Kagome Higurashi is an average Japanese high-school girl?until she is swept up into adventure! On the other side of a historical, time-spanning well, there is a whole new world ? but there is also hordes of demons, incl... more »uding a half-human, half- demon hybrid called Inuyasha. The sacred "Jewel of Four Souls" will make Inuyasha all demon, but others seek to possess its powers as well. Can Kagome bring Inuyasha to heel, and help get back the jewel?« less
kjsung999 | Fort Belvoir, VA United States | 12/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Inu-Yasha is a great series! With this official special edition limited to just 15,000 copies worldwide and considering the popularity of this series, buy this one NOW! This one is sure to sell out very quickly! Well, enough of my rave... after reading two reviews below, what I am going to do now is teach you all little class about bootlegs and how to avoid them.Bootlegging is not a new practice with anime, it has been around since the early 80's. There are good bootleggers, otherwise known as fansubbers, who spend the money out of their own pockets and use up a lot their own free time to translate and subtitle unlicensed anime from Japan and they don't even charge a dime for all of their hard work, distributing their work free of charge! The moral fansubber always ceases production and distribution of a series once it has been licensed by American anime publishing studios. Fansubbers are actually directly responsible for the current popularity of anime in America today. After seeing the initial demand for these unique animated works, official studios were formed in the USA. There are several official American anime publishing studios with licensing rights that were founded by former fansubbers. And then there are the bad bootleggers...Lately this practice has become a plague of sorts, go to any online auction site and you will find many these illegal copies for sale. Once a series has been completely or even partially released in the US and Japan, pirates from Hong Kong, China, are already at work illegally copying and selling these to the uneducated newbie and the cheapskate consumer. Illegal copies are becoming more and more sophisticated, lately they have become difficult to discern if they are legal or not, some of them even coming with an English audio stream. These bad bootlegs hurt the anime industry by taking away money that could be used by Anime publishers to bring more new series to the US. It is for this very reason that I recommend that you avoid bootlegs, if you really love anime stay away from them.How to tell a bootleg from the real thing.1. Many HK (Hong Kong) bootlegs contain 8 or more episodes per disc. 26 episodes on three discs is definitely bootleg. Official American versions typically contain between 3 to 5 episodes per disc and Official Japanese versions 2 to 3. However, on rare occasion, American discs contain over 5 episodes as in the Tenchi Muyo! OAV collection, 7 and 6 respectively.2. Most HK bootlegs usually come packaged in printed cardboard gatefold packaging. American and Japanese versions usually come packaged in the traditional plastic clamshell cases. With an exception being the Tenchi Muyo! OAV collection, which comes packaged as a gatefold and some Japanese discs which come in jewel cases.3. If the seller is only asking $20 to $40 for a complete set of Cowboy Bebop, it is very likely a bootleg. Completed American sets should run you anywhere between $120 and $180. Official Japanese versions are even more expensive, usually around $50 to $60 per DVD.4. HK bootlegs generally have a poor quality picture, some even ripped off of broadcast TV, including Japanese commercials. Things to look for are distorted pixilation, faded colors, snow, and tape dub distortion. You will not find any of these on American DVDs. Official Japanese discs usually offer the best quality although American discs have been catching up the past few years.5. Many HK bootlegs have Chinese subtitles and lots of spelling mistakes with English subtitles. Official Japanese DVDs very rarely, if ever, have English subtitles and when they do they are usually easily comprehendible and error free, Japanese normally have strong tendencies towards perfectionism. American discs usually have only Japanese and English audio with English subtitles with no errors. However sometimes American discs have French and Spanish translations as well, our other two major languages.6. HK bootlegs are said to be compatible with all regions 1-6, or region free. Official American discs are always region 1 and sometimes region 4 is included (as in Pioneer/Geneon's Ai Yori Aoshi). Japanese DVDs are region 2 only.Not to mention there is no collectible value with HK bootlegs, they will never appreciate in value like many of the official limited edition American and Japanese DVDs."
