Adult Swim and Inuyasha: The Final Act Top Ratings Charts for November

The US TV ratings for November 2014 have been released, and the scores for anime related content include Adult Swim ranking as basic cable’s #1 network in total day among adults 18-24, adults 18-34, and men 18-24. The Saturday 2:00 a.m. airings of Inuyasha: The Final Act were #1 in their time period among adults 18-24 and men 18-24, with premieres up among adults 18-49 and men 18-24 versus a year ago.

In addition, Cartoon Network’s Saturday morning debuts of Sonic Boom at 7:00 a.m. and Pokémon the Series XY premieres both ranked #1 in their respective time periods among boys 6-11/9-14, and both saw ratings increases across all targeted demographers over the same time period year ago, ranging from +46% to +73%.

Source: Crunchyroll

VIZ Media Announces the Premiere of Inuyasha: The Final Act on Toonami

VIZ Media is proud to announce the domestic broadcast premiere of Inuyasha: The Final Act, the finale to the long-running animated adventure saga, set to be broadcast on Adult Swim’s Toonami.

The first episode of the final story arc of the famed action/adventure/fantasy anime series will premiere at 2:00am on Sunday, November 16, 2014 with future episodes to air each subsequent Sunday. Check local listings for channel availability and specific regional broadcast times. Adult Swim’s Toonami is the Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s network for offering original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults.

Inuyasha: The Final Act is based on the massively popular manga series (also published by VIZ Media, rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens) by famed creator Rumiko Takahashi. The Inuyasha anime series has run for 193 episodes in total and has also spawned several popular feature films. Pulled back in time to Japan’s ancient past, Japanese high school girl Kagome finds her destiny linked to a dog-like half-demon named Inuyasha, who remembers Kagome’s previous incarnation as the woman who killed him – and to the Shikon Jewel, or “Jewel of Four Souls,” which can fulfill the greatest dreams of any man or monster. Now Kagome and Inuyasha must work together to search for the scattered shards of the jewel before everyone’s nightmares are given the power they need to come true.

Inuyasha: The Final Act offers the culmination of the epic quest to restore the shattered Shikon Jewel. In the final episodes, the half-demon Inuyasha and modern schoolgirl Kagome face the deadly and cunning enemy demon mastermind, Naraku. With the Shikon Jewel nearly whole, the race to collect the remaining shards intensifies and a battle of epic proportions is brewing on the horizon!

“This legendary anime series reaches its ultimate conclusion with the exciting premiere of THE FINAL ACT on Toonami and plenty of action and quite a few plot surprises are in-store as Inuyasha and Kagome finally see the realization of their quest to restore the Shikon Jewel,” says Charlene Ingram, Senior Marketing Manager of Animation. “INUYASHA first premiered on Toonami and the series has played a pivotal role in helping to spawn the massive popularity that manga and anime now enjoys in North America. It’s very fitting that Toonami hosts the grand finale of one of anime’s most famous properties. Don’t miss the exciting premiere this weekend!”

Toonami to Begin Airing InuYasha: The Final Act on November 15, 2014

Toonami has announced that it will begin airing the InuYasha: The Final Act television anime series on November 15, 2014 at 2:00 a.m. EST. The Toonami staff says that they will edit the show to a TV-MA rating, and that they do not anticipate making many edits.

Toonami has also stated that they cannot air all 10 episodes of Hellsing Ultimate as previously planned. The staff apologized and said that fans would have to “finish the story where you can find it.”

Toonami’s lineup on November 1, 2014 will be:

11:30 p.m.: Attack on Titan (finale)
12:00 a.m.: Bleach (finale)
12:30 a.m.: Naruto Shippuden
01:00 a.m.: One Piece
01:30 a.m.: Gurren Lagann
02:00 a.m.: Hellsing Ultimate
02:00 a.m.: Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge (bonus hour of anime due to Daylight Savings Time ending)
03:00 a.m.: Space Dandy
03:30 a.m.: Cowboy Bebop
04:00 a.m.: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
04:30 a.m.: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG
05:00 a.m.: Big O
05:30 a.m.: Samurai Jack

Toonami’s lineup on November 8, 2014 will be:

11:30 p.m.: Attack on Titan (rerun)
12:00 a.m.: Dragon Ball Z Kai (premiere)
12:30 a.m.: Naruto Shippuden
01:00 a.m.: One Piece
01:30 a.m.: Gurren Lagann
02:00 a.m.: Hellsing Ultimate (finale)
03:00 a.m.: Space Dandy
03:30 a.m.: Cowboy Bebop
04:00 a.m.: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
04:30 a.m.: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG
05:00 a.m.: Big O
05:30 a.m.: Samurai Jack

