May 11, 2009

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Inuyasha Volume 1

Written by Rumiko Takahashi
Illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi
Viz

Happily, Ranma 1/2 is not the only manga drawn by Takahashi. In this series, she takes a shot at a horror-comedy, set in dual time periods of modern-day Japan and its feudal past. Kagome, a high school girl with a grandfather fond of ancient legends, stumbles down a cursed well and wakes up as the reincarnation of an ancient village heroine who gave her live to stop a demon's quest for a powerful stone. Which, coincidentally, Kagome just happens to own in the present day.

Demons of all sorts and horrors immediately flock to her as she tries to find a way home and her only hope may lie in teaming up with a half demon, InuYasha, who lusts after the jewel himself but is controlled by Kagome via a magic spell. When the jewel is lost, they must work together to find it, leading them back and forth through past and present.

Can this unlikely pair save ancient Japan? And what if they can't? Filled with great monsters, crisp artwork as usual from Takahashi, and a well written and plotted story, this is a great series I can't wait to read more of as I go along.