something for everyone. From the action to the supernatural, to the romantic and the historical. Its a story hard to place and hard to review with a fair share of chaos and confusion. Its a mess, really. But its a big fun mess if you're willing to see it through.
As always, keep good humor in mind while watching. This show is bananas and it will make you want to throw objects at the screen from time to time.
For now, I tip my hat to Inuyasha. I thank it for showing me this world, showing me complexity and hilarity, and for showing me how flaws can be celebrated for their entertainment just as well as the parts that shine. read more
Aug 2, 2007
After the intoduction of the fourth protagonist ( Sango), apart from a few side-stories, the plot essentially deteriorates into a viscous cycle. In a few occasions it seems there will be some new development, but I was dissapointed when the same-old thing happened again. The fillers were heavily Naruto-like, admittedly better.
Overall: I think the series can be alot better, but if you like extended series, this could be for you.
Jul 28, 2008
The storyline is basic and very easy to follow, however the story does seem to drag on, so if you have patience with animes this could be for you.
The characters are pure genius, each with their own running joke. Each character (with the exception of Kagome) has a dark and kind of upsetting past often including the death of a loved one. My favourite is Miroku by far. He is a perverted womanising monk who flirts with pretty much any girl. However, some characters, like Shippo (an adorable fox demon), have a minor role with little or no fight scenes. (Then again that's a small part of his jokes).
The fights are good, lots of blood in some places. However the fights are short and it seems to always be Inuyasha doing most of the work. (As he has stated a few times). The others seem to be back up and use the same moves. For example, Sango, a demon slayer, uses her Hirakotsu (a giant boomerang often used hitting Miroku when he flirts with other girls or touches her butt) but she has a sword which rarely gets used. I think I've seen it 3 times and then I can only remember when she is about to use it on Kohaku (her little brother who has no memory of killing their whole village because he's being controlled by the main bad guy).
The romance is my favourite part in all of the series. It's more sweet than it is romantic. But it's the sort that makes you feel all warm inside. I'm sad to say that the romance barely progresses. (Apart from Miroku and Sango). And there is a really big love net. But like I said, it sweet in a LOT of places.(Oh, for you fan girls, I know Sesshomaru, Inuyasha's brother, is a favourite. Oh, I'm not a fan girl.)
All in all, Inuyasha is a good anime (and my favourite). Watch it if you have patience and love a good laugh, fight sometimes full of blood and sweet romantic bits in an anime.
Jul 16, 2007
InuYasha does have an exciting story to it, which I admit; I do enjoy InuYasha more than I do Blue Seed. One thing that I just loved about InuYasha was Sesshoumaru. I think InuYasha, for being such a long series; it does a good job of not repeating itself. I really enjoyed the imagination and creativity put into the establishment of such a variety of demons, humans, and hanyous. . InuYasha is always branching off into new stories, which is good, always keeping your attention and the excitement, plus they are never left untold. I know most series will start a side story and just leave you hanging on never knowing what happens. When that happens, rather its a good anime or not, I’ll begin disliking it like in Escaflowne (which I am referring to the whole Allen and his sister situation).
All the characters have wonderful depth and delightful personalities. My favorite relationship out of the whole, well 2 relationships, are Sesshomaru, Rin, and Jakens, then Miruko and Sango have a nice little thing going on between them. A plus about InuYasha, it keeps everything going smoothly, bringing in characters that are just, well can’t help but love, like the 7 man army that joins (I think) during the 90â€™s or 100â€™s, somewhere around there.
I have watched InuYasha both in dubbed and subbed versions. The English dub is pretty good, but I prefer the Japanese dialogue, mainly because the voices fit better with the characters personalities. Oh and it’s like OMG the music in InuYasha is awesome. I have 2 of the soundtracks, and I just love every minute of it. So not only are you going to get to enjoy an incredible charming series, but listen to delightful music.
I highly recommend InuYasha, but I also believe you should watch Blue Seed too if you like InuYasha. All Audiences should enjoy this anime. It provides a nice amount of comedy, action, adventure, romance, so everyone should enjoy InuYasha.
Apr 29, 2010
Full list of the review series can be found on this page, 3rd post from bottom:
This review covers both seasons.
Ah, boy, had I fallen in love with this series when I first watched the first dozen episodes. I was left practically speechless with the amount of details, fast pace and lovable characters. I used to consider this series the best fantasy/adventure anime of all times. I remember when it was all like “Ah, God, I can’t wait to see what happens next!” The initial episodes where simply awesome, from fast pace to deep character emersion, to a multi-layered story, to secrets, and epic battles, and romances and slapstick humour, all wrapped up in a setting blending feudal Japan and modern Japan in all its mythological glory. Yup, Inu Yasha was simply the best fantasy series back then. There was also Slayers of course but it was too episodic and random, there was Record of Lodoss War which was cliché as hell, and there was Berserk which was… great for other reasons.
Also, most in my country still had really slow internet connections and it took 5 hours to download a usually crappy quality and subbed abomination. But we didn’t care watching that Tetris thing, with a window 1/4th of our screen. The whole deal was so amazing we simply didn’t mind. It was a series suitable for all ages and tastes, as it has both action for the guys, romance for the gals, cute drawings for the toddlers… Kind of hard to see it as a whole as it really did feel like horror or chick flick at times but it still did the trick. It was a phenomenon, a thing we all talked about and awaited with anticipation, discussed and speculated. Yeah, that was a great time for the anime fans.
