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Inuyasha: First Season

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Kagome Higurashi, an average ninth grader, gets pulled into an ancient well by a demon, bringing her 500 years in the past to the feudal era. There, she meets Inuyasha, a half-demon who seeks the Shikon Jewel to make himself a full-fledged demon. With Inuyasha and new friends, Kagome's search for the Jewel of Four Souls begins...


Based on the manga by Rumiko Takahashi, the creator of Ranma 1/2 and Urusei Yatsura, the Inu-Yasha TV series (2000) blends elements of Japanese folklore and familiar anime devices into a deftly imaginative blend of humor and adventure, an extremely entertaining series that never falls into cliché. Beginning the first season's 27 episodes, Kagome Higurashi, a normal 15-year-old girl, falls down a dry well--and finds herself in the feudal past, 50 years after her ancestress Kikyo imprisoned the half-human/half-demon Inu-Yasha. As the reincarnation of Kikyo, Kagome possesses a magic jewel that greatly increases the power of demons. Kagome fetters Inu-Yasha with the help of her priestess-ancestor Kaede, and when the jewel is shattered Kagome and Inu-Yasha must ally to recapture the fragments.

The series really begins to hit its stride when Kagome and Inu-Yasha, while bickering, nevertheless prove an effective team against the demons they encounter in the Warring States netherworld. Two new characters create complications. Shippo, an orphan fox spirit, meets Kagome and Inu-Yasha in the Warring States period. A more conventional but potentially more dangerous addition is Hojo, a handsome upper classman at Kagome's school, who's concerned about her recent absences. His understated good manners contrast sharply with the prickly Inu-Yasha--just as Kagome is beginning to recognize his good points.

In the multi-part adventure that begins with "Kikyo's Stolen Ashes," the filmmakers presenting conflicting versions of the relationship between Kikyo and Inu-Yasha, and the intriguing plot twists typify Takahashi's sophisticated story-telling. The tone darkens as the back story emerges: 50 years earlier, Kikyo tended Onigumo, a badly burned thief. As his desire for the Sacred Jewel--and Kikyo--grew, Onigumo summoned a horde of demons, whom he allowed to consume his flesh and soul. The evil creatures fused to form the terrible Naraku. Recognizing his feelings for Kagome, Inu-Yasha tries to protect her from Naraku by sending her back to her own time and blocking the passage between the ages. Inu-Yasha, Kagome, Shippo, and Miroku face a bizarre array of monsters and villains, including a forest demon who vomits hordes of monstrous, three-eyed wolves.

As the tapestry grows richer, Kagome and Myoga begin to explore the origins and nature of the Sacred Jewel that radiates power yet brings misfortune to everyone who approaches it. The source of the jewel turns out to be the demon-slayers' village. Inu-Yasha, Kagome, and their friends learn how the Jewel was created long ago in a battle between hordes of monstrous demons and Midoriko, the greatest priestess of the age. But the Jewel is also a miniature battleground between good and evil: a metaphor for the world--and for Inu-Yasha's heart, as he vacillates between selfishness and kindness. (Rated 13 and older: violence, grotesque imagery, brief nudity) --Charles Solomon

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  • Actors: Noriko Hidaka, Willow Johnson, Louise Vallance, Brittney Irvin, Hisao Egawa
  • Directors: Masashi Ikeda, Yasunao Aoki, Naoya Aoki
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VIZ VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 675 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (415 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002HODKO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,915 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Inuyasha: First Season" on IMDb

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First of all for those writing negative reviwes shame on you!! This is a review on the ENTIRE season not on a few episodes you watched!! You cant get a good perspective that way....please readers...pay those bias remarks no mind and take head of a real review like the one in the spotlight and my own.

This season is awesome!! At first i was unsure of Inu Yasha having only seen a few episodes and not sure what it was about but then having gotten more experiance with it and seeing more episodes i fell in love and got this boxset of the first season. It is a wonderful series filled with what all amimes should have...action, comedy, romance, and great edge of your seat battels!! No one battels as fine as inu yasha and no characters are more deep than what you find in this series. Each character posses a flaw that contributes to the series and their character making it a fantastic anime.

