Manga Review: Inuyasha VIZBig Volume Three

The third volume of the Inuyasha VIZBig Edition combines volumes seven through nine 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 2010. Inuyasha is rated “T+,” which means the series is being aimed at older teens.

Inuyasha VIZBig Volume 3
Written by: Rumiko Takahashi
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: May 11, 2010

This volume opens with the return of Inuyasha’s half-brother Sesshomaru. A demon named Naraku gives him a new human arm with a Shikon jewel fragment inside to replace the arm that Sesshomaru lost. With this new arm, Sesshomaru makes another attempt to take the Tetsusaiga away from Inuyasha.

Afterward, Kagome, Inuyasha, Miroku and Shippo return to Kaede’s village. Inuyasha takes Kagome to the welll he takes her Shikon jewel shards, sends her down the well, and blocks the well with a tree. Later, Kaede tells Inuyasha about a brigand named Onigumo that her sister Kikyo had taken care of fifty years ago because he was so injured that he couldn’t move. Shippo tries to remove the tree lodged in the well, and he is approached by a large demon and his minions; he’s looking for Inuyasha. Inuyasha and Miroku battle with the demon, but the demon escapes. Inuyasha, who hasn’t entirely recovered from his battle with Sesshomaru, is forced to rest. The demon returns, and another battle ensues. In the modern world, Kagome senses a Shikon jewel shard in the well, and she digs her way through to try to return to feudal Japan. When the battle ends, Naraku emerges and explains his hatred of Inuyasha and Kikyo; it turns out that he shares a secret with Onigumo.

The reincarnation of Kikyo shows up in a village. At the same time, the souls of young girls who die are being stolen, and Miroku is asked to look into it. It turns out the stolen souls are tied to Kikyo. Kagome encounters Kikyo, who traps Kagome. Then, Kikyo tries to trap and kill Inuyasha as Kagome watches on. Then, the volume progresses into a story about the “Peach Man,” and ends with the introduction of Sango, the demon exterminator.

I thoroughly enjoyed this volume of the Inuyasha VIZBIG Edition. Over the course of this volume, the relationship between Kagome and Inuyasha begins to develop, and this progression takes center stage during the story arc with Kikyo. Rumiko Takahashi’s visuals really enhance the story, and it adds poignancy to the emotional story arcs. This is especially evident in the Kikyo and Sango story arcs. Just like with the previous volumes, 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 my husband and I purchased.

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