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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. #54

By Luis Cruz     June 28, 2007
Release Date: June 05, 2007

Inu Yasha Vol. #54
© Viz Media

What They Say
During their travels in search of Naraku, Inuyasha and the others come upon a village that Miroku once visited in the days before he joined their quest. On that first visit, Miroku helped cure a young girl, and made his usual proposition of asking her to bear his children. But in light of the fact that he has proposed to marry Sango after the battle with Naraku is over, Miroku's past mistakes may have finally caught up with the not-so-pure monk...

Contains episodes 161-163:
Miroku's Past Mistake
Forever with Lord Sesshomaru
Kohaku, Sango and Kirara: The Secret Flower Garden

The Review!
One touching episode almost redeems this mediocre volume.

The Japanese audio was used for my primary viewing session; after one hundred plus episodes, it would be ironic if Viz managed to ruin the audio quality. However, irony strikes not this day; 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 turns in another stellar video experience; 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 our four heroes and the catfish demon. The series logo is across the bottom of the cover with the volume name and logos underneath. 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. Viz adds a flourish by giving the cover a glossy, metallic look.

The main menu features a picture of Inu Yasha and Kagome sitting in front of a mountain. Transition animations are kept to a minimum, and music loops in the background.

Viz provides a Japanese and English cast list, two brief line art galleries, and the Japanese promos for the episodes.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Mirroring the previous volume, the only interesting story in the latest volume of Inu Yasha revolves around Kohaku and Sango's tragic predicament. Before we can get to that episode, we must first sit through two boring stories that rehash running jokes and character pieces that lost their legs long ago. We open with Miroku's past behavior once again threatening his future with Sango. Two years ago, Miroku asked his famous question to a sickly girl; the fellowship runs into her father and learns that the girl said yes and really meant it.

Cue the cold shoulder from Sango and throw in a weepy catfish demon for good measure. It was a predictable story and lacked any semblance of humor or action. The same can be said for the next episode; Rin is spirited away by a flute playing Ongokuki while a band of demon hunting monks harasses Sesshomaru. Their leader poses an interesting question to both Rin and Kagome; why do you choose to remain with a demon? This is the first interesting question the series has asked in far too long, and the story does not even attempt to answer or explore it. It was just another potentially fresh angle carelessly discarded.

Fortunately, the last episode manages to salvage some viewing pleasure for this volume; camping near Sango's old home, Kirara wanders off into the woods to reminisce about the better times she, Sango, and Kohaku shared. Kirara eventually bumps into Kohaku and learns that he has regained his memory. Kohaku does not know if killing Naraku will soothe the guilt he feels, but he is dedicated to exacting his revenge and cannot reunite with Sango until then.

This is a difficult but mature decision, and the episode provides many touching moments that highlight the anguish Kohaku feels making it. Sango is the only family he has left, and though they are working towards the same goal, they must grow even further apart. While this has been a constant theme in the series, it has moved into something more than Sango pining after her brother.

In Summary:
Sango and Kohaku pull on the heart strings before the volume ends, but it cannot completely compensate for the boredom one must endure to get to that episode. The writers cart out the same tired routines for the cast; any comedy or drama left in these relationships has been exhausted leaving a shambling corpse of a story on the screen. Keeping Kohaku apart from Sango despite the return of his memory is the only fresh angle the story has. Pity the rest of the plot threads cannot deliver the same level of storytelling.

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

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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