Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Inu Yasha Seventh Season|
Genres: Anime & Manga, Animation
Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 04/28/2009 Run time: 500 minutes
In Defense of Inuyasha
Jonathan McCartney | Pennsylvania | 03/09/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, this anime was over-hyped. Yes, the fanboyism was tough to stomach. Yes, it aired on adult swim. Inuyasha's popularity was tremendous...so tremendous, in fact, that there was bound to be a backlash in the otaku community. A considerably large reactionary anti-Inuyasha group arose within the community of anime fans which claimed that Inuyasha suffered from lame writing and bad animation. Well, guess what? It does...at times, anyway.
That said, Inuyasha deserves its place on anime's top shelf. Why? Several reasons...first and foremost is the artistic vision of Rumiko Takahashi, the author of the original manga. Her vision, which the creators of the anime reproduced quite faithfully, paints a marvelous fantasy set in the feudal era of Japan. Blending Japanese mythology with images of both Buddhism and Shinto, Takahashi's vision is unparalleled in anime. This combined with her tight plotting, clever storyline and composer Kaoru Wada's first rate soundtrack make Inuyasha a true triumph in not only anime but in film altogether.
Now for the negative...Inuyasha did suffer from logistical problems during its production. The creators of the anime wanted to reproduce Takahashi's manga faithfully and did just that--that is, until the anime caught up to the manga storyline. Then, the anime creators were forced to create "filler" episodes that had little impact on the central stories or characters until enough new manga material was released. This does grow tiresome but it shouldn't take anything away from any of Inuyasha's many marvelous episodes. Another problem is the anime's ending, or lack thereof. The fact is, the anime caught up to the manga once again and the creators decided that, rather than run the anime into the ground with another season of filler, they should pull the plug. Although this left many fans with a bitter taste in their mouths and pleased the haters, this actually was the right thing to do. The anime had been very faithful to the manga up until this point and the creators did not want to stray from that path, so they chose the path of artistic integrity and I, for one, am glad they did. This enabled the Inuyasha anime to end while it was still popular and also enabled it to retain its artistic sincerity. I have chosen to read the remaining manga (Inuyasha ran for a whopping 56 volumes!) to experience the rest of the story as Takahashi intended.
In summation, don't believe the haters...Inuyasha really is a great anime and even though it has its flaws, if you really give it a chance, there is no reason why you couldn't enjoy it. I know that I will buy this seventh season when it is released--I purchased the first six, after all. ;)
The Finale Of This Great Anime Series Reaches It's Finale
Rich | CA | 04/23/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've seen this wonderful series from beginning to end, and I'm still entertained every time I watch a previous episode from an earlier season.
Even though the anime series ends here many fans know that the manga series continued for a while longer before ending the series last year, and I truly hope the creators of the anime series are able to continue later on and make new episodes of Inu Yasha to reach the manga finale. The series characters are memorable and grew on you with Kagome the young girl from the present time who falls into the mystical well on her families shrine into the feudal times of Japan, Inu Yasha the half-demon who after a half century awaken when Kagome appears in the past and frees him from his sleep, Miroku the lecherous monk whose family was cursed by the half-demon Naraku, Sango whose whole village and family except her younger brother was killed by one of Naraku's plots and has as her companion a demon cat Kilala, and finally Shippo the young fox demon whose father was killed by a pair of demons and meets up later with Kagome and Inu Yasha during his search to become more powerful. Of course there's more to the series but you'll see that through the series and how these strangers slowly become friends to about family, you'll of course have the usual powerful enemy by the way of Naraku, a older brother of Inu Yasha Seeshomaru who walks the path of being the groups ally/enemy, and finally another enemy/ally as well as love interest Kikyo the dead priestess whose resurrected who Inu Yasha loved and was killed by Naraku and thinking that it was Inu Yasha that gave her the mortal wound imprisons him to a sacred tree. The animation is great clear and detailed nicely, and the voice cast for the Japanese subbed were great as well as the English dubbed. So I know it's a little pricey but since this is the last season box and I know most as well as myself consider this series a great one to have I say complete collection you'll be very happy that you did..."
All You Could Hope For And Then Some!
madscientistandartist | Mighty Chicagoland! | 01/06/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm not a kid. I'm well-seasoned and well-read, so I think I can speak from a more adult point of view.
This series rocks! Some otaku (generally a pejorative term) have panned the series based on what is no doubt a superficial assessment. I have read the manga, seen all the episodes (to date) and seen all four of the movies. I also have all the Japanese versions of the manga, all the art books, and a little known book on the psychology of InuYasha. I can say, without fear of contradiction, that this is a WONDERFULLY written series that kids would certainly enjoy. I think the monsters may be a bit much for the 6 and younger set, but that may well be my only caution. Those who denegrate it, obviously weren't really paying attention to the story. And it sure does have one.
The story of InuYasha is a complicated tale that includes trial and tragedy, betrayal, and lost love. It is even on some levels, a deeply moving story that features a detailed history, complex and interwoven plot, and engaging and charismatic characters.
There are areas in both the manga and the anime where the story lags somewhat, but in my estimated opinion, they are not that much of a problem. There is plenty of action, humor, and imagery to keep a kid thoroughly enthralled. Best of all, just when I think I've grown weary of it; the moment I catch a few old episodes, I fall in love with it all over again.
To the curmudgeons of anime, I'd say move along to your giant robots. This one is for those of us who enjoy a good fantasy romp with characters that can become like friends."
Great Prelude for Season 8 (Yes, Season 8)
Someone | Somewhere | 10/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you're reading a review for the 7th season of Inuyasha, you're most likely a committed fan and don't need much convincing as to whether or not you'll want to own this set.
And to clear up any doubts or confusion, there is most definitely an 8th season. Episodes have already aired in Japan. Do a google search or visit websites like Viz's, and see for yourself.
As far as this season is concerned the price tag isn't justified, but I still enjoyed the episodes immensely. The storyline moves the characters closer and closer to a final confrontation with Naraku, but the ending makes it absolutely clear that this will not be the end of the anime. Not a single aspect of the plot is wrapped up. And, as the announcement of Inuyasha the Final Act confirmed for me, nobody in their right mind possessing even the smallest shred of common sense would have allowed the anime series to simply end with episode 167 and the 4th movie. But, there are still many things to appreciate about these episodes. The storyline and plot progress in the same manner as fans have come to expect. And what I found to be particularly enjoyable were the episodes dedicated to individual subplots such as the two episodes dedicated to a closer look at how Inuyasha and Kikyo met, the episode featuring flashbacks of Sango and Kohaku's past, the episode where Shippo unleashes his arsenal of fox-demon magic with great and humorous success against his opponents, or the episode where Kagome's friends finally meet Inuyasha. Some people tend to label these as "filler" episodes. But I've always found that regardless of whether or not certain episodes were drawn from the Mangas, they've always managed to give the viewer a more in-depth, and often humorous, look at the characters and who they are. These episodes are no exception and help make the viewing experience entirely worthwhile.
Hopefully, this will help any undecided buyers. This isn't the end of the anime. And this is most definitely a worthy addition to the Inuyasha saga. I'm eagerly looking forward to the 8th season."