Inuyasha Series Breakdown- Season 1 (1 of 3)

Yes, Inu-F'n-Yasha! Don't fake folks, this show was fun. was tedious and annoying at times...and it lied several times...and it screwed up its own back story...and it couldn't...okay it wasn't perfect. But it was an adventure none the less. Making us all feel like a 15 year old Japanese school girl, lost in the wonderful Sengoku era of Japan. ...wait, what! The manga was created by manga artist and somewhat genius Rumiko Takahashi! Creator of other manga such as One Pound Gospel, Ranma 1/2 and Urusei Yatsura. She's one of the few successful female artist, and her creations are staples in 90s/2000s anime culture. Oh, and also her blood type is A+! ...why is that important Anime News Network? That's right the Japanese use blood type like the zodiac. The Japanese are odd but mo stranger than me believing a guy walked on water and stopped a thunderstorm. No, not Jesus. It's Chuck Norris. Now I haven't read none of Rumiko's other works and I have to be honest, I didn't like Ranma 1/2. Yup mad anime fan! Comment below! But that's not gonna stop me from diving into this anime. A anime that I must say is one of the greatness the last 10 years. Oh what? Inuyasha is on par with Fullmetal Alchemist or Marcross Plus? Fuck no! Real talk, this thing is barely in league with Slam Dunk or Great Teacher Onizuka. Hell if you say "Attack on Titan" it's better than Inuyasha. Seriously, Inuyasha had several reasons for it success.

1. Timing!
This came out in the US during the Dragonball Z/Cowboy Bebop era of the early 2000's. During that time we was drooling for fresh new anime. We didn't care what it was! Except Pilot Canidate...serious dafaq was that about! Inuyasha much like Naruto had a following before the dub artist stepped into the booth.

2. 4 Da Ladies!
The anime starred a somewhat like able female lead. She was annoying at times but Kagome came off genuine and reacted like a real teenager. Most of the time. She wasn't sexualities or made into bimbo. But if she was too weak for you, well there was Sango. Sexy, strong and you had a real reason to root for her. She did become more useless as the show continued but she was more useful than fucking Yamcha! Then the beefcake! Sesshomaru, Miroku, Inuyasha and ...that imp guy who made swords (i dunno).

3. Adult Swim
Thank God that Adult Swim showed you Inuyasha! Do it now! Say "Thank you!"

4. Soap Opera with katana's
The one thing the Japanese does right is making a soap opera. Okay, Nigerian soap opera's are better...point is Rumiko got it right. 

If the whole season fails to keep your attention at least 3 episode per season made you say "Fuuuuuuccccccccckkkkkkk!" Its very easy to get drawn into the series and there's nothing wrong with that. This is what I call "Dragonballtoasi". Paper thin plot that's cocaine to the brain! Now a warning to true lovers of this show. I will beat this show up. I will slam it into a corner and punch it in the face until my fist bleeds. So if you say I'm being to hard on it...well yes. I meant to do that. So get ready, it's about to get loud.

Our lead is Kagome Higurashi, a 15 year old girl living in present day Japan. Do you see that haircut, school uniform and Hush puppy shoes she's wearing. Yeah, get use to that. One day she's searching for her cat in her family shrine. But she finds demon named Mistress Centipede living in the shrine well! Oh Japan, why all the vengeful spirits? This is in stark contrast to American ghost stories. Why? Because Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull and at least 2 million black slaves would be hunting the shit out of white people. Well the demon grabs Kagome and drags her down the well. This transported Kagome back in time to a village in Feudal Japan. If you wanted the scientific answer to that, don't even ask. There, Kagome encounters the Priestess Kaede. Image Baba from DBZ expect she's shaped like Danny Devito. Kaeda senses that Kagome is the reincarnation of her dead sister Kikyo, who was a powerful priestess. Oh really, because she favors your sister? Meh. Well Queen Centipede (I know I got her name wrong, she's a throw away villain)  attacks the village. She searching for the Shikon Jewel, a stone of unbelievable power. More like the Shikon Jewel is instant steroids to demons. 

Let me briefly touch on the jewel of power. All it does give the demon boosted powers. But the enemies who use them always fail, sometimes easily. And sometimes only for Naraku(The antagonist) to take the jewel before our heroes can collect it. That's right! Pure means to an end! You might as well have a hundred dollar bill connected to a fishing line and have strangers follow it down a sidewalk. It's pure bullshit that drives this story over a jewel that if was never given a name would change nothing to the story! All it does is give our villains another reason to "Muhahaha" a bit longer before they lose.

