Netflix Streaming Review: Inuyasha

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Once I start a series I really like, I can’t watch anything else until I’ve seen every episode. My latest obsession is Inuyasha, an anime series that aired in Japan from 2002-2010. It’s filled with magic, action, humor and romance. Even though it’s really light-hearted and fun, it has tons of drama and really dark concepts and characters like evil babies and soul eating. Plus subtitles!! Why are post 80′s English voice-overs so terrible?

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The show follows Kagome, a teenage girl (of course) who is the reincarnation of Kikyo, a feudal era priestess. Kagome travels back in time and meets the half human half dog-demon Inuyasha, who was in love with her when she was a priestess. It sounds confusing but it’s easy to follow when you’re watching it. Most of the show takes place in the feudal era and is filled with lots of characters from Japanese lore. But since Kagome is from modern day, she travels back every once in a while to take exams, go to WacDonald’s and buy instant ramen for everyone.

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The other main characters are a funny baby fox demon, a really pretty demon slayer, a cute little demon cat and a young priest with a black hole in his hand. They all travel together on a quest to kill this demon man, Naraku, who’s been ruining all their lives and killing their loved ones. I even cried during one episode because of what he did to Sango’s little brother :(

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Kagome and Inuyasha have a really cute romance. I’m a total sucker for slow, drawn-out romances. You know, like Scully and Mulder, Pam and Jim, even Ross and Rachel lol. Kagome actually ends up having to compete with her old incarnation, Kikyo, for Inuyasha and her own soul. The concept of reincarnation that they use in the show is pretty interesting. Souls can be shared by multiple people, one person’s body can house multiple souls and different people have different sized souls.

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The animation is really cute and even beautiful at times. Other times it’s kind of simple, almost Pokemon-like. Aside from one or two songs, I wasn’t really into any of the opening and closing theme songs. But I really loved the actual music that plays during the show. For fans of Ranma 1/2 and Uresei Yatsura, you’ll probably like Inuyasha because it’s written by the same adorable author, Rumiko Takahashi.

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