The world-renowned author of Ranma 1/2 creates the equally delightful Inu-Yasha, a magical adventure set in Feudal Japan complete with animal demons, reincarnation, destiny, and a pesky half-demon dog boy Inu-Yasha. Kagome, tired of listening to her grandfather’s endless stories about the distant past, goes in search of her brother and cat in her house, actually a shrine crammed with legendary objects. Little does she know that chasing her cat will lead to an Alice-like fall into a foreign time populated by demons and mages, and a village population which insists she is destined to protect them and the legendary Jewel of the Four Souls. Filled with suspense, a fairly creepy bit of magic, and a reluctant heroine (really, what else could she be?) this manga is an exciting trip into legends and folktales as well as the beginning of what promises to be a challenging quest for a not-so-ordinary girl. Rumiko Takahashi’s artwork and dialogue are crisp and lively, perfect for the tale she’s telling.

Inu-Yasha: A Feudal Fairy Tale, vol. 1 (VIZBIG edition)
ISBN: 9781421532806
by Rumiko Takahashi
Viz 2009 (VIZBIG edition; contains volumes 1-3)

  • Robin B.

    | She/Her Teen Librarian, Public Library of Brookline

    Editor in Chief

    Robin E. Brenner is Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. She has chaired the American Library Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection List Committee, the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, and served on the Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She is currently the President of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table for ALA. She was a judge for the 2007 Eisner awards, helped judge the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in 2011, and contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. She regularly gives lectures and workshops on graphic novels, manga, and anime at comics conventions including New York and San Diego Comic-Con and at the American Library Association’s conferences. Her guide, Understanding Manga and Anime (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award.

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