InuYasha (Action Edition) Vol. #07 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Saturday, June 12, 2004
Release Date: Monday, December 01, 2003
Translated by:Mari Morimoto
What They Say
Inuyasha's half-brother, the demon Sesshomaru, might have been beaten back by his younger sibling the first time, but when he returns with new, stronger powers, can Inuyasha defeat him a second time? Then, the demon Naraku launches another attack, but this time, Kaede's memories may have uncovered the demon's secret...
This is a nice cover that features Sesshomaru smirking and bloodied Inuyasha. The brothers are given equal play here and the logo just barely clears the top of Sesshomaru's forehead. There's a lot reds and golds in this picture, making the purple in Sesshomaru's kimono stand out. The back is an orange/yellow gradient and features Kagome in her PE uniform.
The book is flipped and the SFX is translated, as normal. Once again, Viz's decision to keep the artwork flipped presents a story problem. Sesshomaru's arm is an issue in this volume and the flipped artwork makes it seem like he's lost his right arm in his previous fight with Inuyasha. Instead, Inuyasha severed the left arm. Other than that, the artwork is the standard Takahashi work for this series. The reproduction of the color panels into black and white come off well and there's still a lot of detail in them.
There's a few odd terms here and there, such as Sesshomaru calling Kagome a filly, but it is a good read. My favorite part of the book was where Miroku tries to get Kagome to give him medicine mouth to mouth and Kagome tells Shippo to do it instead. Shippo leans over and goes, "Kissy, Kissy, Miroku!" While probably not the exact translation, it was hilarious and conveys the meaning of the scene well.
After a weak ending to the sixth volume, the pace picks back up in this book with the return of Sesshomaru and we finally see more of Naraku.
Way on back in volume 2, Inuyasha sliced off Sesshomaru's arm with Tetsusaiga in a fierce battle between the brothers. Sesshomaru keeps looking for a replacement, but can't find one. He runs across a person dressed in a baboon suit, who turns out to be Naraku. Naraku offers Sesshomaru the use of a human arm embedded with a Shikon shard and a wasp of demons if he'll dispatch Inuyasha for him. Sesshomaru realizes he's being used, but takes the gifts anyhow.
He quickly located Inuyasha, Kagome, Miroku and Shippo and proceeds to attack. The brothers fight and Sesshomaru manages to get the human hand on Tetsusaiga, showing Inuyasha what the sword is capable of. Miroku jumps into help out and that's when Jaken unleashes the wasps. The group quickly discovers that the wasps are used to poison Miroku's Wind Tunnel.
Kagome joins the fight while Miroku manages to get out of Jaken that the arm came from Naraku. Kagome manages to shoot off part of Sesshomaru's arm and he flings Inuyasha at Kagome. The two land on the ground with Kagome knocked unconscious. This enrages Inuyasha and he rips Sesshomaru's human arm off. He gets the sword back, but is gravely injured in the process.
While Sesshomaru goes to confront Naraku, Inuyasha talks to Kagome by the well. He confesses that he was scared for her and then takes the Shikon shard from her. He pushes her into the well and returns home. Enraged, she tries to go back and find out that she can't. While Kagome wonders about what happened between her and Inuyasha in the past, Kaede reveals to Miroku, Shippo and Inuyasha about a man called Onigumo that she and Kikyo helped nurse 50 years ago. Meanwhile, Naraku prepares to strike again.
While volume six filled in a lot of the back history behind Kikyo and Inuyasha, this one finishes setting up what will become the main heart of the series - catching and defeating Naraku. We learn how Naraku was formed and who his real target is: Kikyo, not Inuyasha. We get some pretty significant character development as well, with Inuyasha showing stronger feelings for Kagome than he ever did before.
We also get to see Miroku in action a bit more and are shown his weakness - the demon wasps known as Saimyoushou. Shippo provides some comic relief, but you also see how strongly he feels for Kagome in this book as well. We also have the return of Hojo, the hapless, clueless boy who finally gets a date with Kagome. But, will she actually show this time?
If you want to discover the back plot to this series, reading volumes six and seven will give you everything that you need to know to go forward. Each chapter was very action packed, from the interactions between Inuyasha and Sesshomaru, to the bittersweet moment when Inuyasha sends Kagome home, to the history behind Onigumo and then the final battle in the book. It ends on a cliffhanger on many fronts, so you definitely want to get volume eight to see how it turns out.
Mania Grade: A
Art Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: A
Text/Translatin Rating: A
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Released By: Viz Media
Size: Tall B6
Orientation: Left to Right