Thursday, July 3, 2008
"Inu Yasha" By Rumiko Takahashi
This Manga series is about a modern-day girl named Kagome who lives at a Japanese shrine. She didn't believe in things like spirits, demons, or anything supernatural, until she was pulled down the shrine's well by a centipede demon into Feudal Japan. There she finds a young man bound to a tree by roots with an arrow in him who also seems to have dog ears. She is found by the local villagers, and brought back to their village. The village's priestess, Lady Kaede, then examines her, and finds that Kagome looks a lot like her dead sister Kikyo, the former priestess and protector of the village. Soon after, the centipede demon who attacked Kagome before comes back, looking for "The Jewel of Four Souls." Kagome runs into the forest, and finds the young man from before tied to the tree. The man mistakes Kagome for Kikyo, and tells her to destroy the centipede like she destroyed him. Kagome then tells the young man that she's not Kikyo, as the centipede demon continues to attack. The demon bites into Kagome, ripping out the jewel of four souls. The young man yells to Kagome to give him the jewel, but the demon wraps up Kagome to the tree with Inu Yasha and says to the young man, "Inu-Yasha who seeks the Shikon Jewel... I have heard of a half-demon by such a name... At last we meet." The demon then eats the jewel, mutating into a more powerful state. Inu Yasha then demands that Kagome pull the arrow out of him. Kagome does this, and Inu Yasha bursts out of the roots, and the grasp of the centipede, and with one strike, sends the demon bursting into many pieces. There's much more, but I'll let you read it. After all, this is just the first manga. This book I would recomend to older teens who like a lot of demon killing, and don't mind mature content. I rate this manga series a five of five stars.