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The demon Naraku’s true intentions are finally revealed! Then, Kagome is swallowed up by the Meido. Is she finally beyond her friends’ reach? And will the final battle over the Shikon Jewel draw Inuyasha and Kagome together…or pull them apart forever?!

By: Rumiko Takahashi
Publisher: Viz Media/Shonen Sunday
Age Rating: T+
Genre: Action/Fantasy
Price: $9.99

This is it. After nearly a decade of releases, starting as a floppy comic and going through 3 editions, Inuyasha finally ends with this volume. And like the series, the action is non-stop until almost the very end. Everyone’s fate is shown here, Naraku, Sango, Miroku, Shippo, even Kohaku, Rin and seshomaru and Kaede, and of course, Inuyasha and Kagome. It’s an ending that is satisfying and well suited for a “Feudal Fairytale”.

This volume opens with the final battle between Inuyasha and Co. against Naraku. But it doesn’t end with Naraku. There is still one more foe standing that only Kagome can defeat. This final twist in the story, isn’t so much of a twist as it’s a natural progression. This foe has always been there, in the spotlight, but not really. The reveal of this foe is done well, and doesn’t feel forced or unplanned. It ties a lot of the story together that seemed at the time more like back story, but really did have a purpose. It’s final defeat seems anti-climatic, though I think it’s more of a relief, that finally, it was all over.

I know Takahashi has gotten a lot of flack in the past for not resolving things properly in her other shonen titles. I can’t really speak for those as I haven’t read them to the end, but for Inuyasha, not only were things resolved, but it was the happy ending I was hoping for. All the characters really changed and grew over the series, and a lot of that is shown at the end. Some core traits didn’t change of course, like Miroku still taking advantage of people in need of his exorcism skills, and Inuyasha and Shippo’s relationship. But Miroku is also shown to have curbed his wandering eye, and Inuyasha shows some wisdom for all his years, as he thinks of Kagome’s feelings over his own. It felt good to see everyone settle into normal lives, and for the leads, Inuyasha and Kagome to admit their feelings for each other, though not so much in words as in deed.

Of Takahashi’s shonen titles, Inuyasha is my favorite. While all of them have their charms, Inuyasha was responsible for rekindling my interest in anime and growing my love of manga. It’s a long series, but it was never one I found boring. There is plenty of action, drama and humor to please fans of any gender or age. It’s been a long ride, but finally getting to the end was well worth the price of admission.


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