After the terrible end of November that was the release of Un-Go episode 8, since the show had enough bad episodes that I am now only watching this for the sake of finishing out my season pass on it, I am treated to something that should have ended the previous month instead. Today, I will be reviewing Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 9.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
After Kikyo's death, Inuyasha and the gang are not in the best of mood. Of course, they are not the only ones to experience tragedy. Sesshomaru thinks he saw a familiar face in the sky and rushes towards the demon. When both land on the ground, it turns out that Sesshomaru found his mother, who has information concerning Sesshomaru's Meido. However, before he can finally master Meido, Rin and Kohaku are taken to underworld and one of them dies. Now, Sesshomaru must travel the depths of the Underworld to not only perfect the Meido but to also revive a person close to him.
I have to say that I enjoyed this one. Sesshomaru really has changed from when we were first introduced to him, back in the first anime. Sesshomaru was a pretty heartless guy, as far as I can remember, but it has been quite a while that I was definitely surprised to here Totosai claim the same thing in the early episodes this. On the other hand, as I stated in my review of the third episode, this is something that only current fans of Inuyasha will recognize. It used to be that Sesshomaru did not really show concern for anyone else but himself, but now he goes around using the healing powers of Tenseiga like it was nothing. I cannot really say that there is anything wrong with that. It is definitely much better than what people are like in our society right now, who constantly give in to their greed and become prideful, making fun of people for the fact that those people have control over something that they themselves gave up in order to be part of the cool crowd. After all, one does not have to be rich to be greedy and become consumed by the six remaining deadly sins that are either a form of or stems from greed. Sesshomaru, in fact, has a problem with greed as well even in this series, but I do not really see it as all that bad. It kind of brings to mind the desires of parents for their children to not die before having experienced all that life has to offer and reach a ripe old age. It seems that this is the mindset that Sesshomaru has gained because Rin is very important to him. I also liked that Sesshomaru's mother did point out that we cannot go reviving the dead all the time. After all, without death, we will not experience the pain that is necessary to become stronger. Some people really do need to experience the pain of loss that death brings in order to be motivated to do things. On the other hand, many people try to make others do what they normally would not by using death as a threat. Because of that fact, no more deaths would certainly render death threats pointless. The fact that Sesshomaru's mother points that out makes her seem more caring than the cold demeanor she had when we first saw her. Another nice thing was the fact that the action that facts expect is still present, so things have not gone downhill entirely. The fact that Sesshomaru had much to learn and had a better form of greed than what our society has is definitely a good thing for this episode.
Although the episode was good, there are certainly some issues. Although I could detect the sadness of Kikyo's passing last episode, I did not really feel anything for Inuyasha's group here. I was going to say that this was because things were cut from the manga source in the anime adaptation, but what I wanted to compare it to actually happened last episode, except for the flashback scene. Also, the humor that makes the series so enjoyable was also absent from this episode, but that is a non-issue here. I know that I said in my review of episode 2 that the humor seems to be the only thing keeping this from being the new DBZ, but I think that things would be ruined to just immediately go back to laughing at what the characters do. After all, Kikyo has helped each of Inuyasha's group members. I guess this negates a bit the lack of sadness a bit, but not entirely. If anything, seeing Inuyasha's group at all was rather pointless in this episode. Everything was focused on Sesshomaru, so Inuyasha's gang did not really need to appear at all. Yes, we know that Inuyasha is depressed and needs his friends to be there, but this was just stupid and could have sufficed as a simple flashback when Inuyasha's group gets the spotlight again. Fortunately, all that we saw of Inuyasha's group was a little recap of the last episode and one scene. I doubt that fans would like to see the series protagonists in a state like they were for most of their appearance. Of course, it could always be worse and be a recap episode. Outside of that, I have nothing to really complain about. While the understandable lack of humor does negate some damage to the episode, the fact that Inuyasha's group is even shown when they are not the focus of the episode does annoy me enough that minor damage is done.
Despite the annoyances I had with this episode, it was certainly worth watching to see Sesshomaru learn what he needs to learn that he has a different kind of greed to deal with. I recommend this to only current fans of Inuyasha.
What are your thoughts on Inuyasha: The Final Act episode 9? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.
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