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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. #53

By Luis Cruz     May 04, 2007
Release Date: April 24, 2007

Inu Yasha Vol. #53
© Viz Media

What They Say
Having been foiled by Inuyasha and his comrades at the border of the afterlife in his attempt to possess the last shard of the Sacred Jewel, Naraku changes tactics. Figuring that Kikyo is still alive and in hiding, Naraku sends Hakudoshi and Kohaku to unleash a horde of demonic rats to draw Kikyo out. Trying to discover the destination of the rats, Inuyasha and Kagome find themselves face to face with Hakudoshi, while Sango and Miroku find Kohaku protecting the source of the demonic rats...

The Review!
Rats... I have nothing clever to put here.

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 Hakudoshi, the head rat demon, 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 Kikyo 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)
Call the exterminator because Hakudoshi has unleashed a never-ending horde of flesh eating rats. Under orders from Naraku, he is attempting to use the rats to flush out that meddling Kikyo. These are no ordinary flesh eating demon rats though; if you try to kill them, they only divide and multiple into more flesh eating demon rats. While the Fellowship tries to find the source of the rats, Kikyo plants a giant tree to lure the rats into one location.

Are you on the edge of your seat eager to see how this exciting plot turn unfolds? No? Neither was I during the first two episodes of the latest volume of Inu Yasha. There only interesting facet of this story was Kohaku dealing with his returned memories. He has realized that Naraku's heart lies in the infant he carried out of the castle, but there is only one way for him to get close to it. He will have to maintain the illusion that he is still under Naraku's control and has no memory of his real life.

His resolve is put to the test when Sango sees him carrying the shrine that is producing the rats. Kohaku makes the difficult decision to fight his own sister rather than reunite with her. Unfortunately, this inner struggle is given little time to develop, but the minutes it does occupy are a refreshing and welcome change. The final episode takes Kagome and Inu Yasha back to the future to face Kagome's friends from school.

They finally meet Inu Yasha, Kagome's "delinquent boyfriend" eliciting a few chuckles as they interact. However, it does not develop or deepen the relationship between our protagonists. This volume is just more filler for a series that has forgotten how to concoct an interesting plot and refuses to exit the stage gracefully.

In Summary:
We have reached the 160th episode, and there is nothing to say that I have not already said numerous times. The series is stagnating, losing any semblance of meaningful character or story development. Kohaku's restored memories are providing the only new wrinkle in the character dynamic, and we get a miniscule taste of it in this volume. You can find a few chuckles in the final episode, but this is just another trio of disposable episodes.

Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles,Line Art Galleries,Japanese Episode Previews

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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