11-13-2011 12:08 AM - edited 11-13-2011 12:13 AM
Alright! Here's the first of my several intended threads for the big day... First up "Nostalgic Retrospection."
As the name of the thread implies, this is all about looking back. This can cover a vast range of topics, from first impressions of the series to how your life was impacted by it to where you were then and now. Anything goes in this thread as long as it pertains to this topic, which, in all fairness, is broad, and posts follow the following rules:
No character bashing
No inappropriate/explicit content
No disrespect of board members
I should emphasize that this topic relies on people's personal experiences, as a result please be respectful of what they have to say and what they've gone through... (But then again, there never was an issue with that... I guess I just included this for formality above anything else, but you can go wrong, just the same. Right?)
11-13-2011 12:31 AM - edited 11-13-2011 01:10 AM
I guess I'll take a stab at this first to kind of break the ice.
I was in middle school when I first heard of this series. It was about a couple of years after its debut on [as]. Before getting into anything else, I should point out that I had a very conservative upbringing (which I'm not bashing or being ungrateful for... quite the contrary, I'm really glad for it), so it goes without saying that the type of stuff I was allowed to watch was extremely limited. In fact, to give a perfect example of this, I wasn't allowed to see PG-13 rated films until I was literally 13, which honestly I have no complaints or disagreements about (c'mon, do you see what's in these movies? In fact, I think it's too lenient.). As a result, it naturally followed that similarly rated television series, such as this, were out of the question during that time. I was actually really obedient about these rules, so I stayed away from them. Sometimes, I would try to sneak a peek of that kind of stuff, but after 30 seconds, I would change the channel and go to what I was allowed (I was supposedly being rebellious ). Anyways, since "InuYasha" was on [as], I avoided it like the plague, basically. I couldn't even bring myself to think about watching it. Once or twice, I did catch a glimpse of what the series had to offer, but I was immediately repulsed... no lie...I distinctly remember the two scenes I saw, even today. One involved Inuyasha cursing out the bad guy, which immediately had me gasp, plug my ears, and change the channel, and the other involved Miroku asking Kagome about groping women (I now know it was a scene in the filler after the Togenkyo arc). I just found it a bizarre, lewd show with a creepy monk with cat ears who always looked angry and resided in this outlandish universe (to this day, I never stop laughing about my first impressions about Inuyasha and where he lived... ) that I wanted no part of. In fact, when asking a friend who loved the series and was up to date on the manga about it, I would call it "InuNasha." In retrospect, I really created a bizarre world for myself out of something that's actually rather normal... well, as normal as fantasy gets, anyways...
So fast forward many years later to last year when I was a college student who was bored during fall break. I was looking into some anime that I liked as a kid for nostalgia. I came across the name of this series again and all the memories came back. I reasoned that since I was then an adult, I could look into the material shamelessly. I started from the beginning, but for some reason, I missed half the stuff that went on. The only thing I caught was gratuitous violence (it's still too much for me at times, I admit, although it's not bad at all, especially when compared to what's out there) and that Inuyasha was a demon. It gained some sense of normalcy in my eyes, but it still was weird for me. So I decided another approach several weeks later: start from the end to see if I liked how it ended and then try to explore the series. My main motivation for this was the Inuyasha and Kagome relationship. As soon as I saw them bickering,
After that, I looked up clips and episodes and even checked out these boards a little bit to see what others had to say about it, and thus, an InuFan was born!
I should say that I'm glad that I got into the series when I did. On one hand, it would've been nice to have been part of the phenomena when it was still airing, but on the other hand, now that I was older, I could appreciate it for its thematic elements and the emotional content. I don't think I would've been as influenced or inspired by it or would've appreciated it as much as I do now if I got into it years ago when I was much younger and unable to pick up all of the stuff I noticed while watching it.
So that's my story!
11-13-2011 05:09 AM
I was too obsessed when I was younger, but one fun story is (to make it short) I rode my bike to my friends house at like 12 am to watch Inuyasha... lol... He was pretty far away, and it was like 30 or 40 (this was over 6-7 years ago so I don't remember for sure) but yeah good times... XD
11-13-2011 01:20 PM
I remember first getting into this show...WAAAAY back in 2007 when it [as] still aired it on a weekly basis. InuYasha got me back into the whole anime shindig. I originally started my anime adventure with the 4Kid's anime when I was a child. Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and, though it wasn't 4Kids, Dragonball and DBZ. And then, when CN stupidly let those shows go, I lost interest in anime. But THEN, I remember like it was yesterday... I was playing Star Wars Battlefront 2 on a hot's summer night and decided I needed a break from 5 or so hours of gaming... It was 12 a.m. and I was just ready to get to bed. But then I turn my T.V. on channel 45, adult swim, thinking maybe I could watch me some ATHF. But InuYasha was on. I was thinking to myself, 'Oh, hey, InuYasha... I remember this show.' So I sat down and watched it (End of Episode 8) and was hooked. Since then, at 12 a.m., I'd be watching InuYasha for the rest of my summer. When it wasn't on, I'd look it up on the internet until the very moment it was on. Yes, it pretty much just **beast** my life away... InuYasha also helped me get into the other anime [as] aired such as Bebop, Bleach, ect. I owe the series a great deal of gratitude for helping me get into all of the great anime I watch today, because, without it, my life would be InuYasha free and I would have never stumbled upon this place either.
