Title: InuYasha Vol. 1
Author: Rumiko Takahashi
Page Count: 182
Publish Date: April 18, 1997
Transported back to Japan’s feudal era, high school student Kagome accidentally releases the feral half-demon dog boy Inu-Yasha from his imprisonment for stealing the Jewel of Four Souls.
InuYasha Vol. 1
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After getting a glimpse of what happened in the past with Kikyo and Inuyasha, we are tossed into the present day to meet Kagome and her family. This quick transition helps us to focus on Kagome as she goes about her normal day until an unexpected encounter with a demon pulls her into the past.
This transition in time is where the story really starts and Kagome finds herself in multiple dangerous situations quickly. She’s completely out of her element, pursued by demons, and desperate for help.
From here, several minor and major characters are introduced and numerous stumbling blocks are put before Kagome – one of these being Inuyasha. Their first interactions are amusing, with him mistaking her for Kikyo and her simply needing his strength to survive.
It’s somewhat ironic that things Kagome ignored from her grandpa, are now things she must deal with – such as the Shikon Jewel being real. It’s little connections like this to the present day that make this story complete.
It’s surprising how quickly Kagome adapts to her time in feudal Japan – though she doesn’t have much of a choice since she is trapped there. However, you have to admire her courage given the situation.
The action remains steady as Kagome and Inuyasha navigate all of the demons and men who want the Shikon Jewel for themselves. Kagome is way over her head and has to rely on Inuyasha quite a bit, which also leads to several amusing interactions between them.
However, it’s the shattering of the jewel that truly cements their need to work together. After all, they both have strengths and weaknesses and only by combining them can they succeed in what seems like an impossible task. But even as they agree to work together, enemies and time rip them apart again.
Yura of the Hair is quite an interesting villain. With her power over hair and its ability to manipulate people and objects. In fact, all of the villains that we get to see in this volume are quite unique.
I loved how Kagome’s family reacted to the arrival of Inuyasha, especially her mother. Yet, there is no time for them to rest, there is work to be done as Yura still needs to be dealt with and the shards of the jewel must be found. Now, if only these two can stop bickering long enough to get it done.
The artwork, quick pace, along with the characters, bits of action, and the combination of timelines create an addicting story. This is only the beginning of Inuyasha and Kagome’s adventures as they work to bring the Shikon Jewel back together and I cannot wait to get through the rest of this series on my TBR.
I hope you enjoyed my review of InuYasha Vol. 1. Have you read InuYasha?