The Art of the InuFiller

I’ve been coming up with some great ideas lately (well ideas anyway), and I’ve thought of another one which should get a lot of positive feedback (neither of either more likely, although personally, I think this post actually has good substance, but I’m probably just kidding myself). Take InuYasha. As almost any anime fan knows, this show is about a girl who falls into a time traveling well that sends her back to feudal Japan and demons and Naraku and the Shikon Shard and all that good fun stuff. But you know what I feel is under-appreciated about the show? The rare episodes where Kagome goes back to her time, and InuYasha always follows her, which creates a scene. That is the introduction to this post, but please, don’t leave just yet.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the recent season of InuYasha. Every show keeps me riveted, and afterward I’m filled with happy. But as I previously stated, the episodes where Kagome travels back to her time, and InuYasha inevitably shows up to get her, are mainly ignored (because they’re sort of fillers). Personally, I would love to see more of this:

What’s so exciting about this, right? Well, I think that I love these episodes the most (that’s right, I like them more than the regular episodes, even in the manga, always have), is that they’re different. Rumiko changes the entire setting and cast of the show (or manga really), and thus, InuYasha (and even Kagome considering how long she’s been away) have to adapt to the differences between this world and feudal Japan. Here, I’ll jot down just a few of the differences from the main story that these episodes have. And for your pleasure, I’ll use bullets:

  • Scenery – Instead of forests, there are buildings. Everything goes from organic to industrial. Crazy shit.
  • Technology – Bye bye horses, hello trains and cars. Inuyasha always mistakes bug moving things for demons, kind of like Sallah from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade:

No clip? Thought we had a clip. Oh well moving on

  • So after ripping off Family Guy:
  • Characters – Besides Kagome and Inuyasha, there are no other characters that are in both worlds, unless you count that ghost of the scabbard from the 3rd movie. Added we have Kagome’s family and friends.

I’ll use those three and leave it at that. At this point, the anime changes from and abnormal setting with one normal character (Kagome, except she has powers so she’s not that normal), to a normal setting with one abnormal character (Inuyasha, the only one with demon blood in this time period [to our knowledge]). Holy shit I haven’t even mentioned my idea yet (although you could probably guess what it’s going to be…and no, it’s not going to be something like, “200 more Inuyasha episodes!” Anyway, before I actually mention my idea, I want to elaborate on my last point of difference, and in fact I think I’ll do just that, seeing as this is my ISSS, which isn’t a blog, but actually is (not) a blog. On a side note, I saw that show Archer on FX. It was actually pretty funny. Anyway I saw like 2 episodes I think it got canceled. This also happened like, a month ago, I have no idea why I’m bringing i-

So the characters of Kagome’s world. Specifically, I’m going to ignore the family (because they all already know that Inuyasha is a half demon, and zone in on Kagome’s friends, who are all sluts. By the way, I find it odd that Kagome is trying to get into HIGH SCHOOL. I mean, you’re telling me that a tall, big breasted, able-bodied COOKING ELIGIBLE girl who is FIGHTING DEMONS no big deal and LOOKS like an 18 or 19-year-old is in MIDDLE SCHOOL? None of the middle school students look middle school like. Their bodies are all way too tall and developed. In fact, I don’t think that Japanese people even grow that tall over their entire life span (racial stereotype). My job entails me looking after middle school kids, and they’re all really fucking small. Like, up to my waist. One kid played me one on one in basketball. Big mistake on his part. I felt like a man blocking the shit out of every shot he took. (I let him score and stuff I’m not a douche bag. I actually let him get to game point, but I can’t let him win. I have enough pride to not want to get beaten by a middle schooler [even though I did anyway, later on…to my credit, we were playing one on one in a crowd of people, so he just hid behind people and took shots, the cheap asshole.])