But... the magic didn’t last for as long as I thought and now I have very little respect for it.
ART & SOUND SECTIONS: 8/10 [Doggy ears… I want to touch them…]
Visually and acoustically, the series is very good. The continual switch from daily life of modern times to epic quest during the feudal era was very interesting. The colors are bright and the level of detail is good, while it keeps improving as the episodes go by. Surprisingly, the atmosphere of the series has a huge contrast, as there are episodes full of slapstick violence, as well as gruesome ones, full of corpses and bloodshed. It has “normal” areas, such as rural villages and modern day Tokyo, but also nightmarish ones, such a tomb made of myriads of bones and a castle covered in acid fog. The variety alone is enough to keep watching every new episode.
The character figures are generally simple and rather cute-looking, a trademark of Rumiko’s style. Improbable hair colors are kept only for special monsters, so normal people all have black hair. That is quite rare in anime! The details on secondary characters are rather poor, so if a new villain looks lame, you know he will die right away. The flashy costumes and the weird shape most monsters have are enough to attract the average viewer.
Special effects are measured by the tons. During major battles, the screen will remind you of disco-fever times, the way flashes and explosions fill it for several minutes.
The music themes range from great to medium and voice acting was more than good. I rarely pay attention to them but here, the voices were so cute or imposing and the songs were so cool that I couldn’t help myself liking them. Striking issues like, why is everyone wearing only one set of self-repairing cloths, or why do they yell their attacks, may take away some of the fun those of you find in realism.
STORY SECTION: First season: 2/10, Second season: 8/10, Average: 5/10 [Get power-up, fight Naraku, repeat process.]
To make a long story short, the first 30 episodes are amongst the best an action anime of its kind can possibly offer. They had a gazillion ideas, from time travel, to demon slaying, to a quest for magic relics, to avenging a sinister someone, to comedy, to romance, to drama, to mystery, to whatever you can think and love seeing in anime. Story, characters and enjoyment were a solid 10 in every single one.
But then… Why, oh why did they murder the awesome story? Rumiko, I hate you! You created a wonderful story and a marvelous cast… and then you stopped caring. Go hang yourself. You do the same in all your series; but here… You promised an epic-scaled story instead of a simple slapstick comedy. It is not the same.
Sadly, after the initial masterful 30 episodes, the first series turns to an average shonen anime, full of pointless power-ups, repetitive plot, stale characters and a perpetual on-going hunting for the arch-villain. No matter what you may think the story adds or resolves, it never truly offers a solid resolution for any of its list of unfinished side-stories. Inu Yasha never comes to terms with his evil side, Miroku doesn’t undo his curse, Sango doesn’t find her brother, Kikyo doesn’t resolve her undead nature, Naraku keeps evading them, the Shikon-no-tama is not completed, and nobody admits their true feelings for one another in a serious and lasting way.
The first episodes featured not only fast pace and continual revelations but also had strategy in battle. A simple Youkai-of-the-week needed at least one episode and lots of planning in order to be defeated. Yet, this wonderful feature went away in just 8 episodes, when Inu Yasha got himself a super sword that could kill any Youkai with a swing. A few dozen episodes later, he could kill a thousand Youkai at will, without planning anything. Even worse, he kept gaining new tricks that could undo any possible defense even the strongest Youkai possessed, thus clearly becoming the strongest thing alive in about 40 episodes. Only Naraku, the arch-villain, kept escaping and only by continually leveling-up and forcing Inu Yasha to do the same, only to fail in defeating him and beginning another quest for the next power-up. It got tiresome pretty fast and frankly speaking, the only reason each battle lasted more than 5 seconds was because Inu Yasha wasn’t using his super-kill-everything special attack right away. How stupid is that?
The series ends without solving anything. The manga it was based upon was still going on and after the airing shares fell too low because of the boring stories, the series was discontinues. Several years later they finally continued and finished the story with the second series, thus somewhat rewarding all the fans. But even there were other problems that plagued the show. After many years they actually decided to finish the story. There was an initial rejoice from all the old fans, some talking to the dusty topic of the series, some reminiscent of those times… And then almost squat. It was just half a dozen people making a few comments per episodes and that’s it. Almost nobody cared about the continuation of the series, me included.
As sad as it sounds, the passion had died out years ago and most of the fans, me included, went on to love other series. Not because we were asses, forgetting old loves at the drop of a hat and dumping one fad for another (although that was partly true too). It was because there was very little to look forward to in this series after all these years. The manga was still going on for years after the anime ended and I did follow through it, expecting to see how all this mess would end. And when it finally did, I felt very little about it. It was conclusive and left no major sub plots open but it had grown so boring from all the repetitiveness, I was relieved rather than happy it was finished.
So, let me explain why this series was not interesting anymore in simple words:
1) We knew how the story would turn out. During the first series, we had no idea what comes next as the manga was still unfinished. But now it was all just expecting to see things we already know. The suspense was lost.
