Where to watch and read Inuyashiki
Full of body horror and subversion, the dark Inuyashiki has told his twisted and realistic “superhero” story through several different mediums.
Many different anime and manga have given their own take on stories with superheroes and superpowers, and they generally don’t develop in the same way as Western superhero comics. A good example is Inuyashiki, a seinen series that transforms an everyday person into a super-powered man-machine.
Full of body horror and subversion, the relatively dark Inuyashiki told his twisted and realistic “superhero” story in several different mediums. Its plot is in many ways an equivalent of the American film the Chronicle, itself heavily inspired by manga and animated film Akira. A great showcase of how darker, more adult-oriented subversive manga can be, here’s an overview of the story behind the series, as well as how to get into its many versions.
The plot of Inuyashiki
From 2014 as Hiroya Oku’s manga, Inuyashiki takes its name from the titular protagonist, Inuyashiki Ichiro. As someone who looks even older than he is, Ichiro is an downtrodden, destitute family man who can’t even find respect at home. However, his fortunes arguably change for the better when he is caught in an explosion caused by aliens. This event transforms him into an incredibly powerful cyborg, though his body is still outwardly human.
Wanting to finally matter and make a difference in the world, Ichiro uses his body’s new abilities to fight criminals and even heal the sick. The Mechanical Man of Miracles isn’t the only one with this power though, as a teenager named Shishigami Hiro was caught in the same blast. Given similar abilities, Hiro instead goes down a path of destruction and chaos, imposing his will on anyone who gets in his way. With the worst criminal powers in the world like his own, Ichiro becomes determined to stop him.
Where to read the Inuyashiki manga
After racing from 2014 to 2017, the Inuyashiki manga was published by Kodansha in its magazine Evening before being compiled into 10 volumes. Kodansha USA handled the print localization in the West, while Crunchyroll does the same for the digital version of the manga, making the latter option one of the easiest ways to read the series.
Inuyashiki can also be read digitally through Comixology and Kindle, as well as Azukim INKR, Mangamo, and the Inkypen app on the Nintendo Switch. Online retailers such as Right Stuf Anime and Amazon carry the physical versions of the manga, as do physical stores like Books-a-Million, Barnes & Noble, and Walmart.
Where to Watch Inuyashiki Anime
The illustrious production studio MAPPA took care of the animated adaptation of Inuyashiki, which ran for 11 episodes in 2017 (the same year the manga ended). Although some fans have been ambivalent about some of the changes along the way, the crux of the Inuyashiki the story from the manga was adapted into the anime.
Inuyashiki was licensed by Prime Video, where members can stream the entire series for free. This is the only place to watch the show in the West, however, as there are no localized DVD or Blu-ray editions at this time.
Where to Watch Inuyashiki Live Action Movie
2018 saw the release of a live-action Inuyashiki film, which is supposed to be the first part of a planned trilogy of films. As such, it adapts a good third of the manga’s story, showcasing Hiro and Ichiro’s origins and their different ways of dealing with their new statuses. While the CGI and effects are somewhat iffy at times, it’s really interesting how such a dark and “realistic” sci-fi anime transitioned into live action.
Unfortunately, in fact, the live action Inuyashiki is quite a difficult task. Although it is available on the Japanese version of Netflix, no Western streaming service is showing the film, either in dubbed or subtitled form. Similarly, there have been no physical media locations so far, which will likely remain the case for some time. There’s been no word on other entries in the trilogy, but if more films are indeed made, it could finally make the first one more readily available in the West.
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