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Anime Review: Inuyasha: The Final Act Episode 18

February 2, 2013

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That was quite a load to deal with. Apparently, I had 28 posts to deal with in making the new archive for 2013. Of course, it got that high due to the vast majority of posts being book reviews and that I was catching up on two series, though the gap was not very wide to begin with.

Anyway, iTunes informed me recently that another episode in my season pass was available. Today, I will be reviewing Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 18.

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

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After the incident with Magatsuhi, Inuyasha's group and Sesshomaru's group take break at Kaede's village. Everyone, except Sesshomaru, is waiting for Kagome and Kohaku to awaken. When Kagome does awaken, they find out that she cannot purify Kohaku's shard and wonder why Magatsuhi was able to defile the Jewel so easily. However, the feudal era is not the only thing Kagome has to worry about and she must head back home to take care of the rest.

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I am not too sure about this one. It was certainly nice that the humor fans expect was present. If it were not for that, I would have seriously disliked this episode. I also liked how they talked about why Magatsuhi was able to defile the Shikon Jewel. Not everyone is like me, in that they have a good memory and can notice the obvious. This serves as a decent reminder for those that have forgotten what had happened the previous week. I also thought it was pretty nice that Inuyasha wanted Kagome to not be part of the dangers that were present when he found out her powers were not working. Except for a few instances, Kagome has still pretty much been the clichéd damsel in distress, so it does not make sense for her to fight. After all, if she were not, she would spend less time screaming out Inuyasha's name and more time actually doing something. The other thing that would make Inuyasha's opinion seem nice is that he thinks losing Kagome would be just as bad as losing Kikyo, if not worse. It definitely shows that their bond has grown, though I am not too sure I would be believe that, considering how many times Inuyasha was put into some kind of trap that involved Kikyo being on his mind. I also liked how Inuyasha helped Kagome retrieve her things. Kagome was freaking out about losing her bag on the train and had Inuyasha follow the train to get it back. However, while she was still looking, Inuyasha pulled her off, when he found her bag. It is funny how we lose something and it turns out to be where we thought it was last. If it were not for Inuyasha, she would have never found her bag. The fact that there was humor and the fact Inuyasha shows concern for Kagome, as well as the fact that there is a nice bit of a refresher, makes this somewhat good.

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Although the episode seemed good, there were certainly some issues. First, I was not too interested it. It just seems like there have not really been any interesting episodes involving the modern world for quite some time now. In fact, I was just sitting around, wishing for something to happen. The only interesting thing was that Kagome could not purify Kohaku's jewel shard after the events of the previous episode. While I did notice that Magatsuhi had defiled Kohaku's shard, I was not surprised that he could do it. Besides, Midoriko was not walking around in the flesh and could still purify the Shikon Jewel. What stops the darkness of the Shikon Jewel from doing the same thing? In fact, I am not too sure why Inuyasha and his friends question why Magatsuhi even needed to touch the jewel shard, when he made Kagome collapse just by looking at her. I guess that the group just does not know too much about how powerful Midoriko actually is. Also, nothing revealed about Magatsuhi surprised me. I know that not everyone has the same memory capabilities that I do, but I do not really need an overview of what I can already figure out myself. In fact, since I am covering this series episode by episode, I can look back at what has already happened, if I forget. While I do want to label these issues as big, because of the last two episodes, I just do not see these issues as anything more than annoyances. Because I could only think of annoyances, very little, if any damage is done.

Despite the fact that I was not too interested in the episode, it was at least more enjoyable to watch than the last two. I would only recommend this to current fans of Inuyasha who want some laughs, after the not so great episodes that cropped up.

What are your thoughts on Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 18? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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