From the creator of InuYasha and Ranma 1/2 comes Kyoukai no Rinne, an anime/manga about a girl named Sakura who is able to see spirits and ghosts and a boy named Rinne, of human and shinigami heritage, who aids lingering spirits pass on from this world to be reincarnated. Airing from April 2015, there’s only 9 episodes out but this series is definitely one to watch and wait for.
If the name Rumiko Takahashi wasn’t enough to convince you then here are some other reasons why you should watch it:
If, like me, you are reminiscent of InuYasha, you’ll easily find similarities between the characters. InuYasha and Rinne are half human boys who can travel across worlds and wield gigantic weapons in battle while Kagome and Sakura are kind high school students with the ability to see what others cannot( sacred jewel shards and ghosts). If you read the manga you may even see how the male and female protagonist of each series have similar facial features.
The Rinne equivalent of Shippo/Kirara happens to be a cat named Rokumon ( who is adorable and quite unlike Shippo in terms of arrogance). There’s also a love triangle.
Yet despite these similarities, Rinne stands out on its own. While the characters may be rehashed, they’re not carbon copies either. Rinne’s patience and level-headed nature make him an interesting character. His relationship with Rokumon is lovely to watch. It’s also nice to see how Rinne and Sakura start off platonic and their love story isn’t too palpable.
Spin on Japanese culture
The series revolves around Japanese culture pertaining to ghosts and the afterlife. Up until watching Kyoukai no Rinne, I used to always picture shinigami looking like Ryuk from Death Note. The concept of samsara or circle of reincarnation, wherein we are all continuously being reincarnated in a cycle of existence, is interesting. Not to mention, the contract between black cats and shinigami!
Don’t expect the depth of InuYasha but rather relish the episodic adventures of Rokudou, Sakura and Rokumon involving ghosts and spirits. Kyoukai no Rinne is a humourous and light series, making it refreshing to watch while taking a break from, well, life. One of the funny things about the anime is Rinne’s money woes. The poor guy can’t catch a break and it makes me both laugh and feel for him. Yet despite being constantly ailed by financial worries, he’s not at all a Scrooge. Those moments when he forgets about the money and does what’s right show how endearing and admirable he is. Adding to the comedy is the sheer randomness!
The opening and ending themes are nostalgic of 90’s anime which I love. You’ve got to appreciate when songs just click with animes. Even more so when they click with you.
The movies and TV shows we watch would be nothing without the music featured in them. Music adds so much to the visual medium, invoking emotions in the audience that would otherwise have been inaccessible to us. I relate so much more to the movie because of the soundtrack and vice versa. Besides, it makes the film and music so much more memorable when you associate the two so quickly. Once, I was sitting in the cafeteria at college with music playing on the speakers in a loop and suddenly the Dark Knight soundtrack starts playing and I nearly jump out of my seat when I recognize where I’d heard it before ( I go insane if I recognize a song and can’t remember it’s name and then get extremely psyched when I do remember).
I adore the Disney soundtracks (particularly Pocahontas and Aladdin) and those of the Harry Potter series. Some of my favourite composers are Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Alan Menken and Alexandre Desplat. I don’t know what if my favourite films would have been as wondeful without them so I thought I’d write about the music that made movies what they are.
Anyway, this post could go on and on if I typed out every single score and OST I loved though so I’ll stick to the ones I’ve recently been listening a lot to.
This is my favourite movie of all time, more so because of Hans Zimmer’s music. I love the booming effect of it and how it gets you so invested in the film. I can easily imagine playing Mombassa on my iPod and getting into the chase scene zone when I’m running late for my early morning classes! I’ve watched the movie enough times to remember which song plays in which scene(s).
Fifty Shades of Grey
Although it’s not an official OST, the opening and ending themes of this anime are one of the best. Even those who despise the show have to admit that the music is spot on. I can safely say that I love 95% of this anime’s music. Besides, if you’re a fan of the anime, you’ll love these songs even more in how well they go with the show. These are the opening and ending themes I loved:
So I’ve watched every little bit of InuYasha this KagoMay and am in dire need of more anime to watch! I suppose I’m a bit hungover on the series (the feels hit hard). I’ve already seen Death Note and am primarily interested in shounen (Sadly an old friend who loves anime watches mostly shoujo and gave me all of it so I’m set in terms of that).
I’ve got a list of anime I plan to watch but would love to add to it, so if you’ve got suggestions I’d love to hear them.
- A Certain Magical Index
- Soul Eater
- Attack on Titan
- Kill la kill
- Pandora Hearts
- One Piece
- Future Diary
- Darker than Black
- Avatar: The Last Airbender
- Kyoukai no Rinne
Manga suggestions also welcome! Help a girl out!
