Today I decided to create and share with you an original book tag that was inspired by one of my favourite shōnen anime serials, Inuyasha. One of my goals is to mesh my love of books and anime together creatively as much as possible, and I have been trudging through a re-watch of the series for the past few months, so I decided this would be the perfect one to begin with!
There are only five total questions in this tag. I decided to keep it short because the questions themselves are actually a bit thought-provoking and require you to think about the books that you have read and adored. I love simple book tags, but I also like challenging ones that make me really contemplate why something is/was so enjoyable for me.
Anyhoo, I hope you like this tag! If you decide to do it, all I ask is that you credit me for it since I’m the creator of the tag. The manga credits go to the author, Rumiko Takahashi, and the anime studio, Sunrise.
Inuyasha: The biggest source of his emotional turmoil and inferiority complex throughout the series stems from his biracial identity. – Name your favourite book that focuses on a protagonist’s strife as a biracial or multiracial identifying person.
The Leavers by Liso Ko, which is an #OwnVoices Chinese Fiction novel. While the main character isn’t biracial, he is a Chinese boy adopted by white, privileged adults who erase his Chinese identity and instil in him the identity pertaining to wealthy white conservative people. This causes a powerful inner-conflict between how he was raised and his inherent Chinese heritage and identity.
Kagome: She falls through a magical well on her family’s property and it transports her back into time by a few hundred years, to the Feudal Era in Japan. – Name a book with time-travel that you enjoyed very much.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I know a lot of people hate this book, expecting it to be smut-fest, but I was surprised by how fantastically it was written, without glorified sex on every single page. Handles the “feeling lost and desperately needing to adapt” part of time travel excellently.
Kikyo: The depth of her rage and heartbreak is rooted in an unexpected and shocking betrayal by someone that she loved very dearly. – Name a book or book series that had the most jaw-dropping betrayal or back-stabbing.
Ymir, Bertolt, & Reiner from the Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) manga series by Hajime Isayama.
Itachi Uchiha from the Naruto manga series by Masashi Kishimoto. While the genocide he committed against his people was shocking, what surprised me the absolute most was his reverse-betrayal, so to speak, or the fact that he was actually a good person, for the most part. That I wasn’t expecting.
Sesshomaru: His rivalry with his younger brother runs deep due to familial dysfunctions that they both share with their late father, creating some complex family dynamics. – Name a book that you’ve read that has some of the best written or most fucked-up family dynamics ever?
The Lannisters from A Song of Ice and Fire saga by George R.R. Martin. Holy shit, that fucking fucked-up family, holy shit!
Naraku: His lust for ultimate power and all-encompassing superiority began when the woman he loved vehemently rejected him for another person. – Name a villain who has the simplest motive for their actions, even if it appears to be much more complex.
The Joker from the Batman comic serials. His entire motive for doing what he does is to prove that Batman is just as goddamn insane as the criminals he puts away; that there is no difference between them. Boom, simple.