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Later, the band grew to include drummer Nicki Capozzi and bassist Felix Robinson. The band was signed by a small label called Grand Slam records in January 1985. While recording the song The Road to Valhalla, both Capozzi and Robinson left the band. Nicki Capozzi was replaced by Dan Spitz, and Felix Robinson was replaced by James Lomenzo. Within a month of joining, Dan spitz left and was replaced by former Anthrax drummer Greg D'Angelo.
The band then finished their debut album, Fight to Survive, which was released on November 9, 1985. A few months later, Grand Slam records went bankrupt.
In 1986, White Lion, with a fictitious "female" member, had a brief part in the Tom Hanks/Shelley Long movie The Money Pit. Early in 1987, the band was signed by Atlantic Records. By then, their debut album was out of print and extremely hard to find.
On June 21, 1987, their second album, Pride, was released (the same day as Keel's Keel album, and Helix's Wild in The Streets) The first single from Pride was 'Wait/Don't Give Up, released on June 1, 1987. However, it took seven months before the song became a hit.
The Pride tour started in July 1987 as White Lion opened for Ace Frehley's 80s band Frehley's Comet. In September 1987, White Lion became the opening band for KISS (who had just started their Crazy Nights tour).
White Lion spent the rest of 1987 on tour with KISS. In January 1988 started opening for AC/DC on their Blow Up Your Video tour.
While opening for AC/DC, the Pride album and Wait single finally charted. Wait hit #8 on the singles chart, while Pride stalled at #11 on the album chart.
In August 1988, the album's second single Tell Me stopped at #58. Around the time this single was released, White Lion played at the Ritz club in New York City. Like Guns N' Roses, White Lion's show at the Ritz was filmed and later aired on MTV.
White Lion concluded the Pride tour by opening for Stryper from September 1988 to February 1989 during Stryper's In God We Trust tour. The Pride album's third single When The Children Cry made it to #3, making Pride one of about 18 hard rock albums to ever have multiple top 10 hits.
In August 1989, White Lion released their third album Big Game. This was followed, in 1991, by Mane Attraction. Unfortunately, by the end of 1991, White Lion had broken up.
As an afterthought, Atlantic Records released the Best of White Lion compilation album in 1992. It must be noted that the song "Radar Love" was included in this album, a cover considered by many, one of the best ever made.
In 1993, bassist James Lomenzo joined former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde in a band called Pride and Glory, while vocalist Mike Tramp started a solo career.
Towards the end of 2003, Mike Tramp said that White Lion was planning to reunite. This statement was quickly denied by the other members.
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This statement was quickly denied by the other members. VIZ Media holds the English copyrights. Towards the end of 2003, Mike Tramp said that White Lion was planning to reunite. and Columbia TriStar Television own the Japanese copyrights. In 1993, bassist James Lomenzo joined former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde in a band called Pride and Glory, while vocalist Mike Tramp started a solo career. Sunrise Ltd. It must be noted that the song "Radar Love" was included in this album, a cover considered by many, one of the best ever made. See InuYasha voice actors.
As an afterthought, Atlantic Records released the Best of White Lion compilation album in 1992. See InuYasha special items and attacks. Unfortunately, by the end of 1991, White Lion had broken up. The anime is available in the US as Case Closed from FUNimation. This was followed, in 1991, by Mane Attraction. Detective Conan is published in Shonen Sunday along with InuYasha. In August 1989, White Lion released their third album Big Game. Jimmy Kudo (Shin'ichi Kudo) and Rachel Moore (Ran Mori) of Case Closed (Detective Conan) make a cameo appearance in episode 128.
The Pride album's third single When The Children Cry made it to #3, making Pride one of about 18 hard rock albums to ever have multiple top 10 hits. A List of all yōkai: InuYasha Yokai List. White Lion concluded the Pride tour by opening for Stryper from September 1988 to February 1989 during Stryper's In God We Trust tour. Characters from both eras are listed roughly by their order of appearance:. Like Guns N' Roses, White Lion's show at the Ritz was filmed and later aired on MTV. Kagome and InuYasha are the only ones that can travel between the two times through the Bone-Eaters Well. Around the time this single was released, White Lion played at the Ritz club in New York City. If the name is different in the English anime, the English anime name comes after the original Japanese name.
