While plenty of people already own the final thirteen episodes from the DVD release of Inuyasha: The Final Act, the episodes only came to iTunes on a weekly basis. So far, I have covered it from the very first episode all the way until now, when only one episode remains. Today, I will be reviewing the final episode, Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 26.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
After entering the Shikon Jewel, the final struggle between the jewel and Inuyasha and Kagome continues. Now, Kagome must make the correct wish, if she wants to be able to see her friends and family again and bring everything to a close.
I will hesitantly say that I liked this. As I said in the review of the previous episode, after hundreds of episodes of nothing happening, unless one wants to count how many forms Tessaiga obtained, I am glad that things finally end in this episode. As much as I complained about Kagome being useless, I did like seeing how she struggled to either give into greed, which the Shikon Jewel wanted her to do, or not to give in. It really reminds me of the struggles we have every day in our lives. Things may not be easy and not everything is within our control, but much of what does happen to us is because we gave into our greed. Of course, as I have said at least once on this blog, if we indulge our greed continually, we will eventually turn into a demon. I also liked how Kagome had the courage to face the difficulties presented to her here, when Inuyasha finally came to her. Yet again, it reminds me of how we are in society, if we are alone, the darkness will eventually overcome us and make us miserable, but when we have somebody with us, we are less likely to give into temptations and greed, thereby overcoming the darkness. However, it was still Kagome’s responsibility to make a stand. After all, even though we may not be able to stand against our greed ourselves, the notion presented by many Christians that just believing in a divine being will save somebody is not entirely correct. If that were the case, we would all be like Kagome screaming out Inuyasha’s name until something happens. Just like I viewed Kagome as weak because of that, we would not become stronger if we did not have to do anything for ourselves. I also enjoyed how this final battle was how I remembered it, not being a physical a battle. I may enjoy some action, just like every other man out there, but that does not mean that character development and or plot can be left out, the latter of which is one reason I do not really like the movies that come out these days. Final battles like the one present here is one in which a person can become stronger, and I do see that Kagome has become stronger than when she first met Inuyasha back in the first anime. The humor that fans expect is also present in this episode. This is nice, since it makes the episode a bit more enjoyable. The fact that we see Kagome in the kind of struggle that we all face and that the final battle is not a physical one, as well as the fact that there was some humor, certainly made this enjoyable.
Although I did like the episode, there are certainly some issues. First, things seemed to get resolved too quickly. Yes, there was no opening to this episode, so it should be shorter, but everything finished up within the first nine or ten minutes. Because of this fact, they could have made the previous episode a few minutes longer, as most of this episode just shows a bit of what happens three years after the jewel disappeared, such as Sango and Miroku having kids and Inuyasha and Kagome reuniting. The fight between Edward Elric and Father got resolved and Ed got Alphonse Elric back in the penultimate episode of FMAB. The one after that was kind of an epilogue, so I do not see how that could not have been done here, even if I said in my review of the the last DVD release of that series (Yes, I know about more than the linked one, but those can be viewed as season sets) that the last two of that series should have been one extended length episode. With the way things are in this episode, this series is more deserving to end on an extended length episode. The fact that they did this just seems to make the episode drag on pointlessly, no matter how nice it is to see how everyone is doing after Naraku and the Shikon Jewel disappeared. Another thing that I did not like was the kiss scene. People have complained that a scene from Detective Conan (Case Closed) movie 2, where Rachel gave Jimmy air, had a romantic feeling in the Japanese version and they say was not there in the FUNimation dub, but here I just could not feel anything from the actual kiss. It seemed less meaningful than an elder sister giving her younger sibling a kiss, which most people find acceptable, yet not romantic. Second, since I have gotten at least one visitor who was looking for it (I mainly track visitors for the purpose of checking the status of the server), there was no marriage proposal between Inuyasha and Kagome shown. Of course, since it is not shown in the manga either, I would have to say that this is Rumiko Takahashi’s fault. Other than those, since the only thing that comes to mind is the understandable lack of action, I cannot really think of anything else to say. While people may be disappointed that we do not see Inuyasha proposing to Kagome, what really hurts this episode is the fact that Inuyasha and Kagome’s kiss seemed pointless and the fact that the episode seemed to drag on, when it would have been more appropriate to do what was done in FMAB, if not combine with the last one with this episode into an extended length episode.
What are your thoughts on Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 26? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.