What a week, huh? Since I have not been doing things like last month, I was only able to cover one episode of Detective Conan (Case Closed) this week, especially considering that all four of the books I ordered came this week. However, I have not forgotten to cover the episodes of my season pass. Today, I will be reviewing Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 21.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
After Naraku successfully completed the Shikon Jewel, he takes the jewel into his body and transforms, releasing a large amount of miasma.
Noticing this, Sesshomaru and Inuyasha's group, excluding Shippo, go to check things out and find Naraku, who has taken a new form, inviting them inside his body. The final battle has just begun and everyone is determined to defeat Naraku from within.
I am not too sure about this episode. There were definitely some funny parts and some bit of action, which is nice. I also liked how Naraku explained how Inuyasha and everyone were able to reach him, despite the fact that the miasma released was strong enough to kill trees and wildlife. It definitely seems like the Shikon Jewel is a bit omnipotent that people can stay alive just because it desires them. Of course, Naraku has deceived a lot of people and tried tempting each member of Inuyasha's group. At this point, I was not really that surprised to see Sesshomaru hesitate about killing Naraku from the outside. After all, he seems to go to Rin's rescue a lot, and she was inside Naraku at this time. Outside of that, the only thing that I did like was the fact that the final battle has started. While there was action and humor, the fact that this is the beginning of the battle was the main thing that made this enjoyable.
Although the episode is exciting for one reason, there are certainly some issues. First, much of this episode was rather pointless. After Naraku reminds us that he has the complete Shikon Jewel, which has been defiled, and takes it into his body, nothing really seems happen for ten minutes and we stuck in the modern world for quite some time, after some recaps of what happened in the first anime. While I am glad the Kagome gets to move on to high school, I just was not interested in everything that happened. They could have just made the graduation one scene and then showed probably the only funny part that happened in that era. Besides, my own high school graduation was quite dull too, as I remember it, since I did not want to go. The other thing that I did not really like was that it took about 17 of the 24 minute and 8 second duration of the episode for everyone to get inside Naraku and actually fighting. Before that, the most action that happens is Sesshomaru using new sword to eradicate some demons. Since many of the events that occur in the manga have already been cut, from what AstroNerdBoy told me in the comments on the blog, they could have really trimmed this episode down. On the other hand, if they did, this series would not be 26 episodes long. Does Japan really think that I would get excited about the final battle from just seeing Sesshomaru swing his sword and Kagome's graduation? As it has been quite a while since the manga ended, I am not too if the problem lies with Rumiko Takahashi or not, especially since I have not found a site that is as useful for Inuyasha as Detective Conan World is for Detective Conan (Case Closed), so I would have to go through possibly hundreds of chapters, even if I find what chapter the first anime ended at. For now, I can only blame this on Japan. I was just getting over my discontent with episode 16 too. Other than that though, I have nothing else to complain about. The fact that this episode took too long to gets thing started, wasting time in the modern era and showing recaps, makes this probably one of the worst I have seen, especially considering that this is one of the final 6 episodes.
Despite the good, the fact that it seems slow to get things started made this seem like a waste of time. I would only recommend currents fans of Inuyasha to watch this so that they know how Inuyasha and the gang got inside Naraku and why he looks like a spider.
What are your thoughts on Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 21? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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