I find InuYasha and Kikyo’s love story to be so tragic but that’s what makes it beautiful. InuYasha was willing to become a human for Kikyo and then she would finally be able to live her life as an ordinary woman, no longer burdened with the duty to protect the Shikon no tama. It would have been so easy had Naraku not interfered and torn the two apart but would InuYasha and Kikyo have been as wonderful as a ship if that tragic past weren’t there? I think that tinge of sadness keeps them interesting, especially since there is no way they can ever be together the way that they had hoped and planned. It tugs at everyone’s heart strings, even the characters of the manga/anime. Love or hate Kikyo, she’s very important to InuYasha and that’s indisputable.
Every time I listen to Dearest (Inukik’s anthem), it all comes back. The feels 😦
I’m writing this as a twenty year old college student who’s just completed binge-watching the last few seasons of an anime that has and always will be incredibly important to me: InuYasha. Today I finally watched the very last episode and the journey across 192 episodes and four movies with InuYasha, Kagome, Sango, Miroku and Shippo that began at the age of seven has come to a bittersweet end. Towards the end, my heart felt like it would burst out of happiness, butterflies fluttered in my stomach and I could not for the life of me wipe that geeky grin off my face. I cried at the ending, it was perfect.It left me wondering what to do with my life as if an emotional apocalypse had occurred which, for me, is a tell tale sign of a good show or book. It’s world consumes you. That’s the beauty of it.
As I sat there on my bed, I thought back to when it all began. I remember I was introduced to the show by my neighbour and we would role play it in our backyards (she was Kagome and I was Sango). Suffice to say, I loved the show a great deal. But over the years, I’d forgotten about it, left off half way through the series and when I resumed it last year, it was if I’d never left. This left me wondering why things we associate with our childhood never leave us. InuYasha gave me the answer.
If you think about it, our hearts are like the Shikon Jewel. There is both good and evil battling within them. As children, our hearts are pure but as we dwell on this planet, growing older, they become tainted with worry and hardship. But that tiny ray of light from those days of playing hop-scotch and marbles is still there, shining ever slightly though we may not know nor remember. If you revisit parts of your childhood like a book or a show, that ray of light beams stronger until the whole is purified again and for that nostalgic, reminiscent period of time, it’s as if the darkness had never been. I think that’s why the things we connect with our childhood will always have a special place in our hearts, no matter how old or mature we believe we are. They’re safe little pockets to be tucked into. For me, InuYasha is one of them. While it may sound a bit over the top, I assure you it’s not. On scrolling through tumblr and reading KagoMay posts where people describe how they were first introduced to the show, many people resonated with this feeling. I think it’s only understandable if you watch it for yourself (which I highly recommend you do).
The characters are unique and heart-warming. InuYasha is one of those protagonists you’ll never forget. He’s hot headed, impulsive and moody but when coupled with that soft spot for his friends, love interests (Kikyo and Kagome) and Ramen noodles, it makes him endearing and badass all at once. He’s so multidimensional. Sango is my favourite female character with her amazing demon slaying skills and sense of moral righteousness.
Not only are they humorous but the characters are also troubled with their own pasts and their own individual challenges looming ahead of them which makes their journey even more intriguing. InuYasha’s life was always complicated what with his tragic love for Kikyo, his being an outcast as a half-demon and so much more and he comes to learn what it is to trust and rely on others, something he never quite understood before. Kagome struggles with the comparisons between her and Kikyo, attempting to assert her individualism and harnessing her own powers. Miroku’s wind tunnel curse and Sango’s troubles about her brother Kohaku are their own burdens to bear. I love how they all overcame their struggles together. One thing this anime teaches us is to keep fighting the demons (literally and figuratively) no matter how hard it is.
I’m aware of the shortcomings of the show but truthfully, I don’t mind. Yes, the fight scenes can get quite repetitive but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Contrary to popular opinion, I enjoy the fillers a lot. They’re a nice little does of humor after a couple of intense battle episodes.
So thank you to Rumiko Takahashi for creating InuYasha and to everyone involved in making the anime as brilliant as it is.
I’ve been enjoying practicing my manga drawing skills and any reason to draw characters from InuYasha is good enough for me! This post is mostly about the dynamics between InuYasha and other characters like Kagome, Shippo and Koga. Those are my favourites. I don’t need to go on about how I ship InuYasha and Kagome, if you read or watch it, you’ll know. But what’s underrated is the brotherly dynamic between InuYasha and Shippo which I love. Then there’s the tough guy act both InuYasha and Koga put on whenever they’re around each other. Somehow, they always seem like two sides to the same coin to me and that’s interesting. Kagome’s position is an envious one, no doubt 🙂