Inuyasha Jigoku de Matteita Shichinintai
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
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.