Honestly, after the travesty that was Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 16, I did feel like giving up on the series. However, if I stop now, I would probably pick it back up, like I started following Detective Conan (Case Closed) again after reading volume 42. Anyway, iTunes just notified me of the last episode of the month for my season pass, so it will not hurt to continue on. Today, I will be reviewing Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 17.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Kagome is troubled by the fact that Hitomiko said her powers were being sealed. When she and Inuyasha get back to Kaede's village, Inuyasha talks it over with Kaede, saying they think Kikyo may be responsible, but Kaede suggests another source. Suddenly, Kagome senses the aura of pure evil and Sesshomaru thinks that it is another incarnation of Naraku, who told Byakuya that it was not. Since this new demon is after Kohaku's shard and can defile it with little effort, Sesshomru's group and Inuyasha's may have their hands full.
I am not too sure about this one. I did like that we finally find out what the darkness of the Shikon Jewel was called. Ever since we find out in episode 2 that Midoriko created the Shikon Jewel and influenced the light half, it was obvious that something controlled the dark half. The thing that I am curious about though is why the darkness within the jewel is afraid of Kagome's power, if what Kaede suggests is true. After all, she has not displayed any special powers until the previous episode. There was also certainly a lot of action and humor that fans expect. Outside of that though, I have not really found anything else that was particularly good. The fact that the action and humor that fans expect is still there, as well as the fact that it is revealed what the darkness of the Shikon Jewel called, does make this look a bit better.
Although, the episode was not all bad, there are certainly some issues. First, I did not like how Byakuya seems to have completely forgotten about the events of episode 15. He wonders if Inuyasha really gained Meido Zangetsuha and Sesshomaru's Tenseiga became useless again. How can he forget about that detail? He was watching the fight between Sesshomaru and Inuyasha with Naraku. Did Naraku's tentacles make him unable to see the battle? I really doubt that would be the case, unless it is like hooking up an iPod to a television. I really hate how things are not explained that well. The other thing that annoys me is that Sesshomaru gets a new sword. While the scene was pretty interesting, I think it is too soon for him to get a new sword, even if there are only 26 episodes in the series. Episode 13 showed that Sesshomaru still wanted Tessaiga and he battled with Inuyasha in episode 15 to determine its true heir. I just do not get it. How can Sesshomaru get over his envy of Inuyasha wielding Tessaiga in only 2-4 episodes? We all suffer from each of the seven deadly sins, though there is only one and the other six are either forms of it or stems from it. On other hand, overcoming such flaws is not something that can be done in a short amount of time. We have to proceed little by little and we even fall back into the pit our greed creates, which is why humans make the same mistakes over and over. Because of this, it takes a lifetime to rid ourselves of greed. Sesshomaru, however, does it only after a few episodes and gains a sword because of it, according to Totosai. As good as the first half of this series was, the second half really is bringing down the series. No wonder AstroNerdBoy said he gave up on this series after 16 episodes. The thing that did the most damage though was the fact that this really did not catch my interest. Nothing was truly that amazing about this episode. I would prefer seeing Gohan go Super Saiyan 2 for the first time or Goku going Super Saiyan 3 the first time on Earth. Then again, as bad as the Dragon Ball series is viewed these days, I would probably prefer watching any of the three anime in that series than this. Fortunately, I have about two whole months left to deal with this series that seems to have become as bad as Un-Go was, since approximately four episodes are released a month on iTunes. The fact that Byakuya seems to have forgotten recent events and it seems too soon for Sesshomaru to get a new sword, as well as the fact that this was more dull that an anime franchise that is now considered horrible, even by those who liked it, has dealt quite a bit of damage to the series.
Despite what good there was, things just seem to be going downhill for this series. Unless one wants to know how Magatsuhi appears and Sesshomaru gets his new sword, I do not think I can recommend this to the current fans of Inuyasha, even if it has a few important things to setup the final battle.
What are your thoughts on Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 17? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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