Anime Tuesdays (Wednesday): InuYasha

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No, it’s not Tuesday, but we’re just going to have to go with it. Anyways, I’m dedicating this week’s late column to a show you’ve all probably watched: InuYasha. On the off chance that you haven’t watched it, this review should help remedy that. Tied with Cardcaptor Sakura, InuYasha is my favorite anime of all time.

The Premise

InuYasha tells the story of Kagome Higurashi, a 15-year-old girl from Tokyo. One day she falls into a well at her family shrine that transports her to feudal Japan. There she finds a sleeping half-demon and tries to wake him (Probably because she thought he was hot. Can’t blame her).  Through a series of unfortunate events, Kagome ends up shattering the coveted Shikon Jewel. This jewel is what InuYasha requires to become a full-fledged demon. Thus, she agrees to help him find the missing shards. This was all fun and games until the rest of the world caught on to the fact that pieces of the magic jewel could be lying in their backyard.

Why You Should Watch It

There simply is no synopsis that can do this anime justice. Sure, InuYasha is a “feudal fairy tale” and there is a lot of love involved. But it is also rough, sad, and astoundingly dark in its maturity. As a kid, I benefitted from being able to watch a show with heavy, and probably inappropriate themes, while disguised as a cartoon. Even the tender moments of friendship and love are often overpowered by a daunting sense of duty, fear, and uncertainty.

The characters might behave like children at times for comic relief, but more often than not they are prepared to die for each other. And I don’t mean this in a heroic type of way, but rather a “we know we’re not all going to make it out of this, so I’m sacrificing myself” kind of thing.

Agh. So, so good. And anyone who tells you that they were not attracted to InuYasha growing up because “he’s not a real person” is a liar. (And for those of you who admit it and have watched it: can we talk about those full moon moments when he reverted back to full human? Whaaaat?) There’s just so much going on in this show. Good luck if you haven’t watched it yet.

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Anime Tuesdays is a Tuesday column of The Nerd League featuring current or exceptional anime we think is worth checking out. To keep up with this week’s pick click here.

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