Reviews: Inuyasha

Similar to it\'s Namesake

Inuyasha the series is much like Inuyasha the character. It's hot-blooded but takes a while to do the obvious thing. Sometimes this combination of treats is endearing, sometimes it's infuriating.

Inuyasha was one of the few Shonen I watched as a young girl, and it hasn't really aged well, though it is still enjoyable in my opinion.

The series is rather cliche in a lot of ways. It's pretty upon hearing the premise that they are eventually going to stop the evil Naraku, and you know how the love triangle is going to conclude (hint, main character). So much of it is just foregone conclusion. That isn't something that bothers me honestly, many of my favorite stories are cliche-ridden.

No the big problem is this series is way longer then it has any right to be. You could cut the episode number in half and be fine. It doesn't help that it seems like no progress against Naraku is EVER being made. Long series can get away with having the same antagonist if it at least FEELS like their is progress. The pacing just feels so slow.

Besides that, I'm not a huge fan of Kagome. She ranges from angsy to being tolerably boring.

On the bright side the two big Dog Demons, Inuyasha and Sesshoumaru were fun. Inuyasha is a pretty recognizable Anime Protagonist, and even if he is annoying at times, I found him pleasant enough to watch. Sesshoumaru's character redemption is perhaps the sole good thing that came from the series being as long as it (though I would still say you can do the same thing in a much shorter time). Sesshoumaru as the antihero gets by far the most interesting character development in the series, similar to Vegeta in Dragon Ball Z, and his general arc of becoming good is the most interesting thing.

Some other good things I will say are that alot of the big fights are entertaining to watch (very important for a Shonen), particularly because many of the weapons and powers in Inuyasha are rather interesting. Even in the far more rapid-paced and crazy ability using Shonen of today, abilities like Zeido Mangetsuha and Bakusaiga's Posion ability would feel right at home.

It's a fun series, if only it was shorter and the Heroine had a more likable personality.


A Rumiko Takahashi classic

I think everyone agrees on that one, Inuyasha is a classic indeed.

The characters are interesting, albeit not very original, and the dynamics between them are kinda typical of a Takahashi work. Let's see: two Tsunderes leads who beat around the bush for so long it becomes really annoying; the token Mouthy Kid; a Yamato Nadeshiko with Action Girl undertones and a Handsome Lech that lusts after her and anything wearing a skirt. Add to that a very evil Big Bad, an Aloof Big Brother, a bunch of spectacularly incompetent Mooks and you've got the cast in a nutshell.

What are they after? A Mac Guffin that will grant them their wishes for power, purity etc... And sharing one's life between Sengoku era and the modern days is SUCH a pain for poor Kagome, really. And Inuyasha had it SO rough as a kid. And so did Miroku who lost his father just like Shippou and Sango who had it even worse with loosing her whole village. Sensing a pattern here? There are much more ways to give characters consistence, you know.

Don't get me wrong, I actually enjoyed the series. But really, do we need SEVEN seasons to get to the conclusion when THREE seasons would have done the trick? Do we need so many filler episodes? And this is what's a real pity actually because the show had much potential with that whole time travel thing and it could have been epic in the proper sense of the word if the fight scenes and the dialogues were a little less trite. And the way the story flounders and drags along for so long can eventually wear out even the most patient viewer.

All in all, it's still very watchable but its replay value is somewhat limited and the countless episodes make the majority of them easily forgettable. As for the manga, which I couldn't finish for the same reason, it is still pretty good stuff but, once you're done with it, you don't feel like reading it again although YMMV still applies I suppose.

It Neither Disappointed nor Exceeded.

I read this manga series expecting it to be good but clichéd, with unoriginal but well-executed characters. It was. It wasn't better or worse than I expected it to be. There's a LOT of Expies from Ranma One Half, too.

To start with the expies... I enjoyed the series due to the characters, but I couldn't help but see how much of an expy Inu Yasha is of Ranma. They both are obstinate, find it difficult to say anything related to love, and even look the same, to name just a few traits. Not that this is a bad thing—I liked Ranma.

This leads me to another point. Is Rumiko Takahashi capable of drawing distinct young faces? Sure, sometimes an older character will have a dramatically different face from the rest, but Takahashi suffers from a VERY severe case of Only Six Faces. The art was also sometimes too abstract in showing what she wanted to convey. But though the art is lacking in some aspects, she is rather good at drawing proportionately and can even pull off a little High Octane Nightmare Fuel when she wants to.

The story sometimes dragged, too. It seemed as though nothing the characters could do could even touch Naraku until the very end, and lots of scenes happened that didn't have much to do with the plot at all. There were some good points to this, though: it helped the author develop the characters more. For example, Sesshomaru's gradual change from a villain to an Anti Hero wouldn't have been nearly as smooth or effective had it been speeded up.

The plot wasn't very original, either. That wasn't to say I didn't enjoy it, it's just that it was very, very archetypical—you know, the Big Fight between Good and Evil., but with a couple of Anti Heroes (Sesshomaru and a rare female Anti Hero, Kikyo) and Anti Villains like Kagura thrown in. I liked that there was a female Anti Hero(ine)—you don't see those too often.

Overall it was a good series but lacking originality. I liked it but it was REALLY long so I probably won't read much of it again. I recommend it to those who enjoy an archetypical fantasy and who have quite a while on their hands to read it in.