Set in the Sengoku Period of Japan (a period of domestic turmoil about 500 years ago), INUYASHA is a time travel fantasy adventure based on the hit comic book series by the same name.
Kagome discovers that she can travel back and forth between the present and the Sengoku Period through a well at the shrine near her house. As she is drawn to another time, she is also drawn into a quest with Inuyasha for a powerful, sacred stone. However, many enemies hinder their way to success, and Inuyasha himself must often be controlled by Kagome. Not to mention that the stone is broken into pieces, making their job all the more difficult... Kagome discovers powers within herself that she never imagined existed. And she may owe these powers to her predecessor, the sorceress Kikyo. In the meantime, Inuyasha discovers that he has feelings for Kagome as they search for the stone together.
©TAKAHASHI Rumiko/Shogakukan YOMIURI TV SUNRISE 2000
Source: Japan YTV
Official Review from the company that licensed Inuyasha in America - VIZ:
Rumiko Takahashi walks on the wild side in a manga tale of demons, monsters,
and medieval Japan.
First serialized in Shogakukan's weekly manga magazine for teens and young
adults, SHÔNEN SUNDAY, in 1996, Inu-Yasha tells the story of a modern-day
Japanese girl named Kagome whose family lives in an old shrine. On the shrine
grounds, there is an old covered well, about which there is a legend, as well as
an ancient Go-Shinboku God-Tree, and her grandfather's shop selling mystical
trinkets...in fact, nearly everything about the house has a legend of some sort
attached to it. Kagome has grown up thinking that the legends are simple
superstitions, but when a monster reaches out of the ancient "Bone-Eater's Well"
one day and drags her into Japan's distant past, she has to quickly come to
terms with the magic of another era.
That era is Japan's medieval past, the Sengoku-jidai, typically referred to
as the "Warring States" era of Japan's Muromachi period (approximately 1467-1568
CE). During this time, rival warlords fought over territories with their private
armies and built fortified castles to protect their conquests. Inu-Yasha takes
place against this backdrop, and warlords and their armies frequently appear in
its pages, often as the hapless victims of demonic attacks.
When Kagome arrives in the past, she's hailed by the local people as the
reincarnation of their village's long-deceased priestess, Kikyo, who "killed"
the demon Inu-Yasha by a mystical arrow before she died. This claim would seem
to be the truth, as not only is Kagome the very image of the dead woman, but
when she is wounded by an attacking centipede-demon, a glittering jewel emerges
from the wound. This is the Shikon Jewel, or the "Jewel of Four Souls," which
Kikyo died to protect. Kagome also proves to have special powers, including the
ability to see magical objects. She may have even more powers, but Takahashi is
content to reveal them gradually as the story unfolds.
Kagome quickly acquires a partner of sorts in her travels in the past-Inu-Yasha,
the demon Kikyo mystically trapped (not killed) with her arrow. A half-breed,
Inu-Yasha owes his demonic strength to his father, a legendary wolf-demon, but
his mother was a mortal woman. Thus, Inu-Yasha has the outward appearance of a
full demon, including doglike ears and claws, but his strength does not compare
to a full demon's powers. For this reason, Inu-Yasha wants the Shikon Jewel,
which has the power to transform him into a full-fledged monster. But he's not
the only one who wants it-the jewel can increase anyone's powers with its magic,
and over the course of the series, humans and demons alike are seduced by the
the jewel's power.
The search for the Shikon Jewel becomes the center of Inu-Yasha's story when
the jewel is shattered into multiple shards during an early battle. From that
point, Inu-Yasha and Kagome have the unenviable task of tracking down all the
shards, and piecing them back together again, and the story takes the form of a
quest, with each episode introducing a new menace that has acquired a jewel
shard. Interestingly, these travels aren't confined to the past. Kagome can use
the well to travel back to her own time-which she frequently does to fetch
supplies, such as her schoolbooks, snacks, and a bicycle-and the pair even
discover jewel shards that have been passed down over the centuries.
However, Inu-Yasha isn't just a horror tale-there's even a bit of romance. As
the saga continues, the relationship between Kagome and her dog-demon companion
develops and becomes more complex. When Kagome first frees Inu-Yasha from
Kikyo's spell, his first thought is to destroy the woman he quickly identifies
as his "killer" by her smell, but an enchantment cast upon him by Kikyo's baby
sister, Kaede (now an old woman and the village leader), enables Kagome to
control Inu-Yasha with a word. That word, thought up by Kagome on the spur of
the moment, is a typical bit of Takahashi humor-"sit," as one would say to a
dog. (The spell is contained in the necklace of prayer beads around Inu-Yasha's
neck which he is powerless to remove.) Inu-Yasha says he hates Kagome, but from
the start, the reader suspects that there was more to his relationship with the
priestess, Kikyo, than he's telling (a suspicion later confirmed). Over time,
Inu-Yasha reveals more about himself and his half-human nature, and protects
Kagome from danger, even when he has no particular reason to. Likewise, Kagome
proves to be much stronger than he ever suspected she could be, standing up to
their monstrous and supernatural opponents to protect others, even at great risk
As their travels continue, new companions join in the journey-Myoga,
Inu-Yasha's flea-demon servant; Shippo, a fox-demon; and Miroku, a Buddhist
monk. Each additional character subtly alters the situation, bringing out new
aspects to Inu-Yasha and Kagome's relationship.
Basic Stat Info
October 16, 2000-
August 31, 2002- (United States)
Number of episodes:
Rumiko Takahashi (manga)
Michihiko Suwa, Hideyuki Tomioka
Michihiko Suwa, Masuo Ueda
Kappei Yamaguchi (Inuyasha), Satsuki Yukino
fantasy, time travel, horror, demons, comedy,
romance, historical, Japan
Japan: DVD (AVBA 14149, 14156, 14174, 14187,
14212, 14229, 14241, 14256, 14275, 14300, 14314, 14347, 14366, 14379, 14400,
United States: DVD (announced)