Anime Review: Inuyasha: The Final Act Episode 23

byakuya_inside_naraku.jpg

Even though I was late by two days covering the last episode, it looks like I will not be delaying coverage of the final four episodes of Inuyasha: The Final Act. Today, I will be reviewing Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 23.

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

sango_naraku.jpg

After the defeat of Magatsuhi, the seal on Kagome's powers have been lifted, but nobody is out the clear just yet.

When everyone sees the light of the Shikon Jewel, Miroku and Sango each go towards it, in order to defeat Naraku, not realizing that Naraku plans to purge the light by using their feelings against them.

kohaku_smile.jpg

I kind of liked this episode. With the battle against Magatsuhi over, at least for now, the final battle against Naraku seems to be progressing nicely. Though, instead of the majority being action-packed, we deal with a different kind of struggle. Apparently, Sango and Miroku going their separate ways, no matter how noble it may have been, was not that great of a decision. After all, it made them a bit easier to target, which should be obvious. On the other hand, being in a group is not much better, because as Akira's group realized in Cage of Eden Volume 9, strength of numbers does not mean that maneuverability increases. I did like how both Sango and Miroku hesitated. Yes, hesitation is not usually a good thing in battles, but most internal struggles are pretty much moments of hesitation. Sango's own struggle seemed kind of reminiscent of the Vietnam War. I do not know what happened exactly, since pretty much every textbook in the public school system either has some inaccuracies, which I can only find out from aunts, uncles, and grandparents who lived during those events, so there is not really anybody that society would deem creditable, or omits things, like the Democrats of old creating the KKK and establishing the Jim Crow laws. Still, like the descendants of the German Nazis that somebody I know met in Chile, that does not mean that the Democrats of today are like their ancestors. In terms of Vietnam and this show, Sango contemplated whether she should sacrifice Rin, in order to kill Naraku or not. In the Vietnam War, there undoubtedly were deaths of innocent civilians, but, like me, most people that were not there on the battlefield do not really understand what the soldiers went through. When those soldiers returned home, many were called baby killers. Likewise, in this episode, Naraku tormented Sango with the fact that she tried to kill Rin, in order to take Naraku. Considering how Sesshomaru cares deeply for Rin, I can probably understand if he killed Sango. After all, out everyone in society, nothing stirs up more hatred than somebody who commits a crime against a child, since children are viewed to be victims much more often than adolescent or adult females. Still, everyone forgets that those who suffer directly because of the bond with a victim want to get that person back, in cases where the victim is deceased because of the crime, more than seeing the one responsible die. I should be able to understand that because I lost my dog last year, no matter how much I did not want to. The most interesting thing though is that Byakuya finally revealed his weapon, which I thought had an invisible blade, but it turns out it was not. I cannot remember every detail about this show when it was originally be streamed subbed, now can I? This seemed to be as interesting as when I first saw it. There was also some nice bit of humor, but that was mainly from Jaken and Shippo, who got inside Naraku last episode. The fact that Sango and Miroku do have some internal struggle and that things are still going well certainly makes this look pretty good.

miroku.jpg

Although I did like the episode, there are certainly some problems. However, seeing as I think that the worst has come and gone, I have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that things still seem to be going pretty well, this was worth watching. I only recommend this to current fans of Inuyasha.

What are your thoughts on Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 23? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

Use an app on your phone (e.g. Scan for Android) to capture the image above. If successful, you should be taken to the web version of this article.

Copyright © 2015 Bryce Campbell. All Rights Reserved.