2) Said suspense was quite diminutive during the ending of the first series to begin with. Because the plot had grown so slow, repetitive and filler-like, we lost interest in it. Fillers and pointless power-ups can be fun for only a few dozen episodes and Inu Yasha over-exceeded that amount ten times more!
3) Said story, despite being now complete, was still cheesy to the most part. Ok, it was always cheesy to begin with but it revealed its bad side more and more, tempering with our patience and suspension of disbelief for so long. After the very good first parts of the story, it became mostly an endless loop of power-ups and chasing the Big Bad who simply had more hit points than the Emerald Weapon, yet could also teleport away everytime he was about to lose.
4) The pacing of the series itself was quite ridiculous after a point on. Leaving aside the pointless power ups, the battles themselves were stupid. Inu Yasha was practically wasting his time with weak attacks when he could use his mountain-levelling sword any time he wanted, for as many times he wanted, to kill even The Devil in one attack. Yes, it was THAT powerful. And it kept getting more powerful just for the sake of dealing with Naraku and his cockroach-resilient stamina. The same can be said about all powers of all characters. It was simply stupid.
5) After the ending of the first series, dozens of similar series came along to win us over this one. From 12 Kingdoms, to Serei no Moribito, to all those silly shows with characters who had cat ears or dog tails. There was such a plethora of similar elements found in newer series and there was nothing to talk about in a series which ended years ago.
6) Oh, since I said “ended”… It didn’t end! There was no end! It was just a “We will go on chasing Naraku again”. It was almost as disappointing as the last episode of Rurouni Kenshin. They just cancelled the series in the middle of it; almost as if showing us the middle finger as reward for watching all these years. How could you not be fed up with it?
All the above counted as a really bad promotion of the second part. The first series had a huge positive image before it aired. It was all “Yay, Takahashi is making another great series!” and stuff like that. The image of the second part was “Oh, so they continue the story. What’s for dinner?” Yes, it was that cold. Because of all the bad aftertaste. No matter how much the industry tried to rekindle the flame, it simply did not do the trick. Horo’s sexy wolf ears were now the new trend over Inu Yasha’s ears, the Bankais in Bleach were far cooler than his Tetsusaiga, a schoolgirl going to a feudal magic world was far catchier in the 12 Kingdoms. And so on, and so on…
Hey, what can I say, trends and elements come and go and if you don’t keep the audience pleased, it will dump you before you can yell Kazenokizu. And to be honest it is kind of unfair for the series, as it was not so bad after all.
But let’s talk about the continuation a bit. The story went on in the same manner. The finale was very sudden and it felt like all its several dozens of side stories and secondary characters that were building up for hundreds of episodes were over in about 5 seconds of totally boring ways. Failure is not a strong enough word for what Rumiko did with this story. Damn you Rumiko!
But let’s check the good parts as well. It ends! It leaves no loose ends! Many die! Many get happy endings! Oh, God, a kiss; finally a kiss!
The pacing feels erratic as sometimes it goes too fast and sometimes too slow but in all it brings closure to all the main issues in the series. It still feels silly and corny to the most part, like it’s a soap opera with monsters. The second part is practically made to kill all the villains and offer a poorly made happy ending for the heroes. But at least it FINISHES! That is rare in the anime world. Really…
So if you can get past the almost archetypical personalities and silly battles, the cast finally remembers to mature in ways other than more stupid power-ups and becomes different people by the end of the series. Not by much of course, they still are as before only now they admit their feelings for one another instead of jerking around.
CHARACTER SECTION: First season: 6/10, Second season: 8/10, Average: 7/10 [Sit! Play Dead! Shake hands! Good boy!]
The cast of the series is simply stunning. Each one of them has a different demeanor, personal goals, backdrop story and special attacks. Very conveniently, all their goals end up being the defeat of Naraku, so that took away the initial feeling of individuality.
- Inu Yasha is clearly the main character, as the series’ name implies, so everyone pretty much becomes an underling in his quest. Or not… For even he is just a lap dog for Kagome, the cute Japanese schoolgirl that keeps abusing him and punishing him in the most ridiculous ways. I mean, they are supposed to like each other and yet express their feelings by having the otherwise bad-ass half-demon that can kill a thousand monsters with a swing, being the slave to a nagging high-schooler, who seems more troubled in getting to college than saving the time-continuum by a merciless demi-god. I don’t know if you dig this sort of tsudere thing but I find it ridiculous.
- Miroku is an ero-monk who doesn’t miss the chance to feel some girl’s ass and be slapped really bad by his love interest. It was very funny for the first 30 times but then it just became annoying, as he clearly loves her and yet keeps cheating on her.
- Said love interest, Sango, is looking for a way to save her brother, but since she finds one only in the final episodes, she spends most of her time hitting Miroku and nagging like a Japanese housewife. Rumiko clearly loves having her female characters beating the crap out of her male ones, as means to steam-out for all those millennia of male abuse. Pf!
- Then there is Shippo, the cute mascot animal of the story. He had a reason for being with them in the first episodes but quickly turned to a comic relief character and moe-attraction for the fan-girls. So did Kirara, the bestial demon cat that was supposed to play a major part in defeating Naraku but ended being just flying means of transportation for the gang and another cute kitten for the neko-lovers.
