Well, I was expecting to cover more than one episode this week. After all, I did not get my season pass until this week, even though it was supposedly available for a while. However, I was not so sure when Viz would make new episodes to iTunes. Now that I do know, I can say that will be covering episodes at least a day after debuting on Neon Alley. Today, I will be reviewing Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 2.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Inuyasha and the gang found remenants of a priestess who had once lived. Legends say that the Shikon jewel origanted from her, but Kikyo plans to use her soul to defeat Naraku. Meanwhile, Koga and his comrades seek after a weapon that is located in the burial grounds of their ancestors, but he has a difficult time obtaining the weapon. Also, having betrayed Hakudoshi and the infant, as well as Naraku, Kagura gets her heart back, but Naraku seemed to have given it up too freely.
I am not too sure about this episode. Just like the last episode, this seems to be something that would appeal to the current fans of Inuyasha. There was certainly the action that fans expect from the series, which was nice. The part that I found quite interesting though was the fact that it is revealed that the Shikon jewel is not entirely like the infamous dragon balls. Like them, an individual formed the jewel, but it still exists without that person technically being alive. The dragon balls, on the other hand, will no longer function when its creator dies, or in the case of Kami, fuses with another Namekian. Although I know the truth of the jewel already though, I will not spoil it those for that have not read the manga or watched this showed subbed on Hulu, when it was still a good streaming site. Koga was portrayed as a pretty good guy, since he gave up on getting the weapon he was seeking. Of course, I think that the person would truly have to be a horrible person, if they would sacrifice the lives of their comrades or friends for their own gain. At the same time, such sacrifices are necessary, so I would have to modify that statement a bit to include the word willingly. Other than that, I cannot really say that there was much else that I liked. The fact that nothing much that the fans like seems to be missing and the fact that Shikon jewel at least has some other differences from Toriyama's DBZ is definitely a plus for the show.
Although it was decent, the show definitely has some issues. First, things have not exactly changed from the last episode. In my review of the previous episode, I said that the show is not exactly friendly to newcomers. As things are not much different, I have nothing further to add, since the show is definitely target only to those familiar with the series. Second, Kikyo seems to have really changed. Now, Kikyo did sap soul right and left when we were first introduced, but at least she was kind towards the children in the places she stayed. Now, she seems willing to kill even a person who life is sustained by a shard of Shikon jewel. It does not seem that much different from the manga, but those who are newcomers certainly will not be able to notice this difference, since one will only know it if they have read the manga or first anime. The other thing that does not seem that great about this episode is the lack of humor. Seriously, the humor seems to be the only thing that the series has going, since without it, it would just seem more like the new DBZ than Naruto, since action seems to be the main focus of the series. Hopefully things will get better though, since I only remember that the show only really had one opening, nothing about what episodes had humor and which ones were not. Since not much changed from the previous episode and things were not really that funny, things just do not seem that great.
Despite the fact the episode was not much better than the last, the new information about the Shikon jewel makes this a bit better than DBZ. I still only recommend this show to current Inuyasha fans. As for everyone else, this show has not really improved enough to make consider recommending.
What are your thoughts on Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 2? Do you agree or diagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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