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  • 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
  • MSRP: 24.98
  • Running time: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Inu Yasha

Inu Yasha Vol. #43

By Luis Cruz     July 13, 2006
Release Date: June 27, 2006

Inu Yasha Vol. #43
© Viz Media

What They Say
After the ordeal with Naraku's latest incarnation, the Infant, Kagome takes some time rest by returning to her own time. Little did she realize that she wouldn't be getting the rest that she hoped for due to the fact that she gets roped into helping out her friends with the school festival. To make matters worse, the rare dried foods that she took back to her grandpa as a gift turns out to be a dried up demon!

Contains episodes 127-129:
Don't Bail It! The Terrifying Dried-Up Demon
Battle Against the Dried-Up Demons at the Cultural Festival
Chokyukai and the Abducted Bride

The Review!
Time for some light hearted fun to start off season six of Inu Yasha.

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 touching image of Kagome resting on 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.

A new season means a new menu layout; the main menu features a picture of Inu Yasha 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. They suit the material better than the last iteration and are more appealing.

Viz stays the course and provides a Japanese and English cast list, two brief line art galleries, and the Japanese promos for the episodes. The new opening and ending sequences are lumped together as one textless feature.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The Inu Yasha formula dictates that Kagome visit her own time period after a major confrontation occurs. These visits are generally humorous and sometimes allow Kagome to reflect on her bizarre, time-traveling relationship. For this round, the visit leans more towards the humor allowing the audience to laugh and relax before the next big push.

Kagome returns to school hoping to catch up on her studies; instead, she finds the school is in the midst of a cultural festival. Her friends pull her in three different directions making her "volunteer" to sing, act, and cook. It is the latter item that provides no end of trouble during the festival; Kagome has brought back some dried foods that just happen to be dried out demons. Kagome boils them for a special dish but ends up serving up four demon's worth of trouble. Kagome, Inu Yasha, and Kagome's family all join in the fun of hunting them down while trying to keep Kagome's promises to her friends.

There is little else to say about this storyline other than you will find yourself laughing quite a bit. The school play at the end is one of the funniest bits I have seen in the series for quite some time, and Kagome's younger brother Sota turns in an absolutely cute performance as he goes around mimicking Inu Yasha.

Ending this volume is a brief story about a Chinese boar demon descended from a demon from the "Journey to the West" fable steals women to be his brides. His actions and speech also happen to mirror the same of a certain priest. It is an amusing story that pulls off an old Urusei Yatsura gag along the way, but it is not quite as funny as the school festival story.

This was a nice, light beginning to the sixth season; after the heavy ending of the previous season, this provides a bit of levity before another long push to Naraku begins again.

In Summary:
Giving the audience a breather, the latest volume of Inu Yasha provides little plot or character development but delivers a lot of laughs. It is easy to recommend this volume just for the school play sequence. With another thirteen volumes to go, it is good to get a few laughs in before pushing on to the end.

Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Art Gallery

Review Equipment
Mitsubishi 27" TV, Panasonic RP-82, Sony STR-DE915 DD receiver, Bose Acoustimass-6 speakers, generic S-Video and optical audio cable


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