In August 1988, the album's second single Tell Me stopped at #58. The names of some of the characters are in Western order (family name after given name) while others are in Japanese order (family name before given name). Wait hit #8 on the singles chart, while Pride stalled at #11 on the album chart. Another probable reason that InuYasha is so popular is that it is has rather sympathetic characters who are varied enough that most people can relate to at least one of them. While opening for AC/DC, the Pride album and Wait single finally charted. However, it also includes a great deal of comedy (frequently slapstick), many monsters that add notes of the horror genre, and occasional romance. In January 1988 started opening for AC/DC on their Blow Up Your Video tour. At first, the series mainly appears to be action-oriented, and it does indeed have a significant amount of action, with at least one confrontation with an enemy in most episodes.
White Lion spent the rest of 1987 on tour with KISS. A likely one is that it is eclectic, including elements from many different genres. In September 1987, White Lion became the opening band for KISS (who had just started their Crazy Nights tour). There are many possible reasons for the popularity of the InuYasha series. The Pride tour started in July 1987 as White Lion opened for Ace Frehley's 80s band Frehley's Comet. However, the show has proven to be a slightly more mainstream hit in other countires such as Canada, where it is one of the station's highest rated programs running on weeknights at 8:30 PM and the "latest" episode on Fridays and 10 PM on YTV, and Latin America, where it runs on weekday afternoons. However, it took seven months before the song became a hit. Presumably, the logic behind this is that the InuYasha fans will not mind staying up later, and other shows can be put between them and their goal.
On June 21, 1987, their second album, Pride, was released (the same day as Keel's Keel album, and Helix's Wild in The Streets) The first single from Pride was 'Wait/Don't Give Up, released on June 1, 1987. Starting Saturday, March 28, 2005, Adult Swim is showing new episodes Saturday nights at 11:00 PM. By then, their debut album was out of print and extremely hard to find. As of March 2004, it aired at 12:30 AM. Early in 1987, the band was signed by Atlantic Records. As of October 2002, it aired at 11:00 PM. In 1986, White Lion, with a fictitious "female" member, had a brief part in the Tom Hanks/Shelley Long movie The Money Pit. As time progressed, the show was moved to increasingly late viewing hours.
A few months later, Grand Slam records went bankrupt. After a while, the people who write the bumpers for Adult Swim became sarcastic about this, and it became something of a running joke that they were on the side of the viewers, but were at the mercy of superior departments ("Suits"). The band then finished their debut album, Fight to Survive, which was released on November 9, 1985. The show is so popular that although it has been taken off the air many times in its run (to make way for shows such as Kikaider, Big O, and FLCL), it has always been reinstated due to the demands of viewers. Within a month of joining, Dan spitz left and was replaced by former Anthrax drummer Greg D'Angelo. Since its introduction on Cartoon Network, the ranks of InuYasha fans have swelled to the point where anime.com (http://www.anime.com/200409.html) calls InuYasha a "cult" and its fans "rabid zealots". Nicki Capozzi was replaced by Dan Spitz, and Felix Robinson was replaced by James Lomenzo. This is an example of the disputes that often arise with romanization.
While recording the song The Road to Valhalla, both Capozzi and Robinson left the band. Viz still uses the spelling "Inu-Yasha" in the text of the graphic novels). The band was signed by a small label called Grand Slam records in January 1985. The Cartoon Network, the US anime licensee, and Viz Communications which published the English version of the manga and anime use "InuYasha" (Viz formerly used "Inu-Yasha" in the title but switched to the current "InuYasha". Later, the band grew to include drummer Nicki Capozzi and bassist Felix Robinson. Since Japanese does not use spacing or capitalization, there is no "correct" spelling. After moving from Denmark, Mike met guitarist Vito Bratta, forming a band. Fans of the series often use "IY", especially on fansites, although it is considered to be more of an abbreviation than an actual name.