I’m getting WAYYYYYYY fucking off topic, and you might be getting ready to click the “x” in the corner, but not yet. Here’s a picture:

So, Kagome’s friends, why are they so important? Well, I enjoy, more than anything, when a character with special needs….I mean abilities (well actually special needs could work, but it would just be politically incorrect, and we’d all feel like assholes as we laughed….holy shit I just got a funny Trigger Happy idea [see bottom]). Anyway, I love it when characters who have special abilities enter into a setting where no one else has abilities that are special. In this case, Inuyasha is half demon, is super strong, and can practically fly:

Now, what I really like is when the “special” character is supposed to hide his abilities for some reason, but then people find out, and become surprised/overwhelmed. This element of surprise is just AWESOME. I LOVE it.

So you just like surprise? Why are you so keen to InuYasha? Why not watch any show with surprise?

Let me elaborate. There are many types of surprise (which I will use numbers so as to not confuse you with the previous list):

  1. Strategy Surprise – Someone thinks they have the upper hand, when suddenly, BAM, the sides are turned with a superb plan.
  2. Plot Surprise – You think that one thing is happening, when suddenly, B-B…..B-BAM! A character who was dead is actually alive (or vice-versa), or an unexpected twist develops.
  3. Special Character Surprise – Aside from one or two characters, nobody know that this character has any special abilities, when suddenly, BA-BA BA-BA BAM! They realize he is actually a half demon youkai when he does something awesome, or merely shows his ears to people, in a way where they can tell that said ears are, in fact, real.

Why do I like this type of surprise/BAM moment more than say, Light exposing a plot/strategy surprise in Deathnote? Well, why do you like chocolate ice cream more than vanilla (for the record, strawberry is better than both, and chocolate ice cream sucks). Now, I can finally come to my idea and end this surprisingly long post:

I would love to see a short, 6 or so episode OVA of Inuyasha staying in Kagome’s word for an extended stay, dealing with different situations, and finally exposing himself to Kagome’s friends/school, and the related aftermath (how they all react). I mean, I almost feel cheated that no one (Kagome’s friends) ever found out that Inuyasha was a half demon. I probably looked forward to that more than the eventual conclusion of the Shikon jewel plot. And it never happened. Oh shit, did I just spoil that? Yes. Yes I did.

I mean, I’m not asking for like, a 26 episode long series or anything revolving around Inuyasha living in Kagome’s time or anything (although I’d love that too). Just a 6 episode OVA or something. Even 3 episodes would be fine.

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~sigh~ I guess InuYasha just always leaves me wanting more. I wish Rumiko would write a new series about Inuyasha.

Other Acceptable OVAs (now that I think about it)

  • OVA about Sesshomaru and Sesshomaru only. Just him kicking ass. No Rin. No Jaken. Just Sesshomaru.

That’s it. Here’s my Trigger Happy idea: Create politically incorrect ringtones (like, “DURR I”M RETARDED” on repeat. Go into a crowd of people where it’s quiet (a church is best), and have it ring. Everyone will be offended. For the record, I do not condone making fun of the disabled. Unless I were disabled. Then you could make fun of me, I wouldn’t care.

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Quick Post of Things I’ve Noticed

This post is going to be very quick (after writing this post, I’ve realize that it will actually be a decent sized post). Here are some things that I just feel like I have to say before I leave for a great weekend in NYC:

On Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

What's with the putting down of loinclothes? That's my fucking Halloween costume you're making fun of, bitch!

What's with the putting down of loincloths? That's my fucking Halloween costume you're making fun of, bitch!

Have you noticed that I’ve stopped doing episode reviews? That’s because I fell behind on the series. However, I just got myself caught up, and all I have to say is, HOLY CHRIST, THIS SHOW IS A BANGOUT!

Dear God, things are smashing me in the face left and right. I’m finally into new material, so everything seems a lot better, because I’m not comparing the pacing or anything to the manga. Here are some notable things that I noticed:

  • Ling is now Greed. I bet Ran Fan will bring him back to his senses at the end.
  • Scar is the fucking man (we already knew this).
  • Father actually isn’t Hoenheim (I wonder if I spelled that right? Oh wait, I don’t care). This leads me to believe that Hoenheim is actually a good guy, and I wonder how he is related to Father? Don’t tell me or I’ll kill you.
  • Al’s body lost a LOTTTTT of weight, and the end to episode 26 was fucking awesome. Probably the best ending to an episode yet.
  • This show looks like it’s going to be in my top ten almost definitely. Probably top five (unless it completely collapses)
  • Episode 28 was the dumbest shit ever, and it was confusing me so I skipped it. I hate recap episodes. If there was anything important in it, leave me a comment with details (unless their spoilers, in which case I’ll kill you).

