After watching 77 episodes of the classic anime, Inuyasha, I have come to the point that every binge-watcher knows too well. Why am I still watching this? Why have I spent over 30 hours of my life on this one anime? To put it shortly, Inuyasha is consistently more than it seems.
Inuyasha has a very simple premise. A band of five adventurers (Inuyasha, Kagome, Miroku, Sango, and Shippo) must seek out and recover the pieces of a powerful item (the Shikon Jewel) to prevent a great evil (Naraku) from achieving their goals. But the ways that Rumiko Takahashi builds on that premise are incredible. There are procedural elements and side storylines expertly weaved into every episode.
The characters are wildly archetypal at first. Inuyasha is a half-demon with impossible power crawl. Kagome is a magical high school girl that has to balance school and boy trouble. Miroku is a lecherous monk on a great quest. Sango is an attractive woman that can also kick ass. Shippo is a young boy that’s learning the ways of the world without his father’s help. But just beneath the surface, each of these characters is more than their archetypes.
Inuyasha is not without its flaws. It suffers from the same problems that other long-form stories often have. Some of the storylines of Inuyasha suffer from needing to meander longer than necessary to their natural conclusions. The most egregiously stretched storyline of them all is the Inuyasha/Kagome/Kikyo love triangle. The taffy of this melodrama has been stretch so much that the inevitable conclusion of its tension may never be as satisfying as it could have been.
I have been the Inuyasha train for over a month now and I plan on continuing very soon. There are so many layers to this classic 2000s anime that simply analyzing one element of the series to this would be a grave injustice. Which is why I am introducing a series of analytical essays related to Inuyasha. I am not yet sure how long this series will last or how often I will add to it. but if I don’t write about this subject to death, my brain might just completely give up on me.