The popularity of Inuyasha’s anime and manga series
InuYasha? Or is it Inuyasha? Either way, this feudal fairy tale is one of the most popular Japanese anime today. And it all started with a comic series (better known as “manga series”) written by Rumiko Takahashi. But what makes this anime series so popular, and why are more than 130,000 people a month looking for Inuyasha on internet search engines?
InuYasha means “dog spirit” in Japanese and you will find that this is appropriate for a title. The story is about a time traveling student, Kagome Higurashi and Inuyasha who, with other exciting anime characters, fight to protect the Jewel of the Four Souls. This gem grants greatly increased powers to anyone who owns it and will spell catastrophe if it falls into the wrong hands.
Of course, there are certainly the wrong hands to fall for! The evil Naraku is one they must defeat. And all the characters, a demon slayer, a fox demon, a monk and more, must do their best to find the jewel, which was stolen and then smashed into many fragments.
So the story is exciting, yes. And it draws you in with all the adventures you can imagine. The anime comes from the popular Japanese manga series, which was adapted into 167 anime episodes directed by two different directors. It first aired on Yomiuri TV in Japan in 2000 and ran until the end of 2004. There was no conclusion, and to continue the series, you must read the manga that is still being released.
The manga itself started in Shonen Sunday, a weekly publication in Japan, as early as November 1996 and continued up to 485 chapters published as of 2006 and still continues. If you are collecting these numbers, you can collect every 10 or more chapters in a bound volume. There are no signs that Inuyasha will stop and you can continue reading the manga to your heart’s content as long as Takahashi continues to create the story.
If there weren’t tons of people enjoying the series, it wouldn’t have continued and it would have been an unfortunate failure. And the author would not now be one of the richest women in Japan. The demand for the story to continue comes from manga and anime readers and viewers, and this demand has spread across the world.
The English version, published by Viz Media, had to be reformatted because, of course, in Japanese a person reads from right to left while in the United States and many other countries the reading goes from left to right. The English comics were published starting in 1998 and continue to run, but there are still a few years to catch up with the Japanese publications of the story.
Inuyasha was first broadcast as an anime on satellite television by Animax, and in the United States on Cartoon Network. It also runs on Latin American Cartoon Network and is dubbed in Spanish. You can even see it on some cruises, if you want to spend a cruise watching anime. Well, many do! And this only verifies the enormous popularity of the series and the incredible and fascinating story of Inuyasha and the jewel of the four souls.