- Network: Cartoon Network
- Series Premiere Date: Aug 31, 2002
- Starring: Pam Hyatt, Kenichi Ogata, Kirby Morrow
Kagome Higurashi is a modern day young girl who lives with her family by the old Higure shrine. Unbeknownst to Kagome, she is the reincarnation of priestess Kikyo and possesses the "Jewel of Four Souls" (the Shikon jewel). One ill-fated day, Kagome locates an ancient well near her home andKagome Higurashi is a modern day young girl who lives with her family by the old Higure shrine. Unbeknownst to Kagome, she is the reincarnation of priestess Kikyo and possesses the "Jewel of Four Souls" (the Shikon jewel). One ill-fated day, Kagome locates an ancient well near her home and is abruptly transported through the well and into a feudal Japan, inhabited by demons. There, she encounters Inuyasha, son of a powerful demon father and a human mother, who is pinned to a tree by an enchanted arrow. Kagome frees Inuyasha from the tree before she learns that all of the demons, including Inuyasha, are after the Shikon jewel in her possession. To prevent the jewel from being stolen, Kagome accidentally shoots it with the enchanted arrow, shattering it into thousands of pieces. The evil Naraku also seeks the jewel for his own reasons. New allies, Kagome and Inuyasha, join forces with Shippo, a small fox-demon, Miroku, a monk, and Sango, the sole surviving demon-hunter, in order to combat Naraku and recover the fragments of the "Jewel of Four Souls". But that's just just the tip of the iceberg. 1st Opening Song: "Change the World" by V6 (Episodes 1 to 34) 2nd Opening Song: "I Am" by hitomi (episodes 35 to 64)
3rd Opening Song: "Owarinai Yume" by Aikawa Nanase (Episodes 65 to 95) 4th Opening Song: "Grip!" by Every Little Thing(Episodes 96 to 127) 5th Opening Song: "One Day, One Dream" by Tackey & Tsubasa(Episodes 128 to 153) 6th Opening Song: "Angelus" by Hitomi Shimatani (Episode 154 to 167)
1st Ending Song: "My Will" by dream(Episodes 1 to 20 and 167) 2nd Ending Song: "Fukai Mori" by Do as Infinity(Episodes 21 to 41) 3rd Ending Song: "Dearest" by Ayumi Hamasaki (Episodes 42 to 60) 4th Ending Song: "Every Heart, Minna no Kimochi" by BoA (Episodes 61 to 85)
5th Ending Song: "Shinjitsu no Uta" by Do as Infinity(Episodes 86 to 108)
6th Ending Song:"Itazurana Kiss" by Day after Tomorrow (Episodes 109 to 127) 7th Ending Song: "Come" by Namie Amuro (Episodes 128 to 147) 8th Ending Song: "Brand-New World" by V6 (Episodes 149 to 166) Character Profiles: - Spoilers!!!
Inuyasha - Half-human, half-demon, Inuyasha desires the Shikon jewel for his own questionable purposes. Too bad Kagome can control him with magic!
Kagome - Kagome is a modern-day 15-year-old girl who lives with her family by the old Higure shrine. She is also the unknowing possessor of a magical jewel.
Shippo - Shippo is a young fox-demon with shape-shifting abilities. He likes Inuyasha and is fiercely loyal to Kagome.
Sango - Sango the demon hunter lost her whole village to Naraku's forces. Her preferred weapon is a giant boomerang.
Sesshomaru - Sesshomaru is Inuyasha's older, pure-demon brother. He seeks the magic sword that his father gave to Inuyasha.
Miroku - A Buddhist monk who, because of a curse from Naraku, has a Wind Tunnel (it's like a black hole) in his right hand. He is also quite the pervert. Naraku - Naraku is the villain of the series. His name translates as the word, "hell". He was born through the thief Onigumo's desire for Kikyo when he called dozens of demons in to devour himself. He has the ablilty to change his form into anything he wants, which he did to trick Inuyasha and Kikyo into hating each other. He has used Inuyasha's brother Sesshomaru to try and get rid of Inuyasha, but to no avail. He also has an 'army' of bug-type creatures, called Saimyosho. Naraku is also a half-demon like Inuyasha, but born in a different way. Naraku can choose the time of month to return to his 'original' form. He uses this time to re-arrange his body into a stronger and more powerful form. Naraku also gains the ablilty to make offspring, later. Koga - Koga is the son of a leader of the wolf demon tribe. He has 2 Shikon jewel shards in his legs (one in each) which gives him super speed. He first comes into the story when he attacks the village where Rin lived. He also says that he is in love with Kagome, which makes Inuyasha quite annoyed. Koga wants Naraku dead because he created Kagura who killed many of his friends from his tribe. … Expand
- Genre(s): Animation, Action & Adventure, Kids
- Season 1 premiere date: Aug 31, 2002
- Episode Length: 30
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May 6, 2012Love this anime!!! It's so awesome and I think that Sesshomaru and Inuyasha are definitively the two best characters. GoLove this anime!!! It's so awesome and I think that Sesshomaru and Inuyasha are definitively the two best characters. Go Inuyasha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!… Expand
Jul 30, 2013Great anime show.. Lots of fun episodes. Had to take lots of time to make all this magnificent work... Great job! Another show you all shouldGreat anime show.. Lots of fun episodes. Had to take lots of time to make all this magnificent work... Great job! Another show you all should take a look at is called case closed.. Does'nt seem to be here on metacritic so i rate in with this comment.. I give both a 10 VERY great anime shows together… Expand
Dec 10, 2014It was amazing. It was my first anime I watched, and I loved every moment of it. Though, it did have some flaws, such as repetition andIt was amazing. It was my first anime I watched, and I loved every moment of it. Though, it did have some flaws, such as repetition and confusing plot line at first. But once you get past the flaws, you'll love it. It had an amazing (a bit confusing) story, great music, characters, and cast of voice actors in all versions of it. The animation was also amazing, considering for most of the first couple seasons were all hand-drawn with some CGI rendered graphics. It was amazing, I recommend it.… Expand
