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- Audio Rating: A+
- Video Rating: A+
- Packaging Rating: A
- Menus Rating: A+
- Extras Rating: A+
- Age Rating: All
- Region: 2 - Europe
- Released By: Dynamic Italia
- MSRP: €25,77
- Running time: 50
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Inu Yasha
Inu Yasha (1st Travel)
July 04, 2002
Release Date: January 31, 2002
What They Say
Catalogue Number: DID 90170The Review!
Even though the Japanese version of the Inuyasha DVD has already been reviewed, the Italian version adds so much that wasn't included with the original version!
THE STORY (SPOILER ALERT!): The first DVD includes the first 2 (yes, only 2) episodes of Rumiko Takahashi's latest effort. The story revolves around the young Kagome Higurashi, and the half-demon Inuyasha, in their quest to recover the lost pieces of the "Sphere of the 4 Spirits".
Episode 1 ("La Ragazza e il Demone", "The Girl and the Demon") introduces the main characters: Kagome, an ordinary schoolgirl, who just happens to live in an ancient temple. One morning, her brother asks her to look for their cat, which was last seen near the old well inside the temple. Suddenly, the sealed well breaks open and a strange, centipede-like figure draws her into the well. Inside the well, she manages to break free, and discovers that the demon ("Joro") was looking for the "Sphere of the 4 Spirits").
Once out of the well, she finds that she's not in her city anymore... actually, she's not even in her own time. After being transported 500 years back to the Sengoku era, she meets up with the local villagers. One of them, Kaede, believes that Kagome is the reincarnation of her sister Kikyo, who 50 years ago trapped a half-demon who was trying to steal the famous Sphere.
Suddenly, the centipede demon starts giving chase to Kagome (and destroys most of the village while she's at it, too). Kagome can only seek refuge in the nearby forest. It's there where she meets Inuyasha, the half-demon who was trapped by Kikyo. Even he mistakes Kagome for Kikyo, and orders her to remove the arrow trapping him to his tree. Kaede tries to stop her, but the giant centipede demon is closing in. Kagome grasps the magical arrow and it vanishes, freeing Inuyasha, who disposes of the centipede in record time. Kagome discovers that the Sphere was inside her body, and that it multiplies the power of any demon who possesses it. Then Inuyasha threatens Kagome: The Sphere or her life...
Episode 2 ("I Predatori della Sfera", "The Predators of the Sphere") sets the scene for future episodes. Inuyasha chases Kagome, who is certainly no match for him. Just as he is about to pick up the Sphere however, Kaede makes a magical necklace appear around his neck, effectively putting him at Kagome's mercy (in Italian, the magic words are "A Cuccia", the equivalent of "Down Boy"!).
Yet another demon appears, in the shape of a bird, and the only way Kagome can stop it is by killing it with an arrow. However, by killing the bird, she also hits the Sphere that it had swallowed... With the Sphere reduced to tiny fragments sparse around the world, Kagome has to join forces with Inuyasha to save the world...
DUBBING: The Italian dub is probably the best you could expect for a non-Japanese version. The guys at Dynamic Italian know what they're doing, and have selected some of the best Voice Actors for the job.
+Inuyasha " Massimiliano Alto. Did a brilliant job with Ranma, doesn't disappoint as Inuyasha.
+Kagome " Federica de Bortoli. Also did Excel in Excel Saga, people have complained that her voice is a little too "whiny".
+Miyoga " Oreste Lionello. Now here's a surprise, they've actually got a well-known actor and comedian for Inuasha's flea. Excellent choice!
+Sesshomaru " Massimiliano Manfredi. Has just that right amount of evilness and superiority.
AUDIO: That's right, take another look at the "Features" section. Your eyes don't deceive you, this DVD does indeed come with a DTS 5.1 track! Dolby Digital is already incredible, but with DTS you really will get your windows shaking with every thud, bang and arrow. Dolby Surround doesn't do the series justice, you really do have to hear it in DD or DTS! Dynamic have made an excellent job applying strong bass only where it's needed, and using the rear channels to good effect. Turn the volume high and enjoy the experience!
VIDEO: Very good, compression is not very visible. Better than the VHS version. Colours are nice and bright, and no visual artefacts.
PACKAGING: Has the original image on the cover, a few screenshots and a long introductive blurb on the back. Inside, you get an inlay card with all the credits and a limited edition postcard, which depicts the same image as the cover.
MENUS: All very well made, with different background music on each one. Transitions are also animated. The main menu has "Language Select", "Chapter Select", "Extras", "Dynamic Italia Trailers" and "Play" options. Very stylish.
EXTRAS: As a way to excuse themselves for such a low number of episodes, Dynamic have literally crammed everything possible onto this DVD: Japanese openings and endings, Shonen Sunday and Movie trailers, Original "Next Episode" previews, Character Notes and an Art Gallery with sketches from the first 2 episodes. Oh, and there's a hidden bonus, too... here's a hint on how to find it. When you click on "Dynamic Italia Trailers", notice how the Sphere in the bottom-right twinkles...
OVERALL: You can't get much better than this. Well, a few more episodes wouldn't hurt, 50 minutes running time is a little lame, but the DTS track and the truckload of extras totally make up for it. If you're not interested in the US dub (and it probably won't be as good as this), go for this version. It has more extras than the Japanese version, and costs less. And I can't re-iterate enough how much that DTS track gives the series new life...
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