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Beginner's Guide to Anime Part 3

If you're a beginner to the world of anime or still on the fence about it (even after reading part 1 and part 2 of my previous articles) then you've come to the right place! All it takes is one remarkable show to get sucked into the amazing world of anime! So whether you like your shows soft hearted or serious, funny or full of action, one of the five shows below is sure to get you hooked. Inuyasha & Inuyasha The Final Act Inuyasha is one of the mainstays of the anime world. The story revolves around half demon Inuyasha and his quest to collect the shards of a sacred jewel shattered by Japanese high school student Kagome. Watching the magical misadventures of these two as they fight demons alongside allies like Shippo the fox boy, Kirara the nekomata (cat-like creature with magical powers), and Miroku the monk is totally addictive. Between the original series, Inuyasha The Final Act , and four movies, this series has everything a beginner to anime could ask for. Your Lie In April If you want to watch an anime that will make you cry it's this one. Telling the story of a piano prodigy who stops playing after the death of his mother, Your Lie in April evolves into a heartwarming tale of music, love, and what it truly means to be happy. Though it does send you on an emotional roller coaster, this anime is uplifting and universally lauded for its incredible storyline. Crayon Shin-Chan If you want to kick back and laugh, Crayon Shin-Chan (commonly referred to as simply Shin-Chan) is the right anime for you. Telling the story of a young and often quite profane little boy, this definitely isn't an intellectual anime. This anime is filled with crude moments and perverted jokes but it's cult status as an incredibly popular anime is well deserved. It is hands-down one of the funniest anime I've ever seen (perhaps only exceeded by Baka and Test ) and 100% worth checking out if you could use a laugh. 
 Samurai Jack If you've watched Cartoon Network sometime over the last two decades there is no way that you've never heard of this show. Recently revived for one final season that was met with incredible reviews, this show tells the story of a Samurai flung into the future by the evil demon Aku. Though this show's status as an anime or cartoon is often disputed by hardcore fans, the quality of this series is not. Watching as Samurai Jack battles evil and tries to return to the past to defeat Aku is nothing short of an incredible journey. Space Dandy Though the previous four entries on this list are all widely regarded anime, Space Dandy is considerably more under the radar. Telling the story of Boobies restaurant regular Dandy, his a-dorkable robot QT, and alien cat Meow, this space "soap opera" follows the crew as the they explore the weirdness of infinite space together. The series is episodic and the focus of an episode can be anything from an eternal time loop to an interstellar space race. Some episodes are better than others but the colorful storytelling and complex richness of Space Dandy makes it a great choice. If you loved (or hated) the anime on this list sound off in the comments section below! Welcome to the world of anime!

InuYasha: The Final Act Episode 12 "Sango's Feelings, Miroku's Resolve" Preview

In the next episode of InuYasha, the team heads to an ancient master who can repair Sango's Hiraikotsu. But the old master says that Sango will once again have to sacrifice her Hiraikotsu to save Miroku. Meanwhile, Miroku risks his life by testing the old man's poison, while Sango confronts her true feelings for the monk. See all of this and more next Monday, for InuYasha: The Final Act episode 12: "Sango's Feelings, Miroku's Resolve"

InuYasha: The Final Act Simulcast Moving to Mondays

VIZ announced over the weekend that InuYasha: The Final Act episodes are now going to stream on Hulu and the Shonensunday.com site on Mondays instead of their usual Saturdays. That means that the episode is today, and next week's episode will be available online on December 21st. Watch InuYasha: The Final Act Season 1, Episode 11 today!

InuYasha: The Final Act Season 1, Episode 10 "Flowers Drenched in Sadness" Preview

In the next episode of InuYasha: The Final Act, the focus goes from Sesshomaru and his crew back to Kagome and InuYasha, who are still reeling from the loss of Kikyo. In the depths of their despair, InuYasha is attacked by a demon who feeds on grief and pain, who traps InuYasha in an endless nightmare. It's up to Kagome to save him, but can she do it on her own? And while they're trapped, Naraku's plans are still on the move! Find out what happens next this weekend when InuYasha: The Final Act Episode 10 - "Flowers Drenched in Sadness" airs!

