I see that everyone is looking for episodes 17 and later of Inuyasha: The Final Act. Unfortunately, I am not getting these on DVD, which Rightstuf says will not be available until Febuary 12th (I probably would not have gotten the DVD until 29th of this month, since 2 weeks early is the best delivery time Rightstuf has given me). Also, episode 17 will be the last episode I get this month from my season pass, so unless you are okay with subs, just be patient, as all 26 will eventually be covered. Today, I will be reviewing Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 16.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Kikyo is not the only powerful priestess around. There was a child that rivaled that of Kikyo's power and she has become a priestess trusted by many villagers. However, when the villagers find a man on the ground, the priestess in attacked by Naraku and eventually dies. When Inuyasha and friends find out about this, they discover that the priestess is now being control via Naraku, who wants to eliminate Kagome. The priestess, on the other hand, claims that Kagome is special and begins asking why she was named Kagome. Determined to save the priestess, Kagome must find out what the priestess meant, before she falls in Naraku's clutches.
I cannot say that I was too thrilled about this, but that does not mean that there were not things that I liked. I did kind of like how it was said Kagome was special. While I did not really find anything special about Kagome, I do not really think that there is anybody that is just ordinary. My elders in church also state that everybody is like a star in the sky. The stars we all see are bright. There is no doubt about that. However, stars differ how bright they are. Likewise, everyone has different intensities of light in this world. Yes, Kagome can purify the jewel like Kikyo could, but I think it would be dull if Kagome did not have anything unique to her. After all, I doubt any man or woman would ever want to settle down and get married if people were not as unique as they are. Then again, I should not be the one to say that about marriage because of the fact that I do not really like how women pretty overlook the obvious and think that the guy they will confess to them, which I stated in my in my review of Detective Conan (Case Closed) episode 6. I also liked how Kagome did not give in to Naraku. The conflict with Naraku seemed to be like that peer pressure stuff that the DARE program back in my elementary school days, before I realized what the real purpose of school is, talked about. While the DARE program dealt with drugs and alcohol though, peer pressure happens in more than just those situations. Teens think it is cool to lose the ability to control themselves and then end up having children of their own too early or contract deadly diseases. They then go on to think that one is a loser because they can control themselves, thus making that person feel like they must be like everyone else. Only those that do not give in are the strong ones. Likewise, Kagome appeared to be quite strong for not giving in to Naraku's wishes. I also liked how things became worse for the villagers when they did not heed the priestess's words before her death. No, I do not enjoy the suffering of others, but it seems so reminiscent of how things are now. The Founding Fathers have pretty much wrote down what they wanted, but we are not following theirs wishes and there are those in positions of power that want to ruin what was established more than a century ago. Since everyone has different views on how who is to blame, as well as who created the KKK and the Jim Crow laws, I will just let you guys think what you want. After all, if I tried to voice my opinion on that matter, the so-called free thinkers will claim I have been brainwashed and I would be deleting more comments than usual, to maintain my stance on keeping things from becoming heated here. In the instance of this episode, the priestess said she wanted her corpse decapitated and the head to be buried separately from the rest of her body. When they did not do so, they experienced terrible things, which we never found out more about. This is probably why we are supposed to respect our elders and why we have the famous quote about studying history. We are not perfect, but if we listen to the warning those before us, we will not have to experience the same or worse hardships. The fact that Kagome was shown to be strong enough to not give in to Naraku's temptations and that a priestess says she is special certainly makes this somewhat good.
Although the episode was not really that bad, there are certainly some issues. Aside from the usual stuff that fans of the series will overlook and such though, I can only think of one really annoying thing here. There are only ten episodes left in the Inuyasha anime franchise, as a whole, since there is no third series, and all of the sudden somebody says that Kagome has unique powers? As much as I was bugged about Sesshomaru knowing pretty much every technique of Tessaiga in episode 15 and the fact that everyone and their dog knew that Sesshomaru wielded Meido Zangetsuha in episode 13, this one is much worse. Again, I will say that I do not remember everything that happened in the first anime, but I do not think I have ever seen anything that unique about Kagome or even some hint of hidden powers, except for when she found out the Shikon Jewel was in her. They really expect me to believe the flashback of her playing Kagome Kagome is enough of a hint? At least this was not revealed in the final five or six episode, or it would be as bad as how the Magical World Arc ended in Negima! Volume 36. Yet again, this is why it seems like it would have been better to do a reboot, instead of picking up where the last left off, especially since it has been years since the previous series was broadcasted on television. What makes this especially bad is that this supposedly introduces a new presence to the series. While we do not know who it is yet, this just seems to be a bad time to introduce new players to the board, especially since the demon lasts no more than a few episodes. The fact that once again we hear of details and/or see things that do not seem to make sense, since only 10 episode remain in the series, really makes this quite a bad episode, even when taking the good into account.
Considering that this is the episode that gives hints to a new demon appearing, I have to say that this is probably one of worse for the anime. I am not sure if I can even recommend this to Inuyasha fans, so I will just say that the only reason to see this is so that the appearance of the new demon may make as much sense as it can.
What are your thoughts on Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 16? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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