Manga Review: “Inuyasha” VIZBig Edition Volume Four

The fourth volume of the Inuyasha VIZBig Edition combines volumes ten through twelve 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, and 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 Edition Volume 4
Written by: Rumiko Takahashi
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: August 10, 2010

This volume opens with Sango attacking Inuyasha, because Naraku tricks her into thinking that Inuyasha was responsible for destroying her village. Miroku, meanwhile has a confrontation with Naraku. After the fight, Kagome and the others take Sango with them, so she can heal from her wounds. During another run-in with Naraku, Sango learns the truth about what happened. They return to Sango’s village for her to recuperate. While they’re there, Sango tells them about how the Shikon jewel came into existence.

After Sango has healed, the group continues on its way. They come across a village that is having to sacrifice its children to a water god. Kagome and the group end up entangled in the situation. After that adventure, Miroku is tricked by a demon disguised as a beautiful woman. When he has to use his wind tunnel to handle the situation, the demon ends up cutting his wind tunnel bigger. Miroku goes to see Mushin, the monk who raised him after Miroku’s father died; Miroku wants Mushin to heal his injury. While Miroku is there, Mushin is possessed by an urn grub. Inuyasha and the others come to Miroku’s aid to help him fight off the possessed Mushin and the other demons who have come to kill Miroku.

This is followed by Sango discovering that Naraku has resurrected her younger brother, Kohaku, by embedding a Shikon jewel shard in him. Naraku blackmails Sango into stealing Inuyasha’s sword, the Tetsusaiga. Sango ends up betraying the group, and a major confrontation takes place at Naraku’s castle. During the fight, Sango’s cat, Kirara, is poisoned. When Kagome and Inuyasha go to get some medicinal herbs to help Kirara, they learn about a half demon named Jienji who is despised by the people in a nearby village. The volume ends with Inuyasha, Miroku, Kagome, and Kikyo into a cave to look for demons, and they come across more than they bargained for.

This is another excellent volume of the Inuyasha VIZBIG editions. Another one of my favorite story arcs (the story about Jienji) is included in this volume. As with the previous volumes, Takahashi’s art style for her characters really captures their emotions. This art style is especially effective for the “human interest” stories, such as the Jienji arc. The reader can really see the half demon’s emotions and believe that he is sincere. 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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