I’ve updated my Top 10 Favorite Anime List

Here is the link.

 

For those who want to see the list as it is now, here it is:

  1. Clannad
  2. Death Note*
  3. Attack on Titan*
  4. Persona 4
  5. Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple
  6. School Rumble!
  7. Ah! My Goddess!*
  8. InuYasha
  9. Shuffle!
  10. Ouran High School Host Club*

*  Denotes I also have Manga this Anime is based on

…As you guys already know, I have all of the volumes for Death Note. Come Anime Boston, I will have all of the volumes for Attack on Titan. See the updates for a bit more on each Anime. I think I have written a review for all of them as well and if not, I will get to it after Anime Boston.

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Review: Inyasha Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I recently bought all four Inuyasha movies in a 2-Disc Blu-Ray set. I was originally going to review all four movies but given the third one is canonical, I’ve decided to just post my review of it. I enjoyed the other three movies personally but the plot spoilers to the series revealed in the third movie leads me to give it a proper review.

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Pictured above is Inuyasha, Sesshoramu and their father Inutaisho along with their respective swords: Tetsaiga (Inuyasha), Tenseiga (Sesshomaru) and Sounga (Inutaisho). Each sword represents a plane: Tenseiga is Heaven (The sword that can save a 1,000 lives in one sweep), Tetsaiga is Earth (The Sword that can slay 1,000 demons in one sweep) and Sounga is Hell (The sword that can opens the path to the Netherworld). Inutaisho wielded all three swords, which were forged from his fang by the blacksmith Totosai.

The movie begins on the day Inuyasha is born. Inutaisho has just returned from his battle with Ryokotsei and is mortally wounded. After an exchange of words between hm and Sesshoramu (reminder: Sesshomaru is a full-blooded demon and Inuyasha’s older brother), he heads for the castle where Iziyao–Inuyasha’s human mother–is giving birth. Shortly after rescuing Iziyao and the newborn Inuyasha, Inutaisho passes away.

Totosai and Miyoga follow his instructions and gives Tenseiga Sesshomaru. Inuyasha claims Tenseiga during the events of Season 1, cutting off Sesshomaru’s left arm in the process. As for the third sword, Sounga, it is sealed away. In the Modern Era, Kagome’s grandfather uncovers the demon sword. Inuyasha brings the sword back to the Feudal Era. Realizing Tetsaiga alone can’t defeat Sounga, he combines his sword’s power with Sesshomaru’s Tenseiga to overcome their father’s most dangerous sword.

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…There’s alot more to the movie’s plot but I left it out on purpose. Epic Spoilers and all that XD

Overall, I give Swords of an Honorable Ruler a 10/10. It answers two big queations fans have had for a long time: What would Inutaisho’s true form look like and how did he die? This detail is revealed in the movie but for the sake of epic spoilers, I’m not saying more than that!

I still have The Final Act to buy. Due to the weather in Boston right now, I am holding off when I buy them from Amazon early next month.

 

I now own all Seven Seasons of InuYasha and all Four Movies!

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…And as of tonight, my marathon of the DVD sets is 2/5 through Season 5 =O

Major credit goes to Toonami for airing all 167 episodes since it was picked up 20 years ago. While the final episode of the series aired in 2004 in Japan, fans in the U.S. would have to wait until 2009 for the dub of the final season titled The Final Act. Most of the original English cast returned to voice the characters though Sesshoramu, Kagome and Kaede have different voice actors in The Final Act. They sound close to the originals and filled in with the originals’ blessings.

Anywho like I said, InuYasha’s 167 episodes spanning 7 seasons excluding The Final Act (which adds 26 episodes for a total of 193 episodes).  While Dragonball Z has nearly twice as many episodes as InuYasha, that Anime is broken up into different Sagas. With Inuyasha it’s much more fluid. Naraku is the main villain but the team has to contend with other threats as well. There’s downtime between the major clashes but it doesn’t feel like filler compared to say, Bleach, Fairy Tail, Naruto or One Piece. Characters you might write off as one-offs either appear again later on or get a mention, which works if you’ve been watching the Anime just on TV.

…I haven’t decided yet on collecting the Manga like I did with Death Note and Fullmetal Alchemist but I’m leaning towards no. It made sense to get the entire series for the aforementioned series because the Anime is a full adaptation of the Manga’s storyline almost verbatim. That and they’re both WAY shorter in comparison. Death Note is 12 Volumes while the Anime is 37 episodes. Fullmetal Alchemist is 27 Volumes and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (the first FMA isn’t a full adaptation) 64 episodes long.

Ah, well.

Once I’ve watched the last two seasons plus The Final Act, I’ll provide a review. I will review the four movies separately though.

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Before I forget, series creator Rumiko Takahashi opened up and admitted after the Manga was done InuYasha and Kagome would go on to have at least one child together, a daughter. She left the name and appearance to fan imagination. In Japanese Literature, non-canon work and Fan Fiction written by others is not only fair game but can be sold, too. The above picture is fanmade just to put it out there. My personal opinion is any children of Inuyasha’s would probably have black hair and brown eyes like Kagome. The resulting children would have the same power as their father but it wouldn’t be as strong. They would probably be able to wield Tetsusaiga but not as well as InuYasha since the sword was made specifically for him.

…Oh and yes, I will write a short InuYasha fanfic in the near future XD