After years of waiting for no known reason given that Viz had the license for the property as it was airing, the first episode of the dub of Inuyasha Final Act/Kanketsu-hen has finally aired!
What, didn't you hear?
Well, that's because it's airing exclusively on Viz's new Neon Alley service.
Just a few catches:
1) It's a paid subscription service, and costs $6.99/month 2) Despite having a website, the service can ONLY be accessed through a Playstation 3. 3) Despite paying for it, the service still has commercials 4) Despite it costing nearly the same as Netflix, the shows run on a schedule like a regular TV channel rather than allowing you to pick what you want to watch, so you have to be there at the right time to catch the show.
So, by effectively making the vast majority of their potential audience physically incapable of accessing their product legally, it's no wonder that this stuff will likely be pirated the hell out of.
Good news, everyone. Viz quickly realized that a linear for-pay exclusive-platform service might not be the best way to reach potential customers, so are now releasing the episodes every Saturday to iTunes and Amazon Video, which can be accessed by anyone with the internet and a credit card.
I've watched the first two episodes, and my initial opinion is this: - Kagome obviously has a new actress, and she sounds a bit too generic - If you didn't tell me that Sesshoumaru had a new actor, I wouldn't have been able to tell. He is pitch-perfect identical, even in inflections, so bravo to the new guy. - The rest of the main cast is the same as far as I can tell, but Kohaku and Rin now sound significantly older. - Everything they used to pronounce wrong ("Kagome", anything ending in "maru") is still pronounced wrong (though Kouga accidentally pronounced "Mouryoumaru" right in episode 2), but now they've switched to pronouncing "Midoriko" wrong, too. - "Goraishi" and "Meidou Zangetsuha" retained their Japanese names, and are pronounced more or less right. - The acting his hit and miss (only Naraku and Kagura are consistently good, but that was true before), but the pacing and dialogue of the first five episodes is so fast, this might not be entirely the actors' faults. - Mouryoumaru, why is your voice so sexy? It's weird.