Eiga Inuyasha: Guren no Houraijima

Title:Eiga Inuyasha: Guren no Houraijima
Inuyasha Movie 4: Guren no Houraijima
Inuyasha Movie 4: The Crimson Hourai Island
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Some fifty years ago, Inuyasha and Kikyou came upon and island where several hanyou children lived. However, four powerful self-proclaimed kami also lived there and before the island can disappear, they've left their mark upon Inuyasha in the form of a slash upon the back. At the same time, Sesshoumaru is marked after he followed some of his father's are slain. Now fifty years later, the island re-appears and Inuyasha, Sesshoumaru, and Kikyou find themselves drawn to this island. This time, they will not be allowed to leave unless they can slay all four of these kami. Can they win their freedom and that of the hanyou children, who've not aged in 50-years?
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OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Watch 8 8 8 6 5 Ggultra2764 [series:821#1552]
Not much different from the prior Inuyasha movies in creating a self-contained storyline that doesn't carry over to the original storyline, Fire on Mystic Island is meant to be a final sendoff for the franchise's anime take before The Final Act came along years later. Other than the visuals looking more like the TV anime's drawing style and having better-quality animation, the plotting for this is mostly typical fare with a group of four demons threatening an island with half-demons, who are used as sacrifices to fuel their power. The characterization for these movie-only characters is kept simple, to the point where Sunrise had the four demons rip off the personalities and roles of four members of the Shichinintai and the half-demon kids not getting much in the way of fleshing out. Like the other three movies, you are not missing out on much here unless you are enough of a diehard Inuyasha fan to be exposed to as much of the series as possible.

Last updated Saturday, July 12 2014. Created Saturday, July 12 2014.
Unevaluated 10 10 10 10 10 10 Violet D [series:821#1393]
The fourth movie and yes I have that one too. Yes I loved that one too. Yes I'm an Inuyasha fan and and I love watching them over and over again. But If you are a Inuyasha fan you will love this one.

Last updated Wednesday, June 24 2009. Created Wednesday, June 24 2009.
Buy 10 10 9 9 7 AstroNerdBoy [series:821#436]

As I've stated before, the Inuyasha,/i> movies are purely designed for the fans. Without the constraints of having to follow Takahashi-sensei's manga story, writers can take much of the stuff that <i>Inuysha fans like and build stories that are in effect, fan-fiction on the big screen. The fourth movie continues this trend.

The story itself is pretty straight forward -- four daiyoukai are the enemy and must be defeated. This requires Inuyasha to use all of Tessaiga's powers (as they were known at the time of the movies release), which fans will enjoy. The flashback to Inuyasha and Kikyou's first visit to the island will please fans as Inuyasha uses his Sankon Tetsusou and Hijin Ketsusou attacks. Sesshoumaru's flashback is a similar tale with him using whip attack then and his sword Toukijin when he came back. However, he displayed some very impressive attacks that I don't remember seeing in the TV series nor in the manga, and I'm sure Sesshoumaru-fans rejoiced!

The writers make sure that all of Inuyasha's group has something to do and useful roles to play. Sesshoumaru's group isn't so lucky, but we did get to see Rin-chan and Jaken doing what they normally do. Where Aa and Un were, I've no clue. Kikyou had the weakest part to play, though there was an interesting twist with her.

The only thing some fans may complain about is the lack of any romance between Inuyasha and Kagome or Miroku and Sango. Both couples fight as teams which is about as good as it gets with the romance. The writers did through in a joke about the love-triange between Kikyou, Kagome, and Inuyasha though. There aren't many jokes as most of the time is spent on action, but the writers did make the story interesting enough though. Having the hanyou kids helped.

Bottom line: another pretty good Inuyasha movie that the fanbase will love. As the movie doesn't rely on previous knowledge of the characters/situations (though obviously it helps), newbies who love shounen action titles will enjoy this as well.

Last updated Monday, September 05 2005. Created Monday, September 05 2005.

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