Inu-Yasha 10 (VizBig ed.)

November 9, 2014

Rumiko Takahashi – Viz – 2012 – 56 volumes
(this is an omnibus containing vols. 28-30)

Again, I haven’t been reading much manga lately.  But I’ve still seen some of the hype about the new Ranma 1/2 omnibuses, and as a result, my roommate and I have been watching the anime.  Still good!  I would re-read the Ranma 1/2 manga, but it’s stored in another state right now.  What I do have handy is the second half of Inu-Yasha.  It’s not Ranma, but it’s still Rumiko Takahashi goodness.

It’s hard to be disappointed when I pick this one up.  I know exactly what I’m going to get.  In this 3-for-1 volume, Inu-Yasha fights an undead bandit leader while Sango and Miroku break a shield around a mountain that Naraku was resurrecting himself behind.  They find a room of creepy dead babies, Naraku beats them up, and then he leaves when Sesshomaru shows up, for some reason.  Volume 2 is mostly the characters trying to figure out what Naraku is doing, and some more Kikyo drama.  Volume 3 is a return to the old-style stories where the gang is tracking down demon stories and helping villagers.  They are also currently looking for the “last” Shikon jewel shard.  As there are another 26 volumes, I don’t really believe them, but whatever.

There’s some fun new stuff, too.  An alternate, split form for Naraku that’s sort of cheerfully menacing.  A huge demon fire-horse.  Lots of character development for Kagome, Inu-Yasha, Miroku, and Sango, which you don’t normally see.

There’s also human Inu-Yasha, who’s my favorite.  And, with the return of the regular-type demons at the end of the collection, we also get a refreshing return/reminder that Inu-Yasha is actually very powerful, something that power escalation in these types of series often overlook.  Demons he struggled with at the beginning are now going down with a swipe of his claws.

Still enjoyable stuff!  I don’t know if I’m going for the next anthology next or something else, but finishing up with Inu-Yasha is definitely in my future.

2 Responses to “Inu-Yasha 10 (VizBig ed.)”

  1. badzmaru Says:

    I’m glad you’re back. You’ve been missed. I’m sorry that you got burned out. I hope writing review will become enjoyable again for you. You got me to read From Eroica With Love. Thank you. What a great series.

  2. Aaron Says:

    Glad to see you back

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