First airing in 2000, Inuyasha delivered a successful isekai anime series well before the term "isekai" became commonly used. Considered one of the most popular gateway anime to introduce new viewers to Japanese media, the series implemented many classic isekai tropes fans enjoy today. While it's not the first or oldest anime that can be defined as such, it was the first isekai for many. Here's how Inuyasha made anime viewers fall in love with the isekai genre -- before it was even defined. Like most isekai anime, Inuyasha stars a protagonist who is suddenly transported to a different world or era far from her own. Kagome Higurashi is a high schooler living in modern-day Japan at her family's Shinto shrine, until she's suddenly dragged into the shrine's Bone Eater's Well while looking for her cat. After being forced into the unsuspecting well by a demon, Kagome finds herself falling through time and arriving in Japan's Feudal Era, where demons and the supernatural thrive. The anime's premise follows the typical isekai formula of a character being transported or reincarnated into a new and unfamiliar world, allowing audiences to explore and learn about the fantasy world alongside the protagonist. While isekai provides a new realm to be explored, action and adventure become the primary ways for characters to grow familiar with their surroundings. Whether it's a virtual world like No Game, No Life or a fantasy world like Kamigami no Asobi, isekai uses the thrill of adventure to journey across the new world while characters interact and learn about its greatest secrets.
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Inuyasha heavily on adventure after Kagome and Inuyasha meet and agree to find the Shikon Jewel shards together. During their journey, they meet many magical and valuable friends like Miroku the monk, Shippō the kitsune yōkai, Sango the demon slayer, and Kōga the wolf yōkai. With every new person they meet and territories they explore, the cast and viewers learn more about this supernatural Feudal Era and how its magic works. This important adventure element of isekai provides intricate world-building that fully submerges viewers into its fantastical story. Alongside the epic adventure that has become a genre hallmark, isekai is also known for its action-packed animation and storylines. As their predecessor, the sword-swinging action in Inuyasha was later found in extremely popular isekai series like Sword Art Online and The Rising of the Shield Hero. Swords are the primary weapon of choice, offering stylistic combat and unpredictable moves that hypnotize viewers.
Inuyasha focuses on the power and importance of swords as well, with Inuyasha and his older brother Sesshomaru constantly fighting over their deceased father's legendary swords that can either take a life or save one -- the Tenseiga and Tessaiga. These action-heavy isekai anime are enjoyed by a large demographic because they add a thrilling and suspenseful escape within their fantasy worlds. The most popular isekai anime have a strong romance element and Inuyasha is no exception. While isekai transports characters to new worlds, they often find love in unexpected ways. As forbidden and fantasy romance continues to rise in popularity, so does the genre that sets the stage for otherworldly love. Isekai anime like Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls In a Dungeon? The Devil Is a Part-Timer explore the love between humans and deities, with fateful bonds that couldn't occur outside the genre. These series allow anime to spotlight fantasy romance between human and non-human beings, like the demons and creatures found in Inuyasha. While Inuyasha is much more than a love story, its strong focus on love and friendship is one of its most endearing qualities. As Kagome learns to fall in love with a rowdy and angsty half-demon, Inuyasha learns how to love a bossy yet fragile human whose time is fleeting compared to his own lifespan.
While their bonds strengthen around their traveling friend group, Sango and Miroku become two humans with unnatural combat abilities who also find improbable love. Exciting plot twists and extreme character development also come into play when Sesshomaru, who once desisted humans and his brother for being half-human, comes to value and protect a me human girl with his life. With drawn-out romance and intricate character development throughout, Inuyasha viewers receive in-depth storytelling that makes them emotionally invested in the characters. With popular isekai running the current anime market, Inuyasha offered the ideal template for future series to build from. While it wasn't the first series that could be defined as isekai, Inuyasha was the most prominent and influential anime to familiarize viewers and set the standard for the genre. As more isekai anime come to fruition, they each owe a debt of gratitude to their predecessors that helped pave the way for the genre -- before it even got started.
