Anime DVD Review: Inuyasha Third Season Box Set

The Inuyasha Third 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 Third 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 couple of episodes are essentially “filler” stories that have nothing to do with the overarching storyline. Then, we get the storyline about the demonic peach tree and the miniature village of Togenkyo. It should be noted that this particular storyline appears earlier in the manga, during the time before Inuyasha and the others met Sango; because of this, the anime writers had to find a way for Sango to not be in the story for these episodes. It makes me wonder why the decision was made to not animate this particular storyline earlier on.

There’s another “filler” story, and then comes the storyline featuring the dark priestess Tsubaki, where Kagome is merged with a tainted Shikon Jewel shard and is ordered to kill Inuyasha; this particular storyline takes place over the span of five episodes.

This is followed by another “filler” story about Myoga the flea; while it’s a fun episode, it really has nothing to do with the overarching story. The next two episodes features Kagura contemplating betraying Naraku in order to gain her freedom.

After another “filler” episode, the next three episodes see Naraku wanting to expel Onigumo, the human that he used to be, from within him for good. However, this takes on a life of its own as another incarnation, and this new incarnation steals the face and name of a monk named Muso. Inuyasha and the others must try to defeat Muso.

The next three episodes see Inuyasha trying to find a method to break barriers; Totosai ends him to a village to defeat and absorb the blood of a bat demon. During this arc, Inuyasha meets a half-demon girl named Shiori. For me, this storyline featuring Shiori is one of the strongest stories to appear in the Inuyasha Third Season Box Set.

The next five episodes are all “filler” material, and the final two episodes see Naraku kidnapping Rin in order to trick Sesshomaru so can be absorbed by him. This storyline sees Sango’s brother. Kohaku, becoming friends with Rin. Rin is one of my favorite characters in Inuyasha, so I enjoy getting to see storylines that feature her.

When it comes to the episodes on this box set, the third season definitely relied more on stories that spanned multiple episodes, even though there were only a couple of episodes that were labeled as being multi-part episodes. There were fewer stand-alone episodes in this season when compared to previous seasons; however, this is understandable, as the third season was more about character stories and character progressions than the previous seasons. The third season focused heavily on Inuyasha, Sesshomaru, Naraku, and Kagura; however, there was also some character progression for Sango and Miroku as well.

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 three special features that appear on the fifth disc of the set. The first feature is labeled as “special footage”; this is an “Inuyasha Super Special,” which runs about half an hour. This special basically picks up from where the “Inuyasha Super Special” on the second season box set left off, and it whittles the second season down to about 29 minutes. I assume that this “Inuyasha Super Special” aired before the third season of the anime began airing in Japan.

The next special feature is the “textless opening.” During the course of this DVD box set, the opening credits changed, and the textless opening that appears for this feature is for the new opening. The theme song for this new opening is definitely an improvement over the song used for second opening, but it’s not quite as good as the opening song for the first season. The third feature is the “textless closing”; this is a textless version of the new closing credits that appear on this DVD box set.

Unlike the first or second DVD box sets, there were absolutely no trailers included on this DVD box set of Inuyasha. This was a very welcome change from having the trailers included at the beginning of each disc in the second season box set.

Overall, these are the kinds of bonus features I have come to expect from Viz Media’s home video releases, so there really weren’t any surprises here.

This DVD box set is worth it if you are a fan of Inuyasha, because the episodes included in this set really help to shed some light on these characters and their motivations. This set is a “must have” if you’re an Inuyasha fan that wants to have all the episodes of the series on DVD.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of the Inuyasha Third Season Box Set that my husband and I purchased.

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