Inuyasha – An Adventure Across The TimeSeptember 4, 2021
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What is Inuyasha anime all about?
The anime narrates the story of Kagome Higurashi. On her 15th birthday, she gets dragged by a demon into a well. Instead of falling at the bottom, she finds herself in the Sengoku era. There, she finds that the demons are after the mystic artifact, Shikon jewel which is possessed by her. Upon finding herself in the new environment she meets Inuyasha, a half-blood demon who is also after the jewel. Accidently the jewels get shattered into shards and are now scattered in the Sengoku Era. It is now up to Kagome to collect those pieces before it falls into the wrong hand.
During their journey to find the shards, Inuyasha and Kagome befriend Shippo, Miroku, Sango, and Kirara. Each of their demises is somehow related to Naraku, the main antagonist of the story.
It is interesting how each piece of the puzzle in the story is somehow related to each character. This point helps in building up the overall pacing of the anime. Somehow Inuyasha will make you feel nostalgic in terms of animation style and story-telling. People born in the 90s can understand what I am trying to say.
The story also keeps on featuring Sesshomaru, an older half-brother of Inuyasha, Kikyo, a high-ranking priest who died 50 years prior to the storyline but is now resurrected. She and Inuyasha had seemed to share a relationship in the past.
The major prevailing theme of Inuyasha is Fantasy. The protagonist of the anime, Kagome is dragged by a demon into a shrine well. On the other side, she finds herself 500 years in the past during Japan’s Sengoku era. The time-travel element of the series connects Kagome from the future into the past of the Sengoku era. Since Kagome holds an ancient artifact, the Shikon jewel, all the demons are now after it.
The action of the series is highlighted due to the shards of the Shikon Jewel and the series antagonist, Naraku. The journey to find the shattered shards of Shikon Jewel by Kagome is narrated as adventurous. Through the course of their journey, we get a glimpse of characters dealing with their personal issues. Also, the budding romance between the lead and secondary character becomes apparent as the series progress. The theme of romance adds to the element of compassion and selflessness. The anime blends well the classic element of fantasy and comedy.
What can you expect?
The well-structured storyline will narrate to you the adventurous journey on finding all the shards of Shikon jewel. The story is light-hearted but at the same time has a certain dark element to it.
The back-story of almost all the main and secondary characters will help you to connect with them to a certain extent. It will further help you engross in the anime.
One thing is sure that every action is justified whether it is to be on the part of the antagonists or protagonists. This anime has highlighted a lot of moral lessons. But apart from some serious stuff, the comical situation will give you a good laugh. And yes! The development of the romance between the characters will even make your heart pound in anticipation.
Inuyasha has a total of 193 episodes. It is a long story but it is worth watching especially if you are into action, fantasy, comedy, and romance. The anime has well-narrated the plot and the characters which makes it more engaging to watch.
Also keep an eye for the anime series, Yashahime: Princess Half Demon. The sequel spin-off narrates the story of Sesshomaru’s and Inuyasha’s daughters as they embark on their adventure. This anime starts from a fresh perspective as it brings in a whole new troupe of characters. Also, the well-balanced storyline of Yashahime will make you appreciate the anime in its own right rather than a sequel to Inuyasha. You can watch this anime first but there is no doubt that certain parts will make you curious about the character’s backstory which will prompt you to watch the prequel. Yashahime: Princess Half Demon was first aired in October 2020.
Order of watching
- Inuyasha: The Final Act
- Yashahime: Princess Half Demon