…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.
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.
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