Manga Review: Inuyasha Volume 25

Kagome, a high school student from modern-day Japan, travels back in time to feudal era Japan through a well at her family’s shrine. It turns out Kagome is the reincarnation of a priestess names Kikyo, and she has the ability to sense the Shikon Jewel, a powerful artifact that is sought by demons to increase their power.

In feudal Japan, Kagome meets a half-demon named Inuyasha. Together, they must search for the shards of the Shikon Jewel after Kagome accidentally shatters it and causes them to spread across feudal Japan. They are joined on their quest by a little demon fox named Shippo, a lecherous monk named Miroku, and a demon exterminator named Sango. As the series continues on, the main antagonist is a demon known as Naraku.

Inuyasha Volume 25
Written by: Rumiko Takahashi
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: April 18, 2006

Volume 25 opens with Miroku and Sango trying to rescue Kagome from Mukotsu, the master of poison in the Band of Seven. But after a couple of attempts, both Miroku and Sango are affected by the poison. They get help from a surprising person: Sesshomaru. But since I saw the anime before reading the manga, this didn’t have quite the same feeling of surprise as it would have if I’d read the manga first. It’s still a great moment, though, especially Sesshomaru’s line, “Do you think a mere human’s poison can injure Sesshomaru?”

Later, as Inuyasha, Shippo and Kirara try to find someplace to take Kagome and the others to rest, they are attacked by Ginkotsu, another member of the Band of Seven. Shippo and Kirara are able to get the poisoned members of their party to a temple. Unbeknownst to them, another member of the Band of Seven named Renkotsu is posing as the monk of the temple. When Inuyasha learns the truth after making it to the temple, he finds himself in a battle between both Renkotsu and Ginkotsu, and Renkotsu trying to burn down the temple with the others inside.

As the volume continues, we get appearances from Koga and his group, as well as Myoga. Myoga becomes very instrumental in helping the three members of the party who have been poisoned. As Myoga is doing his thing, there’s a great moment here with Inuyasha, where he tries to hide the fact that he’s crying. I really liked how Takahashi was able to make this scene play out. Inuyasha tries to deny it, while Shippo and Myoga try to get a closer look. This was able to provide some much needed comic relief after how serious the volume had been up to this point. While it was also a touching moment, the comedy that was included was needed. But the moment is ruined when Koga and his group arrive.

Kikyo then plays a role in the story, when she comes to a small town and meets a doctor named Suikotsu. She senses a jewel shard in him, but it’s not tainted like it was in the members of the Band of Seven. Inuyasha and the others also arrive and cross paths with Kikyo and Suikotsu. But something surprising happens in regards to Suikotsu right at the end of the volume…

While this volume brings about some progression for the Band of Seven arc, I know there’s still more to come from watching the anime series. What I’m curious to see is just how many more volumes of the manga it’s going to take to make it all the way through the Band of Seven arc. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy this particular story, but it did feel like it ran for a while in the anime. That’s why I’d like to see just how many volumes the story ends up spanning in the original manga telling.

There’s definitely no “filler” material here, and the story just keeps on moving. Overall, this volume is more on the “heavy” side, with only a couple of scenes that inject some humor in order to provide a brief bit of comic relief before continuing with this intense storyline.

If you’ve read and enjoyed the previous 24 volumes of the Inuyasha manga, then I believe you’ll also enjoy reading Volume 25. This volume continues to provide the type of story and characterization that readers have come to expect from Inuyasha.

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