Scott Shelly ( Hangul:셸리 ) is one of the female protagonists in the webtoon. She begins a one-sided relationship with Jay at the start of the series but as the story progress they have a mutual crush on each other and as of chapter 378 they are in a relationship. Shelly is the only female member of the Humming Bird Crew. Because she stayed at England before coming to Korea her personality is perceived as very headstrong. She does not like it when people talk badly about her friends, especially Jay. Shelly also has a lot of stamina and strength, she can keep up with the group's pace when racing and can actually send people flying with her punch (Although that may be for comedic reasons) but never got into the street fights with the guys of the crew. When she was hit on in her first appearance on the series she refused with a lot of sass. Mia described her as someone who can confidently express her thoughts and feelings. Although her words are harsh, it is because she never sugar coated her words with her friends. And with Jay, Shelly is very clingy and flirtatious. She has very foreign features: pale skin, her eyes actually look more mint green in color than blue, blond wavy hair. It is known later in the series that she has a tattoo in the side of her arm near the wrist that reads out "temet nosce" or "Know Thyself". At school she wears her uniform usually without the red vest and both wears the skirt and pants.
She is often seen wearing high-end brand clothing, but also occasionally wearing street wear and tomboyish clothes. When riding her bike, she usually wears a jacket and helmet with the same color as her eyes or the Hummingbird crew's hood. She is tall, with long thin legs, a small waist and a bigger bust. Not much is known about Shelly, but it is established that she is from England and she requested to transfer to Sunny High School because of Jay. It was told in an early episode (Ep. 27) that she will be in Korea for one semester. Shelly is the granddaughter of Sunny High School's principal, Nick. When Shelly was a kid, she didn't want to get married and promised Nick that she will just live with him forever, which caused Nick to think that Shelly is not interested to guys until she got interested in Jay. That also caused the over protectiveness of her grandfather. Jay saw what happened and chased the thieves to get her purse back. She refused on taking him to the hospital but Jay refused. She picked up his student ID that had fallen to the ground and, motivated by her encounter with Jay, called her grandfather, asking him to let her attend Sunny High School. Her second meeting with Jay was in their classroom. She kissed him out of the blue and the gossip that Shelly and Jay were in a relationship quickly spread around the school.
When Jay, Dom and Minu got suspended, Shelly visited them and scolded Dom and Minu badly about how Jay got caught with their actions. Jay got pissed and told her to screw off, she ended up crying and running away. When Jay was about to say sorry, he got a pink rose from Minu, saying that he should give it to her. He couldn't and Shelly went on saying that she'll forgive him if he became her boyfriend for a week and Jay agreed. She joined Hummingbird as the only female on the team, she continued to flirt with Jay and when Jay was teaching Mia how to ride a bike, she kept on intervening and wanting him to teach her even though she knows how. On a special episode, Shelly was seen riding a bike in Jay's neighborhood. Minu and Kay noticed her, Kay was thinking of who might Shelly go out with and ended up being shocked that it was his brother. In the last scene, Jay and Shelly are resting after riding their bike together, and she comments that Jay suits biking more than studying. The Preliminaries for the League of Street has started, only Dom and Jay were able to race at the first two rounds. After that, they found out that Jay's birthday was near and planned to celebrate it. She didn't showed up at school on his birthday because she was the one who prepared the gift that they got for him.
When the boys with the worried June except Jay planned to give Jay a strong alcoholic drink, they didn't expect Shelly to drink it, thinking it was juice. They are dumb-founded and later on, a drunk Shelly came closer to Jay and told her how she was hurt by his actions and proceeding to kiss him the second time. They pulled Shelly of Jay who was already littered with kiss marks. Mia was the one who brought Shelly home, when she was sober enough, Mia asked her if she liked Jay which she answered yes. Mia told her how she envied her for being able to confidently express her thoughts and feelings. Shelly answered that she doesn't understand Mia's concern and told her an advice to start believing in herself more and learning to love herself. This pushed Mia to contact the modeling agency that reached out to her. Before the race, Shelly was being hit on by a member of the Bullet Crew who will be racing against them. The glasses guy kept on hitting on her even when she's denying him. Vinny came to her rescue and punched the guy when he didn't stop.