With the first two episodes out of the way of both shows I am following, I can now start covering both weekly. Today, I will be reviewing Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 3.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
After having lost Tokijin, Sesshomaru abandons the thought of getting it fixed. However, before he gets a chance to find a new sword, Totosai comes saying that it is time for Tenseiga to have its full potential released. Meanwhile, Inuyasha and his friends happen upon an inn. Even though they expect a peaceful stay, Miroku and Kagome are the only ones that seem to be enjoying themselves. Later, when trying to chase Shippo, Inuyasha encounters a demon that has a sword that steals demonic energy.
I liked this a bit more than the previous two, but I am still not so sure. Unlike the last episode, there was humor abound. Much of it though is still the kind the kind of humor that would appeal to current fans. The action that the fans expect is also still there, which is another nice thing. However, I really liked that we get more details about Tenseiga. When it was originally introduced, Sesshomaru thought that it was a useless sword. I would have to agree that it was useless because it could not do anything to the living. However, Totosai's explanation of how it worked made sense. After all, since demons are seen whenever Sesshomaru tries reviving somebody, it would not make sense for them to disappear if it truly did not kill. Aside from that, I cannot really think of anything much else to say. The fact that more information about Tenseiga is revealed, as well as the fact that the things fans expect are still there make this a decent episode.
Although the episode was decent, there are certainly issues. However, much of my issues has to do with the issue that I have express since my review of the first episode. As such, I will only skip to what is relevant here. When Totosai comes to reforge Tenseiga, he says that Sesshomaru has changed and the blade finally accepted him. Having seen the first anime, I can definitely tell that he has changed. However, newcomers to Inuyasha will not notice this change because Sesshomaru and the rest of the cast have not really been introduced properly. It is most likely due to the fact that this series is targeted towards those familiar with the series, but many have probably forgotten how characters were supposed to be, since it was quite a while before this even aired in Japan, let alone the US English dub. Another issue I noticed is that even though most of the cast that had their original voice actors returned to sounding like normal, Kagome's grandfather's voice seemed to have changed. Back in the first episode, the grandfather was one of the only ones that sounded even close to how he originally sounded. However, here, he sounds completely different. After three episodes, the characters should not be sounding as different from the first anime, especially since there were supposedly only two voice actors that got replaced. Outside of that, I cannot think of anything else that has not been said before. The continued unfriendliness to newcomers and the fact that a voice went through a dramatic change, when returning VAs should be sounding like they used, sure do not make things look so great.
Despite the issues, it was certainly worth watching. I still recommend this only to current fans of Inuyasha. As for everyone else, the fact that things have been like this for three episodes now, I can say that it would be best to skip this series as a whole.
What are your thoughts on Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 3? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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