Review by: Kiki Van De Kamp
Publisher: VIZ Media
Running Time: 900 minutes
Rating: T (Teen)
Release Date: Available Now
The end of the Feudal fantasy is near.
I’m a sucker for those lengthy epics whether it’s some historical drama that takes up ten DVDs or box sets of certain television shows that have long since passed 100 episodes (like Buffy the Vampire Slayer) but I must confess that these epics really do run out of steam towards the end and many of them don’t end very well. Fortunately for us anime fans, InuYasha isn’t one of those shows. Yes, the Sixth Season Box Set of InuYasha isn’t as deeply thrilling as past season or the fifth season but it’s still undeniably engrossing and still loads of fun to watch.
Oh but the end is coming and even if you’re watching the series for the first time via these wonderful season box sets you can feel the epic journey is reaching its climax and inevitable finale. Before that, however, this sixth season (that covers episodes 127-146) means to be a fun ride that won’t disappoint fans of the series.
The opening episode, for example, has Kagome going home to her modern era where she is suddenly given multiple duties for an upcoming cultural festival in her school. Like in past episodes where she returns home, she brings back something from the Feudal era that definitely doesn’t mix well with her modern world. So InuYasha, perhaps even missing Kagome, heads to Kagome’s era to find Kagome part of the choir, the lead actress in the play and helping out in the kitchen as a cook. The problem is that the dried food Kagome brought back has a very dangerous reaction to boiled water. The result is InuYasha taking on the threat and unwittingly becomes part of the school play.
That’s just the start of a series of whimsical events such as the episode that introduces the Boar deity named Chokyakai who – like a certain monk – asks women to bear his children … but then abducts them. The line is drawn when the boar kidnaps Kagome. In another episode, Shippo takes center stage as a group of young fox demons follow Shippo around in hopes that they would learn from a living legend such as him. We even get a further peek into Miroku’s past as he visits his mentor that announces that he is going to die. At one point we even get to meet the ancestor of the boy that keeps asking Kagome out and finds out that this Feudal era boy is just as smitten with her as his modern day ancestor.
Thankfully, the set also includes the InuYasha special that takes up two episodes. Entitled “The Woman Who Loved Sesshomaru,” we discover a side of Lord Sesshomaru we have not seen since he accepted his youngest admirer, Rin, as a traveling companion. A dying woman catches sight of InuYasha and that sparks a memory of Sesshomaru at the time he wanted to take the Tetsusaiga away from his brother. It’s love that leads the girl to make a pact with demons in order to fulfill Sesshomaru’s wish. Speaking of Sesshomaru, the tough-as-nails demon lets his guard down later in the season and saves the father of a young demon that Shippo identifies with during their search for the young demon’s father.
The episodes that focus less on Naraku do reveal a lot anyway. We see the bond between Miroku and Sango grow even stronger … although Miroku still spends the rest of the remaining episodes on the set chasing girls. When the episodes get back to business it does it well but that’s not to say that the earlier episodes didn’t contain something that connects with the main quest. Kagura and the infant that is one of various incarnations of Naraku slay a number of monks only to come across a powerful monk that is able to eliminate the infant. In his place is an older version of the infant and it’s clear to Kagura that this might not be such a good thing. On top of that, Hakudoshi manages to tame the demon horse Entei that adds more trouble for InuYasha and the others.
In the last few episodes of the set, InuYasha looks to the past to reach the last remaining shard of the Sacred Jewel. I link between the shard and his deceased father has InuYasha and the others seeking out his father’s old friends – one of which is a demon named Hosenki – and learns of a way to reach the Afterlife by way of a doorway guarded by stone statues. In the end, we meet a bird master named Princess Abi that turns to Naraku … not knowing how truly evil Naruku is and what his hidden agenda is in the end.
While the sixth season of InuYasha hasn’t really run out of steam or feels like it’s just going through the motions, this season isn’t as strong as past seasons. Still, this is not to say that you won’t have fun watching these 20 episodes. In fact, you’ll have an absolute ball considering that many of the episodes focus more on character than the search for the Sacred Jewel shard. If you’re a longtime InuYasha fan, these episodes are too fun to pass up and who can blame you considering the fact that some epics – like this one – are epic for a good reason.
DVD REVIEW BREAKDOWN
The sixth season begins cheerfully enough with a number of fun episodes that stray from the Sacred Jewel shard/Naraku quest. Then things go back to business in a string of episodes that are starting to feel like the long and exciting journey is coming to an end.
VIDEO QUALITY: A
Once again, it’s not surprising to see how amazing the video quality is handled for this excellent series. This definitely does come close to a pristine HD quality picture.
AUDIO QUALITY: A+
The series always contained some of the best voice acting and a wonderfully cinematic score to go along with it. I have always loved the ending theme song “Come” by Namie Amuro and I never get tired of hearing it.
A textless opening and closing theme song feature is available but the most rewarding feature here is the special feature called “Down the Well: Inside the Feudal Fairytale” that is narrated by Myoga and Hosenki. It pretty much goes into some of the mythology and inspiration for many of the demons, creatures and spirits from past episodes.
While not as deep or involving as the fifth season, the sixth season of InuYasha delivers a thoroughly enjoyable and fun season that might not be as strong as past season but does the trick nicely for returning InuYasha fans. Personally speaking, this season’s set is filled with many of my favorite episodes and if you’re anything like me then you’ll find this one an irresistible buy.