The last few weeks have been huge for Viz Anime & Kekkaishi! Excitement continues building in the subtitled version of the series here on Viz Anime, and last weekend Adult Swim broadcast the premiere episode of the English dub!
Kekkaishi spotlights compelling cool characters, in an intense yet fun-filled supernatural action adventure saga. It possesses all of the hallmarks of great anime. We are very excited to add Kekkaishi to the Adult Swim anime lineup for U.S. fans to enjoy!
As of today, the subtitled versions of episodes 1 - 13 are no longer available on Viz Anime, but the first dubbed episode is available for FREE in all of the following places:
- iTunes [click to download]
- AdultSwim.com [click to watch]
- Zune / Xbox Marketplace [Search for "Kekkaishi" on your Xbox console or Zune player]
- PlayStation Network [Look for the series under "Video > TV Shows > Anime > Viz Media"]
New episodes will continue airing on Adult Swim every Saturday night at 12:30AM (Eastern & Pacific time) right after FMA: Brotherhood. Check the Adult Swim schedule for details. Each week new dubbed episodes will be available for purchase from iTunes, Zune / Xbox, PlayStation Network a day or so after they air on Adult Swim, with Amazon Video-on-Demand sales coming soon. Each episode will also be available for a limited time on AdultSwim.com.
We launched another update of the vizanime.com site over this past weekend, with improvements in user comment displays, and a new poll function. Stay tuned because we're going to have fun with this new poll system over the next few months. And if you haven't caught up with the One Piece anime, our most recent addition to the site, now's the perfect time as episodes 1-114 are now up, and we continue with the current Impel Down storyline with episode 448 this week. This month also brings some exciting series into the fold, so stay tuned for those as well...
Yin and Yang: The forces of good and evil battle it out inside the very bodies of Kikyo and Naraku...and ultimately the Shikon Jewel itself! In the aftermath, a beloved friend of Inuyasha is tragically lost...forever
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With the storyline in Inuyasha The Final Act speeding up quickly, I have found myself thinking about where the characters will end up. Frankly, I’m most interested in Kagome’s story.
Kagome is one of the most intriguing characters in Inuyasha and Inuyasha The Final Act (but don’t tell Sesshomaru I said that). On the one hand, she is an average girl from a modern world. While she has a good heart and acts as the conscience for the group, she is not exceptionally skilled at anything. You could consider Kagome a support character, like a Paladin in Dungeons & Dragons.
And like a Paladin, Kagome is vital to the overall group. She plays a major role in the fate of a world that precedes her own by hundreds of years, a situation that causes her to lead a fascinating double life.
We see how deeply tangled Kagome's life has become. At the same time that Kagome’s school career is moving forward, Naraku has completed the Shikon Jewel, so it's now or never in terms of defeating him. The two worlds move forward simultaneously, and like it or not, Kagome will eventually have to choose one of them to call home.
I know, I know... You’re saying, “Hey Tauri, she doesn’t really have to choose, does she?”
And to that I respond, “Uhh... Yeah!”
I know it’s nice to think that Kagome will spend her life hopping to and from the Feudal Era for lunch dates on weekends, but that just doesn’t seem practical. Spanning two worlds is already stressful, and eventually she’ll have a career and maybe a family of her own.
Kagome also runs the risk of exposing the Modern World to the wrath of demons. If a lowly demon like Mistress Centipede can traverse the path between the two worlds, then it’s only a matter of time before bigger baddies figure out that there’s a smorgasbord of weak humans on the other side of that well.
In the end, Kagome will either stay in the feudal era with her beloved Inuyasha or live her life in the modern world. Either scenario seems to end in tearful goodbyes.
What’s that, devout Inuyasha fan? You say that Inuyasha can live in the modern world with Kagome? Well, that’s one scenario... But you’re wrong. Every time Inuyasha comes to the modern world, he becomes a destructive force like no other. Don’t believe me? Watch Inuyasha episode 160 “The Lucky but Two-Timing Scoundrel!,” and the first five minutes of Inuyasha The Final Act episode 20 “When the Jewel is Whole”.
What do you guys think will happen? Without dropping any spoilers (you know who you are), let me know where you think Kagome will end up.
— Tauri Miller, Digital Entertainment Assistant at VIZ Media
INUYASHA THE FINAL ACT © Rumiko Takahashi / Shogakukan, Yomiuri TV, Sunrise 2009
I love cute-looking demons, regardless of how violent or dangerous they are. Inuyasha volume 46, which was released Tuesday, has a herd of fearsome yet adorable demons who look like a cross between a porcupine, a peacock, and a dog. They're called Yama'arashi. They can throw their quills, which real porcupines can't. (That's just a rural legend.)
The rest of Inuyasha volume 46 is pretty intense and serious, though, and it raises a major ethical dilemma. Lady Kikyo, Kagome's reincarnated ancestor and rival for Inuyasha's affections, is near death. And Kagome is the only one who can save her.
Kagome is sorely tested. Does Kikyo hate Kagome, and is she sabotaging Kagome's relationship with Inuyasha? If Kagome saves Kikyo, will Inuyasha choose Kikyo and reject Kagome?
Complicating Kagome's moral dilemma, if she chooses not to save Kikyo, no one will ever know...
What do you think Kagome will do...?
And what would you do if you were really, really in love with someone and your rival hated you and you hated your rival...?
— Annette Roman, Inuyasha editor
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