The band was formed in New York
City in 1984 by Denmark-born vocalist
Mike Tramp. Variant spellings include "InuYasha", "Inuyasha", "Inu Yasha", and
This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of article quality. However, some viewers, such as Derrick Tucker, from THEM Anime Reviews (http://www.themanime.org/viewreview.php?id=744), complain that some action scenes are often reused and that sometimes a static image moved against a background is used as a substitute for animation. Most people agree that the artwork in both the anime and manga versions of InuYasha is quite impressive, with Akemi's Anime World (http://animeworld.com/readerreviews/inuyashatv.html), Anime News Network (http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/reviews/display.php?id=26), and many others praising that it is "excellent". X is the 'modern' end of the well's wormhole through time. Here, everyone has gotten older but otherwise not much has happened.
At Y, the well (which exists in both ancient and modern times) drops Kagome, the 20th/21st century incarnation of Kikyo, off from the future. At Z, Kikyo dies after sealing InuYasha to the tree, where he goes into suspended animation, and she is cremated on a pyre with the jewel, according to her wishes. The modern time is 'X', a period in the Sengoku period (戦国時代 - Sengoku Jidai - Warring states period) is 'Y', and 50 years before period Y is period 'Z'. Throughout the story, Kagome and InuYasha come closer and develop feelings for each other, though the romance remains as a side plot for most of the story.
As they search, they meet new characters who either join them on their quest, or oppose them for various reasons. The pieces scatter far and wide, and the story tells of Kagome and InuYasha's adventures as they search for the shards of the Jewel. Soon after they recover the Jewel, it is lost again, and Kagome accidentally shatters it into pieces as she tries to recover it. When the centipede demon rips it from her and swallows it, granting the demon a great boost in power, Kagome is forced to pull out the arrow and awaken InuYasha so he can defeat it.
It turns out that Kagome is the reincarnation of Kikyo, and that she does possess the Jewel of Four Souls, embedded inside her body. Kaede relates the story of how, 50 years earlier, a han'yō, also a half demon, named InuYasha had tried to steal the Jewel from Kikyo, mortally wounding her in the process, but Kikyo had managed to strike him with a magical arrow, sealing him to the Time Tree and into an enchanted and supposedly eternal sleep, retrieving the Jewel before she finally died. Kagome wanders and meets an old miko (Shinto priestess) by the name of Kaede, who claims that Kagome is the spitting image of Kikyo (Kikyō), her elder sister (and powerful priestess) who had died and had her body burned with the Jewel of Four Souls, taking it with her into the afterlife. When she drives the demon off by an unknown and mysterious power, the very confused Kagome emerges in the Sengoku period of Japan.
The demon claims that Kagome possesses the Jewel of Four Souls (四魂の玉 Shikon no Tama), and attempts to seize it. When she approaches the well a centipede demon (dubbed "Mistress Centipede") bursts from the well and grabs her. She does this to retrieve her cat, Buyo, from the well, since her brother was afraid to go inside. The story begins in Tokyo, Japan with a junior high-school girl named Kagome Higurashi, who, on her way to school, heads to the covered well on the family property (which happens to be a Shinto shrine).
InuYasha is a shōnen action adventure romantic comedy, with elements from the horror genre. The full title is Sengoku o-togi zōshi InuYasha (戦国お伽草子ー犬夜叉), which roughly translates to InuYasha, A Feudal Fairy Tale. InuYasha (Japanese: 犬夜叉, inu "dog" + yasha "demon" from Japanese yasha, derived from masculine Sanskrit yaksha) is a long-running manga and anime series by Rumiko Takahashi (creator of Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, Ranma 1/2, and others). For more information about the difference in terminology, see Tessaiga.
⇧ Tessaiga is called Tetsusaiga in the English language versions of InuYasha that are produced by Viz. translated as "Evil Gas". Lit. Jaki 邪気 - The source of yōki.
translated as "Strange Gas", but the actual meaning is closer to, and usually translated as, "demonic aura". Lit. Yōki 妖気 - The source of the power of yōkai. Sengoku Jidai 戦国時代 - warring states era of Japan, see Sengoku period.
It is often called the "Shikon Jewel" in English versions of the anime and manga, however "Jewel of Four Souls" is occasionally used as well. Jewel of Four Souls 四魂の玉 - Shikon no Tama - 奇御魂 - 智 Intellect, 荒御霊 - 勇 Courage, 和御魂 - 親 Virtue, and 幸魂 - 愛 Love. Inu 犬 - Kanji for canines, basically a "dog". Miko 巫女 - Japanese word for "shrine maiden", usually translated as priestess.