Solid action anime
E. A Solinas | MD USA | 10/24/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"She's a practical if confused Japanese schoolgirl from the present day. He's a crabby, belligerent half-demon from centuries in the past. Together, they make a pair even weirder than the Odd Couple, in an anime mix of romance, action, comedy and plenty of fantasy. Kagome Higurashi is an ordinary girl living with her family at an old Shinto shrine. That is, until an old well takes her back in time to an era of warring lords and demons, where she finds that she is the reincarnation of the venerated priestess Kikyo, who died clutching the Sacred Shikon Jewel fifty years before. As the jewel resurfaces (from inside Kagome's body), she inadvertantly wakes a powerful half-demon, Inu-yasha, from the spell Kikyo used when he stole the jewel. Since Kagome is the spitting image of Kikyo, Inuyasha doesn't like her. But when Kagome accidently shatters and scatters the jewel, they have to work together (she can sense where they are, he can fight for them). They battle the prissy Yura, who uses hair as a weapon, a monstrous toad, Inuyasha's cold-as-ice half-brother Sesshoumaru, who is trying to find an incredibly powerful sword made from their father's fang, and the deadly (and very immature) Thunder Brothers, one of whom wants to turn Kagome into a hair-growth remedy. If there were some way of cross-breeding "Lord of the Rings" with "Much Ado About Nothing" and a few of those great old martial arts movies, the result might be something like "Inu-yasha." At least, that's as close as it can get. One of the major complications with this DVD set is that, since it has the first three DVDs, it ends on a massive cliffhanger (as many of the Inu-yasha DVDs do). So have Volume Four on hand, or prepare to shriek with frustration.The picture of a fantastical medieval Japan is pretty exciting, with demons popping up all over the place. The animation is pretty good, although occasionally flawed (Inu-yasha's sword, the Tetsusaiga, keeps changing size); while the early episodes don't have as many "romantic-cute" moments of later episodes, they do have some comedy (Kagome trying to rip Inu-yasha's clothes off) sprinkled through the drama and action.Inu-yasha is, at first glance, a rude and very crabby teen boy with superhuman strength and some serious emotional issues. But you get to see his softer side, like when he thinks he's seeing his dead mother again. Kagome seems a little dizzy at first, but by the second DVD she's adjusted enough to be smart, capable, and good backup for Inuyasha. Regulars such as the orphaned fox-demon Shippo and the wise but wussy flea Myoga also join Inu-yasha and Kagome on their quest.The first three volumes of the Inu-yasha series are solid and enjoyable, full of action, humor, and in the wind-up for some romance too. If they had included the fourth DVD in this set, rather than leaving it at a cliffhanger, then it would have been even better."
darling handlos | denver, colorado United States | 01/24/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hello, I'm 100% sure that this dvd is awasome just like the rest of Inuyasha's dvds and movies. What I'm trying to do right now is warn all you Inuyasha fans from bad people like BESTPREICEANIMEEVER i order from him and he sent me (inuyasha the tv series) when i had ordered "Inuyasha special edition dvd". Worst of all is that he had very bad reviews that i did not read before buying form him and all because when i think AMAZON i think safety while i'm buying online. It was a great mistake please be aware of this seller and nextdayanime.com for that is where they do bussinness from. There is alot of people that like me all we wanted was to buy something to make a loved one happy and it was ruined by somebody that has no heart and ethics. thanks for reading this and happy and above all safe shopping!"
Absolutely Worth the Money!!!
J. Greene | NY, USA | 09/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This review is from a die-hard Inuyasha fan and I have to say that this is one of the best deals that VIZ has released yet. If you do not own any of the four Inuyasha films, then this is the perfect time to get them, from the most reliable source available (being VIZ of course). Each individual movie goes for about $20-25 and with this being only $30 come on that is a freakin' steal! Even if it is not purchased on Amazon, and on VIZs' own website (for like $50 or something) it is still worth all of your money! All four films are in this box set with a foldout of the scene selections of each film, quite nicely set up. The quality is top notch, another thing to expect from VIZ and the features that come with each film are really worth this... special footage, trailers, dual languages, different sound capabilities... this has it all! Highly recommended!!!"
What a great deal!
DynomiteWins | Costa Mesa | 11/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is such a great deal considering that each movie sold on it's own is about $15. You get all 4 movies for $30, with some fun extras and the options of watching in Japanese or English. There is another movie box set out there that is much more expensive and the only difference is a set of soundtrack CDs. The soundtrack is pretty impressive, but wasn't necessary for my personal use.
The movies themselves are fun - much like longer filler episode arcs with interesting villains and story lines. It's not meant to help the Naraku storyline progress, but you'll be in for some fun (especially if, like me, you've already watched the InuYasha TV episodes multiple times and are looking for something new and fun starring your favorite dog demon and Japanese school girl.)
The animation is different from the TV show - to me the characters look more "cutesy" but my husband, who is not that interested in the InuYasha series, enjoyed watching some of the major battle scenes and thought that the battle sequences were animated better.
Now all we have to do is wait for that final end-all fifth InuYasha movie, and we'll all be happy. :)"