Anime Soundtrack Review: Inuyasha Best Song History

Inuyasha Best Song History is a two-disc soundtrack that was released in Japan in 2010. The first disc includes all of the opening and ending theme songs for the seven seasons of the Inuyasha anime series. The second disc includes the opening theme for Inuyasha: The Final Act, all three ending themes for Inuyasha: The Final Act, score pieces from the final episode of Inuyasha: The Final Act, the ending theme songs for the four Inuyasha films, and an insert song from the second Inuyasha movie.

Admittedly, if you already have the Best of Inuyasha CD, then you already have most of what appears on the first disc of this set. However, since not all of the opening and closing themes were on that disc, this means that you gain five opening and ending themes that weren’t on Best of Inuyasha. You also gain the insert song from episode 124.

The second disc has a lot more material that did not originally appear on the Best of Inuyasha soundtrack CD. The only songs that appear on both releases are “No More Words” and “Song of Love.”

Compared to Best of Inuyasha, the sequencing of the songs on this release makes a little more sense. On the first disc, the songs are sequenced by what episode that theme first made its appearance in the series. The insert song for episode 124 is also sequenced in this manner as well.

My only real gripe with this set is the inclusion of “Final Speech Subtitle” for the final episode score. While this may have been a score that appeared in the final episode of Inuyasha: The Final Act, it’s only about 12 seconds in length. With that short of a length, I’m really not convinced that this absolutely had to be included on this release.

The booklet included with this release has the lyrics for the songs printed in Japanese, as well as credits and release information for each song. There is also an insert promoting projects that some of the acts that appear on this release were promoting at the time this was released.

It’s nice to have an Inuyasha music collection that includes all of the opening and ending themes songs from the original series, the ending themes for all four Inuyasha films, as well as the important music from Inuyasha: The Final Act. Ultimately, Inuyasa Best Song History is probably the closest thing there will ever be to a complete soundtrack for the Inuyasha franchise.

Unfortunately, since this album was not released outside of Japan, you will need to take a look around at sites that sell Japanese imports and try to find the best deal on this release.

I wrote this review after listening to a copy of Inuyasha Best Song History that my husband purchased for me as a gift.

Anime Blu-ray Review: Inuyasha: The Final Act Part 2

Inuyasha: The Final Act Part 2 contains the final 13 episodes of Inuyasha: The Final Act, and it was released on both DVD and Blu-ray Disc in February 2013 by Viz Media. This review focuses on the Blu-ray pressing of this release.

Unlike the beginning of Inuyasha: The Final Act Part 1, the episodes on this disc don’t feel as if they’re jumpy or rushed. The story progresses at a much more natural pace, and these final episodes contain a lot of interesting and unexpected twists.

I really don’t want to comment too much on the actual content of the episodes, because there is way too much potential to include spoilers. All I will say about the end of the series is that it’s an expected, yet satisfying ending; however, some unexpected things do happen before the story reaches the expected conclusion. I believe that other long-time Inuyasha viewers will be satisfied with Inuyasha: The Final Act, and I would really recommend it to fans of Inuyasha so they can see how the series finally comes to a close.

As for the Blu-ray itself, the box says that the video is 1080p High Definition 16×9 video, with DTS-HD Audio in English and Japanese. When I watched this Blu-ray set, I thought that the image quality looked noticeably better than the DVD sets that I own for the original Inuyasha anime series.

The bonus features included on Inuyasha: The Final Act Part 2 are very similar to the bonus features on Inuyasha: The Final Act Part 1. First is “Production Art,” which is 15 pages of line art for the episodes on this release. “Storyboard Art” is available for episodes 15 and 26. Episode 15 has four pages of storyboards, while Episode 26 has five pages of storyboards that can be viewed.

“Original Japanese Trailers” runs for a little over two minutes, and includes three trailers in all. Unfortunately, the audio is in Japanese without any English subtitles, so it’s hard to understand these trailers unless you have enough knowledge of the Japanese language to pick out what’s being said in the audio. I believe that these are the exact same trailers that appeared on Inuyasha: The Final Act Part 1.

The “Original Cast Credits” runs for four minutes, and includes a translated version of the Japanese credits for all 13 episodes in the set, and then is followed by the credits for the English adaptation.

