Luna introduced me to the classic comedic anime Inuyasha, thinking I would enjoy the comedic nature between the characters and its use of time travel. The show equally balances both the present world in Tokyo, Japan and Japan’s Sengoku Period. Many consider Inuyasha one of the classic animes, given how popular the anime became in the United States, earning a second installment to the series titled Inuyasha: The Final Act to show the rest of the manga written by Rumiko Takahashi.
The show follows fifteen year old, Kagome Higurashi, when she trips and falls into the bottom of the well at her family shrine. traveling back in time to the Sengoku period of Japan. While running from a centipede demon, she stumbles across a half-demon pinned to a tree with an arrow and frees him. He confuses her with his lover Kikyo and slays the demon. Kagome discovers she has the Shikon Jewel, but a crow steals it.
She tries firing an arrow at it but misses and hits the jewel shattering it into hundreds of pieces scattered all over Japan. Inuyasha and Kagome travel together meeting others along the way in search of the shards. To piece the Shikon Jewel back together and keep it out of the wrong hands to prevent exploiting the jewel’s power.
Inuyasha is a half-demon half-human and acts stubborn and egotistic yet will risk his life protecting his friends. He uses a weapon called the Tetsusaiga, which is a sword made from his father’s fang, On the new moon, he becomes human for one night.
Kagome is a young passionate school girl, who struggles to be patient with Inuyasha always having to prove herself to him, preventing him from comparing her to his first love Kikyo. Sometimes she seems clumsy and self-conscious of her abilities relying on Inuyasha to protect her.
Miroku is an unconventional monk, who appears to be charming and a bit of a womanizer. He eventually begins to fall for Sango. He is cursed with a black void in the palm of his hand, known as the Wind Tunnel.
Sango is a demon slayer and reveals that her Grandfather was the one who entrusted the jewel to Kikyo fifty years ago. She is skillful in combat and begins to fall for the monk Miroku. She is surprised to learn how human Inuyasha is for a demon.
Shippo is an adolescent fox demon and acts childish by playing pranks on Inuyasha when given the chance. He wants revenge for the death of his family, yet upon meeting Kagome is kind and protective of her.
The show does a good job of fully developing each character despite the large roster of character that are introduced. The chemistry between Kagome and Inuyasha seems genuine exploring how their relationship evolves over the course of the series. The supporting characters are all given flaws making them as relatable as the main cast.
I would give the show an eight out of ten rating, for the diverse collection of characters and comedic humor expressed by the characters. The show’s storyline dives off into many directions to have a full backstory for all the characters, which may cause a viewer to become uninterred in the show. It makes you wonder if there were too many characters. The writers stayed true to the source material, which was the manga.