11-13-2011 10:10 PM - edited 11-13-2011 10:20 PM
I remember first watching it back when I was still in elementary school. I first watched it around the time it first came to America on Adult Swim back in 2001/2002. From then on, I was hooked. It was one of the first anime shows I had ever watched. Changed my life. The show is in my top 10 of favorite anime. I mean yeah I've watched anime since like 2000(DBZ and Rurouni Kenshin and Gundam), but this was still one of the first I had ever seen, since AS is responsible for most of the anime on CN and AS didn't come along until late 2001.
11-13-2011 10:16 PM
BTW I kinda know what you mean by having a limited amount of stuff you're aloud to watch. I mean I didn't have it as bad as you cause I was allowed to watch PG 13 and a few Rated R when I was 12, but I still get it a little. When my mom found out what AS was, she constantly tried to stop me from watching it, but I managed to get away with it a few times each day.
11-13-2011 10:30 PM
Cool experience! But I never said that I actually had it bad or complained about the restriction/censorship. Actually, I kind of agree with seeing things when you fall into the appropriate age group... Although I think this show really did not merit a TV-14/PG-13, rating but rather PG... They really went overboard with rating if you ask me.
11-14-2011 01:35 PM
11-14-2011 01:48 PM
Honestly, I think it varies from person to person and is up to the person to decide. I mean, I still had a normal childhood, still grew up, and am perfectly fine right now (and I don't mean to come across as arrogant in saying that). Sure I didn't get into half the things that kids my age were until several years later, when they were age appropriate, mind you, but I still didn't miss out on the development and experience that they all had (I actually ended up behaving more maturely some times in high school... but then again, that's a bit subjective). Sure I took longer to expose myself to different content, but that doesn't mean that I'm not a functional or mature adult or that I didn't end up catching up on what they saw. Actually, I have to say that waiting to see some stuff when I did helped me go about doing it more comfortably, and I was definitely able to catch on most of the stuff I wouldn't have otherwise caught if I were younger. I can't really say that I missed out, because I'm where I need to be and am up to par with everyone else. I don't mean to tell you off, but I am telling you my perspective. Also, it's really important to consider how different cultures and religious/moral values treat the upbringing of chldren. No two ways are alike, nor is one right and the others wrong. It just all comes down to how the person is, really.
11-14-2011 03:10 PM - edited 11-14-2011 03:32 PM
Yeah, I gave up on that answer... But I don't think Sango's too pleased with that....
11-14-2011 03:54 PM
Fair enough. But just for the record, I was able to catch on to all of the mature stuff too even when I was little. And right and wrong has nothing to do with it. I'm just saying that if you had watched these things when you were younger, then maybe they would have blown your mind even more. Maybe. Just saying.
11-14-2011 03:59 PM
I meant like going into the deeper thematic elements and such... I don't think I would've taken half the stuff in this show, or Death Note, or FMA as seriously as I do now if I had seen them years ago... I would've picked up that they are dark and intense, but I don't think I would've appreciated the depth as much as I do now. And maybe you're right.
11-14-2011 05:06 PM
Think of it this way. You can always do what I did: watch it when you're young and have it REALLY blow your mind and then keep watching it whenever it comes back on and keep doing this and when you're older, watch it ...and THEN you'll fully appreciate the show.
11-14-2011 05:13 PM
I actually should point this out. Last year when I started really getting into this show and the more mature anime, I was going through a major transition in my life. I think it's only fitting that I got a nice and drastic change in perspective and interest and a newfound awareness and appreciation of everything as my life started to change. I honestly don't think my mind would have been as blown as it is now if I were to start years ago. And if I did watch frequently since I was younger, it would've just been a mere memory, nothing for me to look at with the interest and views I look at it now. The proof? All of the films and literature I came across as a younger teen are now nearly half forgotten and it takes a lot for me to remember every single experience I had. Unfortunately, I can't really appreciate those shows beyond their nostalgic value.