- And let’s not forget of Seshomaru, the coolest character and main antagonist, as well as the big bad, Naraku. Their motives are somewhat blurry as their common sense is not present all the time, despite their genius intellect.
There are hundreds of other characters, who exist purely as dressing and fan pleasing. They are all likable but remain stale as well. Heck, most of them never appear for more than 5 episodes.
In general, the characters began cool and awesome at first, but their repetitive jokes, continual nagging and total lack of development (power-ups are not character development, if you didn’t know) made them simply likable but not memorable in any way. Heck, the best character development toy see even in the second part is the villains getting killed like flies and the heroes getting more pointless power-ups. Damn that Rumiko; all those years of Urusei Yatsura and Ranma taught her nothing! Or maybe she does it on purpose, as she knows fanboys and fangirls will keep watching, no matter what she offers them. Anyways, the finale does offer catharsis for the major ones, although even that is not something that couldn’t have happened some hundred episodes ago.
VALUE SECTION: First season: 8/10, Second season: 4/10, Average: 6/10 [I need money… No, don’t perform the diamond-shower attack!]
Clearly Rumiko Takahashi’s best work to date but still storyless to the point of madness. Rewatchability for the initial episodes is pretty high. Most thereafter will probably be skipped entirely.
The second season has very low value for the reasons I stated above of why the second part was uninteresting to the majority of the anime community. Inu Yasha follows a tired formula to tell a story and there are now far similar series which have done a better job at each section. So, it is not captivating anymore, in the same way the first vampire movie Nosferatu is not scary anymore.
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 7/10 [Oh, what a cute kitten! .. Hey, who’s feeling my butt?]
Despite the lack of development, most episodes are still bearable, with many of them being hilariously funny or very mysterious or epic in action. If it had a faster conclusion and no fillers, it would be a masterpiece. IF you manage to watch the series as unbiased as possible then chances are you WILL like it a lot. It eventually wraps up things and that is enough of a reason to like it. Me? I didn’t give a damn as I said, it wasn’t fresh or exciting or anything anymore. See? The bad aftertaste did not allow me to enjoy it, despite admitting it is quite well made. Better luck to you people.
VERDICT: First season: 6.5 / 10, Second season: 7/10, Average: 7/10
It should have been a 50 episode solid series, rather a long, boring and mostly storyless one. The first 30 of the first series and all of the second would make an excellent show.
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Apr 5, 2013
Basics: No more cheesiness
Dub version perspective
My 3rd anime review, so let's (attempt to) make it charming
Inuyasha starts off with the two main protagonists meeting in an awkward situation (there's a half-woman, half-centipede disturbance crawling around) and realizing that this magical jewel will belong to one or the other. This already sets up the show: Who will gain control of the jewel? Why are demons killing each other for it and wtf, are humans even suited for this type of danger? Creepy world, right? Despite the constant killing and deadly situations, you can expect them to end up forming a lovey dovey bond through it all, and of course, more travelers add complexity to the story since now friendship becomes a major theme. The action scenes were pretty intense, but they hardly fit the "7/good" rating since you see the same style/techniques over and over again. Enough on the good guys of the story, there's a strong villain who basically finds joy in pursuing to stop the world from becoming a better place. Such an ass.
My review has so far described this anime as a repetitive conflict where Inuyasha and his friends are meeting up with an evil force who grows more powerful overtime and prolongs them from going on with their personal lives. This is where I make a conclusion, or a deep fall into the passion of these characters. You do get an insight on who they are, what they stand for, how they relate to each other, and it's all understood around the end of season 2. Kind of off-topic, but the art and music also highlight their abilities as equals in continuing this journey to triumph love and justice over power and selfishness. I really enjoyed the theme and ending songs, as well as the feudal life portrayal compared to that of Kagome's contemporary time period.
There is no guarantee that this anime can thrill you the instant you start piecing together the puzzle. Even the messy love-square drove me insane from how many episodes were spent ignoring the central matter–is the show about Kagome and Inuyasha ending up together? Was there a purpose for these complications and confusion? Highly likely for emotional taste. And the complaints with the fillers? Since the story-line encounters romantic defaults and harsher problematic events, those episodes that deviate from the plot actually seemed useful in taking the attention off of the jewel-searching momentum, and into the ordinary life of friends simply being friends. My argument stays clear: it takes dedication to finish the series, but once you grow attached to the natural order of Inuyasha's gang, it can feel like you're a part of them, their laughs and struggles, as well.
Aug 23, 2009
Story - 6 - It sounds like another shounen adventure with romance and a plot where people need to collect something. You know what? Thats what it exactly is. Lol. But, in the beginning it was enjoyable. As it progressed, it got me more and more annoyed till I was about to quit. But I hung to it and tried to finish it just because I wanted to see two characters appear - Rin and Sesshomaru. The end was just a cliff hanger.
Art - 6 - Almost everyone's hair is black, brown, or a different shade of black/brown. Mostly, theres only like 3 1/2 people who have a different color hair. Yes, 1/2 a person because one of them has two hair colors. At least they varied what the people wore.
Sound - 8 - I did like the music and character themes.
