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Inuyasha Jigoku de Matteita Shichinintai

Reviewed by:
Trish Pellerito (March 8, 2004)

When I first saw the pre-order for "Inuyasha Jigoku de Matteita Shichinintai" I debated adding the CD to an already overwhelming collection of IY media. There was expense, shelf-space and language to consider. But my inner child insisted; after all, I'm learning Japanese and the CD would make great vocabulary practice so I caved in and order the recording. I made a good choice.

"Inuyasha Jigoku de Matteita Shichinintai" is the series' first independent drama CD, and not to be confused with previous bonus dramas included with the Region 2 feature films. The term "Drama" is misleading. This CD is hilariously funny! The Shichinintai? Funny? Absolutely…. The plot is simple. Inu-Yasha and the gang literally crash (crash land, that is …) into an encounter with the "re"-reborn Shichinintai. Wafer thin explanation: Urasui's at it again. Thanks to demonic magical and ceramic bourei technology, our favorite of mercenaries are Shikon-free and making new plans. This time, the Shichinintai will conquer … show business!

The Shichinintai? Show Biz? ok…. The Shichinintai now travel Japan performing their saga before adoring audiences. Inu-Yasha, Miroku, Shippou, Kagome, Sango and Kirara find themselves accident guest stars at the Shichinintai's interactive dinner theater (if you consider curry cup ramen). Bankotsu is front man for a theatrical production featuring the vocal stylings of Jakotsu, Suikotsu's Shatner-esque acting, Ginkotsu and Mukotsu's special effects and Renkotsu's stage management. Only Kyokotsu is missing from the ensemble: he couldn't make the tour. The heroic audience's heckling alone is worth the price of the CD.

The Inu-Yasha voice cast reprises their roles with the same enthusiasm we've come to expect in the anime. The energetic interaction between voice actors more than makes up for the lack of visuals. Their work on this recording is a reminder how important the "right" cast is to the anime process.

I'm glad I listened to my inner child! "Inuyasha Jigoku de Matteita Shichinintai" is a hoot. If you're an Inu-Yasha fan with even a light grasp of Nihongo, don't hesitate. This CD is worth the investment.


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