Given how serious and wistful the last few episodes have been, I am glad for the feel-good humor and sentiment of episode 12 "Sango's Feelings, Miroku's Resolve." The seemingly drunk Master of Potions had some questionable personal-space boundaries for sure, but he rose to the occasion with a pretty cool test when Sango and Miroku needed him. We get to see Inuyasha acting pretty silly, not that he'd admit it. Plus, we learn a little bit about Sango's weapon Hiraikotsu and basically get some much-needed emotional respite before what's sure to be an action-packed adventure in episode 13 of Inuyasha The Final Act.
Spoiler Alert! Watch the episode first! By now you know that Inuyasha The Final Act has moved to Mondays. This week's episode, "Kanna's Gravestone," sheds light on one of the most tragic characters in the series.
A demon created by Naraku, Kanna is Kagura's sister. She holds the uncanny ability to absorb her opponent's power and throw it back at him or her. In this case, she absorbs the powers of the Tetsusaiga and uses it against Inuyasha. The blows are so hard that Inuyasha's demon side comes out -- a scary sight for the others on his team. Luckily, Tetsusaiga and Inuyasha are smarter than Naraku realizes.
But back to Kanna. She's not meant to have any emotion, but maybe she does. The viewers who commented on Hulu express the tragic situation best.
"That was such a sad episode!!! poor Kanna. I think that she thought since death was Kagura's freedom it would be her only way too. If she couldn't feel anything, then why would she be sad over Kagura or have her demon pick her a flower?"-- Bunny Landers on Hulu.com
"Man, what a miserable existence Kanna had. I can't imagine what it's like being a mindless drone showing blind loyalty to such a villain only to be rewarded by being tossed to the side in a suicide mission without even having the understanding of having the emotion to live. I can't even wrap my head around it. It's almost like creating her was a bigger tragedy than killing her." -- Ryan Nurmi on Hulu.com
What do you think? Do you think Kanna's life was lived in vain? Do you think it's possible to completely lack emotion? Let us know.
Schedule change! New episodes of Inuyasha - The Final Act will now stream Mondays instead of Saturdays. That change starts with episode 11, which will be available Monday, December 14.
See you on Mondays!
In episode 9 of Inuyasha - The Final Act, we get to know Sesshomaru through the rendezvous with his cold-yet-beautiful mother and his foray into the Underworld. Viewer Jason Staton commented on Hulu.com that Sessohmaru is the "coolest good bad guy of the year." That's not a bad description, I think.
Warning: if you're prone to scary dreams, you might not want to watch this episode at night. There was a lot of underworldly and macabre imagery. Sesshomaru's transformation (3 minutes:20 seconds into the episode), the Guardian of the Underworld (14:37), and the mountain of corpses (15:10) are all good reasons to invest in a night-light.
Of course, you can count on Jaken's comedy to prevent things from getting too heavy. And looks like mom's not so bad after all (19:45).
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