Characters - 6 - (the main)
Kagome - 3 - I seriously don't see the resemblance in appearances to Kikyou. I really think all the characters who mistake her for kikyou are half blind. I dislike her. The reason why I wanted to quit was because of her. Like, if the main character is really annoying, then you would want to quit too. She gets jealous, a LOT. I mean, its okay to be jealous, but /every/ time even if kikyou just says 1 word to Inuyasha, she throws a fit. Ahhh, so stubborn too, naiive, and obnoxious.
Inuyasha - 7 - Hes a Tsundere, which means someone who acts rough but really is soft in the inside. He wants to protect Kagome so much. Oh, they both like each other but won't ever, ever admit it. Hes pretty dense; Always misses the hints Kagome and Kikyou give him. Like most shounen mains, they want to become stronger and stronger to protect they people they see dear.
Sango, Miroku, and Shippo - 6 - They focus little compared to Inuyasha and Kagome. But, as anything, they were so much more interesting than Kagome's personality. I thought the Miroku and Sango couple was so much entertaining than the main couple in this anime.
Sesshomaru and Rin - 9 - Mysterious, and the only reason that got me to finish this horrid anime. I thought it was so sweet.
Enjoyment - 4 - I had little enjoyment with this and only 1/3 of the whole series was enjoyable.
Overall - 4 - If you ask me, I wouldn't recommend this to many people, and I cant see how this anime has a rating of around 7. If you like shows with fighting, romance, and a very annoying main, then you should watch it. (; read more
Jan 16, 2008
There's really not much of a plot. Think of it as Dragon Ball for girls, and you've pretty much got it. Kagome, Inuyasha, and friends search for pieces of a broken jewel. They find half of the jewel within the first couple of episodes, but another 150 episodes, give or take, go by after that with the jewel still incomplete. The series goes on seemingly forever with little progress in plot or character development. The seemingly infinite, pointless filler episodes that provide no character development and little, if any, entertainment, while also making up over half of the series, don't help matters.
Some of the fight scenes in the first few episodes were rather exciting, so this made up for the lack of character development. After all, it's pretty much natural for an action series to sacrifice character and story development for good action scenes. But as the show went on, InuYasha relied more and more on one big, flashy attack that finished every fight. The same animation of InuYasha using that attack was used in many of the episodes, as well. And instead coming up with a variety of different ways to stop InuYasha's technique, they just relied on the use of the same device over and over again. So the fight scenes, like much of the series, became very repetitive.
There are good aspects to this show. The artwork is beautiful, even if the fights reuse the same scene of InuYasha using his strongest move for nearly every fight. InuYasha is a very touching character, and Kagome is a character that is easy to identify with. However, anyone who knows the series Fruits Basket can see quickly that InuYasha and Kyo Sohma are nearly identical in personality, so InuYasha and Sesshoumaru's pretty faces, Kagome, and the occasional episode that's actually funny (a couple of them were hilarious) end up being the only really good reasons to watch.
Overall, it's mainly the plot (or lack thereof) and lack of character development that stop this anime from being great. Of course, being an action series, a lack of character development would've been fine if the fights were entertaining, but the entertainment value of the fight scenes is rather low. I definitely recommend watching a few episodes. There's fun to be had with this series, but the sub-par aspects of the show drag it down, making it something that's far worse than the sum of its parts. read more
Mar 23, 2012
The first problem props up in the pacing and plot. The premise turns out likeable enough, but the vast majority of episodes can be put into equally sortable and equally boring categories. One episode type is where we get Sesshomaru Iinuyasha's brother causing some sort of mischief with our heroes often involving the tetsuaiga (Inuyasha's fathers sword who this villain thinks deserves to be his because of his full demon blood). The thing is though he's vaguely evil with a cackling sidekick and emotionless girl who never get developed he doesn't do any real harm because he 'deep down' cares for his brother and can be counted on to bring the fight to Naraku anyway because for some unexplained reason they hate each other. This basically makes him a pointless character to induce filler because there is no tension whenever he shows up for the seventh, eighth and thousandth time.
Speaking of Naraku, this clown is the worse excuse for a villain ever. Even though he is supposedly a mastermind, any reason for him surviving or his plans working can be chalked up to him having his own personal plot armor factory. I can't count the number of times the main cast has dispelled some kind of magical barrier saying 'big bad villain is right here' to nearly kill him and have him retreat or kill him only to turn out our heroes just killed one of his ten billion clones. He also has a sidekick that wants to betray him but never really gets around to it. Again, she's as flat as the majority of this anime's characters. If you haven't gathered, the 'fight Naraku and almost get him' episode is the next major type of plot we have that like the Sesshomaru fights have no sense of tension or story advancement at all.
Occasionally we have episodes where Kagome goes back to modern japan to live a normal teenage life, struggling to catch up in school and get a date because of her weeks spent inside feudal japan. These are generally the best episode type, especially when Inuyasha tags along for the ride and has to disguise the fact that he's a demon. Unfortunately, this is the rarest of the common episode types and doesn't really advance character or plot at all.
