It looks like FUNimation's second season of Detective Conan (Case Closed) is not the only thing that is nearing its end. One by one, I have been covering the episodes of Inuyasha: The Final Act as iTunes gets them and only 7 episodes remain. Today, I will be reviewing Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 20.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Magatsuhi continues his pursuit for Kohaku's shard, but things become quite complicated when Kohaku manages to force Magatsuhi from his body and Sesshomaru reveals that he realized that Byakuya was a decoy.
Unfortunately for Inuyasha and his group, when Magatsuhi is driven away, Naraku makes his appearance and takes Kagome hostage and demands they make a choice between Kohaku's or Kagome's life.
The Jewel is nearing completion and everyone has to find a way to makes sure that Naraku and Magatsuhi do not get what they want.
I will hesitantly say that I liked this. It was not that bad, but I am still not over the horrible job done with episode 16. Hopefully, when the 26th, and final episode, is released there can be enough good to outweigh the bad, as was the case for Another. I really liked how Kohaku gained the resolve to continue living, in spite of the fact that he killed off a lot of his own people. Most of the time, at least in the first anime, he was practically wishing for death. Even if death was the only way to atone for such deeds, desiring it just made him look like a coward. After all, Kenshin Himura, from Rurouni Kenshin, did say that a person can die any time and that it takes more courage to continue living. Not one of us is perfect, not even myself. After all, my blog does feature typos that I do not immediately notice, when I complain about the faults I see in others. However, you have all got to remember that I am not doing this for profit. Anyway, time to get back to the review. The fact that Kohaku does show a willingness to continue living just makes me like him more, as he finally values himself. Before this, I just wanted him to die, regardless of Sango's feelings, because he thought that he should die for his sins. Another thing that was nice was that Kikyo decided to give up on destroying Naraku in favor of restoring Kohaku's life, when his jewel was removed. Once again, like Fistful of Reefer, I am reminded that nothing can be gained without giving up something else in return. It just seemed like Kikyo really did not seek to kill Kohaku, though the change seemed to happen very quickly, since this series is relatively short. Apparently, Kohaku was more important than destroying Naraku. Of course, I can probably see why. Our emotions can both hinder and help us overcome things. Obviously, anger will cloud judgment, but so will just about any other emotion, considering that our decisions tend to be rash, when we are emotional. In this case, Sango's emotional state would have rendered her useless battle, had Kohaku stayed dead. Another nice thing was that the action fans expect is definitely present. Considering how bad this series is at expecting us to believe whatever is thrown at us, such as the events of episode 16, I expect that the things that people want still remain and that was definitely the case here. The fact that Kohaku gains the resolve to live and that Kikyo gave up on destroying Naraku to fufill another's wish, as well as the fact that the action fans expect is present, makes this look good.
Although I liked the episode, there were certainly some issues. However, since my dissatisfaction with episode 16 is causing me not to enjoy this series too much, I have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.
Despite the fact that my dissatisfaction with episode 16 has not disappeared, things are looking good enough that this was not a waste of time. I recommend this to only currents fans of Inuyasha.
What are your thoughts on Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 20? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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