Kagome also crosses paths with the dog demon named InuYasha. He's a half breed, ...and the girls go "Awwwwwwwwww". He's nailed to a huge tree by arrows to his chest and looks to be dead. So for whatever reason she removes the arrows, she is surprised to find he is alive. Me too! Hey Inuyasha how do you eat...or poop...or breath with a fucking arrow in your lungs!!! He explains that he was imprisoned by Sacred Arrows and bound to the Sacred Tree until she released him. Kagome somehow releases  Inuyasha to defeat Mistress Centipede with his super human powers. During the fight with Mistress Centipede, Kagome sees a jewel emerge from her chest. Kaede recognizes the stone as the Shikon Jewel. Kaeda bestows in on Kagome, because Kagome is the rightful heir to its power. Uhhh, no! Fuck that! Break it that thing! The Shikon Jewel is like a strip joint in Atlanta. Your asking for fucking trouble!

Since he's free from the Sacred Tree, InuYasha tries to steal the Shikon Jewel, using its powers to become a fully powered demon. Kaede casts the Beads of Subjugation onto InuYasha. ...a beaded necklace. This allows Kagome the power to control him with a spoken word. That word? "Sit Boy!" ...hmmm, I smell a bad running gag from this. Well it's actually "sit". I guess the "boy" was added to be kawaii or some shit. InuYasha and Kagome later chases a crow demon that steals and absorbs the Shikon Jewel. Kagome with the worlds luckiest shot, is able to shoot the crow with a bow and arrow. This consequently shatters the Shikon Jewel. You see, bullshit! The ultimate fuck'all gem of power is shattered by a bow and arrow. Dafaq!!! That's like Rocket Raccoon sneezing on the Infinity Gauntlet and breaking it! C'mon Son! Fuck outta here with that bullshit! Not only that, the fucking jewel shatters everywhere across the land. How!? How!? HHHHHHHOOOOOOOWWWWWW!!!!!???

This also starts a counter for us. "Kidnapped Kagome"! Kagome falls into the Bone Eater's Well, and being kidnapped by Yura of the Demon-Hair. Demon Hair...yeah. She steals a shard from Kagome. Meanwhile, InuYasha and Kaeda try to save Kagome. And Kaede loses a eye because of this. Beautiful. Inuyasha is caught in a web of hair and skulls, as Yura endlessly attacks him trying to take his shard of the Shikon Jewel. Kagome figures out that a red skull found on the tower of hair is the source of Yūra's strength. She destroys the red skull, which turns Yūra into a comb. words. We then met Myoga, voiced by Paul Dobson bitches!!! Myoga is a flea demon. Yup! Hey I'll take this over a fucking comb going full on demon on me. I got a old afro-pick that would fuck ya'll up! Kagome learns the truth about the life and deaths of Inu no Taisho and Izayoi, InuYasha's father and mother. I could make the easy joke about his dad going "Doggystyle" on his mom...but what's the point. We then met Sesshomaru, and the ladies go "Sploosh"! I have to say, for bishounen not to show any skin and have a legion of chicks on his jock is nice. Sesshomaru is Inuyasha's half-brother. You see he hates Inuyasha because his daddy protected his brother and his human lover. Yeah...good reason. Also with is his demon-man servant Jaken. Much like Myoga all he does is spit out forced exposition and third rate comedy. You know what anime, why? Why! Did we need more than one guy for that? Ha! Wrong, we got like 5 of them!

Jaken takes Inuyasha and Kagome to a revived Izayoi captive. Izayoi breaks free and takes InuYasha and Kagome to a spirit world. Confused? Don't be! Because Kagome realizes that the spirit world is an illusion in order to find out the location of Inu no Taisho's tomb. Good for you Kagome! You did something useful! Now say something dumb to ruin it. Sesshomaru finds out that the tomb was hidden in a Black Pearl deep within InuYasha's right eye. Sesshomaru activates a portal from the Black Pearl, as InuYasha and Kagome follow right behind him. Inside the tomb therein lies Tetsusaiga, Inu no Taisho's legendary sword. Yup, all located in the eye of Inuyasha! In my eye is a shortcut to Sunnyville, California. Saves me a lot of money to the west coast. Kagome is able remove Tetsusaiga from its altar, and anyone with common sense yells bullshit! At least Inuyasha takes it and fights his bro. Sesshomaru and Inuyasha fight. Sesshomaru turns into a full on dog demon, all in order to test the power of the sword. Why? Why! And guess what! Inuyasha almost kills his brother Sesshomaru with Tetsusaiga. What type of plan was that?

After that Inuyasha and Kagome murder a toad demon and claim a shard. Remember this show is for teenage girls! But no time for that we get a nice slice of hell called Shippo. Oh! I fucking hate this little shit! Shippo is a mischievous orphaned fox demon that spits out only exposition and cockblocks everything. Because he's Kawaii Desu Ne!!!! He wants to avenge his Papa who was dropped by Hiten and Manten of the Thunder Brothers. After Kagome is kidnapped (Kidnapped Kagome!- 2) by Manten,  Inuyasha and Shippo team up to save her. They save her and we get a new member to our party. Yeah, this ain't the Final Fantasy 6 crew I can tell you that much.

Continue in part 2
Posted on April 22, 2014 .