InuYasha

TV review by
Scout Davidson, Common Sense Media
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Fantasy-themed anime features strong female lead.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 106 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The team works together to defeat enemies, though InuYasha is a hothead who needs help controlling his temper. Strong female characters, including Kagome, who is a reincarnated priestess.

Violence

Swordplay and magic are used for violence, but there's no notable bloodshed.

Sex

Kagome has a bit of a crush on InuYasha, which sometimes leads to some angst and drama. Some characters are flirty and suggestive, and later episodes include some animated partial nudity.

Language

"Damn," "bastard," "hell," "crap," etc.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although some episodes of this fantasy-themed anime are tween-friendly, there is a fair amount of fighting, mostly between different species of demon. While older kids should be fine with it, younger kids could get a little scared. Other than that, there's a bit of salty language (of the "damn," "bastard," and "crap" variety), some innuendo and partial nudity in later episodes (nothing overly graphic), and one of the main characters has a nasty temper -- but teamwork usually rules the day.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byxMadxScientistx February 19, 2009

Anime is not universally intended for children.

This one's pretty tame. There's some violence, and in the dub they use on cartoon network, some cursing. I think I remember some suggestive scenes,... Continue reading
Adult Written byRyanPoneill June 25, 2015

Psychological effects

now... As far as violence and nudity and all that goes, this show is extremely tame. There's nothing in it.. However if your child is smart their bound to... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byInsertUserHere July 28, 2015

Great Show. Not For Young Kids.

Though, InuYasha contains many positive messages and rolemodels, it also has alot of swearing, blood, violence, and mild sexual content. Words such as: Damn, He... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 17, 2010

Good show.

I like it! Not the best for kids under 12 dew to violence and curse words. It mainly has demon blood instead of human blood (From what I have seen) and miner cu... Continue reading

What's the story?

INUYASHA (voiced by Richard Ian Cox) is a half-dog/half-human demon who's controlled, via magic beads, by a time-traveling Japanese schoolgirl named Kagome (Moneca Stori). Together they lead a team that includes a monk, a fox demon, and a demon slayer on a quest through feudal Japan to locate the shards of the Jewel of Four Souls. They must keep the Jewel out of the hands of Naraku, who needs all the shards to become a full demon. Kagome is a strong female character -- the reincarnation of a powerful priestess -- and possesses the strong powers to fulfill her task of protecting the Jewel. InuYasha, which has some cartoon violence and suggestive scenes, and airs as part of the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim lineup, is tamer than many of the other shows in that group.

Is it any good?

InuYasha features a lot of characters and a lengthy backstory, making it difficult to follow when jumping in at midpoint. Erratic scheduling doesn't help (not all episodes are broadcast, and the ones that are shown sometimes air out of order), nor does the fact that the original Japanese series ceased production before the story's natural end (four feature-length movies have been produced so far to continue the tale). Still, the show weaves an interesting tale of adventure, romance, and fantasy, and depicts strong female characters. When Kagome becomes attracted to InuYasha, her crush sometimes lends the series an air of middle-school drama, but overall the show offers teen and older tween girls a fascinating fantasy world to explore.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what this show has in common with other anime series -- and what sets it apart. What makes it more kid-friendly than other anime shows? What makes it a fantasy? What are the main differences between fantasy and science fiction genres? Families can also discuss what it means to work together as a team. What happens when one member of a team loses patience and strikes out on their own? How does that affect the rest of the team?

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