Inuyasha: Affections Touching Across Time

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Inuyasha: Affections Touching Across Time Review


All fear the perils of translated pop.

Anime may be cool. It may be occasionally pensive and truly artistic. It may be visually mind blowing and every other trite cliché used to describe the indefinable it of a graphical cool. But at the end of the day anime is mainly another country's pop, and pop works for one solid reason - everybody within the given culture gets it.

The better the pop, the more universal its appeal. The more that pop can be taken and translated and still get its fun across, the better.

Inuyasha does not translate well.

Inuyasha is a movie spinoff of a TV show spun off of a comic book about a 20th century Japanese schoolgirl transported back in time to help a 15th century half-demon get some magical shards and to try to get some from the half-demon, none other than the title character, Inuyasha. Along for the ride is a demon slayer who rides a two-tailed demon cat, a wise man the size of a flea, a hellion of a demon with "fox magic" powers and the stature and attitude of Shirley Temple on blow, and a monk with a black hole in his hand.

If that sounds campy, that's because Inuyasha is campy. It's supposed to be campy - it's pop. It's just not American pop.

This Japanese pop does exactly what it was supposed to: It made me laugh. But it made me laugh because, after years of dealing with pop from all over the world, I can get it.

Now if you taped the last episode of Friends, you probably won't like this movie. If you think special effects and camera tricks are part of the key to appreciating action, you probably won't like this movie. But if you thought that the anime sequence in Kill Bill was dope, you might like this movie.

Inuyasha isn't as visually cool as the aforementioned sequence, or as about any of the A-grade anime greats such as Akira, Princess Mononoke, or Ghost in the Shell. It's just OK. It's a decent enough movie, worth a watch for the anime fans but worth ignoring for anyone who hates Pokemon.

Aka Inuyasha - Toki wo koeru omoi, Inu-Yasha: The Love That Transcends Time.



Facts and Figures

Production compaines: Sunrise

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Cast & Crew

Director: Toshiya Shinohara

Producer:

Starring: Francesco Pezzulli as Inuyasha, Maria Letizia Scifoni as Kagome Higurashi, Fabio Boccanera as Miroku, Houko Kuwashima as Sango, as Shippou, Ken'ichi Ogata as Myoga, as Kikyô, Hisako Kyôda as Kaede, Toshihiko Nakajima as Hachi, Katsumi Suzuki as Kagome's grandfather, Akiko Nakagawa as Souta Higurashi, Asako Dodo as Kagome's mother, as Sesshômaru, Yûichi Nagashima as Jaken, Yûichi Nagashima as Rin

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