InuYasha: The Final Act Season 1, Episode 8: Among the Twinkling Stars Preview

Kagome returns from Mount Azusa to help purify Kikyo, but Naraku has come to kill her and claim Kohaku's shard and kill him as well! Can InuYasha and Kagome stop Naraku's evil plot and save her? Or is Kikyo finally going to succumb to the pain of Naraku's poison miasma? Find out this Saturday, November 21 when InuYasha: The Final Act Episode 8 " Among the Twinkling Stars " airs!

InuYasha: The Final Act Episode 7 "The Mausoleum of Mount Azusa" Preview

In the next InuYasha, "The Mausoleum of Mount Azusa," Byakuya targets Kohaku's Shikon Shards. But if his shards are taken, then he'll die! Out of all people who appear to help him, though, it's Sesshomaru who appears. What is Sesshomaru doing and why is he there? Meanwhile, Kikyo has been poisoned by Naraku's terrible miasma and it's up to the InuYasha group to help. They race against time to Mount Azusa as the poison takes its course! The episode is set to air on November 14, and will be made available with subtitles on Hulu and Shonensunday.com shortly afterward.

InuYasha The Final Act Episode 3 Preview: Meidou Zangetsuha - Featured

The official Japanese InuYasha: The Final Act site has posted the preview for episode 3 on its official website. It's all in Japanese, but here's a quick summary: The InuYasha Group spends time at the mansion of the kitsune as Shippo tries to prove that his skills have improved in the annual test of fox magic. Meanwhile, the great blacksmith Totosai visits Sesshomaru to reforge the sword Tenseiga. The simulcast of InuYasha The Final Act episode 3 will be posted online this Saturday, October 17th.

InuYasha Complete Series Now Available Online - Featured

Are you ready for InuYasha The Final Act ? If you're not, VIZ Media wants you to be - it has posted all 167 episodes of the popular anime series InuYasha to both Hulu and its Shonensunday.com site. Fans who can't wait for tomorrow's simulcast of the premiere episode of the sequel can whet their appetite for more InuYasha with a heaping spoonful of the original, and VIZ has also added a special surprise at the end of episode 167! If you watch the last episode of the first series to the end, you can see the full trailer for InuYasha The Final Act, plus a little extra promo. Stay tuned, InuYasha fans - your patience is about to be rewarded! The simulcast of the all-new series will be available on Hulu and VIZ's Shonensunday.com website on Saturday, October 3rd. Source: VIZ blog

InuYasha The Final Act Subtitled Trailer Now Available - Featured

As if anticipation for the premiere of InuYasha The Final Act couldn't get any higher, Viz Media has released a trailer for the anime through its Shonen Sunday website . The subtitled trailer includes some peeks at the new, high-quality animation and a clip of the new opening song by Do As Infinity. It also hints at how each character's story will conclude without giving much away, so if you wanted to rev your need for InuYasha to a fever pitch, there's no better way than to watch this trailer! Source: Anime News Network

InuYasha The Final Act Online Simulcast Coming Saturday - Featured

At New York Anime Fest, VIZ Media gave InuYasha fans great news - starting this Saturday, October 3rd, you will be able to watch InuYasha The Final Act streaming online via Hulu and ShonenSunday.com, only a few hours after the Japanese broadcast! The stream will include English subtitles for fans who don't happen to be fluent in Japanese, and a new episode will be available every Saturday until the series finishes its run. InuYasha The Final Act is the latest major title to join the world of online simulcasting, like such popular titles as One Piece and Naruto Shippuden . The show has been long awaited since the original InuYasha series ended in 2004, and continues the story of extraordinary schoolgirl Kagome Higurashi and the half-demon InuYasha. When an enchanted well draws her into the past, Kagome finds her destiny tied to the doglike half-demon Inuyasha and a mythical gem called the "Jewel of Four Souls," of which the smallest shard can grant the user unimaginable power. Throughout their quest to restore the shattered Shikon Jewel, Inuyasha and Kagome have never faced an enemy more deadly or more cunning than the demon mastermind Naraku. With the Shikon Jewel nearly whole and in Naraku's hands, the race to collect the remaining shards intensifies and a battle of epic proportions is brewing on the horizon...