Remember how I said that the sacred jewel was smashed in to many pieces? Well, this is the writers favorite excuse to jam pack the show with more filler than Naruto can shake a stick at. Since there are so many jewel shards, somebody thought it was a good idea to create hundreds of cardboard thin villains who manage to get hold of jewel shards which increases their power. The vast majority of these shards gets fed into completely forgotten monster of the week mook demons. Every episode featuring them is as follows:'hey guys something is wrong in this village! Oh my god, a demon! And look, a sacred jewel shard! Let's kill the demon!' after this, Inuyasha promptly curb stomps said demon with his infinity plus one legendary sword and generic but recyclable shounen powers 'wind scar' and 'iron reaver soul stealer' which he proceeds to tell you every millionth time he uses.
Then there are a bunch of minor rouge characters and villains that don't really do anything to threaten the main cast of the show. There's disposable filler villains the band of seven who (surprise!) got a hold of some sacred jewel shards, Koga and the wolf demon tribe who also have some jewel shards who snatches kagome but never harms her or is forced to give her up by inuyasha's blade. There's also Sesshomaru who although vaguely threatening never really does much of anything except fail to be given character depth or cause nothing but minor irritation to Inuyasha and crew.
The biggest problem however is the show has likeable characters that don't ever stop being static to a meaningful extent. The romance aspect is bungled first and foremost by completely useless rival romance options of Kagome and Inuyasha. Kagome has Koga who Kagome pretty much hates for the entire series, and a schoolboy who's name i forget because he only shows up in the episodes where Kagome treks back to the modern day. For Inuyasha we have the high priestess Kkikiyou who despite nailing Inuyasha to a tree he somehow has the hots for her. Kagome is supposed to be a reincarnation of her, but she ends up being a completely stoic and poor explained copy of Kagome The problem with all of these possible suitors for the main characters is that it's painfully obvious who the official couples are so these are just more filler elements the show can pack in.
The problems don't stop with the main cast either. It's a shame, because all of these characters are very likeable but their relationships or personalities are never developed past square one. There's the best of the bunch, the perverted and scheming monk Miroku who despite his flaws harbors a crush for the demon hunter Sango. He's also affected by a curse from Naraku that causes his life to be on a doomsday clock but also grants him a hand that is a black hole which ultimately becomes useless because Naraku has more hyper intelligent villainous obscructionist bees than a 2d Donkey kong level. Sango unfortunately doesn't have much for anyone to get excited about, she's a run of the mill human who is useless in combat and who's only point to being around is for her to get revenge against for her little brother and to serve as crush fodder for Miroku. Of course their relationship goes nowhere because every time Miroku confesses his affection for Sango he goes and screws it up by feeling up random women in the show. There's also the cute mascot characters of Shippo, Kilala and Myoga the magic flee, but they serve as nothing but beasts of burden or sources of irritation to Inuyasha.
The worst however, comes from the shows supposedly central relationship between Inuyasha and Kagome. No matter how many times Inuyasha rescues Kagome or Kagome shows her love towards Inuyasha Inuyasha always mucks it up by being a meatheaded jerk and pushing their relationship straight to square one. And that, in a nutshell is what inuyasha's biggest and unforgivable flaw is. The minor plot elements and characters consist entirely of filler and stock personality types, and the major elements end up being drawn to one sided or inconclusive ends that infuriatingly results in a series that can't even decide to come to an ending that ties up anything at all! What could have been a breath of fresh air in a stale genre is just banal fodder for anime newbies that don't know anything better to watch. Really, watch almost anything, it's shorter and better than this crap.
Parental Rating – PG-13 – Not too much objectionable here. Some mildly bloody violence from time to time, very mild language ('hell','bastard' and 'damn') some adult themes here and there with sexual innuendo's and some camera obscured James Bond style nudity. And if I'm really grasping at straws, the presence of good and evil demons might rile the feathers of some very religious folk. Nothing here that wouldn't be fine for mature older children or teens. Though it should probably be considered child abuse to make anyone sit through this 167 episode long tirade of tripe. read more
Mar 28, 2010
It was still very enjoyable to watch because of the art work, the action, and it had bits of comedy and romance.
I recommend watching InuYasha if you like long series with a lot of fighting in it. But I don't recommend it if you get bored easily - mainly because a lot of episodes were fillers. read more
Jan 10, 2010
The story is bland, overdramitized at times and one of those self-contained adventures per episode. There are some interesting traits to the plot, but again I couldn't help get annoyed with some of the incosistancies, slow pacing and repetitive adventures. There's a lot of shoujo-finasse drama in this anime which I don't like seeing in my shounens.
I might be bias because I'm not a old school fan of anime, I relish in fresh new clean art, unless the anime is unbelievably good (DBZ anyone?). The art for Inuyasha is pretty old school, which is what sort of turned me off picking it up. There's a sort of grey colour that has always washed over the Inuyasha world which has made me felt a little disheartened at the potential art that's being wasted.
Inuyasha voice was wellcasted and suited the character. The music was nothing spectacular, but nothing so unbearable that made you want to pull your ears out. Like the anime, the music sounded pretty old, which suited the anime fittingly.
Kagome is not a very good lead character. Maybe this is an understatement. Whenever she comes on screen I feel a little part of my brain shut down. While I don't mind pathetic characters to begin with, I expect them grow and develop. Kagome did not, or if she did it was at such a slow snail-pace that it was impossible to notice. There's no badassery about her, she doesn't ever try to act stronger which irritaited me beyond belief. Inuyasha fit's the typical male tsundere trope with a bit too much dere towards the end.
