Just as Hojo asks Kagome for their first date, she has to leave to continue her mission in the Warring States period. With Inu-Yasha and fox-spirit Shippo, she battles demons that recall the spider-monsters in many Kabuk... more »i plays. Between battles, Inu-Yasha seems to admit an unexpected affection for Kagome, an admission linked to his demonic powers fading during the dark of the moon. In the multi-part adventure that begins with "Kikyo's Stolen Ashes," the filmmakers presenting conflicting versions of the relationship between Kikyo and Inu-Yasha, Rashomon-style. Did Inu-Yasha love Kikyo and seek the power of the Sacred Jewel to become fully human and live with her? And, more importantly, who betrayed whom, leading to the battle that left Inu-Yasha pinned to a tree by Kikyo's arrow? These intriguing plot twists typify Takahashi's sophisticated story-telling. (Unrated: suitable for ages 13 and older: violence, grotesque imagery, brief nudity) --Charles Solomon« less
Human Inu Yasha? ya can't go wrong with that! -^_^-
corrupted_youth | Fallston, MD, USA | 05/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There is no way you could go wrong with a human InuYasha! This DVD includes eps. 13:Mystery Of the New Moon and the Black-Haired InuYasha, 14:Kikyo's Stolen Ashes, & 15:Return of the Tragic Priestess, Kikyo. 13:
InuYasha & Kagome are scouting for shards of the sacred jewel, when they stumble upon a girl named Nazuna, who was attacked by a spider head. since InuYasha & Kagome have no where to go,Nazuna's master lets them stay in his temple.but as night falls & the new moon rises,the Hanyou, InuYasha transforms into a human.14:
Chaos is brought upon Kaede's village as a demoness named Urasue raids Kikyo's grave for her ashes & creates a "puppet" of her, but first she must get Kikyo's soul out of Kagome's body.15:
InuYasha & Kikyo are united after fifty years.InuYasha is suprised to find that her soul is full of hatred for him,thus creating a one-sided battle to define who was the real traitor & also so Kikyo can rest in peace knowing that InuYasha is dead."
"New Moon" is definately a Keeper!
Patricia Pellerito | 05/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Inuyasha is an amazing series. The story is addictive, the characters engaging and the quality of the animation and soundtrack is one of the best in production animation. This series is technically on the par with feature anime films.
VIZ/ShoPro does a great job bringing the series to DVD. The product is excellent; menu screens are beautifully executed with and easy to navigate. The anime itself is crisp, colorful and the sound clear. You'll also like the bonus line art and bi-lingual cast lists which correspond to each released episode.
The NA voice cast is nearly as well-matched to their characters as the original Japanese cast. But, if you don't like dubs, the subtitles are very well done. No muddled "Engrish", and very close to original manga dialog so far! (Listening, Taiwan?)I'd recommend this series to anyone who appreciates beautiful animation, a rousing adventure story, romance, or just a good, old fashion anime "rice opera"! I'm looking forward to the next two scheduled releases this summer. Hope you'll do the same."
A Must-Have for Inu Yasha Fans
J. Margerum | Topsham, ME United States | 03/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The secret of the new moon is this: Inu Yasha becomes fully human during the night of a full moon--one full night without his youkai enhanced senses, incredible strength and agility, and rapid healing. One night of vulnerability a month normally wouldn't be so bad, but this is the night Inu Yasha and company find themselves stranded in a land infested with spider-headed demons. In addition to the pitched supernatural battles Inu Yasha fans have come to know and love, there are some rare moments of tenderness between Kagome and the mortally wounded Inu Yasha. In short, if you are an Inu Yasha fan or are wondering why you should be, don't miss this DVD!The Inu Yasha series features moderate violence and occultic/horrific themes based in Japanese mythology which are probably too intense for small children. I would therefore recommend this for viewers ages 13 and up."
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J. Margerum | 04/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These episodes are great. In the first: THe Secret of the New Moon and the Black Haired Inu-Yasha happens when he saves this girl from the Spider-head demons and they stay the night. Well, the head spider-head guy bites IY after he turns into a human and poisons him and the group has to hide and keep IY alive for the night until he can turn back into his halfdemon self. He has none of his half-demon powers b/c of the LACK of moon being the new moon and he has to wait until the sun comes up to defeat the bad guys. Then, the next two episodes are about Kikyou ressurected and how she blames Inu-Yasha for killing her: the Return of the Tragic Priestess Kikyou. When in fact it was a foul demon called Naraku who had tricked them both into slaying one another. GOOOOOOOOD episodes that coincide with mangabook numbers 5 and 6!"
Gorgeous Human Inuyasha!
L. Mintah | USA | 08/31/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Inuyasha: Secret of the New Moon contains episodes 13-15 of Rumiko Takahashi's very long, and still in production at the time of this review, anime/manga series. Inuyasha ("dog-demon")is a young, brash hanyou ("half-demon") living in feudal Japan. His father was a powerful dog-demon, his mother a beautiful, high-class lady. Inuyasha wants to be a full demon. He is after the Sacred Jewel ("Shikon no Tama") that will help him achieve this.
Kagome Higurashi is a 15 year-old girl who lives in a temple with her mother, younger brother, and grandfather. Her grandfather tries to interest her in ancient stories of demons and the history of the temple, but Kagome is bored. Her attitude changes when she is pulled down a well by a female centipede-demon. Kagome is hurled into feudal Japan, where she meets Inuyasha.
Episode 13 - "Mystery of the New Moon and the Black-Haired Inuyasha"
Inuyasha is acting strangely. He does not want to help a girl in trouble; spider demons are attacking her village. Kagome and Shippo, the little fox-demon, try to figure Inuyasha's strange behaviour out. The secret is that once a month, at the appearance of the new moon, Inuyasha is fully human until dawn. Hello - he is a throughly dreamy human, with long, luxurious black hair and gorgeous brown eyes. But, this night happens to be a terrible night of battling spider demons. How will Inuyasha protect his friends and himself without being able to activate his powerful sword, Tetsusaiga? What is this tender babble spilling out of Inuyasha about Kagome?
Episode 14 - Kikyo's Stolen Ashes
Just as things are beginning to settle, a horrible monkey wrench is thrown in the works. The powerful witch Urusae steals the ashes of the priestess ("miko") Kikyo, and seeks to reincarnate the powerful girl as an undead slave. Urusae wants Kikyo to gather the rest of the pieces of the Sacred Jewel so Urusae can become an all-powerful demoness. This is a disturbing episode that is scary to watch.
Episode 15 - "Return of the Tragic Priestess, Kikyo"
Urusae has kidnapped Kagome to steal her soul to animate Kikyo's body. Although things don't go quite as planned for the demoness, Kikyo has a terrible hatred for Inuyasha. What is their shared history? The always beautiful animation is exceptional in this episode, as flashbacks of Inuyasha and Kikyo are set among brilliant autumn leaves.