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Exclusive review: Inu-Yasha:
Rumiko Takahashi's (Ranma 1/2, Maison Ikkoku, Mermaid Tales) new hit TV series in Japan
  Rating: PG-13 (violence)
  U.S. Distribution Rights: Pioneer Entertainment
  Genres: Action, Fantasy, Romance

3x3 Eyes II: Legend of the Divine Demon (OVA)
Alternate Title: Sazan Eyes II

Description:    Pai is the last of the Sanjiyan: an ancient magical race with three eyes. After meeting Yakumo's father, she wished to become human. Now, after the cliffhanger in the first series, Pai is a schoolgirl with best friends and no memory of who she was. Her days of a normal life change when Yakumo, whose soul is bonded to her after she turned him into an immortal undead finally finds her. Evil follows as they try to chain Pai's power and keep her from remembering who she was, as the battles are taken to the ancient lands of the Sanjiyan.

Overall Grade: 94% (A)

The 3x3 Eyes (OVA) Review

  Reviewer #1: Kane Tung
  Episodes reviewed: 1-3 (Subtitled)
Grade: 94% (A)
   When I first watched this, I never saw the first series; I never read the manga. But I immediately went out for them after watching this series.

I loved this anime. I loved the action and the search for oneself as well as the shy affection that Yakumo and Pai had for each other. You never see love blossom like this in real life. And you never see it blossom this touchingly in movies.

As Yakumo and Pai go out in search of getting Pai's memories and powers back in order to stop the Darkness from rising, things start happening to Pai's personality, as she reverts to a more crueler, more powerful creature. The action and magic spells are interesting and exciting, as they fight their way into the Sanjiyan lands.

But it's the Final OVA that wrenched my heart when the battle comes to a climax and when many answers to Pai's questions are given answers that destroy her chance at life and even her love to Yakumo. The sacrifices that everyone make are touching. And the secrets revealed make the short normal life Pai had all the more precious and all the more sad. I want to say more, but I don't want to spoil any surprises. The fate of the Sanjiyan is revealed, leading to further questions.

The animation is incredible and a great improvement over the first series. The music is one of my favorites. I can't help but be moved by "The Sacrifice" or "Concerto for Love" (meant to be played back-to-back like in the OVA). This is one of those few animes that are secret treasures. It's an anime that has heart. And the more I watch it, the more I love it.

  Reviewer #2: Clyde Adams III
  Episodes reviewed: 1-3; Subtitled
Grade: 94% (A)
   3x3 Eyes 2 is a top-quality, highly effective, dramatic fantasy adventure, with elements of horror and romance, highly recommended. It follows logically and chronologically from the first series, being based on later issues of the manga, and voice actress Megumi Hayashibara returns as Pai. The music is even better, and the production values are even higher, than in the first series. The story and the characterizations are deeper, more sophisticated, and less comic. The story is also more confusing.

We find the protagonist, Yakumo, has become a highly skilled monster fighter. The story starts when he finds Pai, who vanished at the end of the first series. But Pai has no memories of him. He finds himself fighting a whole series of terrifying new supernatural villains, and going on a quest to Tibet to restore Pai's full memory and powers, and to confront the chief villain of both series. The quest takes many original twists, and throws Yakumo into association with Buddhist monks, a mercenary treasure hunter, and a strange, mute girl with a hidden power. At the end, a surprising secret is revealed, and a very costly choice must be made.

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