Best of Inuyasha is a 13-track soundtrack CD released that was released in Japan.

Best of Inuyasha
Publisher: Avex Trax Japan
Release Date: April 7, 2003

Best of Inuyasha includes the opening and ending themes that appeared in the first 127 episodes of the Inuyasha anime series, as well as songs from the first two Inuyasha anime films.

The CD booklet includes the lyrics in Japanese for each song, as well as information about the CD single or album that each song was originally released on. It should also be noted that the versions of the themes that appear on this CD are the full-length versions of the songs, instead of the edits that appeared in the anime.

The sequencing of the CD overall appears to be the order in which the songs appeared in the franchise. So this means that while the disc opens with V6’s “Change the World” and Dream’s “My Will,” since they were the first opening and closing theme, respectively, the remaining tracks don’t entirely match up, because the opening and ending themes changed at various times. However, I’m puzzled as to why two songs from the second Inuyasha film appear on this disc before a song from the first Inuyasha film. The disc ends with a bonus track, and it makes sense to add that one to the end.

Unfortunately, due to the way the songs were sequenced on this release, you get a spot where a lot of mid-tempo and slow songs are in one section of the disc. When I was listening to the CD and got to this point, I was starting to feel a little bogged down. However, even with the sequencing issues, it’s still a decent soundtrack CD for the point in the series that it was released at.

There’s now also a two-CD soundtrack titled Inuyasha Best Song History that has been released in Japan, which includes all of the opening and ending theme songs for Inuyasha, as well as music from Inuyasha: The Final Act. However, Best of Inuyasha does include one song that is not on Inuyasha Best Song History: “Half-Demon Inuyasha [B.O.I.K.W. Edit Ver.],” which is the score piece that you hear on the DVD menus. If you like this particular piece of music, then it would be worth purchasing both Best of Inuyasha and Inuyasha Best Song History in order to obtain quite a bit of the Inuyasha music for your anime music library.

Unfortunately, Best of Inuyasha is not available for purchase in the United States. In order to obtain a copy of it, you will have to find a retailer who can import it from Japan for you. Your best bet would be to go through an online retailer that specializes in importing music from Japan.

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