I have been watching more Baki and I can’t help but think that maybe the show is a bit nationalist.
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Just here to offer the counter perspective: I wouldn't really call it "glacial", it's about on par with how most shounen shows pace themselves. Which is definitely too slow for some people, but not me. I'm relishing the show taking its time to slowly introduce things and characters versus going at breakneck speeds. And I'm quite happy with just about everything happening in this show. It's comfy, it's uplifting, it's fun, it looks great, and I love every single character so far. You weren't that big on Inuyasha Zef, but Inuyasha was my jam. So sitting down with this show is like catching up with a long lost friend you haven't seen in a decade, and it just feeling 100% right like you just saw them yesterday and haven't missed a beat. Inuyasha in general is gonna be a ymmv thing, but I know a lot of people got a lot of milage out of it, so I think it's definitely worth people trying out to see if it's for them or not.Yashahime continues to progress at an absolutely glacial pace
I don't think that's the case? Kaede said it had been 15 years since she last saw Sesshoumaru, not since the end of the last show. I assume it's been significantly longer. Especially given the context of the first episode, where Kaede is seeing Sesshoumaru, without any babies in tow, and it's been long enough that Sango has a brood now. Also consider, if it's been 15 years since the end of Inuyasha, then that means Kagome and Inuyasha had a kid when Kagome was still a high school aged teenager, and that's a different level of oof I'm pretty sure they're smart enough to avoid.At least, now we know (thank you, Exposition Kaede!) that this all takes place 15 years after the end of the original series so
I think you can totally be in tune with the genre and it would still feel slow? Because some people just get sick of shounen stuff, and not all shows are slow. From my perspective, this isn't slow in the way a lot of shounen shows are, where they're visibly teasing things out because they don't know what they're doing and/or trying to wring dry a concept before the mangaka can get around to figuring out what they're doing next. They're still establishing the cast and the setting, which is like, normal for a show three episodes in? Fay Valentine didn't show up until episode 3 of Cowboy Bebop; Goemon didn't show up until episode 5 of Lupin III. Good shows take their time to let us get to know its cast and setting, and I really miss when that was the case. But if it is too slow for you right now, it's probably not going to get better down the line.Yeah, I agree that it doesn't feel that slow to me, but I guess I can see why someone who isn't in tune with the genre would think so.
Kaede said it's been 15 years since the Bone Eater's Well stopped working, which I assume was when Kagome made her last trip from Heisei to Sengoku. Since (according to fan wikis) 3~4 years passed from the start of the show to the end, she was 18 at the time--and Rin was 11. If the math checks out, apparently InuKag wasted zero time, but I also don't see them waiting 7 years just to make SesshouRin even slightly less creepy, .I don't think that's the case? Kaede said it had been 15 years since she last saw Sesshoumaru, not since the end of the last show. I assume it's been significantly longer. Especially given the context of the first episode, where Kaede is seeing Sesshoumaru, without any babies in tow, and it's been long enough that Sango has a brood now. Also consider, if it's been 15 years since the end of Inuyasha, then that means Kagome and Inuyasha had a kid when Kagome was still a high school aged teenager, and that's a different level of oof I'm pretty sure they're smart enough to avoid.
Haha, all in good time I'm sure my mans. The first episode was really about re-establishing the setting. The second episode focused on Towa's personality and backstory. The third episode focused mostly on explaining Setsuna's whole deal. I expect the fourth will probably go a little more into explaining Moroha. Especially when the episode preview had Kikyo showing up, and what looked like Kagome trapped in the big time-tree. So far, the show is doing a lot of laying down the foundations, and they've continually hinted that something is wrong with the time-tree. Which is probably why the bone eater well stopped working. (Which I wouldn't place as directly at the end of Inuyasha, but probably during the events of the first episode which is several years later, since that's the point where whatever that parasitic yokai dug into the ground and seemed to have infected the tree.)On that note, though, one of the mysteries that bother me is that there has been no mention of InuKag yet, not even during Kaede's exposition dump.
Yeah sort of, but not all the way? There was a LOT going on in the beginning of Inuyasha regarding questions of what is happening and why anything is the way that it is. Why was Inuyasha and Kikyo fighting was a question that's immediately brought to bear, since neither of their accounts match up from the get go. Kagome's time travel mechanics takes a few episodes to be ironed out and at first she's very worried she's permanently stuck in the past. Inuyasha is introduced as a violent antagonistic character, and it takes quite some time for Kagome and him to trust each other, so why is he the way he is, is a big mystery. Inuyasha's dead father and shitty half-brother is also a big mystery introduced early on in the first few episodes regarding why anything is the way they are, the answers of which takes years to tease out.We're only introduced to three new characters, yeah, but each of them has several mysteries surrounding them, and the "focus episodes" we've gotten so far have piled said mysteries on top of each other....
...The original Inuyasha basically had only one opening mystery--what the Shikon no Tama was
Totally, I'd be happy if this went on for 200 episodes, but I'm an easy mark for this kind of show and this specific setting/universe/characters. When I really dig a show, I just like hanging out with the characters. I could watch a thousand episodes of Ranma and Akane fight/flirt amongst each other and having it go nowhere because it's just a fun cast/setting to spend time with. In fact, I actually get more beleagured when shows of this nature zero in on a long-form plot, and spend precious little time just hanging out. Inuyasha started to wear out its welcome with me back in the day, when we're chasing Naraku for the 12th time, finding yet another sword power-up, and then having him cackle as he escapes, for the whole cycle to start back over for a 13th time. There was not nearly enough "filler" episodes in between, which helps balance out the drudge of a never-ending plot. Which is why the Final Act anime was both rewarding and not for me personally, because it cut out soooo much stuff and laser focused in on the plot. Which was both a mercy to spare the audience of too much bloat in the story, but robbed us of all the little nice moments in between that gave the story more balance.I'm not overwhelmed so far but it does seem like a story that might take 50+ eps to tell and not 13 or 26 or whatever.