Dec 26, 2015Simply one of the greatest animations ever created. You will be confronted by a cast of interesting, and unique characters in a wonderfullySimply one of the greatest animations ever created. You will be confronted by a cast of interesting, and unique characters in a wonderfully dark world. If you enjoy fantasy, good action, and a bit of cheesy love you will thoroughly enjoy this series!… Expand
Feb 24, 2015Everybody else loved Inuyasha. This was the reason why I bought the first season of Inuyasha, an anime about a girl named Kagome traveling toEverybody else loved Inuyasha. This was the reason why I bought the first season of Inuyasha, an anime about a girl named Kagome traveling to feudal-era Japan in order to collect the pieces of the Shikon Jewel with the assistance of a half-demon named Inuyasha. Themanime.org listed (minor) problems with Inuyasha in its (4 out of 5 stars) review of the show before concluding with “Inuyasha still shines nearly as brightly as an untainted Shikon Jewel.” Wattpad.com user NeriBurns, in her review, summarized the well-known show with this: “It’s a classic, and any anime lover who hasn’t seen this isn’t a true anime lover!” After reading the reviews, I thought Inuyasha wasn’t just a beloved TV show but the best Japan has to offer, the Citizen Kane of anime. With that in my mind, I began Season One.
The main theme was, at first, a mediocre one but it steadily grew on me to the point where I’d consider the Inuyasha opening among the (twenty) greatest of all time. As for the anime itself, I can’t say the same. After an inauspicious first episode, everything went downhill and, in the process, the show introduced the two main characters, Kagome and Inuyasha. Kagome is the stereotypical anime female protagonist and someone I loathe passionately, the narrator who explains to the audience what they already know, the horribly one-dimensional schoolgirl who alternates between being somewhat useful and being the definitive damsel-in-distress who’s only line is screaming “INUYASHA!”, and the worst voice actor in an anime filled with them (Now I understand why some people watch the subbed version of anime instead of dubbed). Whereas Kagome is a static character, Inuyasha is a dynamic one, an exceptionally short-tempered swordsman who transforms into a grouchy but likable character that occasionally turns human, possesses a decent amount of depth (much more than Kagome), and is a figurehead in the Pitiful Acting Department. The yawn-inducing adventure became somewhat worthwhile in Episode 7, when Inuyasha battles his malevolent brother Sesshomaru with the all-powerful Tetsusaiga, and the episode ventured into Inuyasha’s past and his personal morals (The climatic moment was lowlighted by Kagome telling Inuyasha to believe in the sword like she believes in him). Episode 7 was, sadly, one of the very few great episodes of Season One.
Enveloped in Kagome and Inuyasha’s quest is a cast of uninspiring characters: Shippo (the shape-shifting fox demon serving as “comedy relief”), Kaede (Kagome and Inuyasha’s mentor-of-sorts and the only feudal-era character who says ‘ye’), my favorite character Miroku (a wandering monk and a lover of food, parties, and women who states the obvious and serves as a glorified sideline character), and Sango (a lover of fighting and peace, obsessed with protecting her family and friends). It’s interesting what the anime did to Sango, establishing the boomerang-wielding warrior as a hardened fighter before easing her into a spot on the sidelines, snatching what little depth she had, and downgrading her into a softer and weaker character, a Kagome-like character. Inuyasha’s portrayal of Kikyo (the former lover of Inuyasha and the “sister” of Kaede) is easily one of the highlights of Season One. In the beginning, Kikyo is the beautiful and benevolent caretaker of the Shikon Jewel but then the perfect priestess is revealed as enigmatic, sorrowful, and selfish. Kagome and Inuyasha also encounter a multitude of villains, mostly forgettable bad guys appearing for an episode or two, as well as the aforementioned Sesshomaru and the main antagonist Naraku. Sesshomaru is a surprisingly solid character, equipped with above-average acting prowess and a graceful yet lethal persona, but compared to Naraku, he appears bland and dull. Naraku is a being born from Nightmare Fuel, an unbelievably sinister mastermind, mysterious and menacing, slithering in the shadows while plotting to attain to Shikon Jewel. Naraku is the most despicable character in this anime yet I can’t help but admire his Oscar-worthy acting and personality. Compared to the characterization of the other characters, Naraku is outrageously out-of-their-league to the point where I ask myself, why is he in this show?
A refund isn’t good enough to compensate for the irreversible damage I endured. A review isn’t good enough to describe the emotions flowing through me as I watched Inuyasha, alternating between stifling well-deserved yawns and contemplating stomping on all three DVDs of Season 1 to vent my frustration. This anime possesses an amazing array of flaws: its mediocre graphics, its sub-par soundtrack (just the same couple of songs over and over and over), its unbelievably crappy acting (which I’m sure I mentioned before), its unnecessary and lengthy flashbacks (often from the same episode), its monotonous fighting scenes (Inuyasha ripping apart a demon was awesome at first but watching the titular protagonist save the day while screaming “Iron Re… Expand
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