Within the dark recesses of Horai Island, a group of half-demons lives under the demonic rule of the Four War Gods. Escaping with barely a shred of hope, Ai, the youngest of the half-demons, returns to the island with Inu... more »yasha, who must face not only the Four War Gods, but the past he left behind on the island fifty years ago.« less
Christi S. (Kris) from FREMONT, CA Reviewed on 1/31/2013...
Inuyasha is a half-dog and half-human demon controlled by magic beads who travels with a Japanese school girl named Kagome. They work with a team on a quest through Japan to find jewel shards to avoid them being found by Naraku who wants them to become a full demon.
InuYasha is good Manga that is appropriate for those in Jr. High, as my daughter is. There is definate violence and some mild language with some suggestive themes. Much manga out there is overtly sexual and discusses subject matter inappropriate for those not yet in High School, but this one does not. My daughter loves the series and the movie. Though manga is not my cup of tea, Inuyasha is one of the manga videos that I didn't mind watching with her more than once.
Yadzia R. from LAKE WORTH, FL Reviewed on 3/18/2011...
Half demon kids, funny parts, Kagome deadly eye stare, Inuyasha kicking butt,
shippo's sarcasm, I just loved this movie. XD I would definitely say get it. There are four Inuyasha movies.. and not one dissapoints. :)
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Mystic Island Entertainment Destination
Patricia M. Pellerito | 07/10/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yep, I'm a die-hard "InuYasha" fan. I liked "Guren no Hourijima" (a/k/a Fire on the Mystic Island) for the same reasons some reviewers took exception to the film! I originally purchased this film last year as an R2 in the original Japanese. And, where I enjoyed the three previous InuYasha films, the 4th film is my favorite because it's the most purely entertaining of the quartet.
So should you buy this DVD? I say yes for these reasons:
1) It has a clean, elegant plot-line. On the surface, "InuYasha:FOTMI" might be an expansion of the "Monster of the Week" premise, however, the real message is driven home by a strong emphasis on family and friends. A mix of appealing characters, stong moral conviction, and selflessness, creates a family-friendly anime experience. If you have kids, this film will open up some great discussions.
For tried and true fans of the "InuYasha" series, "FOTMI" provides a nice break from the Shikon scavenger hunt. No Naraku, no exhusting plot twists to drive you crazy -- just straight forward action and great reparte between beloved characters. Don't fret, there's some nice heart-tugging moments sure to please us old-schoolers!
2) This is one anime franchise children and parents can watch together and enjoy equally. The action is exciting, well choreographed and discrete; characters are well developed.
3) No sexually objectionable or explicit content. Some of the dialog contains 'rough' language (and probably will, too, in the English dub). However I've heard FAR worse on network TV and famous cable music and comedy channels during prime time!
4) Technically, I appreciated Kyoto Studio's return to model for the character designs. Unlike the previous three wonderful films, the character designs for "InuYasha:FOTMI" were taken from the television series models.
"InuYasha: FOTMI" is a particularly beautiful anime, with an emphasis on lush, vivid backgrounds as a setting for the action. The animators created a magical feast for the eye. The visuals meet, and frequently exceed, Miyazaki standards in this film. The frame count is robust -- no cheating! -- and the CG is minimal, used only to enhance the animation, not overwhelm.
5) If a visual banquet and heart-touching story isn't enough, add Karou Wada's dynamic musical score. Wada-san is the John-Williams of anime music. Besides "InuYasha", his portfolio includes music for the hit series "Samauri 7", as well as many, many other series. Wada-san's score is excellent and fits the characters and action perfectly. Other musical suprises include the EP "Rakuen", which topped the Nihon top 40 after the film's theatrical release in December 04.
I'm enjoyed this wonderful series and enthusiastically collect every new N.A. release. I hope this review encourages new viewers to check out "InuYasha: FOTMI" on DVD: I also hope it convinces other anime fans to pick up a copy, too!"
A Solid Inuyasha Movie
Dylan | Pennsylvania, United States | 08/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just purchased Inuyasha the Movie 4: Fire on the Mystic Island and I must admit that it was pretty good. I love Inuyasha and this movie had all the elements that make Inuyasha great. It has a solid story, powerful foes, and the classic bonds between Inuyasha and his friends which makes them work so well together.
Specifically, this movie focuses on Inuyasha, Kikyo, and yes, even a little bit on Sesshomaru's pasts. Inuyasha and the crew come across a half demon girl from Inuyasha's past and save her from a powerful enemy. Soon the gang is pulled into an epic battle on a mystic island with 4 powerful war gods. This movie has good battles and I really enjoyed Inuyasha using the Adamant Barrage for the first time since he used it in the show.
I recommend this movie to any fan of Inuyasha, but suggest you buy the third movie before this one, it was much better. My favorite scenes in this movie have to be Sesshomaru's battles. A flaw in this movie is that not only Sesshomaru's, though his specifically, but all the character's fights are too short.The only other complaint I had was the lack of Naraku. He did not make one appearance in this movie and he's my second favorite character! Still, I love this show and this movie kept me interested until it was over. I believe any fan of Inuyasha will enjoy this movie."
Dylan | 08/16/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I read a lot of negative reviews about this movie, some going as far as saying that it isn't worth buying. I bought it anyway, and was pleasantly surprised. I liked that the characters look more like they do in the series, while the other movies changed their designs. This animation in many scenes is superior to the previous movies, though I admit the plot is not all that great. The battles are a bit too short, and I would have liked Sesshomaru's scenes to be longer. As a matter of fact, the dominant reason for my deduction of one star is that Sesshomaru only shows up a few times, but always at the PERFECT time. I also didn't like the Four War Gods very much, but that makes watching them being crushed by Sesshomaru and Inuyasha even more fun. All in all, I'd call it a must-have for any Inuyasha fan. P.S. My copy came with a limited-time-only Movie Soundtrack, so don't wait too long to buy it!"
Not breaking new ground
Dragonlady | 03/02/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Fire on the Mystic Island is like the filler episode of the movie series. It's fun, it's pretty, it's got some great fights and some good dialogue and character interaction, but you don't really learn anything about the characters or the world of the series that you didn't already know. While I was watching it, I didn't get the feeling at any point that I was watching a movie. It felt just like a really long episode of the anime. If all that is what you're looking for, then you're in luck. If not, you probably won't enjoy it as much as the other three movies."
Better than I had expected.
I. Tan | Saskatchewan Canada | 08/13/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After reading several negative comments from Inuyasha fans, I had no expectations when I bought this movie. It turned out better than I had expected. The critism of some fans are founded, they don't know what Sesshomaru was doing on the island, since he is not a half demon, they don't understand how he got the marks. The background music is exceptionally good for movie 4. I found the art work equal in quality to the tv series and the other 3 movies although I found some camera angles of Inuyasha funny. Inuyasha's language is not as vulgar as in the last half of the tv series. I prefer to watch this is Japanese dialogue with English subtitles although the English voice overs were excellent.
Some fans have criticised this movie as being aimless, an indication that the producers are running out of ideas but I disagree with that. It's a good story, like the others.
I bought the region 1 DVD from a large retail store and it was faulty. For the first 15 minutes, parts of the audio and video repeated itself. I exchanged it for another disk and the same problem persists. I'm still trying to get an error free disk. I'm not sure if anyone else experienced the same disk error with this movie. I am now wary of collecting the other 3 movies in code 1 fearing similar disk errors."