The Inuyasha anime, which stopped airing in 2004, is now set to experience a revival. The original anime had a very unsatisfactory and inconclusive ending, with the story only reaching up to about volume 36 out of the 56 manga volumes eventually written. Now, with the manga having ended last June, the anime is picking up where it left off. The new anime, Inuyasha Kanketsu-Hen, will air on Japan’s YTV in the fall and will complete the story. You can be sure I’ll be watching it.
EDIT: According to The Rumic World, VIZ has already acquired the rights to this new Inu-Yasha anime. Hopefully this’ll mean a simultaneous release. Keep your fingers crossed!
As some of you may know, I am a rabid Inu-Yasha fangirl, which led me by extension to become a general fan of its author, Rumiko Takahashi. As such, when I found out Takahashi was starting a new series, there was no question about whether I would read it. The subject this time: wacky hijinks involving shinigami and a high-school girl with the power to see spirits.
The main character (a girl by the name of Mamiya Sakura) has been able to see spirits ever since an incident that occurred when she was a little girl. This becomes of interest when she meets Rokudo Rinne, a red-headed transfer student who, oh yeah, she first sees while no one else can. This is because Rinne is a shinigami (“death deity”), in possession of a haori that allows him to take spirit form and allows spirits to take solid form. Rinne is also totally, destitutely, broke-ass poor due to various circumstances involving a wacky and flippant grandmother and something about a mackerel. Sakura, due to her ability to see spirits and apparent inability to keep her nose to herself, ends up helping Rinne in his shinigami duties. These apparently include squatting in abandoned buildings, fleecing students for bread money and chasing off giant undead Chihuahuas.