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INUYASHA #1 - - Special Review

Animators wanted it more back then.

It’s an easy trap to fall into - - to look at the best material that’s lasted from a time gone by and to assume that everything back then was as good. I’m aware of that, but I’ve still got to say that shows from the pre-digital era at least seem like their staffs wanted it more badly. INUYASHA has so much full animation - - the truly painstaking kind which features a ton of Z-axis motion - - that you’ve got to figure that the animators’ loved ones were being threatened on the condition of this show’s success.

And the plot moves at an exhilarating pace. I checked the time code at one point, thinking I might have accidentally clicked on a double-sized pilot, and was kind-of shocked to find this was just a 22-minute episode that packed 44 minutes of plot into its runtime. There’s no BS about doddering along to the meat of the story; not nonsense about it “getting good after episode 5.” INUYASHA hits the ground running and grabs immediately for your throat in much the same fashion that YU YU HAKUSHO’s opener did.

As I’ve said many times, Toonami wasn’t my formative experience for anime, so I don’t have any nostalgia for titles on its line-up and, thus, feel like my perspective is a little more objective. To be honest, this opener hasn’t hooked me as deeply as the other classic series I’ve covered here (it probably comes down to the design of our titular half-demon), but I’ve got much admiration for how properly it started its drama. There was a palpable sense of urgency here, and a genuine feeling of transgression when the curse was finally reversed. This is how you start a show.

As a post-script, watching this show made me realize that the Japanese schoolgirl uniform is really strange, in of itself. I guess it fits that sailor-inspired fashion was mandatory in the 50’s or the 60’s - - Donald Duck might’ve been really popular - - but how has it endured this long after the 70's?

Watch this episode, "The Girl Who Overcame Time... and the Boy Who Was Just Overcome" here and decide for yourself.

Tom Pinchuk’s a writer and personality with a large number of comics, videos and features like this to his credit. Visit his website - - tompinchuk.com - - and follow his Twitter: @tompinchuk

sora_thekey moderator on Sept. 25, 2012 at 1:01 p.m.

I love Inu-Yasha... I'll admit, I haven't finished watching it but I wish I could (there's no place on the internet where I can watch it legally and all I have are the first 2 seasons on DVD). I agree with your opinion Tom, the one thing I don't understand is this:

As a post-script, watching this show made me realize that the Japanese schoolgirl uniform is really strange, in of itself.

Why is it strange? Other than the fact that it's too short.

Halberdierv2on Sept. 25, 2012 at 2:18 p.m.

this is one of the few animes I have no problem watching in English, the VA is good enough to go with the story, and gives out the feeling well. Inu Yasha does a good job of blending the Shounen and Shoujo elements that Takakashi's work always seem to contain.

Dream moderator on Sept. 25, 2012 at 2:53 p.m.
Guess I can call Inuyasha one of my few guilty pleasure anime titles I've enjoyed. Yes, the anime drags itself out too much, is littered with repetitive plot developments, relies too much on power upgrades in later episodes and has quite a bit of filler like enough shounen action titles of its scope. But I'm a sap for the show's soundtrack, the characters are enjoyable enough without grating on your nerves like a certain knucklehead ninja or Saiyan, and Naraku is fleshed-out enough in personality and background where he's more than your standard garden variety baddie bragging about how strong he is or wanting to take over the world. I'm not the biggest Rumiko Takakashi fan nowadays, but Inuyasha was entertaining for me in my early years as an anime fan.
zaldaron Sept. 25, 2012 at 8:02 p.m.

Wow tom..I have lost all faith in your taste now. This show is so incredibly terrible and stupid. Sigh....I give you that the first episode might be good, but by about episode ten you realize all the episodes are the same, and the show goes on forever...I mean forever...you thought yu yu had a ton of episodes this gets up to Dragon Ball levels and the best part. IT HAS NO ENDING! That's right...you watch like 200 or 300 episodes and you don't even get an ending...the last episode ends on the line "we are not done yet...we are going to get new shoes and keep fighting Naraku" (or something like that). My rage at this show (as you might have noticed) is rather large.

Give me the slow character development that doesn't rely on action or good artwork but STORY, and something that is actually thought provoking like Lain over this anyday. But then I actually read books with you know words...things by Dickens..not comic books. Sigh....

tristenkw5on Sept. 26, 2012 at 2:08 a.m.

@zaldar: I've never understood why having to imagine what's going on vs. seeing what's going on means you have stronger mind power (a la comics/graphic novels vs. novels). Just because you don't get bored by a lack of illustration doesn't make you some kind of higher thinking being....and putting down those who do just makes you a snob. And please skip the "that's not what I said" part of this because it is what you implied.

Words don't equal story anymore than pictures do. You can tell a fantastic story without words just as well. Of course if being narrow-minded makes that too hard to comprehend, I guess reading those things with the words isn't having the effect you think it does.

For the record, I have nothing against books and don't mind a good read myself. I also have not honestly seen Inuyasha in quite a while, but do remember it having many more ups than downs. The ending is a shame though, I really wish they would've come up with some way to finish it....http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_InuYasha:_The_Final_Act_episodes

No_name_here staff on Sept. 26, 2012 at 11:24 a.m.

@sora_thekey said:

I agree with your opinion Tom, the one thing I don't understand is this:

As a post-script, watching this show made me realize that the Japanese schoolgirl uniform is really strange, in of itself.

Why is it strange? Other than the fact that it's too short.

I'd understand it better if it was for private schools, but it seems like the standard public school dress? It just seems really showy for something in real life - - how indistinguishable is it from other outlandish outfits in anime, you know?

@Halberdierv2 said:

this is one of the few animes I have no problem watching in English, the VA is good enough to go with the story, and gives out the feeling well.

Yeah. I've heard similar things. Don't know if I'll get around to hearing it though. Maybe it's a licensing issue, but it's only sub on Hulu, right now.

@Dream said:

Guess I can call Inuyasha one of my few guilty pleasure anime titles I've enjoyed. Yes, the anime drags itself out too much, is littered with repetitive plot developments, relies too much on power upgrades in later episodes and has quite a bit of filler like enough shounen action titles of its scope.

I can see it being one of those shows that plays better in the aggregate...

@zaldar said:

Wow tom..I have lost all faith in your taste now.

Didn't that happen several times already? And weren't you leaving?

@tristenkw5 said:

...and putting down those who do just makes you a snob.

Guys who talk all the time about how tough they are, are usually pretty wimpy in reality. Likewise, guys who talk all the time about how smart and cultured they are, are usually...

GOKUvsVEGETAon Sept. 27, 2012 at 1:08 p.m.

The animation in early Inuyasha is among the best in anime, but when it switches over to digital, it loses charm (Final Act and the movies being exceptions).

zaldaron Sept. 28, 2012 at 2:55 p.m.

@tristenkw5: Well obviously I disagree. Thinking is always better than seeing, but it depends of course on what you are seeing as well. There are comics and manga that are thought provoking and interesting just as there are books that are not. Seriously if you think superman comics are intelligent I feel for you.

@No_name_here: Oh yes it has, but this just takes the cake. How anyone can consider the very basic I want to be bad but I love this girl though I can't admit it so I am going to be good but still say I want to be bad plot her is in any way intelligent just truly grates on me. But then I could care less about art style unless it is truly terrible so I basically ignored half of this article. I still come to read some things here but I have much better things to do with my time than keep up with every thing you post, which is what I did before. I shall probably remain when you review things I am familiar with though, but yeah no longer use your recommendations. I mean what happened to you talking about Eva, and bringing in references from classic literature? Reading stuff you write no longer makes me feel more intelligent. Which is sad.

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