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- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Released By: Viz Media
- MSRP: 8.95
- Pages: 200
- ISBN: 1-56931-948-0
- Size: 5X7
- Orientation: Left to Right
InuYasha (Action Edition) Vol. #02
By Megan Lavey
February 18, 2004
Release Date: March 01, 2003
InuYasha (Action Edition) Vol.#02
© Viz Media
Translated by:Mari Morimoto
Adapted by:What They Say
Now that Inu-Yasha is bound by a spell to Kagome, he has to help her find the shattered pieces of the jewel. But that?s not the only challenge these two will face ? the half-demon Inu-Yasha has a personal battle to fight, against own half-brother, Sesshomaru!The ReviewPackaging:
The original cover from the second Japanese volume, which is always a nice fit. Inuyasha is attacking in the background while Kagome is in the forefront, looking serious. The musings over the logo can be found in the first review. The spine has a smaller version of the front cover and the back has a picture of Sesshomaru.Artwork:
Again, standard Takahashi artwork. The new characters featured here are Jaken and Sesshomaru. And yes, Sesshomaru is quite pretty. And yes, that fluffy thing he has thrown over his shoulder is his tail. The battle scenes are very lush and even a bit scary at times.Text:
No standouts for me regarding the text other than how they use the name, Sesshomaru. The English manga is the only place that I know of that uses the name ?Sessho-maru? instead of ?Sesshomaru.? Not even the subtitled anime from the same company handles it in the same way. For convenience, I?ll be referring to Inu-Yasha?s brother as ?Sesshomaru? in the reviews.
One addition that I forgot to mention for my review of vol. 1 is that there is a little sidebar at the beginning of the manga explaining exactly what the Sengoku Jidai was. It?s very informative, however the Sengoku Jidai ended in 1568 rather than 1558. 1568 was when Oda Nobunaga invaded Kyoto and took it over. Review:
This volume picks up where the last leaves off with Inu-Yasha and Kagome fighting Yura of the Demon Hair. Inu-Yasha discovers that Kagome is actually pretty useful and it?s here that he really starts to make an effort to protect her. At the end of the fight, he calls her by her name, which shows that he no longer thinks of her as a Kikyo clone.
They quickly go into their next ordeal, with the arrival of Myoga, a flea who had been in the service of Inu-Yasha?s father and is now looking over him?when he?s not running away from battle. Kagome discovers that Inu-Yasha has a body quite different from her own, as the wounds from their previous battle healed within days. Meanwhile, she brings the first of several modern conveniences back to the Sengoku Jidai, starting off with her bicycle.
Myoga tells Kagome about Inu-Yasha being a half-breed ? half human, half demon. His mother was a full human. He also lets them know that someone is in search of Inu-Yasha?s father?s grave. They?re after a sword, known as Tetsusaiga, that Inu-Yasha?s father had made in order to protect his mother. They find out shortly thereafter that the thief is no other than Inu-Yasha?s half-brother, the full demon Sesshomaru.
This volume takes the time to do some character growth for Inuyasha, explaining more about his past and how he came to be where he is. It also serves as the introduction for his half-brother, Sesshomaru and the feud between that is one of the running subplots in the series. Of course, every bad-ass hero needs some sort of sword to fight with, so this manga details how Inuyasha gets his.
The standout for this volume is the character development, showing a vulnerable side to Inuyasha that was hidden by his initial anger at the beginning of the series. You can start to see why he has such a hard time trusting people, but that he will do anything to protect the ones he does care for. He is showing more of the complexity that was hinted at in the first volume of the series.
The series also starts to stand out from other similar time-travel series in that Kagome goes back to her own time and starts to bring things back, such as a first-aid kit and her bike. The modern world isn?t forgotten, but the people back in the Sengoku Jidai don?t seem too shaken by the stuff Kagome?s bringing back.
With this being the second volume, it keeps the momentum of the first volume going while not immediately diving into the hunt for the Shikon shards. It is well worth picking up the first two volumes together and seeing if you like the series based on them. If so, definitely keep going. There?s an epic in the works here and the ride?s part of the fun.