It Came from Japan – Inuyasha: The Final Act, Set 1
The beginning of the end.
Reviewer was provided a DVD review copy by Viz Media.
2002. That was the year Adult Swim became more than just a unadvertised chunk of programming long after any reasonable person would be sound asleep, and started to become the sought-after “channel-within-a-channel” it is now. Back then, Adult Swim was only a weekend affair, with anime filling the Saturday schedule. This was also the year I started to notice anime.
Don’t get me wrong, the likes of Toonami had exposed me to the likes of Dragon Ball Z long before “the kids left the pool”, but a limited attention span didn’t bode well for a show where battles took multiple episodes to conclude. Instead, we were given Mobile Suit Gundam, Inuyasha, and Yu Yu Hakusho, which were not only easier to digest, but nearly untouched from its original broadcast.
Unfortunately, for those of you expecting an in-depth review from a person knowledgeable in the titular dog demon, I chose Yu Yu Hakusho all those years ago.
Despite all this, Inuyasha: The Final Act is very approachable to a newer audience, though I highly suggest against it. While you will be able to understand a number of the character’s motives and quirks of the universe, there is certainly a high level of emotional impact lost in starting here. That’s not to say you won’t get a great deal of enjoyment out of The Final Act; there are many episodes in this first half of the series that will entertain without alienating.
Though there is a Blu-ray release available, the DVD series is perfectly serviceable if you want to save a few bucks. In fact, you can tell that the animators wanted to capture the feel of the original series as best as possible, so quality is unlikely to improve much by opting for 1080p.
While I cannot recommend Inuyasha: The Final Act, Set 1 to the green anime watcher, I found myself enjoying every minute of it. Though I may never get through the massive 167 episode backlog of the original series, I’m definitely looking forward to what is likely going to be an exciting conclusion.