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Inu Yasha Vol. 1: Down the Well (2002)

Director: Masashi Ikeda
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Viz Video
Genre: Anime, Fantasy Anime
Running Time: 75 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Fifteen-year-old schoolgirl Kagome Higurashi, whose family tends a shrine, falls into an old well one day and literally tumbles into ancient Japanese history. On the other side she meets Inu yasha, the dog-like demon (inu means dog in Japanese) who claims she smells just like the woman who fifty years ago pinned him with her arrow to a tree, where he's been all this time. Unwilling allies at first, the two become closer as their search for the sacred "Jewel of Four Souls" continues. If Kagome really is the reincarnation of the shrine-maiden Kikyo, can it be that she's becoming jealous of herself...? Contains 3 episodes!

Contains episodes 1-3:

  • The Girl Who Overcame Time...and the Boy Who Was Just Overcome
  • Seekers of the Sacred Jewel
  • Down the Rabbit Hole and Back Again

GreenCine Member Reviews

Inuyasha by CarpeNoctem April 3, 2004 - 5:30 PM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
InuYasha is classic. Its got all the great elements of an awesome anime, moving plot without tons of filler anywhere (thank god, filler is the anti-christ of anime after all), cool characters, smooth animation, a perverted monk, and killer villians. The plot is like this. Kagome just an average middle school girl (aren't they all), but then she gets sucked into a well that tranports her to medieval japan and she learns she is the reincarnation of a powerful priestness named Kikyo. InuYasha is a half demon who is bound (against his will of course) to protect her as she tries to collect the broken shards of the sacred Shikon jewel entrusted to her. Also if you've seen any of Rumiko Takahashi's other works, such as Ranma 1/2 I can guarentee that Inuyasha is just as good if not better (which it is in my opinion). Definitly a must watch for any anime fan.

And in this corner...InuYasha by ivygirl October 15, 2003 - 8:35 AM PDT
8 out of 9 members found this review helpful
1. Girl Who Overcame Time and the Boy Who Was Just Overcome
2. Seekers of the Sacred Jewel
3. Down the Rabbit Hole & Back Again

These are the 3 episodes you will find on the first DVD of this series. These are the best translations for the titles I have come across.

For all the Americans who have only seen this anime on Adult Swim, you have to rent it, if only for the opening credits.

The theme song "Change the World" is one of those songs you can't get out of you head because it is just so damn good. Trust me; it's a damn good song.

In closing, I need to remind fans to please watch at least 6 episodes (in a row, an order of sorts) of InuYasha before you judge it. It is an awesome anime, and it WILL grow on you. I promise.

Inu-Yasha: Dog Warrior by Fangs November 20, 2002 - 10:08 PM PST
7 out of 7 members found this review helpful
Inu-Yasha is a half dog demon and half human boy, with a serious attitude. Kagome is a human girl from modern day Japan, who gets transported back in time. The series is about their love/hate relationship and their quest to keep the Jewel of Four Souls away from the bad guys. This series is NOT intended for young children. Birds don't generally peck people's hearts out and make nests in their dead bodies in the normal Saturday morning fare. However, kids like Inu-Yasha. The kids' favorite part (ages 5, 7, & 17) is when Kagome says, "Sit boy". Anytime Kagome says, "sit", BOOM! Inu-Yasha is thrown to the ground. The kids and I think that is hilarious.

My biggest complaint is the same as Hneline1's. Why are there only three episodes on the DVD? It isn't because the "extras" took up a lot of space. The bonus features really weren't worth watching. The anime is worth watching though.

By the way, the anime Inu-Yasha follows the Viz graphic novel Inu-Yasha almost exactly. So if you are impatient like I am, you can read the manga and find out what is going to happen without having to wait for the next DVD to come out.

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