InuYasha is a han'yō, and there are a few other han'yō that appear in the series. Han'yō 半妖 - a being that is the offspring of a demon and a human, thus half-demon and half-human. Yōkai 妖怪 - Japanese word for demons or monsters of supernatural origins, literally means "monstrous weirdo". He/she later meets with InuYasha and his party, and travels with them not only as a companion looking for a way home, but also as a new friend.
Kuturugi — A young boy (or girl, see entry) who finds their way into the Sengoku period through the power of Shikigami. Tatarimokke — A gentle yellow round yōkai that plays a flute to guide children's souls to heaven or to hell, depending on their actions after death. Kagome appeased her and saved her from being sent to hell by the Tatarimokke. Mayu (真由) — A girl who died in a fire and returns as a spirit, trying to kill her younger brother because she felt betrayed.
Destroyed by InuYasha. It is a mask demon that takes human body for support and kills the host. Mask of Noh — "Flesh-eating mask" in the anime. He is a descendant of Akitoki Hojo (Hōjō Akitoki), who also liked Kagome in the anime.
He loves Kagome and does everything to date her. Hojo (北条 Hōjō) — Kagome's classmate who is constantly worried about her health. They are usually very nosy about Kagome's "boyfriend" and why she isn't interested in Hojo. Yuka, Eri, and Ayumi — Kagome's three friends from school.
He attracted Kagome to the bone-eaters well in the first episode, which set the series in motion. InuYasha and Buyo tolerate each other, even though InuYasha often harasses Buyo. His coloring is white with brown spots, and he is unusually fat. Buyo — Kagome's cat. He is Kagome's grandfather.
Grandpa (Jii-chan) — His name is also a mystery. She is called "mama" in both the anime and manga. Higurashi — Kagome's mother. Mrs.
Sota Higurashi (日暮草太 Higurashi Sōta) — Kagome's younger brother, often refers to InuYasha as "Inu no nii-chan", or "dog brother". He and his sword are eventually destroyed by InuYasha. Toshu (Tōshū, manga only) — A swordsmith who forged the Dakki, a blade that could absorb yōki. This prototype Datsuki eventually lead the InuYasha gang to Toshu.
It uses a prototype Datsuki in order to do this, and the blade was so weak that InuYasha shattered it in one swing of his Tessaiga. Mujina (manga only) — A male tanuki in disguise as a child who uses Shippō, attempting to get the power of Tessaiga. Koharu — A 14-year-old girl who was saved by Miroku when she was 11 years old, and has a crush on Miroku since then. He was originally a soulless puppet creation of Hakudoshi made of demon life force (haku).
He is a 30-foot monster with human shape, and can shoot blasts of yōki energy from his arm. Due to his telepathic powers, Kagura and Kohaku correctly suspect he is Akago. Moryomaru (魍魎丸 Moryōmaru) — Is actually Naraku's strongest minion, although he is technically working against him. He tries to kill Kagura and has his head cut off by Hakudoshi.
Goryomaru (御霊丸 Goryōmaru) — A monk who had his arm devoured by a demon. Both are powerful and capable of erecting barriers by themselves. Kocho (Kochō) and Asuka — Kikyo's shikigami that summons Kagome when Kikyo needs to be purified of Naraku's shōki and act as messengers to InuYasha when Kikyo wants to speak to him. Created as sixth detachment of Naraku.
Like Naraku, his heart is not inside his body, so he is able to endlessly regenerate himself. Hakudoshi (Hakudōshi) — Created from Akago's body, he was Entei's master, and looks like a 10-year-old child. Entei — A yōba (yōkai horse) who serves only the most powerful demon. He can talk, reads people thoughts and is later cut in half by a priest, which led to the creation of Hakudoshi from one half, and Akago as the other half.
Akago — Naraku's minion and detachment in the form of a baby that can possess anyone with darkness in their heart. Naraku used them as obstacles to distract his enemy from finding him until he completes his transformation. Shichinintai (七人隊, dubbed as "the band of seven") — The seven dead assassins raised from the dead by Naraku using Shikon Jewel shards. Regained his memory of Kikyo but was re-absorbed in an attempt to defeat Naraku.