If you are a fan of the works of Rumiko Takehashi then you are sure to fall in love. Inu Yasha i s a series you cannot go wrong with! I have watched A LOT of anime and Inu Yasha is definatly a favorite of mine.

What is alos great about this set that it comes in the original japanese with the english subtitles which are very accurate in their translation. VIZ is def. a well renowed translator and ditributor of goood anime. You can def. trust thier translations. If you dont like japanese then you can watch it in good ol' english and laugh away as Inu Yasha tries to clobber shippo or tries to understand Kagome. There are no too many special features but you can watch the beginning and ending with out the text which is pretty cool and you get a cast and relationship chart.

This season is great!! Do not listen to those bias twits!
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Other reviewers have raved about this DVD series. It is a great series, full of action, comedy, and romance. It is good for anyone (though a bit violent for younger viewers).

The packaging is great too. Viz finally figured out that a boxed set shouldn't take up too much space. Anyone who has the Ranma DVD sets knows they take up a LOT of shelf space, to say nothing for the people who couldn't wait and purchased the 3-episode-per-disc Inu Yasha DVDs. This packaging is more compact, and really aimed at the people who are serious about anime. Thanks for the trend to reduce boxed set sizes!

The 5 discs have no extras except for the last disc, which has textless opening/closings and a character relationship chart. There is obvious room for extras on DVDs 1-4 since DVD 5 has 6 episodes PLUS the extras. Hopefully Viz will use the space when they get around to releasing Season 2 as a boxed set.
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The season 1 DVD box set of Inuyasha contains the first 27 episodes of the show. These episodes can be viewed in either English or Japanese. Subtitles are only in English. This boxset is in my opinion a great start for any fan of Inuyasha who wants to collect the episodes.

Specifically, this box set focuses mainly on introducing the main characters of the show. The journey begins! This boxset is nice because it's MUCH cheaper than if you were to buy the episodes seperately. The extras are lacking, but I never really minded because I only bought this for the episodes themselves. Inuyasha is my second favorite anime. The story is very interesting as are the characters. I recommend this box set to any fan of Inuyasha.
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Kagome is a stressed teenage schoolgirl from the present day. Inuyasha is a surly half-demon from five hundred years in the past. And they're one of the more unlikely action pairs you could imagine, in the first-season boxed set of hit animated series "Inuyasha."

On Kagome's fifteenth birthday, she's suddenly pulled into a well on her family's shrine grounds -- and emerges five hundred years in the past. After bumbling around for awhile, she accidently frees a half-demon boy, Inuyasha, who is stuck to a tree. Inuyasha loathes her because of her resemblance to the woman Kikyo, who pinned him to that tree -- especially when he learns that Kagome is Kikyo's reincarnation.

Even though they fight constantly, they have to team up to recover the shard of the powerful Shikon Jewel (which Inuyasha wants to use to eradicate his human half). Things take a sudden twist when Kagome learns that the much-abused Inuyasha was once in love with Kikyo, and that his feelings for Kagome herself are starting to change. Unfortunately, Kikyo has been brought back to unnatural half-life, which makes Inuyasha and Kagome even more confused.

And then a monk, Miroku, reveals the truth -- Kikyo and Inuyasha were turned against one another by an evil demon, Naraku. What's more, Naraku is collecting fragments of the Shikon jewel, so Inuyasha can get his revenge and his jewel shards at the same time. With the lovable, lecherous Miroku, beautiful and haunted demon-slayer Sango, and outspoken fox Shippo, Inuyasha and Kagome set out to stop Naraku.

Rumiko Takahashi is known for her romance and comedies.
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"Dubbed" means they have re-recorded the dialogue in English, so yes, you can play it so the voices are in English. They use the term dubbed to indicate that it is the original animation, which was created for the Japanese voices. They sometimes have to change the translation a little... Read More
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What happened to the prices on these?
Most anime (and I'd say a lot of products in general) go through periods of shift in prices based on supply and demand. There is a lag between the time when a product first comes out, and to when the product becomes harder to find that you can usually find most series for a very low price. ... Read More
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English audio?
Yes it does. You have the choice of either watching it in Japanese with the subtitles or of watching it in English. I think this series is actually one that starts out playing in English, but if it doesn't you can set it up so that it does.
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