Well, that was certainly quick. As I said in a post from last year, I was going to cover both Detective Conan (Case Closed) and the final thirteen episodes of Inuyasha: The Final Act, but I was not expecting the other so soon, mainly due to the fact that Neon Alley's schedule misled me, when I originally looked at. Anyway, I guess I will have to keep my other promise now, huh? Today, I will be reviewing Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 14.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Having mastered Meido Zangetsuha, Sesshomaru decides to pay Totosai a visit. Thanks to Shishinki, Sesshomaru has discovered why he was given Tenseiga, but is still envious of the fact that Inuyasha got Tesseiga and that their father wanted the two sword merged together again. Meanwhile, Kohaku waits with Sesshomaru's party for his return. However, instead of experiencing peace, Naraku makes his move to get Kohaku's shard. Noticing this, Inuyasha and his friends go rescue Kohaku and the gang.
I liked this episode. The action and humor that fans expect is also still present. I was certainly right that Sesshomaru still held a grudge towards Inuyasha, just like his hesitation from the last episode suggested. It is funny how that is with humans, is it not? We will say that we bear no ill feelings towards other people, yet we certainly do. I am not above such things myself, but this is why we will not have peace in our lives. Grudges will break us and we all pretty know it, just like many know that second-guessing and overlooking the obvious bad. I guess that Sesshomaru will have to go back to using his claws and other basic attacks, like he did before he had Tokijin. After all, Totosai did confirm many of Sesshomaru's suspicions. Another nice thing was how Kohaku handled the situation with Naraku. To this day, he blames himself for the people he slaughtered back in the first anime. If Kohaku were in his right mind, I would have certainly held him at fault. However, since he was being controlled, I cannot really say that he is a bad person. He rescued a kid from the clutches of a demon and even told Rin to run away, after giving her his mask. He would have let Rin die long ago, if he truly was an evil person. Of course, Kohaku's suffering is no different from people who have done wrong. Yes, there are people in our society that have no remorse for his or her mistakes and/or crimes, but those kinds of people are not the ones I am talking about. We all have regrets, but part of being able to move forward is to forgive ourselves. Unfortunately, there are people who do not realize this and they still live with their regrets, even when everyone else has forgiven them. That is how Kohaku is throughout much of the series. I also liked how Sango stood up for her brother against Naraku. Naraku wanted Sango to kill Kohaku, claiming that death is the only way that Kohaku can gain in this world, but she refused because she knew Kohaku felt guilty and was avoiding her because of it and she would not let him die. She must be a pretty good big sister to say all of that. Then again, I have not encountered a girl who was a terrible big sister, so I guess I am lucky in that in aspect. Pretty much every girl I met would willingly lay down her life to protect her younger sibling and Sango is no different. I also liked how Sango's Hiraikotsu surprised Naraku. It is funny how pretty much every antagonist is overconfident when they think they know everything about their opponents and their weapons. That overconfidence then ultimately becomes their undoing. This is another reason why assumptions bad, just like the incident I mentioned in my review of Cage of Eden Volume 8. In that book though, it had to do with confessions, whereas it was a battle here. Battles, just like troubleshooting computers, cannot be won if one is not willing to modify the data that they have. There are other things that I liked as well, but I think I will cut it off here. The fact that Sango was a very caring sister and that I was right that Sesshomaru was still envious of Inuyasha, as well as the fact that there is yet another example of why assumption are bad and the action and humor fans expect is still present, certainly makes this look like a good episode to start 2013.
Although I liked the episode, there are certainly some issues. However, I have only one complaint, since I already complained about the rest. What happened to Miroku not spamming his wind tunnel? Back in episode 12, Miroku promised not to use the wind tunnel, except in dire situations. It is like he completely forgot about it. Since Inuyasha and his friends were fighting Naraku, in order to protect Kohaku, Inuyasha probably let it go, but I did not really see anything dire about the situation. The powered up Hiraikotsu dealt enough damage to Naraku that he could not regenerate like he normally does, so there was no reason for Miroku to even use the wind tunnel. Seriously, only Inuyasha and/or Kagome needed do anything after Sango's attack, in order to ensure Naraku's loss. Considering that they wanted to be rid of Naraku though, I will just label this as an annoyance. While the fact that Miroku seemingly ignored his promise to Inuyasha may seem bad, it does very little, if any danage.
Despite an annoyance, this was definitely worth watching. I recommend this to only current fans of Inuyasha.
What are your thoughts on Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 14? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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