Can I just say that Inuyasha is amazing and just WOW Rumiko Takahashi! No wonder I did my fifth grade women’s history month project on her. She really knows how to make a series (or at least the beginning of one). Also beware, this series is old and I’m going to spoil it and fangirl about some moments! Feel free to join me in the comments section
It’s been so long that I feel like the summary for Inuyasha should be Known, but I’ll go ahead and squeal about it anyways. Inuyasha is a fantasy, adventure, romance, and action series about a modern day Japanese girl named Kagome who is dragged down an ancient well at her family’s shrine and ends up in feudal Japan. While there she comes to learn (after a giant centipede rips out a jewel from her side) that she is the reincarnation of a priestess named Kikyo, who died 50 years ago while trying to protect The Jewel of Four Souls, a powerful stone that could grant demons immense power, from a half-demon named Inuyasha. The same demon Kagome found pinned to a giant oak tree and the one she ends up unsealing during a battle, believing he is the “hero”
Of course, not all is what it seems. When Kagome accidentally shatters the jewel while trying to protect it, we come to learn that a being named Naraku has laid a web of deception spanning years and now that the jewel has resurfaced, is doing everything in his power to obtain it for his own nefarious purposes
You know when you start a series and the first 3 or 4 episodes are used to introduce all the main characters and the world, maybe even some of the plot? Yeah, that’s what season 1, the first 27 episodes of Inuyasha were all about. And the best part is that it didn’t feel like I spent 13 hours watching an introduction to a show
Honestly, I don’t have a lot to say about the first season for that reason. I mean, I could talk about how Hot I think Sesshomaru is and damn, I didn’t remember he used his fur pelt to fight! I could also say I was rather upset when his arm got cut off and that every time he came on screen, even thought it was just to try and kill Inuyasha, my heart fluttered. I know, I like them dangerous guys~
But EHERM, aside from the very nice eye candy, because let’s face it, Inuyasha isn’t that bad looking either, there was quite a bit of nice stuff happening. One of those things being the characters and how rounded they were. No they’re not perfect, but they are done well enough to make me think, huh I should give this a shot. Plus they all have a background story explored and a purpose!…
Even though Kagome is pretty useless in this type of setting (modern girl who has never fought demons in her life now thrust into a demon infested world), she isn’t afraid to help others out, even when it places her at risk (or when she has zero bow skills). But she’s also not a complete saint. She has normal feelings that we can relate to, like the whole boyfriend debacle she has when she goes back home or being irritated because a certain dog eared demon won’t call her by her name. Or maybe that urge to grope his ears while he’s unconscious. Come on! I would have done that too if I’d seen him there
I’m honestly considering adding her to my short list of favorite female characters. Why I didn’t do this sooner I blame on my bad memory
And of course Inuyasha. The very handsome and cute but also rude and annoying half demon who is forced to work with Kagome to find the Sacred Jewel. We know his intentions from the very beginning. He wants to find the jewel and then take it from Kagome to become a full fledged demon, but along the way we learn that there’s a possibility he might lose what makes him Inuyasha if he becomes a full demon. And it makes me want to see that change of distrusting humans to opening up
OMG. Rewatching this first season made me realize he might actually like Kagome. For the longest time I was like Nahhh, it’s because she looks like Kikyo, this isn’t healthy. But then that episode happened where he was being sucked into hell (I watched that while biting through my blanket) and Kikyo mentions that Kagome must be important to him. And they looked at each other and blushed. Obviously I really needed to rewatch this. Like in your face Kikyo!! Now go and head on back where you came from (apparently Hell if she wants to take Inuyasha with her, I knew she wasn’t a saint)
But oh-My-god, Inuyasha trying to be a player! Someone tell this boy that it’s not possible for someone as transparent as him
Aside from our two Main characters, we’re also introduced to the rest of Inuyasha’s group. We get to meet Shippo, who surprisingly and successfully ends up stealing the jewel shards from Kagome and leaving Inuyasha Helpless. Like wow. WOW. Who knew he had it in him! Miroku ends up joining the group awhile after and I didn’t remember this but he’s got a pretty strong personality, especially when they first formed their group together. Like Miroku talked back at Inuyasha, which I feel is so out of character for him because I’m used to mellowed out Miroku. It was so nice to see them at their beginnings
And right at the end of season 1 we get to meet Sango, who doesn’t just bring her fighting prowess to the group but also more background knowledge about the Jewel.
I honestly really enjoyed everything so far. Even though I cried at many points of the series, mainly all involving Kikyo but even those moments were rather…easy(er) to get through than I thought. I still don’t like them But I lived. I also feel like the whole storyline is easy to follow and easy to get behind. I mean, it’s been 27 episodes and they’ve already collected half the jewel! The animation is still really good and the music is Great. I especially like the endings. And most importantly, this series makes me smile and laugh. I never put much thought into adding this into my top 10 (even top 5) anime but I’m starting to get the feeling I should
Onward to the next few episodes!!
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