Muso (Musō) — Reincarnation of the soul of Onigumo from the body of Naraku. She met her end when Naraku lured her to do his biddings with the almost complete Shikon Jewel. Tsubaki — A dark priestess (黒巫女, kuro miko) who made a deal with a demon to retain her youth and beauty after her plan to attack Kikyo in an attempt to steal the Shikon Jewel recoiled. Both were slain soon after they were released.
Juromaru (Jūrōmaru) and Kageromaru (Kagerōmaru) — The fourth & fifth detachments of Naraku who hold no loyalty, but were used by Naraku to attack InuYasha and Kōga. His fangs were used to make Sesshomaru's second sword, the Tōkijin. Goshinki — The third detachment from Naraku who was slain by InuYasha in his Demon form, after breaking the Tessaiga with his teeth. Totosai (刀々斎 Tōtōsai) — An elderly blacksmith who forged the Tessaiga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/InuYasha#fn_Tetsusaiga) and the Tenseiga.
Rin (りん) — An orphan girl who was revived by Sesshomaru and tags along with him and Jaken. Ayame only appears in the anime. Ayame — A female wolf demon princess whom Koga promised to marry when he rescued her from certain death when she was young. Often calling her "his woman," which always makes Inuyasha angry and possesive over Kagome.
In addition to thinking highly of himself, Koga thinks very highly of Kagome. Tracking down Naraku for the killing of nearly all his comrades. Koga (鋼牙 Kōga) — The young leader of a wolf demon tribe. She has the power to steal souls with her mirror.
Kanna (神無) — The first detachment of Naraku, she is a demon who appears to be a pale little girl with white hair and clothing. Kagura secretly plotted to kill Naraku, only to be killed by him through trickery. Kagura (神楽) — A wind sorceress, created as the second detachment from Naraku. Kirara (雲母) / Kilala — Sango's faithful two-tailed demon feline.
Kohaku (琥珀) — Sango's younger brother who is under the control of Naraku but eventually regains his memory. Sango (珊瑚) — Arguably the most skilled demon exterminator in the series. Naraku deceives everyone to get what he wants, and after hiding in Mount Hakurei, he becomes a full demon. Naraku (奈落) — The main antagonist, an extremely evil half demon of complex origins from a bandit named Onigumo.
Hachi's natural appearance resembles a raccon dog jūjin. Hachi (八衛門, Hachiemon) — A congenial shape-shifting spirit who has befriended Miroku. Often acts "lecherous" but has a special romantic interest in Sango. Miroku (弥勒) — A Buddhist priest (法師, hōshi) who has a very deadly Wind Tunnel in his right hand.
Shinidamachu (死魂虫 Shinidamachū) — Kikyo's lesser demons that collect souls of the dead to sustain her (un)life. Her soul was locked in battle with a demon's soul inside the Shikon Jewel. Midoriko — A miko of great spiritual power from many centuries before the Sengoku period. Shippo (七宝 Shippō) — A 7-year old fox demon(狐, kitsune) whose parents were killed by the thunder brothers.
Jaken — A demon (kappa) who is the stooge of Sesshomaru, a comical character. Demon Lord of the Western Lands. Loses his left arm to InuYasha in a battle. He usually appears very calm and in control.
Sesshomaru (殺生丸 Sesshōmaru) — InuYasha's older half-brother who thinks highly of himself. Myoga (冥加 Myōga) — A flea who was friends with InuYasha's dog demon father, usually runs away from dangerous situations. She is the first to recognize Kagome as the reincarnation of her sister. Kaede (楓) — A miko and sister of Kikyo who protected the village in the fifty years after her sister's death.
She was brought back to (un)life by the ogress (鬼, oni) Urasue. Kikyo (桔梗 Kikyō) — The dead priestess (巫女, miko) who loved InuYasha. InuYasha (犬夜叉) — The male protagonist, a han'yō of dog demon origins. Kagome Higurashi (日暮かごめ) — The female protagonist, a third year middle school student from modern times.