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Anime Review: Inuyasha: The Final Act Episode 25

March 23, 2013

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Well, this is some good news. Recently, I was notified by iTunes that the penultimate episode of my season pass has been released, and since there are 31 days in March, it looks like Inuyasha: The Final Act will be over before April. Today I will be reviewing Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 25.

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

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With everyone in Inuyasha's and Sesshomaru's group gathered, the final battle with Naraku, who has merged with the jewel, finally draws to a close. However, when things seem like they have ended, Kagome is sucked into Meido and the Bone Eater's Well vanishes from both the feudal era and modern day Japan. Now, Inuyasha and Kagome must deal with the final obstacles alone, in order to finally have some peace.

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I somewhat enjoyed this. After hundreds of episodes where nothing happened, which is basically the way things are in the first anime, it is nice to finally have some closure. Yes, there is still one more episode, but it just does not seem like I am left dangling, like the last episode of the first anime did. I liked how Naraku's wish, which Kagome brought up in the previous episode, was finally revealed. It was funny how he made a wish that indulged his greed. However, like the situation with Yarai in Cage of Eden Volume 8, it not something is funny for the sake of humor. We pretty much all know about the seven deadly since, but really there is only one because the other six are either forms of or stems from that particular sin. In Naraku's case, his form of greed is the jealousy of the fact that Inuyasha got Kikyo's heart instead of himself. Because of this fact, he wished for the jewel to give him Kikyo. However, the jewel did not grant his request. Of course, I do not see how it could have done so. After all, we cannot take away another person's free will. The person themselves is the only one that can take away that free will that they have been born with, either by choosing to give to their fear that is caused by some other or event or by indulging their greed. Of course, when we do not get things that we want, or see something that we want, we end up acting upon that greed and hurt others. In the case of jealousy, if it is left unchecked, it can result in somebody becoming a murderer, since the desire for revenge, one of the most common motives for murder, can stem from it. I also liked how things are not ending with a physical battle. All too often in titles that target the Shonen demographic, things just end with a physical battle and we do not get to really see how the cast has developed in more than just the physical sense. While things can be satisfying, I just do not see them to be that great, unless they learned something along the way, just like Edward Elric willingly gave up his ability to perform alchemy to get Al back in the FMA manga and FMAB anime, as he realize he did not need alchemy. However, with an internal struggle, even if there are outside trying to persuade that person, we can really see just how strong is, as well as if they learned something. I also liked how we finally found out why Kagome was not immediately sucked u into the Meido when Byakuya cut her. After all, if he did steal Meido Zangetsuha, Kagome would have not been in the battle anymore, which I also stated in my review of the last episode. The fact that the battle with Naraku finally ended and that we find out what he wished for, as well as the fact that we find out that the Meido wielded by Byakuya only happened when a condition was fulfill, certainly made this enjoyable.

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Although it was enjoyable, there are definitely some issues. However, considering that I cannot think of anything that caught my eye, I would have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that the episode was pretty enjoyable, this was definitely worth watching. I only recommend this to current fans of Inuyasha.

What are your thoughts on Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 25? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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