InuYasha: Turning Back Time Vol. 1 by Rumiko Takahashi

Inuyasha Vol. 1

Takahashi, Rumiko. Inuyasha Vol. 1. VIZ Media LLC. 2003 (first published May 18, 1997). ISBN 1569319472

Reader’s Annotation: Modern day school girl, Kagome, and a half demon must join forces to recover the Jewel of Four Souls before a host of other demons can use it to destroy all of mankind.

Plot summary: Kagome, a modern day school girl, falls through an ancient well and finds herself back in feudal Japan.  It turns out she is the reincarnation of a woman who defeated the half demon Inuyasha.  When a host of demons try to steal the Jewel of Four Souls for their own nefarious purposes Kagome and Inuyasha must join forces to recover the shards that the Jewel has broken into.

Critical Evaluation

I can see why this series has been so popular to the point where the entire series was published again for the American market and it also spawned a tv series.  Kagome’s character could be irritating at times for being so naive and clueless and yet she shows amazing strength when she realizes the danger the world is in from these demons who want to possess the Jewel of Four Souls.  Inuyasha has enough snark mixed with a hint of inner goodness that makes the reader think he won’t turn out to be too bad of a character.

The action is almost nonstop and will keep the readers interested as the story moves from one battle to another.  During the moments between the fight scenes the arguing and snarkiness between Inuyasha and Kagome will keep the readers laughing.

About the author

Rumiko Takahashi’s works are popular world wide and Inuyasha, Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku as well as another popular series Ranma 1/2 were all translated and published in the United States.

Takahashi has won the Shogakukan Manga Award twice.  Once for Urusei Yatsura and again for InuYasha.

Genre

Manga

Curriculum Ties

N/A

Book talking idea

Talk about how would you like to go from an average school girl or boy and find out you are the reincarnation of a powerful being from feudal times who stopped a half-demon.

Reading level

Grade 9 and up

Challenge Issues

Violence, one instance of female nudity.

I would have the library’s collection management policy on hand and explain that the library is not here to filter what patrons read.  If questioned about this policy I would direct the patron to the ALA Bill of Rights.

If needed I would add a parental warning that there may be some cases of nudity throughout the series and there are instances of violence but it is up to the parents to filter their children’s reading if they choose to and it’s not the library’s duty.

Why did I include this book?

I was researching into which were the most popular manga series and this one came up several times and I also know it was made into a TV series.

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