I just couldn't get into this series. There were points when while watching this I had other things open on my computer. While I didn't hate it, I simply did not enjoy it as much as I could in anime.
This anime will be entertaining for those who like their splash of romance, tragedy, love trianges and don't mind annoying lead characters. It's also for those who don't mind self-contained episodes, and questy and a slow moving story. read more
Oct 25, 2008
the whole plot was really nice and the story flowed brilliantly, plus the characters were pretty awesome in themselves (esp. Sesshomaru....now that guy was a badass!!)
I ended up dropping it...
to me at the end it seemed liked the episodes were just fillers...and i got bored with it.
Plus Kagome was starting to get really annoying.
so frankly it would have been a great series, if only it wasn't dragged out for soo long...
Jul 11, 2008
, action packed, love story where all the characters are always lively which keeps the mood of the story very up-beat. Many characters are introduced throughout the story which keep you stringed into the story, making it more long lasting. At times there are fights, laughs and even tears mainly dealing with the main characters:
Inuyasha, Kagome, Miroku and Sango.
The story, art and character were also great factors that made this series
wonderful. The story is interesting and amazing because it deals with a young high school girl(Kagome) who goes back in time and ends up traveling with a half demon, a monk(Miroku) and a demon slayer(Sango). Although it has a great story most events may repeat themselves and at points there may be pointless events which occur and
which slow the pace to the plot of the story because of this i did not rate the story
as "amazing" as i wish it could be. The art was spectacular, each character was drawn great and the effects used in battles were tremendous. The characters within the story could have been better such as inuyasha which i think tempered most people especially because he is bound in a love triangle unable to choose the one he loves. The Story, art and characters of this story make it wonderful and enjoyfull which i fully admire.
Inuyasha is a great story. It exploits many genres which makes it a great story that anyone can love and admire. I have grown to love this series and so have my two elder brothers, anyone can watch it and love it thats what makes it so great!! So go ahead, it doesn't matter how old you are or what gender you are you can watch inuyasha and still love it!!!! =] read more
Mar 2, 2013
Story: The main concept: Kgome, your average highschool girl gets sent back to the middle ages, and in order to retrieve pieces of the Shikorn Jewel (that makes its' owner super-powerful) she allies with Inuyasha, a half-dog demon who wishes to use the power of the stone to turn himself into a full demon. Along the way, they meet many friends (Shippo, a fox demon, Sango, a demon slayer, and Miroku, a pervert monk) and enemys (mainly Naraku). Oh, and Inuyasha's brother who is *hot*. The story continues in Kanktesu-Hen, also known al the Final Act. So it's not something totally unoriginal but it's not bad either, so the story gets an 8 from me.
Art: I think it says a lot that eventhough this anime was made about 10 years ago, the animation was still really enjoyable, and didn't lack anything. I was actually suprised to see that it had aired such a long time ago. The background scenes are more or less nicely detailed, as well as the actual characters. This get a 9/10.
Sound: The openings were really sweet, I still have a few on my Ipod that I listened to a lot. I didn'Ít really like the endings, except Kanketsu-Hen's AAA-With You. The soundtracks are also nice, the one you sort of smile at.Overall, while the music isn't really the main thing in InuYasha, it's still pretty decent. It gets an 8.
Character: I think it's fair to say that all Inuyasha characters change throughout the series, but I think the most notable ones are Inuyasha and Sesshomaru, the two half-brothers. I won't say any spoilers, but when I watched the whole anime from the beginning, I was actually suprised to see how they were at the beginning. And also there are some characters who always make you smile (or laugh so violently your flatmates will wonder if you're Ookay or not), some who you think are stupid but end up really loving, so you have it all. 10/10
I really enjoyed InuYasha, and I think you will too if you like fighting (InuYasha&other characters developping awesome skills), comedy, romance. And sure, there are flaws in the overall structure of the anime, it's just something really enjoyable and memorable, so overall I rate Inuyasha at 9/10 if I want to rate from a critique's point of view, but I enjoyed it at 10/10. read more
Jan 28, 2010
The characters are all complete, but they can still be frustrating in their own ways. For instance, Kagome has a strong heart and remains pure, but she can seem to fend for herself and always trouble the people around her, yet she still insists to join every fight.
Inuyasha is a hot-headed and adorable, but he can't seem to grow up and learn from his experiences. His sword obtains more and more powers, but he's too childish sometimes that it makes me feel that he's unworthy of wielding such a sword. However, on the occasions where he and sword becomes one, it becomes an excellent fight.
Miroku and Sango always seem to have the attention taken away by Inuyasha, they sometimes are really helpless in a fight without him.
Still, the characters being reliant on each other just shows the bond they have.
The catchy characters are ones like Sesshomaru, Rin, and a lot of times the bad guys.
The art isn't that great, but after a while, you'd get accustomed to it. The art isn't terrible so I just got used to it.
The plot on a whole is awesome, it's just the tiny little bits in it that gets too repetitive. Such as the number of pointless fights, the number of failures, and how long it takes to obtain a clue. Even so, I still find it entertaining, and the action was well made.
The comedy sometimes gets repetitive, but if you don't take it too seriously, you won't stop laughing that easily.