On Nyan Koi!

This show was everything I expected it to be.

Coming into the Fall season, Nyan Koi was one of the few shows that I was actually looking forward to. I expected specific things and a certain type of anime from Nyan Koi, and it hasn’t dissapointed. I admit, that it is completely awesome, and everything I expected it to be:

  • A show containing cool cat characters.
  • A show with enjoyable comedy (you won’t laugh hysterically or anything, but it does it’s job to be enjoyable).
  • A solid cast of characters, each with differences in their personalities.

Pretty much, Nyan Koi is like a breath of fresh air to me. It’s awesome. Go watch it. I’ve been looking forward to this show more than InuYasha (can you believe it? I can’t). While I’m on that subject…

On InuYasha: The Final Act

It’s still fucking awesome.

On Franken Fran

If someone picks this up and scantilates this, I’ll love you as much as I love Sumimasen Scans for picking up Katteni Kaizo, which is a lot. This manga is awesome beyond comprehension of a human mind (unless that mind was tampered with by Fran).

On Kuuchuu Buranko (Trapeze)

I couldn’t help myself any longer and watched the first episode. I made it halfway trough the episode (more on that in a bit) and have decided that this show contains the most unique and awesome artwork I’ve ever seen in a show of any kind.  Remember Yellow Submarine? That Beatles cartoon movie thingy? I never watched it because it looked gay, contained the Beatles (who really aren’t that bad but I hate them anyway) and had stupid looking art. What a joke. Anyone who enjoyed that movie is a fucking hippie, and should go live in the woods where you belong. I bet you thought I was going to compare that shitty hippie movie to Kuuchuu Buranko, didn’t you? Nope, I just wanted to tell you that Yellow Submarine is a piece of shit. As for Kuuchuu Buranko, it’s completely awesome, and watching it is almost like watching a SHAFT production on acid, which is nice.

How crazy is it? Real life actresses in anime! WHAT IS GOING ON HERE!?

 

This scene ruled, because she faded from a 2-D to a 3-D. This is crazy.

This scene ruled, because she faded from a 2-D to a 3-D. This is crazy.

She’s not the only one, the main character, Kohei, also is melded with real life.

As stated previous. I watched right up until Kohei woke up from his sleep (due to the shot). Then I felt the urge to sleep. God damn it this show is going to hypnotize me. I’m not watching it anymore untill it’s complete, then I will watch the whole thing and get my mind proberly fucked up.

On Kanamemo

 

I hate this green haired child moletar. Thusly, Kanamemo sucks.

I hate this green haired child moletar. Thusly, Kanamemo sucks.

Recently, I started Kanamemo (Rie Kugimiya is in it, so I feel obligated to watch). It started off okay, but quite quickly, it became a tremendous piece of shit.

Here’s what happened, episodes 1-3 weren’t really all that bad, but then I got to episode 4, and the roof came crashing down:

The Characters

Over the span of 4 episodes, the characters have gotten increasingly more annoying, and increasingly harder to put up with.

  • The one pedofile who gets drunk act has gotten old already. Actually, it got old around episode 2.
  • The lesbian duo…well I haven’t really gotten sick of that yet, they don’t do much to annoy you, they’re kind of just there. But I’ll admit, sometimes they piss me off with their bullshit.
  • The girl who likes money (green hair). I feel like she’s barely been in this show to be honest.
  • The loli 4th grade…boss? I’ve seen this whole thing before in Pani Poni Dash. However, I will say that the aspect of seeing other people work for a 4 year old, who is more mature than any of them, is great to watch. She might even be my favorite character.
  • Rie Kugimiya’s character, is good, because she’s been in only about half of the episodes, and it’s Rie Kugimiya’s character, so I’m bias, and she’s playing a typical Rie Kugimiya character….damn I really want some fried fish right now. That craving just hit me in the face…anyway.
  • Kana is a dumb main character and serves no real purpose in the show. She intorduced us to the cast by moving into this place in the first episode, and now I feel like she’s not a central character even.

