Netflix has become, among other things, the home of anime. As we can see with the obsession the platform is having with the One Piece live action, Japanese animation is one of the main goals of the VOD service. But what are the best anime you can watch on Netflix?
From Attack on the Titans to Neon Genesis Evangelion, there are many top-notch anime that you can enjoy thanks to Netflix. But there are many others that also deserve a place, and that also starred in the childhoods of the public. This is the case of InuYasha, an anime from the early 2000s that many of us keep in our hearts with affection.
An anime that made history
The story of InuYasha centers on Kagome Higurashi, a fifteen-year-old girl in present-day Japan who, after dealing with a centipede-shaped demon, is transported 500 years into the past. The teenager thus arrives in feudal Japan, a place that, besides being as ancient as it is conservative, is full of demonic creatures and beasts of all kinds. Among all these creatures she encounters InuYasha, a half-demon being who ends up undertaking with her the mission of recovering the fragments of a sacred jewel.
The complexity of this story has little to do with the simplicity and the comic tone of Ranma ½, previous work of its author Rumiko Takahashi. The creator abandoned humor to bring her more personal vision of the history of Japan. In this way, it became a great success in her country, where the public appreciated her references to Japanese mythology. But it also triumphed outside its borders, where Japanese culture spread thanks to its striking exoticism.
With InuYasha we discovered the Yokais, the exotic demons of Japanese folklore that would later be exploited in all kinds of cultural products, from Pokémon to the recent Yokai Watch. In addition, InuYasha placed great emphasis on Japanese history, which gave us a better understanding of the other anime we consumed.
InuYasha’s greatest achievement was its perfect balance between shōnen and shōjo. Takahashi’s work managed to unite the best of each aspect in a product that reached everyone equally. Upon its arrival in Spain and Latin America, it became one of the few Japanese products that managed to captivate any type of audience, even regardless of the age of the consumers. An achievement that, apart from more recent series such as One Piece, very few have achieved. Undoubtedly, Netflix gives us with InuYasha the opportunity to reconnect with one of the best anime series in history.
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