Reviewer: Tom (Webmaster)
on: Volumes 1 & 2
Publisher: Viz Communications
Kagome is a normal fifteen year-old schoolgirl who one day
falls into the well of her house and is transported back to feudal Japan. Here
she accidentally breaks a jewel that gives demons immense power and she must
collect all the shards of the jewel before they fall into the wrong hands. She
does this with the help of Inu-Yasha, who himself is a half-demon and would like
the jewel himself.
Takahashi has really outdone herself with this manga. Not only is it as funny as
her previous work but also the action is some of the best I’ve ever seen. Also
she has added blood into the fights (which she has not done before) and this
helps as some of the demons Kagome faces are quite scary and to give the fights
that realistic edge.
Takahashi also varies the stories in terms of action and humour. Volume 2 for
example contains a lot of action where as Volume 3 has Kagome returning home to
sit her exams with hilarious – and terrifying – results. Volume 3 also
introduces the character Nobunaga who provides some much-needed comic relief.
Artwork is in Takahashi’s usual style but the way in which many demons are drawn
will probably surprise you if you never read Rumic World. The demons are very
well drawn and have different stylings to the human characters which make them
feel out-of-place and not part of reality of the manga world in Inu-Yasha. It
was a brave move by Takahashi and has more then paid off.
Inu-Yasha is one of the best manga I’ve ever read because it has something for
everyone. Demons, fighting, humour and plenty of action. If you are a fan of
Takahashi then buy it. If you are not then still buy it as it is just brilliant.