I guess the only character that really really bothers me is the drunk child molester. She’s fucking annoying. Hey writers? Ever heard of oversaturation? Her liking women of illegal age was funny once or twice, but you’ve been pounding that into the groud. I can’t take it. I hope that Alexander Anderson makes a cameo and cuts her head off for being an un-holy drunk whore who likes 13 year olds. That, or she get’s arrested for groping a small child at a theme park, and no longer has a part in the show

Episode 4 in General

What the fuck was this? A fuckin musical? I hate musicals. The only musical I’ve like was The Nightmare Before Christmas. That was good. Tim Burton is the man. But this bullshit just pissed me off….they were singing about bathing suits and working and God knows what else. Fucking gay.
Bottomline: Kanamemo sucks. even though the OP isn’t that bad.

On Basquash!

I started watching it again and I’ve completed episode 13. It kicks so much ass that I feel like I’m going to shit my pants from excitment. Am I the only one who likes it? Hmm I’ll have to  see how this plays out.

InuYasha: The Final Act Episode 1 – Reactions of a Rabid InuYasha Fan

It wasn’t until the OP when I realized just how much I missed this show. With the OP, I was suddenly brought back several years in time, and remembered basically everything about why I loved this show (even the fillers…I could watch fillers of InuYasha all day).

That was fucking amazing. I exploded. As for the ED?

Holy shit that was awesome. I exploded again (when I say I exploded, I mean I literally exploded. Luckily, my heart is in a different location, so I can just rebuild my body after I explode).

Dear God, this is awesome. I remember now why InuYasha is my favorite anime ever, and will most likely always be my favorite anime ever, and I’ll get into that a bit later.

This episode was the PERFECT re-launch episode that one could ask for. Sunrise included all of the characters (even ones from Kagome’s school) and was basically just fucking awesome. I’m not even sure that I can make a coherent response to the episode, because I’m so fucking excited about what I just watched.

Hey, I heard InuYasha was back.

Hey, I heard InuYasha was back.

First of all, I love when the setting is in Kagome’s world. I hope that they, at some point, make another InuYasha movie that takes place fully in Kagome’s world, and all of Kagome’s friends find out that InuYasha is a half-demon. That would be the ideal InuYasha movie for me. Next point>>

After the first run of InuYasha came to a “completion”, I found myself disturbed in the fact that no ending was given, and so I had no choice but to read the manga, (which is fucking awesome by the way) which would be the first manga that I have ever read in my life ever. I finished that, exploded, and now here I am, with the InuYasha continuation out and about, only this time around, I know what’s going to happen. Including this:

I remember this from the manga.

That isn't scary in the least, and I think InuYasha is a huge pussy.

Hello, my name is Sesshomaru, and I rule.

Hello, my name is Sesshomaru, and I rule.

This episode literally contained everyone (even though I only showed like, three), and that made me realize something:

InuYasha has one of the most character diverse line-ups out there.

This is a picture of a calander that is no longer in use as it is 2003.

This is a picture of a calander that is no longer in use as it is 2003.

Anything from demons to humans to everything in between, and every character seems to have their own side stories and ambitions, which all coincide with each other. Don’t believe me? Well first of all, fuck you, second of all, I will now explain ALL OF THEM (with bullets):

