Inu Yasha Vol. #47 (of 56) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Friday, November 03, 2006
Release Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2006
What They Say
A band of Demon Ninjas covets the power of the Naginata, a demonic weapon in two halves, and they will stop at nothing to join the pieces and use its power to kill all humankind. And a demon horse with hooves of fire is released by Naraku's incarnations and begins a furious rampage!
Contains episodes 139-141:
The Great Duel at Shoun Falls!
Eternal Love, The Naginata of Kenkon
Entei, The Demon Horse Unleashed!
Gamera is really neat; he is filled with turtle meat. We have ripped off Gamera!
The Japanese audio was used for my primary viewing session; after one hundred plus episodes, it would take an extreme blunder to ruin the audio quality Viz has maintained over time. This volume exhibits the same high quality, problem-free stereo track you can find on every volume of Inu Yasha.
As with the audio, Viz has their routine down pat and turns in another stellar video experience. At this point, anything I can add to this section is redundant. Viewers will have a gorgeous viewing experience to match their audio experience.
The front cover is a collage of Kagura on her feather, Hakudoshi riding Entei, Kagome and Inu Yasha. The series logo is across the top of the cover while the volume name and logos are pushed to the bottom. The back cover contains the requisite synopsis, screenshots, and disc specifications. Inside the case is a one-page insert that has the front cover shot on one side and the chapter listings with a few screenshots from the episodes on the reverse.
The main menu features a picture of Kagome standing by a banner waving in the wind. A piece of Japanese scenery floats by in the background. Transition animations are kept to a minimum, and music loops in the background.
Viz stays the course and provides a Japanese and English cast list, two brief line art galleries lacking the zoom functionality seen previously, and the Japanese promos for the episodes.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Can a four part story recapture some of the magic that Inu Yasha conjured up in its early days? For me, the answer is a solid no; the story itself was crafted to flow well through the four episodes. However, it retreads over the same impacted ground the series has covered innumerable times. Hoshiyomi is the recipient of the message that has been beat into our heads throughout the series. Humans and their capacity for love cannot be underestimated.
The final two episodes play out the familiar refrain as Hoshiyomi uses Kagome's spiritual power to restore the Naginata of Kenkon. We soon learn that he once loved a priestess named Tsukiyomi but felt that she betrayed him. However, Tsukiyomi loved him and did not want him corrupted by the power of the naginata. She died trying to separate him from the blade, and Hoshiyomi has hated humans and the weakness he perceived in them since.
He does not realize how wrong he is until he is being vaporized by the power of Kagome and Inu Yasha's combined efforts. Despite a nod to Gamera, friend of all children, this was just another pointless battle that did nothing to draw me into the characters or their plight. It is simply a drawn out, bland diversion from what should be the more interesting main plot.
And yet, when we return to Naraku's machinations, it still does little to absorb me into the story. Kagura is still killing priests so baby Hakudoshi can try to peer into the netherworld in search of the final Jewel fragment. But now, his attempts have unleashed a fire breathing demon horse named Entei. Oh, and he's really fast; I mean really fast. If only the plot would move as quickly as Entei...
What happened to the Inu Yasha that made me care about the characters and how they were growing closer to each other? Can we ring that incarnation up and get him back on stage? It would be fantastic to sit through three episodes and enjoy them rather than watching the minutes countdown.
If you have followed Inu Yasha even casually up to this point, this volume holds nothing that you have not seen before. It would be refreshing to see a four part story revolve around something more meaningful than teaching yet another demon that humans and love are forces to be reckoned with. But, if you like horses, you get a glimpse of Entei, really quick demon horse that can breathe fire. How will this factor into Naraku's plans? I am coming up empty on why I should even care at this point. In complete contrast to Entei's speed, this plot and its character development are at a standstill.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Art Gallery
Mitsubishi 27" TV, Panasonic RP-82, Sony STR-DE915 DD receiver, Bose Acoustimass-6 speakers, generic S-Video and optical audio cable
Mania Grade: B-
Audio Rating: A
Video Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: A-
Menus Rating: A-
Extras Rating: B
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Viz Media
Running time: 75
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Inu Yasha