a.k.a. InuYasha: Swords of an Honorable Ruler
a.k.a. Inuyasha: Tenka Hadou no Ken
Format: 1 movie
Inu no Taishou was an extraordinarily powerful demon that carried three swords of immense power. Before dying, he entrusted two of these swords to his sons. Inuyasha received Tessaiga, a weapon with the power to protect man, and Sesshoumaru received Tenseiga, a blade capable of saving a hundred lives with a single swing. However, the third sword, Sou’unga, was an incredibly evil weapon capable of opening the gates of Hell. In order to protect the world from its wicked powers, it was sealed away. Now, two hundred years later, Sou’unga has returned and fallen into the wrong hands. Inuyasha and Sesshoumaru set off to destroy their father’s third sword.
summary by Gatts
Highs: Interesting plot; a look into Inuyasha and Sesshoumaru’s pasts
Lows: Some awkward-looking CGI
For the past three years, each December has marked the release of a new Inuyasha feature film. The first two, Inuyasha: The Love that Transcends Time and Inuyasha: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass, were enjoyable but suffered from being little more than high-budget filler. Thankfully, Inuyasha: The Sword of World Conquest is an adventure worthy of being on the big screen thanks to an interesting plot and a focus on characters.
Whereas the other films were basically an extension of the “Monster of the Week” formula, this third movie has a far more intriguing plot that is well above the standard Inuyasha fare. Granted, the plot still doesn’t bring Kagome and company closer to their ultimate goal, but it does manage to provide new insight into characters. Longtime fans finally will get a chance to see Inuyasha’s father and learn more about Inuyasha and Sesshoumaru’s pasts. Of course, all of the other usual suspects make appearances in the film and are as charming as always.
As with the other movies, this installment’s animation is a big step up from that of its television counterpart. For the most part, it looks great with crisp, vivid animation, but there are a few scenes with awkwardly implemented CGI. However, these are just small blemishes on an otherwise attractive anime. In the audio department, things are what fans have come to expect; the music and seiyuu performances are excellent as always.
Inuyasha: The Sword of World Conquest is easily the best movie in the franchise yet. It takes an interesting plot and combines it with everything that makes Inuyasha such a fun and enjoyable series. For fans, this is an excellent addition to the anime. Each Inuyasha movie has managed to be better than the last, and I can only hope that the franchise continues this trend.
Inuyasha: The Sword of World Conquest can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.