Manga Review: Inuyasha VIZBig Volume Two

The second volume of the Inuyasha VIZBig Edition combines volumes four through six of the Inuyasha manga into one volume. In addition to putting three volumes into one book, the physical size of the book has also increased; also, the pages were flipped back to their original orientation (the original English pressings of these volumes had the book flipped to read from left to right). The Inuyasha manga series was written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. Viz Media has the rights to distribute the manga in the United States. The English adaptation was done by Gerard Jones, and the translation was done by Mari Morimoto. This VIZBig Edition for Inuyasha was published in 2009. Inuyasha is rated “T+,” which means the series is being aimed at older teens.

Inuyasha VIZBig Edition Volume Two
Written by: Rumiko Takahashi
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: February 9, 2010

This volume opens with the continuation and conclusion of the story arc that features Shippo the fox demon and the Thunder Brothers. The next story arc is one of my favorite stories from the Inuyasha series; it’s a story set in modern Japan about a girl named Mayu who died in a fire and her spirit is haunting her brother’s hospital room, trying to kill him, and how Kagome tries to help this lost spirit find peace. Next, we return to feudal Japan, where Kagome, Inuyasha, and Shippo encounter a young woman whose village is being attacked by demons that are killing people. During this arc, a secret is revealed concerning Inuyasha that affects him every new moon. Then, an ogress attempts to resurrect the priestess Kikyo, and we see how this affects both Inuyasha and Kagome. Then, we are introduced to the lecherous monk Miroku, who has a wind tunnel in his hand. The final arc in this volume sees our group of heroes deal with an artist who can conjure demons.

When it comes to the visuals in this volume, I think Rumiko Takahashi’s art is fantastic. She has quite an ability to use her style to show her characters’ emotions, and this ability serves her well for stories such as the Mayu arc in modern Japan and the story of Kikyo’s resurrection in feudal Japan. Just like with the first volume, it should be noted that there are occasional drawings in the book that contain female nudity. Hence, the “T+” rating given for this manga volume.

I wrote this review of this Inuyasha manga volume after reading a copy of it that I was given as a birthday present.

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