Manga Review: Inuyasha VIZBig Volume One

The first volume of the Inuyasha VIZBig Edition combines the first three volumes of the Inuyasha manga into one edition. 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 Volume One
Written by: Rumiko Takahashi
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: November 10, 2009

The main characters of this series are Kagome and Inuyasha. Kagome is an ordinary high school girl in modern Japan whose family lives at a shrine. One day, Kagome is sent to feudal Japan through a dried-up old well at the shrine. Here she meets the half-demon Inuyasha, who is trying to get the Shikon Jewel for himself in order to become a full demon. It’s discovered that Kagome is a descendent of the priestess Kikyo, who was the protector of the Shikon Jewel. After the Shikon Jewel is broken into many pieces and spread out all over feudal Japan, Kagome and Inuyasha must team up to find the shards of the jewel. On their journeys, they must battle demons in order to get the Shikon Jewel fragments. In this volume, they must battle Yura of the Hair, they encounter Inuyasha’s half-brother Sesshomaru and battle for the sword Tetsusaiga, they meet Nobunaga and aid him in helping Princess Tsuyu, Kagome encounters a cursed mask in modern Japan, and they encounter a small fox demon in feudal Japan named Shippo who is being pursued by the Thunder Brothers.

I really enjoy Rumiko Takahashi’s art style, because it’s very easy on the eyes. Her characters are very expressive, and the way the panels are drawn, it’s easy to figure out the order that the panels go in to tell the story. While you may occasionally see some “busy”-looking panels in the fight scenes, these panels don’t distract from the overall story and presentation. However, it should be noted that there are some brief bits of nudity included in the art in this volume, hence the “T+” rating for the volume.

The story in this Inuyasha VIZBig Edition is easy to follow. If you have any familiarity with the anime series, then you should recognize everything that happens in this volume. And even if you’re only experiencing Inuyasha for the first time by reading this volume, I still believe a reader can easily follow the story and appreciate what’s going on.

I read this volume of Inuyasha after receiving a copy as a Christmas gift from my older daughter.

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