On November 13th 1996, Rumiko Takahashi’s feudal fairy tale InuYasha began it’s serialization in Weekly Shonen Sunday, where it would continue to run for a nearly 12-year run. From the very beginning, InuYasha was wildly popular and successful both in Japan and internationally, and it’s popularity and influence on anime fandom is still indelible nearly a decade since it’s conclusion.

In honor of 20 years of InuYasha, Manga Mavericks’ resident Rumic World expert LumRanmaYasha has recruited his brother and previous guest VlordGTZ to discuss the legacy of the series. We explore the origins of why InuYasha was created, how several characters came to be, and the history of InuYasha in North America. Then, we answer some Q&As asked of us by fans on Reddit, and discuss our favorite moments from the series, as well as commenting on Rumiko Takahashi’s own. So take a sit, boy, and listen to us talk about everyone’s favorite dog-eared half-demon. Don’t worry, we promise it won’t take as long as actually reading/watching the series.

Disclaimer: You may hear a lot of sirens going off in the background of this episode. Let’s just say the neighborhood I live in is always very noisy. Normally, we’ve been able to edit them out, but this week was a no-go, unfortunately. Just a heads up for those of you wondering what the heck that’s about.

Podcast Breakdown:

00:48 – Introductions
03:28 – The History of InuYasha
28:30 – Our History With InuYasha
37:20 – Q&A: “Thoughts on Rumiko Takahashi’s Episodic Writing Style?”
42:27 – Q&A: “What is InuYasha’s Legacy?”
47:22 – Q&A: “Koga: Hero or Jerk?”
52:10 – Our Top 10 Favorite InuYasha Moments
1:53:00 – Rumiko Takahashi’s Top 10 Favorite InuYasha Moments
2:02:53 – Wrap-Up

Enjoy the show, and follow us on twitter at @lumranmayasha and @VLordGTZ. If you want to hear even more InuYasha discussion, check out our InuYasha Manga Fight with Josh Dunham! If there’s something you want to ask us that’s too big to tweet, drop us a line in the comments below, or e-mail us at mangamavericks@gmail.com! Thanks for listening!


About The Author Siddharth Gupta

Siddharth Gupta is an illustrator, animator, and writer based in Minnesota. They graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Animation from the School of Visual Arts, and have worked on projects for the University of Minnesota and the Shreya R. Dixit Foundation. An avid animation and comics fan since childhood, they've turned their passion towards being both a creator and a critic. They credit their love for both mediums to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, which has also defined their artistic and comedic sensibilities. A frequent visitor to their local comic book shop, they are an avid reader and collector, particularly fond of manga. Their favorite comics include The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed, and pretty much anything and everything by Rumiko Takahashi.

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