HBO Max’s anime catalog is shrinking yet again. Months after dozens of anime titles left the streaming service, Inuyashathe anime based on the Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi, is set to release from HBO Max in August, two years after joining the streamer’s lineup.
The series’ next release has been revealed on HBO Max’s “Last Chance” section, crucial programming featured on its homepage. It was later confirmed via HBO Max’s full list of incoming and outgoing titles for August 2022, the “Last Chance” section lists Inuyasha with a release date of Wednesday, August 3. The iconic anime first joined the HBO Max library in August 2020.
Based on the first 36 volumes of Takahashi’s manga series, Inuyasha follows Kagome Higurashi, an average ninth grader whose life is turned upside down when she is dragged down an ancient well by a demon, transporting her back 500 years to a feudal era. It is there that she meets Inuyasha, a half-demon who seeks the Shikon Jewel to make himself a full-fledged demon. The series follows the two on a journey, alongside their friends, a young fox demon, Shippo; a lustful monk, Miroku; a demon slayer, Sango; and a demon cat, Kirara, to obtain the fragments of the Four Souls’ Broken Jewel. The series aired in Japan on ytv from October 2000 to September 2004 before the English dub of the series aired on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim nightly programming block from August 2002 to October 2006.
Inuyasha just marks the latest anime series to get HBO Max started. Although the streamer once boasted a large anime catalog, starting in late May and early July this year, the streamer lost much of that library when it lost the Crunchyroll collection, which included Jujutsu Kaisen, Berserk, Hunter X Hunter, Dr Stone, The promised neverland, and many more. The massive loss of anime titles came after Crunchyroll was purchased by Sony Entertainment and merged with Funimation, Comicbook.com reported. Ahead of this news, HBO Max Chief Content Officer Kevin Reilly celebrated the introduction of the streamer’s expanding anime library, sharing, “Anime is a famous and diverse art form with a rich culture. rooted in imaginative worlds and dynamic characters. Crunchyroll has centralized these fantastical adventures for all to enjoy. This WarnerMedia family collaboration brings together an incredible collection of content with a passionate fandom and HBO Max is very excited to expand the reach of this inventive art.
Inuyasha should be available to stream on HBO Max until August 3, after which it will no longer be part of the HBO Max content catalog. Stay tuned to PopCulture.com for the latest streaming news.