With the storyline in Inuyasha The Final Act speeding up quickly, I have found myself thinking about where the characters will end up. Frankly, I’m most interested in Kagome’s story.
Kagome is one of the most intriguing characters in Inuyasha and Inuyasha The Final Act (but don’t tell Sesshomaru I said that). On the one hand, she is an average girl from a modern world. While she has a good heart and acts as the conscience for the group, she is not exceptionally skilled at anything. You could consider Kagome a support character, like a Paladin in Dungeons & Dragons.
And like a Paladin, Kagome is vital to the overall group. She plays a major role in the fate of a world that precedes her own by hundreds of years, a situation that causes her to lead a fascinating double life.
We see how deeply tangled Kagome's life has become. At the same time that Kagome’s school career is moving forward, Naraku has completed the Shikon Jewel, so it's now or never in terms of defeating him. The two worlds move forward simultaneously, and like it or not, Kagome will eventually have to choose one of them to call home.
I know, I know... You’re saying, “Hey Tauri, she doesn’t really have to choose, does she?”
And to that I respond, “Uhh... Yeah!”
I know it’s nice to think that Kagome will spend her life hopping to and from the Feudal Era for lunch dates on weekends, but that just doesn’t seem practical. Spanning two worlds is already stressful, and eventually she’ll have a career and maybe a family of her own.
Kagome also runs the risk of exposing the Modern World to the wrath of demons. If a lowly demon like Mistress Centipede can traverse the path between the two worlds, then it’s only a matter of time before bigger baddies figure out that there’s a smorgasbord of weak humans on the other side of that well.
In the end, Kagome will either stay in the feudal era with her beloved Inuyasha or live her life in the modern world. Either scenario seems to end in tearful goodbyes.
What’s that, devout Inuyasha fan? You say that Inuyasha can live in the modern world with Kagome? Well, that’s one scenario... But you’re wrong. Every time Inuyasha comes to the modern world, he becomes a destructive force like no other. Don’t believe me? Watch Inuyasha episode 160 “The Lucky but Two-Timing Scoundrel!,” and the first five minutes of Inuyasha The Final Act episode 20 “When the Jewel is Whole”.
What do you guys think will happen? Without dropping any spoilers (you know who you are), let me know where you think Kagome will end up.
— Tauri Miller, Digital Entertainment Assistant at VIZ Media
INUYASHA THE FINAL ACT © Rumiko Takahashi / Shogakukan, Yomiuri TV, Sunrise 2009
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What do you think Kagome will do...?
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— Annette Roman, Inuyasha editor
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