Article first published as Manga Review: Inuyasha Volume 19 by Rumiko Takahashi on Blogcritics.
Inuyasha Volume 19 is a manga by Rumiko Takahashi, and it was published in North America by Viz Media in 2004. The series is rated “T+” for older teens. I agree with the rating for this volume, since there is a bit of violence included in it.
Inuyasha Volume 19
Written by: Rumiko Takahashi
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: September 7, 2004
The first story in Volume 19 continues exactly where Volume 18 concluded. Sango’s younger brother, Kohaku, is with Inuyasha and the others. Kagura, one of the “offspring” of Naraku, has come with some demons to try to get Kohaku back. During the fight with Kagura, Inuyasha entrusts Kohaku with Kagome; unfortunately, things with Kohaku aren’t what they appear to be.
In the next story, Inuyasha’s brother Sesshomaru consults an old friend of his father’s about a transformation he had seen Inuyasha undergo in an earlier volume of the series. Sesshomaru learns that Inuyasha’s sword, Tetsusaiga, holds an answer to Sesshomaru’s question.
Meanwhile, Inuyasha, Kagome, and the others help an old man and his grandson back to their village. Not too long after leaving, Inuyasha can smell a lot of blood coming from the village. It turns out the village has been attacked by a group of bandits who are unknowingly being led by a demon. Inuyasha battles the demon, and is caught in a trap; Inuyasha’s transformation plays an important role in this story.
A third story begins in Volume 19, but it is not resolved at the end of this volume. Inuyasha has been trying to wield a heavier Tetsusaiga, which ultimately caused him to lose control and allow the transformation to happen while battling the demon. He goes to see Totosai, since he was the one who forged Tetsusaiga, in order to get some help for learning how to master his heavier sword. Totosai tells Inuyasha he needs to kill Ryukotsusei, a demon Inuyasha’s father had battled and sealed away. The volume ends with Inuyasha reaching the place where Ryukotsusei is sealed.
This volume of Inuyasha has a lot of action included, but there are also moments that include character development. In this volume, the reader sees a little bit of progression in regards to the relationship between Inuyasha and Kagome. I would also say that there’s also a little bit of character development for Sango in this volume as well.
Since I saw this portion of the Inuyasha anime series before reading this volume of the manga, I can safely say that the anime telling of the stories in this volume is rather faithful to its manga source material. Since I already knew what was going to happen in the story before I read this volume, I think it helped to make this manga a little bit of a faster read for me. Also, since there’s also a lot of action panels included in this volume, that also made this volume a quick read.
Compared to this point in her Ranma 1/2 manga series, Takahashi is still able to provide a quality story. Of course, it probably helps that Inuyasha is an over-arching story, while Ranma 1/2 tends to be more “episodic” in nature.
If you’re a fan of the Inuyasha series, I think you’ll enjoy this volume just as much as previous volumes in the series.
I wrote this review after reading a copy of Inuyasha Volume 19 that my older daughter checked out through the King County Library System.