On a whole, while it has its flaws, I think this anime is great. You just shouldn't take it too seriously. This anime ended with a cliff hanger in waiting for the next season, which I have seen up till it last aired and I think it has improved dramatically. Definitely worth a watch read more
Mar 24, 2008
One is that yes, at first, the love triangle between Kagome-Inuyasha-Kikyo is very interesting but by the end of the series I was practically scratching my eyes out wanting Inuyasha to decide who to be with!!! (which is Kagome for me, by the way :3)
Also, there is a huge lack of character development (which isn't surprising seeming as the manga was still going strong at the time so nothing conclusive could happen in the anime dissapointingly) especially with Shippo, Koga & Kagome (Miroku and Sango as well, but... XD no spoilers!)
The most annoying thing by far is the ending, which is so unfinished I'm hoping that someday this anime will carry on!!
Things I do like now I've had my rant XD:
Artwork (Rumiko Takahashi has a refreshingly unique style) Characters (even though they don't have much development they are very likeable) and the fights are infact not the worst I've seen (although Inuyasha goes a bit overkill on the wind scar sometimes)
Yes, some of the jokes are overused (sit boy much?) but I still like them
I would recommend this anime to anybody who wants an anime that ticks most categories (fighting, humour, romance etc. etc.) and also fans of the manga! (well duh!) read more
Aug 4, 2009
Character growth was a major issue in this show. Many of the main characters like Kagome and Sango lacked developement of any kind. During the fillers, the onslaught of minor characters killed me. I found myself resenting almost ever single petty character, demon or human, that would take up one whole filler episode.
The artwork of the series was great, as expected of Rumiko Takahashi. The anime transferred the art from the manga perfectly and nothing else can be said.
While listening to the soundtrack of this show, I am always reminded of how much the music impacted the show. The music was beautifully composed and preformed. Some of the opening and ending themes could have been chosen more carefully, but was great none the less.
The plot was, at times, very repetative. The fillers were agonizing to watch for a lot of people, including myself. I did enjoy myself watching when there was an actual storyline. Overall, the story could have been better in many aspects.
My rating is fair in my point of view and so is my review. Looking back, I really did enjoy myself watching this anime, no matter what people think.
--Rennemeow :) read more
Jan 17, 2009
Story (4/10): Repetitive, it's always about killing some demon, and the demon always gets killed in the same way. Unsatisfying ending.
Art (6/10): The art is probably the only good part of this anime. It is smooth and fairly detailed.
Sound (4/10): Really not much to say.
Character (5/10): I find the characters annoying because they don't change at all throuhgout the series, and are always up to the same things. The only characters there are are the repetitive main characters or the useless villagers. The only reason this got a 5 was because the character history was pretty good.
Enjoyment (4/10): Enjoyable at first, but then the repetitiveness gets to you.
Overall (5/10) read more
Dec 12, 2009
Whether you're a child, teenager, adult, boy, girl, whatever... you'll connect to either or any of the wide array of chracters introduced throughout this series. Many people are initially turned off to the show because of its less-than-mature animation, but don't let that deter you from this above-average series. The sound is fairly good too because of the sounds made to make you feel you're in the world of feudal Japan.
It seems that both main characters Kagome and Inuyasha were destined to cross paths as Kagome's family's shrine has a direct portal to Inuyasha's time and since their union both frequent each other's timelines. Kagome's family also have hightened spiritual awareness and oddly don't mind Inuyasha's appearance. The main villain, however, seems like an itch that can't be scratched as Inuyasha and his companions aren't able to defeat him thoughout each encounter.
Because of the series length, over time you can see the overall difficulty to bring the saga to a close as this sacred Shikon Jewel (protected by The Priestess of the jewel, entrusted to Kikyo, lover of Inuyasha) that gets shattered throughout Feudal Japan. After a few episodes of Inuyasha, Miroku, Sango, and Shippo (a young fox demon with shapeshifting powers) join Inuyasha's plight to reunite with his long-lost lover Kikyo and become a full human being to live the rest of his natural life with her. Kagome is believed to be the reincarnation of Kikyo. Miroku, Sango, and Shippo all have their reasons to join Inuyasha and Kagome as the antagonist, Naraku, seems to have spun his webs of darkness upon all of them. The only true connection is the Jewel. If you've already finished watching this 167-ep long series, you'll be left wanting more.
Watch Inuyahsa: Kenketsu-hen (the final act) if you want to continue with the story the first series left off.
Minus the bits of filler throughout this series, you'll find enjoyment. I hope all who watch this series enjoy it! read more
Feb 27, 2008
I've seen all the episodes. In the beginning it started great, there was a great story and a good love story between Kagome and Inu-Yasha. Also the other characters were good. Especially Kikyo and Sesshomaru. They just added a new demenshion to the show.
Now it was really good for a while, but it just keeps going on forever. They re-tell the same basic stories over and over again. The biggest problem I had it with this show is the love story between Inu-Yasha and Kagome. Do they love each other on don't they. Will they tell each other how the feel or won't they. It just keeps on going for 167 episodes. I stopped watching other shows for the same reason. Also at the end they haven't resolved anything. I am extremely disappointed in this show.
At the beginning I would have given this show a 9 or 10. read more