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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. #46

By Luis Cruz     October 02, 2006
Release Date: October 03, 2006

Inu Yasha Vol. #46
© Viz Media

What They Say
Something is robbing wealthy mansions, and even Inuyasha is powerless against this invisible demon! Then, present and past merge when Kagome meets an ancestor of her classmate Hojo. Could it be that she is destined to marry him and join the Hojo lineage?!

Contains episodes 136-138:
A Strange Invisible Demon Appears!
An Ancestor Named Kagome
Mountain of Demons: Survival of the Duo

The Review!
It may not have focused on the core story, but the latest volume of Inu Yasha manages to create a more than two part story.

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 Hoshiyomi, Akitoki, 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 Sesshomaru 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)
Normally, excursions unrelated to the hunt for Naraku span at most two episodes. The latest volume of Inu Yasha breaks from this tradition and manages to provide a longer story that runs into the next volume. First, we must sit through a single episode featuring a run-in with the old lady "exorcist". A seemingly invisible demon is stealing silk and valuable scrolls for the richest people in town. Needing food, money, and a bath, the Fellowship agrees to help her out and guard two of the wealthiest houses.

The demon is not invisible but merely paper thin with a love of shiny, flat objects. Purely harmless, the demon hands over his purloined goods, is given a stern lecture, and is told never to bother human settlements again. Despite some mildly amusing antics caused by Shippo's new invisibility technique, this is a forgettable episode that could have been left on the shelf. Things get a bit more interesting when Kagome returns to her own time and struggles with a feudal history test despite spending most of her time in that era. Hojo makes a brief appearance and shows Kagome that his ancestor Akitoki married someone named Kagome 500 years ago.

Akitoki bumps into Inu Yasha and Shippo and tells them that he needs to find a place to purify the possessed naginata blade Ken. Given to his ancestors for protection, the blade has been bringing the Hojo clan nothing but misfortune. Kagome cajoles Inu Yasha into helping Akitoki find Shuon Shrine to seal the blade. Myoga also arrives and informs Inu Yasha that Tottosai has proclaimed that Inu Yasha is the only one that can seal away Ken and its counterpart blade Kon.

A band of demon ninjas led by Hoshiyomi already possess the Kon blade, and Hoshiyomi desires to hold both blades again. In the chaos of battle, Kagome and Akitoki are separated from the rest; Akitoki marvels at the one fortunate thing to happen to him in awhile, but Kagome wonders if it is her sad destiny to be trapped in this time and marry Akitoki.

This diversion manages to be just entertaining enough to keep the audience's interest. Refreshingly, the writers have created a three act story providing a decent cliffhanger to end the volume. It blended minor character development, humor, and action much as it does when the main Naraku plot is being addressed. However, they did overdo the gag of Akitoki experiencing minor misfortunes at every turn.

Myoga's reappearance and Tottosai's message indicates that this minor story arc is likely meant to power up Inu Yasha's abilities. One hopes that if this does happen in the next volume, then the story can return to hunting for Naraku. While it is great to see the writers putting in some effort to create longer side stories, Inu Yasha is at its best when it is focusing on the main story.

In Summary:
Kudos are given for developing a story longer than two episodes; it ends this volume with a decent cliffhanger that will draw the audience back for the next volume. It also features some decent chuckles sprinkled in, but the gag of Hojo's continual misfortune wears a bit thin by the middle. This side trip from the main plot is proving to be better than most, but it still does not measure up to episodes that move the plot forward.

Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles

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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