First Date: InuYasha the Final Act

Topic started by gia on Oct. 5, 2009. Last post by Riley 4 years, 12 months ago.
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
 

Vital Stats:

Title: InuYasha the Final Act
Japanese Title:  犬夜叉 完結編 
Studio: Sunrise
Licensor: VIZ Media
Director: Yasunao Aoki
Based On: Rumiko Takahashi's manga of the same name.

The Story

  
  
Cramming the basic story of InuYasha into 60 seconds is HARD.
 
Now when we last left our heroes, they were trying to locate and destroy Naraku's heart...preferably without Kagome failing school.  (Although how she hasn't already completely failed is well beyond me.)
 

The Review

I usually try to avoid anyone else's comments about something before I write my review on it, but in this case-- where I was watching the first episode of a sequel years after having watched the original, which I'd never finished anyway so I was way behind and trying to play catch-up --a friend's complaints made me go back and re-watch the episode before I decided that he was right.
 
The thing he was right about is that the first episode of InuYasha: The Final Act is...fast. Very, very fast. What would have probably been a five-episode arc in the original series has been crammed into a single episode here. Is it just panic at trying to get so much content into fewer episodes-- potentially a sign of a budget problem? Alternatively, is it just that they really want to catch readers by throwing a lot of Big Happenings out very early on? That I don't know.
 
Setting aside the matter of pacing, it seems like pretty standard InuYasha fare. I wouldn't try jumping into it if you're not already familiar with the story via the manga or first anime series-- it really jumps right into the middle of things and you'll end up rather bewildered by it all, I expect. But all the standard setups-- Kagome trying to pass school , the weirdness with Kikyo, Miroku trying to sneak out on Sango, Jaken being a doofus, all that good stuff --are in there. 
 
Hopefully Sunrise will cool it with the pacing in the next couple of episodes, or we might get through to the ending in RECORD BLITZ TIME.
 
This is a rathe unique series, since it's being simulcast on Hulu. That means that now that you've read the review, you can watch the episode...right here!
 
 
  
 

Ratings (of 5):

Story: ♥♥
Animation: ♥♥♥
Characters: ♥♥♥
OP/ED Themes: ♥♥♥

Overall: ♥♥ ♥
 

IF, THEN

If you like these shows, you might like InuYasha The Final Act.
- InuYasha
- Dororo
- Bleach

Release Info:

Released: October 3rd, 2009
Length: Ongoing; unknown
Features:
- English subtitles 
- Simulcast-- watch here.
Post by sunflower (191 posts) See mini bio Level 1
It was fast!  I watched it and thought 'OMG they moved that quickly?'  After the years of dragging on, they decided to bullet-train it?  With only 26 episodes and 21 volumes to cover, that's way too much.  They should have at least gone 52 episodes.
Post by Agent_Lost (1,124 posts) See mini bio Level 10
Sadly, I can't not watch the episode since I'm out side of the US.
Post by Riley (1 posts) See mini bio Level 2

I'm going to watch it. I have to say, I didn;t think that they'd bring it back. I  always thought they would leave it the way they had, thank heavens they didn;t. I love this show.
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