11-14-2011 05:33 PM
I know what you mean by the nostalgia thing. That's how I feel about alot of the anime that I used to watch like Dot Hack Sign and Gundam Seed. *sighs* Good times.
11-14-2011 07:38 PM
I love looking back to those days... It's like the feeling of being there totally comes back all over me. It feels so right and comfortable...
11-20-2011 04:32 PM
Ah where to start.
I think going to where I got into anime three years ago which ties into InuYasha. Toonami got cancelled, I was in tears, and months later I kept hearing about this anime known as Bleach. Tried it three years ago, and from there I became an otaku. That was my gateway anime. Where InuYasha is tied into this is, I tried more and more anime on [adult swim] and I tried InuYasha one time. I remember seeing some very small parts of it years ago when I would be playing video games late, and then switch it back to TV and [as] would be on.
From there, I watched the re-runs [as] had for the series in November 2008 every Saturday night/Sunday morning at 4:30 AM (I live in the Central Time Zone.). I was that dedicated (Sometimes I would fall asleep, and then watch the Tivo recording.), always looking forward to each episode, and it was a great thing I caught it when the re-runs were before episode 10. This series is one of my all-time favorites, and I must say, it probably will always be one of my favorites, along with InuYasha: The Final Act.
With the re-runs, I rarely missed episodes up until past the Band of Seven arc. For some reason, I kept falling asleep, and got lazy with Tivo, so I never saw all the English dubbed episodes on [as]. I did manage to see many of the episodes after that, so I saw most of the episodes on [as]. How I finished the series starts from where the very day VIZ Media announced they would be streaming the series on Hulu. I immediately watched some episodes, and tried to get to where I would watch the episode subbed after having that seen that episode dubbed the previous night, that fell apart. It wasn't until last Fall I got dedicated to trying to finish the entire series subbed on Hulu. I finally finished the entire series subbed very early this year.
As for InuYasha: The Final Act, it doesn't bring as much nostalgia to me. The re-runs on [adult swim] were still at the Band of Seven arc. I was watching the simulcast from VIZ Media, and I didn't really get lost. I just finished the series, though it had one heck of an ending. I don't like it as much due to them cramming 30 some volumes of material in 26 episodes, which made the series too fast-paced. I wish they would do another adaption where they take their time, but it probably won't happen.
So basically, InuYasha is one of the first few anime I watched after getting really into this stuff (After having just watching anime whenever I caught it on TV. Basically, watching it like regular cartoons.). It is one of my all-time favorite series, and it holds dear memories for me. The movies (I first watched them on Hulu. Thank you VIZ Media for legally streaming them subbed for a limited-time for those of us who didn't see them on [as].), the manga (Even though I've read only volume 1.), the series, and the sequel.
05-26-2012 06:46 PM
05-26-2012 11:08 PM
I began watching it around 2004 when it was airing at 11:00 each Saturday night or so and it was premiers of the third season, my first episode ever was Fateful Night in Togenkyo Part 2 and I remember thinking "Wow, this looks a cool show" and I never found out the series name until the week or two after when the 50 year old curse of the dark priestess episode aired and I was going past Cartoon Network when InuYasha just happened to be on and I continued watching from there on out.
From there on I began buying the single DVDs as they released each month at my local Suncoast for $24.98 a disc, along with the graphic novel releases too.
InuYasha was one of the first animes I really ever really enjoyed, a year or two previous to my first encounter with InuYasha I had got into Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh! and just about anything on Toonami so InuYasha was a pretty big introduction to my anime collection/hobby overall, I still love the series just as much as I did on day one.
05-26-2012 11:56 PM
05-27-2012 01:41 AM
Just logged in for the first time in years. Can't believe my last post was in 2005.
I got hooked on InuYasha around 2004 (maybe earlier?) when I was in high school. It was the first anime I really got into. Two episodes would air back to back at midnight after Futurama. I don't remember what my first episode was, but I loved it. Almost became a bit obsessed. An RIF. lol.
Sometime around 2006 I stopped getting Cartoon Network from my cable provider and didn't get it back until a couple years ago. By that time, I don't remember much anime being played. Just Family Guy, Robot Chicken and Aqua Teen reruns. Because of this, I kinda forgot about InuYasha and anime in general.
Recently, something reignited my love of anime and the memories I have of InuYasha immediatley came flooding in. At the time InuYasha was one of the few things I looked forward to.
I have to brush-up and pickup where I left off. Anxious to see what happens.
05-27-2012 01:46 AM
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