Well, this seems like a downer. I just learned that a tool that has complemented my iTunes experience is no longer under active development. This affects me somewhat because I cannot update iTunes anymore, so that means I cannot get any device requiring iTunes 11 or later. Fortunately, this does not affect my ability to cover my season passes, so long as I do not update. Today, I will be covering Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 10.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Inuyasha has yet to recover from the death of Kikyo to the point that his friends feel like stopping somewhere to rest. However, when they come across a village that seems hospitable, Shippo and Kirara have allegoric reactions and the flowers with beautiful scents are not what they seem.
I really enjoyed this episode. It seems like the bond between Inuyasha and Kagome has improved a bit, but not so much that the change is very noticeable. Kagome knows that Inuyasha is still saddened a bit by the passing of Kikyo. Inuyasha also feels sorry that he was only thinking of himself. I guess that is much better than what we have in our society. After all, both men and women these days seem to only be thinking of themselves. Like always though, there are exceptions, such as good parents and caring elder siblings, but they also have their moments of greed just like everyone else. It is funny that my church says pride is the universal sin, when the real universal sin is greed, but I think most of my elders and those in my age group can tell why greed is the universal sin. At the same time, I do not expect this to change any time soon, since I know that no person is perfect. This has definitely been shown throughout much of the series, which has been nice. I also liked Kagome's stand against the person behind everything. Normally, she is the damsel in distress, which was certainly the case in the first series. I certainly like Kagome better the way she is portrayed here as strong and determined. I am not sure why women like the fantasy of being a damsel in distress and the so-called Prince Charming or knight in shining armor coming to the rescue. It may not be entirely bad, but it just makes women look weak. Not all men are evil, but if a woman does not take action to improve her situation, what chance does she even have of experiencing a happy life? Michael Oher, according to his book, did not just sit back until somebody took him off the streets, so why should anybody have the right to think that anything will get better by just waiting idly? I am not saying that gives women the right to oppress men, or even anybody to oppress another person, but we cannot become perfect on hope or a belief or just wishing alone, like so many religions seem to be teaching. For this reason, I like strong women over those that think being the damsel in distress is so great. Of course, I do also like that Kagome is also kind, but she pretty much always has been in the series, which is better than a woman putting somebody down because of a few instances where she did not have the guts to stand up for herself and even rely on her friends in her time of need. Fans will like the fact that the humor seems they seem to expect is back, which is certainly. Things cannot be serious all the time, after all, which it seems to be when only the action fans expect is around. Another nice treat is that there is a new ending played in this episode. If I had not seen this show subbed beforehand, I would have definitely thought that Viz certainly did something special, kind of like how only the second and fourth openings to the original FMA were broadcasted in US and the US DVD release had all 4 openings, but in this case the ending seems to suit the time of year. According to Hulu's page, where I originally saw this show subbed, this episode was released in December of 2009. Back then though, they at least told people when new episodes would be viewable, unlike how the site is now. So the fact that this ending really suits the season is the doing of the Japanese, though the timing of when episodes become available on iTunes and Neon Alley is because of Viz, so I guess they do get some credit. The last ending was not bad by any means, at least to me, but this ending sure does seem to put me in the Christmas spirit. While the fact that the ending seems to be suitable for the season, what really makes this great is that Kagome is not the damsel in distress for once, though I cannot recall many episodes of this show where she was anyway, unlike the first anime, and that Inuyasha and Kagome have definitely gained a deeper bond than when they first met.
Although the episode was decent, there are certainly some issues. However, the only thing that seems to come to mind is that I am tired of seeing Inuyasha become trapped and suddenly become awakened because of Kagome's screaming out his name. It just seems to have become so clichéd for the series that it does not do anything. Also, if Kagome can get Inuyasha out of illusions by just screaming his name, why he is he still so distraught over Kikyo when she is involved? Yes, he has been with Kikyo longer than Kagome and had strong feelings for her, but his feelings should be stronger for Kagome if he can be brought back to the real world by her voice. After all, do you guys think you can be brought back to really by just some random person or that you have been with for shorter time than somebody else? It is the same deal here. Even if fans of Inuyasha do not complain about this, it just seems overdone. I seem to understand the jokes that people have created from Kagome calling Inuyasha's name. On the other hand, I cannot really complain too much because this has been better one of the two season passes I got from. The fact that Inuyasha can be brought back by Kagome's voice is annoying now may be a bit damaging, but the fact that Kagome is not portrayed as a weak girl episode counters this enough that I can overlook it.
Considering that I only had one complaint that will probably not bother fans of the series, I will say that this was definitely worth watching. I recommend this to only current fans of Inuyasha.
What are your thoughts on Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 10? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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