  • Kagura wants to get free (like The Vines).
  • Kohaku has to deal with the fact that he killed pretty much his whole family, and seeks revenge on Naraku by himself. He is also being kept alive by a jewel shard, given to him by Naraku.
  • Inuyasha, Kagome, and Kikyo have to deal with their bullshit stupid love triangle (which I actually think was done pretty well by Rumiko, if you think about it)
  • Kikyo has to deal with the fact that she’s actually fucking dead. She also took care of a bandit which eventually became Naraku.
  • Kagome has to deal with the fact that she is Kiyko’s reincarnation, school, learning how to shoot arrows and pretty much a new way of life, and the fact that it’s her fault for this whole mess of the jewel breaking in the first place.
  • Inuyasha and Kikyo have to deal with the fact that Naraku pretty much tricked them into basically hating each other (I mean they never really hated each other), Kikyo dying, Inuyasha getting pinned to a tree, and getting revenge on Naraku for that.
  • Sango wants to get her brother back from Naraku, she also loves Miroku.
  • Miroku has to deal with the whole wind tunnel, and the fact that it will someday swallow him whole, unless he kills Naraku. He also has to feel up young maidens and be leacherous. He also loves Sango.
  • Shippo has to be the most annoying character ever.
  • Sesshomaru has to be fucking awesome, and he just pretty much wants to kill Naraku. Also, he has to deal with the fact that Inuyasha got the Tessaiga and he got the Tensaiga, and he needs to figure out how to work it (and when he does….fuckin forget it). Also, what’s the deal with Rin?
  • Jaken, sucks.
  • Rin: As Baka-Raptor has said, every awesome character has a small child with him, this is kind of the same thing.
  • Naraku has to deal with the fact that he fucked pretty much everyone in the world over. He wants the shard, and to stay alive, has hidden his heart elsewhere, which pretty much makes him immortal.
  • Koga has shards in his legs that make him fast. He wants to kill Naraku for revenge for his clan.
  • Kana: A girl with a mirror.
  • Hakudoshi is a detachment of Naraku, and tries to at one point overthrow him by creating Moryomaru, who I will not explain because he really has nothing much to say.
  • Totosai is a swordsmith who is funny, and whose dubbed voice is really easy and fun to impersonate.

I”m starting to kind of lose myself here, so I’m going to stop with the character bullshit. Basically, the characters are all awesome, and they all have sick back-stories. I don’t even think that I can pick a favorite. I’d say my top three (in no order) are:

  • Sesshomaru
  • Kagura
  • Inuyasha

Next episode is going to be bitter sweet.

Saying this is like saying "He's pitching a perfect game" when a pitcher it pitching a perfect game.

Saying this is like saying "He's pitching a perfect game" when a pitcher it pitching a perfect game.

Sweet because Sesshomaru fights, and is awesome. Bitter because Kagura bites it.

When I was writing this post, I exploded 12 times. I also watched the episode about 3 times.

It’s Almost October….You Know What That Means

Well it’s almost halfway through the month of September, which means most of us have gone back to college or high school for the younger crowd. This means that there is about half of a month until October (no shit durrr), which, in turn means that there is now less than one month until the epic super awesome mega cool mutha fuckin’ return of the awesomest super mega cool show ever:

Yippee.

*Sigh* Glo, we all already know that there’s going to be a new season, nobody except you really gives a shit.

Fuck you cock-suckers, this shit’s gonna be fucking awesome, and if you don’t like it, well then fuck you. I, for one, am amazingly excited for this more than anything else. I mean, sure the anime was kind of long, and not much really ever happened in terms of plot changes, and sure, InuYasha contains Shippo, who is probably one of the most annoying characters in anime history, but so did Touch (Yuka) and that was a good anime. Look at it this way, the first anime series was 167 episodes, and covered roughly half of the manga, while the rest of the manga is going to be squeezed into 26 episodes of awesome fuck. That means that there will be zero filler bullshit, unlike the first season, which contained probably 40% filler bullshit. Of course, I enjoyed the filler bullshit, and think that they should make 20 more movies that all have nothing to do with the anime, but hey, that’s just me.

Frankly, I don’t know how they’re going to fit all of this shit into 26 episodes, and not cut stuff out. I don’t want anything cut out, in fact, I’d like them to add fillers, mainly ones that either involve Sesshomaru, or have InuYasha turn into a demon and start killing people, because that is why I like this show. Also, bring back the band of seven, arguably the coolest characters from any show ever. Too bad that they’re dead for good.

I am rambling, and chances are by now that you stopped reading this, so here is a picture, and some last words:

InuYasha Demon

October 10th baby. October 10th….I’m excited, even if you aren’t. I’m going to write a review on a video game for a change (guess which one…hint, it’s related to this post and is the only anime related anything that I have ever bought probably).