Anime DVD Review: Inuyasha Second Season Box Set

The Inuyasha Second Season Box Set includes five DVDs that contain 27 episodes of the series. The first three discs contain five episodes, the fourth disc contains six episodes, and the fifth disc contains six episodes and the special features.

Inuyasha Second Season Box Set
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: March 31, 2009

Kagome and Inuyasha travel across Feudal Japan searching for the shards of the Shikon Jewel. They are joined on their quest by the fox yokai Shippo, the lecherous monk Miroku, the demon slayer Sango, and Sango’s demon cat Kirara.

The first major event to take place in this box set is Naraku resurrecting Sango’s deceased brother, Kohaku, with one of the Shikon Jewe; shards. Naraku tries using Kohaku as leverage to get Sango to bring him Inuyasha’s sword, Tetsusaiga. Fortunately, Naraku’s plan fails.

This set also introduces Totosai, the blacksmith who forged both Tetsusaiga and Sesshomaru’s sword, Tenseiga. While the two brothers battle for possession of Tetsusaiga, two more characters are introduced: a young girl named Rin and Koga, the leader of the eastern wolf yokai tribe. After Rin is killed by Koga’s wolves, Sesshomaru uses the power of the Tenseiga to bring her back to life. Rin ends up traveling with Sesshomaru and Jaken.

We become more acquainted with Koga after he kidnaps Kagome and Shippo. Koga declares his love for Kagome, and this is an element that will continue to run through the series. These particular episodes also establish the rivalry between Inuyasha and Koga, and Inuyasha also perfects the Wind Scar attack of Tetsusaiga.

The set also introduces Kanna and Kagura, who are two detachments of Naraku. Kanna has a demonic mirror that can steal the souls of those who are reflected in it. Kagura, meanwhile, is a wind sorceress who uses a fan to enhance her powers. Naraku unleashes a third detachment named Goshinki, who not only manages to break the Tetsusaiga but also causes Inuyasha to transform into a full-breed dog yokai.

After getting himself back under control and getting the Tetsusaiga repaired, Inuyasha fights against a sealed dragon daiyokai in order to find a way to wield the repaired Tetsusaiga. The final episode in the disc sees Inuyasha learning a new attack with Tetsusaiga.

While the episodes in this set still spend time introducing and establishing new characters for the series, the story itself continues to progress. At this point in the series, none of the stories truly feel like “filler” material yet. Many of the new characters add new dimensions to the series and to some of the other characters. The resurrected Kohaku adds more development for Sango, Koga becomes a potential rival with Inuyasha in regards to Kagome, and the human child Rin adds an interesting development for Sesshomaru since he’s never cared for humans in the past.

Inuyasha also gets some focus here, between the issues with the Tetsusaiga, the new attacks he learns with his sword, and dealing with what happens after he ends up transforming into the full-breed dog yokai.

When it comes to the DVD set itself, you can watch the episodes with either the English dub or with the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.

There are a total of five special features that appear on the fifth disc of the set. The first is labeled in the menu as “special footage”; it turns out that this is an “Inuyasha Super Special.” From watching the special, it appears that it’s a recap of the major events that took place in the first season of the series. I would assume that it aired in Japan before the start of the second season. I was actually surprised to see Viz include this special as one of the bonus features, because this isn’t the typical bonus feature that Viz is known for including on their releases.

Next is a section labeled “Character Introductions.” The interface is similar to the character relationship guide that appears on the first season box set, but the only characters included here are the ones introduced during the second season: Koga, Ginte/Hakkaku, Rin, Totosai, Kagura, Kaijinbo, Kanna, Kohaku, Mushin, and Onigumo.

Next is a movie trailer for Inuyasha the Movie: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass, this is also included with the trailers that appear at the start of each disc, so it seems kind of a waste to also include it as it’s own special feature. However, this is exactly the type of bonus feature I would expect on a Viz Media release.

There are also textless versions of the new opening and closing credits that appear on this set. Personally, I think the opening theme song for the episodes in this set is weaker than the opening theme song for the first season. Also, I thought the ending credits song for these episodes is better than the opening theme.

This set is definitely worth it for the episodes alone. The special features aren’t great, but they are decent.  I would definitely recommend purchasing the box set if you are a fan of Inuyasha and want to include this series in your home video collection.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of the Inuyasha Second Season Box Set that I purchased for my husband as a gift.

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