Anime Review: Inuyasha: The Final Act Episode 13

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Well, Here we are, nearing the end of 2012 and this is a pretty nice treat. Both of my season passes have ended, but only one series is complete, not counting a bonus video, which I doubt iTunes will receive any time soon. Today, I will be reviewing Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 13.

As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.

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Sesshomaru has been unable to perfect the Meido technique and Jaken knows it. While traveling, Sesshomaru's group encounters person who seems to know that Sesshomaru has the Meido and that it was incomplete. On the pretense of learning more about the Meidou, Sesshomaru is led into a trap where his father's old enemy wants to kill Sesshomaru. However, the secrets of Meido Zangetsuha are not the only thing this demon knows.

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I thought this episode was okay. The action that fans expect is still present and is going strong. Sesshomaru fans will like that this episode is mainly focused on him, but Inuyasha does get a piece of the action too. However, things only became interesting to me when more about Tenseiga was revealed. When we were first introduced to it in the first anime, the sword could not do anything but revive the deceased. Later on, in the third episode of the current half of this season, we learn that Tenseiga actually did kill. Now, we suddenly find out that Tenseiga did not always exist. That is some crazy revelation. After all, if the demon that originally had Meido Zangetsuha did not recognize it in current form, that means that Tenseiga is a relatively young sword, compared to the form that he recognized. It was also interesting to find out that Tenseiga came from Tessaiga, which Myoga confirmed. If anything, this seems to suggest to me that the power of both swords were halved, but there is and probably will be nothing to support this, outside of what happened in the battle in this episode. I also liked how Sesshomaru was hesitant to use Tenseiga when both it and Tessaiga resonated with its respective owners. It is funny what envy does to people, huh? Sesshomaru has wanted Tessaiga for the longest time, but has recently given up on taking it from Inuyasha and claims to have no grudge towards the fact Inuyasha has Tessaiga. At the same time, the fact that he does hesitate suggests otherwise. After all, we all want to believe that we can do everything on our own. On the other hand, we need the help of other people to become strong and survive, just like Sesshomaru needed Inuyasha to defeat their father's old enemy. I also liked how Inuyasha showed respect towards Sesshomaru's sword. During the first anime, neither Inuyasha nor Sesshomaru really wanted to fight together, as they hated each other, but now that Sesshomaru mastered Meido, Inuyasha cannot really fight him. That's pretty nice of Inuyasha, considering how greedy he was when we were originally introduced to him. That reallyshows that he has become quite humble. There were also a few funny part, but nothing that was really worth laughing about, since it is the humor that fans expect to see. The fact that we learn that Tessaiga and Tenseiga were originally one, as well as the fact that the action that fans expect is present and Sesshomaru has to deal with envy, does shed some positive light on this episode.

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Although this episode was good, there are certainly some issues. However, I have only a few complaints, as the rest I have either already complained about before in previous episodes. My biggest complaint here is that the episode seemed mostly uninteresting until the revelations about Tenseiga and Tessaiga. The only thing that was holding my attention was the fact that somebody claimed to know the secrets behind Meido Zangetsu, which turned out to be a trap. Now, I will admit that Inuyasha is not the best series out there, especially considering that FMA has more substance than this series, but this felt like more of a DBZ episode that anything else, with the exception that it did not end in the middle of a fight. I know that I said in my review of episode 2 that the humor was the only thing keeping it from being a better candidate as the new DBZ than one of the big three titles in the shonen demographic, yet the humor does not even make up for it here. The next thing that is a bit annoying that it seems ever since Sesshomaru discovered the Meido Zangetsuha, everyone and their dog apparently knows he has it. Naraku knowing would make sense because that was before Kanna died. Sesshomaru's mother is also understandable because his father entrusted her with knowledge about it. However, the fact the demon that originally had Meido Zangetsuha and his servant also know that he has it, as well as the truth about Tenseiga and Tessaiga. How does this guy know so much, even about Tenseiga being split from Tessaiga? While being the original owner of the Meido it does make sense that he knows how Inuyasha's and Sesshomaru's father got the Meido, it just does not make sense that he knows Tenseiga is now a separate sword wielded by Sesshomaru. At most, he should only know about Tessaiga, not who has Meido Zangetsuha and who does not. Unfortunately, this will never be answered, which is a shame for those who really enjoy the series. After all, there is no appearance made by a god-like being in the series, except for one that I will not talk about because it would spoil a few things right now for those that have not seen the final thirteen episodes of this series. While the episode was decent, the fact that the episode does not even become interesting until the revelations in this episode crop up and that we have an enemy that knows more than he should, since he is not introduced well, takes this episode down quite a bit.

Despite the issues, this is an important episode to watch before continuing on to the final the thirteen episodes (which are expected to come next year, unless one is okay subs), no matter how much of a waste of time it ended up being for me. I only recommend this to current fans of Inuyasha.

What are your thoughts on Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 13? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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