The final extra is “Sneak Peek”; this feature only includes the trailers for Neon Alley and Kekkaishi that appeared at the beginning of both of the Blu-ray Discs in this set. Also, there’s no menu for this feature, so this feature launches directly into the trailers and plays them back-to-back. Personally, I thought this extra was a bit of a waste. Again, this is exactly the same as what appeared for the “Sneak Peek” portion of the bonus features on Inuyasha: The Final Act Part 1.

This is a release I would highly recommend adding to your anime home video library if you’re a fan of Inuyasha, and if you already own Inuyasha: The Final Act Part 1. If you have the capability to view Blu-rays, I would recommend picking up the Blu-ray pressing of Inuyasha: The Final Act Part 2.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of the Inuyasha: The Final Act Part 2 Blu-ray release that my husband and I purchased.

Anime Blu-ray Review: Inuyasha: The Final Act Part 1

Inuyasha: The Final Act was a 26 episode series that was produced in 2009 to wrap up the story from the original Inuyasha anime series. In late 2012, Viz Media released the first 13 episodes on DVD and Blu-ray under the title Inuyasha: The Final Act Part 1. This review focuses on the Blu-ray pressing of this release.

Inuyasha: The Final Act picks up right where the seventh season of the Inuyasha anime series ended. Throughout the episodes on this set, there are occasional “flashbacks” to events that took place in the first Inuyasha series to refresh the audience’s memory about why certain things are happening in Inuyasha: The Final Act; fortunately, this doesn’t happen so often that it bogs down the storytelling.

After going through the seven seasons of the original series, Inuyasha: The Final Act almost feels like a “warp speed” telling of Inuyasha. The first two or three episodes feel a little jumpy, but after that, the remaining episodes felt more natural. I think this was due in part to the fact that the seventh season of Inuyasha ended in the middle of a story arc; this meant that the first couple of episodes had to wrap up that story arc before moving on.

The animation in Inuyasha: The Final Act looks rather similar to what was seen in the original Inuyasha anime, but it also incorporates computer animation a little more blatantly than the original series. However, even with that small change in the animation, watching Inuyasha: The Final Act felt like I was reuniting with an old friend.

I would definitely recommend Inuyasha: The Final Act to anime viewers who are already fans of Inuyasha. However, viewers who are not already familiar with the Inuyasha franchise won’t get much out of this series until they’ve seen all of the non-filler episodes of the original series.

As for the Blu-ray itself, the box says that the video is 1080p High Definition 16×9 video, with DTS-HD Audio in English and Japanese. When I watched this Blu-ray set, I thought that the image quality looked noticeably better than the DVD sets that I own for the original Inuyasha anime series.

When it comes to the bonus features in this set, they’re basically the standard extras I’ve come to expect from Viz Media releases. First is “Production Art,” which is 15 pages of line art for the episodes on this release. “Storyboard Art” is available for episodes one, two, and four; each episode has three pages of storyboards that can be viewed.

“Original Japanese Trailers” runs for a little over two minutes, and includes three trailers in all. Unfortunately, the audio is in Japanese without any English subtitles, so it’s hard to understand these trailers unless you have enough knowledge of the Japanese language to pick out what’s being said in the audio.

The “Original Cast Credits” runs for four minutes, and includes a translated version of the Japanese credits for all 13 episodes in the set, and then is followed by the credits for the English adaptation.

The final extra is “Sneak Peek”; this feature only includes the trailers for Neon Alley and Kekkaishi that appeared at the beginning of both of the Blu-ray Discs in this set. Also, there’s no menu for this bonus feature, so this feature launches directly into the trailers and plays them back-to-back. Personally, I thought this extra was a bit of a waste.

This is a release I would highly recommend adding to your anime home video library if you’re a fan of Inuyasha. If you have the capability to view Blu-rays, I would recommend picking up the Blu-ray pressing of Inuyasha: The Final Act Part 1.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of the Inuyasha: The Final Act Part 1 Blu-ray that my husband and I purchased.

New Anime Releases: February 12, 2013

Here are the new anime releases for February 12, 2013. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to contact me and let me know.

Fushigi Yugi Season Two [DVD]
Inuyasha: The Final Act Set 2 [DVD]
Inuyasha: The Final Act Set 2 [Blu-ray]
New Fist of the North Star Complete Collection [DVD]
Waiting in the Summer Complete Collection [DVD]