Inuyasha. VizBig Edition, Volume 1: Pulled Through Time!
Series: Inuyasha (VizBIG Omnibus Series) (#1)
Summary: Kagome is a modern Japanese high school girl. Never the type to believe in myths and legends, her world view dramatically changes when, one day, she's pulled out of her own time and into another! There, in Japan's ancient past, Kagome discovers more t han a few of those dusty old legends are true, and that her destiny is linked to one legendary creature in particular--the dog like half-demon called Inuyasha! That same trick of fate also ties them both to the Shikon Jewel, or " Jewel of Four Souls". But demons beware... the smallest shard of the Shikon Jewel can give the user unimaginable power.
Review: This review will be split into three parts.
InuYasha, Vol. 1: Turning Back Time
The story of InuYasha revolves around a young Japanese girl who accidentally travels back in time to the days of feudal warlords, ninjas, samurais, and terrifying demons. Upon arriving in feudal Japan, the heroine discovers that she is the reincarnation of the region's lost priestess and that she is the only one who can safeguard the world.
The first volume of this series actually offers a lot of entertainment; the characters are bold and entertaining, and there is plenty of action too. It also unfolds at such a frantic pace that readers never become bored.
The pacing, however, highlights InuYasha's main problem - just how raw and unpolished it is. Unlike others, Rumiko Takahashi doesn't prolong poignant This is a situation InuYasha rushes through as quickly as possible. As a result, the story feels rushed and incomplete, leaving the audience wanting more. The pacing also makes it difficult to appreciate the character development and the relationships between the characters.
Here, there are no subtleties. The whole thing is rushed and brash. All of the art and dialogue are very basic and outdated. The comment may seem harsh to fans of the series, but I'm just stating my first observations. The story isn't even believable, and the characters are one-dimensional. It's a shame, considering the potential of a well-written story.
However, even though this series has few ticks on my preferred list, I would happily read volume two. I'm interested to see where the story goes and the character development that occurs. I'm hoping that the author takes the time to flesh out the story and characters, resulting in a more interesting and engaging read.
InuYasha, Vol. 2: Family Matters
Our story continues seamlessly and we end up in the same fight we were in in the previous issue.
Despite being seemingly capable of doing everything, Kagome continues to be underestimated as someone who cannot do anything in a challenging environment. As far as I'm concerned, everything would be better without the monsters alternating to take the various pieces of the sphere that scattered when it broke. That's an excellent repetition trick. As a result of the constant fighting, the story becomes too splattery. This repetition makes the story feel predictable and repetitive, and makes it difficult to get invested in the characters. It also makes it difficult to develop an emotional connection with the characters, as they are constantly in danger and can't seem to escape.
The fantastic half-brother of Inuyasha, Sesshomaru, arrives in the story. Inuyasha is a half demon, while Sesshomaru is a complete demon. The reason Sesshomaru shows up is because he's looking for the tomb of his father, whose skeleton is hidden inside a pearl hidden in Inuyasha's eye, where he hopes to find Tessaiga.
Neither brother succeeds in retrieving the sword from the rock in style, but Kagome succeeds perpetually with the skirt, which makes it even more ridiculous.
As a result of the fight, Sesshomaru turns into a giant dog, as his true nature is revealed, but Inuyasha defeats him with a sword that, as it will be discovered in the end, can only be used by those who love humans and wish to defend them, since the father of the two brothers created it to protect the woman he loved. As a result, a sword that reacts according to intent and stays with its worn appearance if it does not like them.
Since there is a lot of set up before things can begin, this quantity is relatively slow. It has the same pacing issue as Volume 1.The third volume will hopefully have fewer set up scenes and more action. It should also provide a better sense of overall pacing and flow.
InuYasha, Vol 3: Good Intentions
As the story continues, Inuyasha and Kagome have found their harmony, despite the fact that they don't want to admit it. Though she is not credible at all and continues to be a Mary Sue, she endures herself because Inuyasha is spectacular and charming, just as she thinks.
With the help of the well, Kagome now brings food, clothes, and even homework home... And if Inuyasha is bad, she orders him to sit.
The story starts with a complete one, followed by a second one, and then another one begins.
Firstly, there is the frog monster that is truly terrifying, and then there is the demon that is a mass of dead bodies that is not scary at all, but just horrifying from the standpoint of how unpleasant they look. Last but not least are two brothers: Hiten with a humanoid appearance and Manten with a reptile appearance. It is very difficult to endure the visuals in this story because of the continually changing shapes of the characters, especially the Myoga fleas.
It repeats itself continuously, but there is no real villain who is more powerful than all these slimy ugly monsters and splatters.
A new character appears in the third story: Shippo, son of the fox demon killed by the two brothers.
The manga is very comical, but there are some scenes that seem a little sloppy at times.
While I enjoy the manga and find it original, I would never invest money in it, so I always have to thank the library for letting me borrow it.