Nearly every minute of episode 22, "Naraku: Trap of Darkness," is packed with action, emotion, and story. To say anymore would trigger a spoiler alert, so watch the episode now.
On a more thematic level, this episode is one of several that seem to play with the question of what makes a person (or demon) strong: weapons, breeding, or heart. Already in Inuyasha The Final Act, the issue of weaponry gets complicated; weapons are closely tied to the characters wielding them. The beginning of the episode shows Inuyasha painfully wrestling with the drawbacks of being half-human. But in this episode, we also see the heart prevail. Of course, we'll need to see more of it if the gang is to survive being inside Naraku. Till next week…
Wow, that was a tough episode to watch. In episode 21 of Inuyasha The Final Act "Inside Naraku," the battle with Naraku begins. Now that he's embodied the Shinkon Jewel, it looks like this ultimate bad guy has a decided advantage. Things are not looking good for Inuyasha, Kagome, Sango, and Miroku. Not to mention Rin, who's floating around kidnapped in Naraku's body.
Not that anyone thought a fight against Naraku would be a walk in the park, but it's hard to watch the good guys struggle, and with a cliffhanger that will leave you biting your nails all week.
Sango and Kagome weren't the only ones crying when Naraku took Kohaku's shard in episode 20 "When the Jewel is Whole." (Can someone get me a tissue? Sniff.) Watch the episode to see how Kohaku fares. Kohaku is such a tragic figure, thinking he deserves to die because of something (albeit horrible) in his past that he just can't fix. When will he stop punishing himself? In other news, Naraku ends up with the whole Shinkon Jewel and quite possibly Rin, who is kidnapped by a hiding Magatsuhi! Yikes. Watch this episode of Inuyasha The Final Act for the rest.
Facing your demons takes on a whole new meaning in "Kohaku's Shard," episode 19 of Inuyasha The Final Act. Wow, what a cliffhanger! Thank goodness for the scenes from next week, or else I'd be a nervous Nellie waiting to find out how Kohaku fares.
The episode starts off lightly, with another one of Inuyasha's hilarious efforts to participate in Kagome's modern-day life. (Talk about tasting the rainbow…) But quickly we're knee deep in danger on the other side of the well, as Magatsuhi rears his deviously ugly head, Sesshomaru handles a trickster, and Rin and Miroku suffer the consequences. There are a couple more things that I'm not even going to dare to give away, or else I'd suffer the consequences.
Watch the episode. Things are really heating up on Inuyasha The Final Act.
Today's episode "The Day of Days" (episode 18) was a highly enjoyable surprise. I admit that I assumed that this episode, where Kagome goes home to take her entrance exam, would just be a mild respite before more plot advancement. And it sort of was, but it also had some great one liners like Inuyasha's " I heard she has to fight some kind of weak demon called Entrance Exam."
And Kagome, who lacks a cell phone, rationalizes, "I can't get a signal in the feudal era anyway."
More importantly, we see the deepened relationship between Inuyasha and Kagome and some slight foreshadowing of difficult decisions to come.
And we end with a new closing theme song. Feels like winter's over.
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