Inu Yasha: Final Act Episode #18 (Mania.com)

By:Luis Cruz
Review Date: Thursday, February 04, 2010
Release Date: Monday, February 01, 2010

Kagome and Inu Yasha almost share a kiss. That is all you will remember from this episode.

What They Say
Kohaku remains unconscious after being stared down by Magatsuhi, the evil will. Kagome is worried, but she has to buckle down and study for her entrance exams, so she decides to return home.

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After their battle with Magatsuhi, Kagome finds her powers sealed away preventing her from purifying Kohaku's shard. Only Sesshomaru's Tenseiga can kill Magatsuhi thus breaking the seal. However, none of that is important now as it is time for Kagome to take the high school entrance exam.

While this sounds like a banal plot, it gives the episode room to quietly develop Inu Yasha and Kagome's relationship. Alone in her house, the pair have a remarkably adult conversation where they express their current desires. Kagome wishes to be stronger and help defeat Naraku; Inu Yasha responds that if that is her wish, he will protect her with his life.

They move in for the kiss... and are predictably interrupted by her little brother charging into the room. If this had come much earlier in the series, it would have been a decent plot turn, but so close to the end, we really do not need to tease and prolong things further. Does she pass her exam? We will likely never know, but it was an enjoyable diversion from the standard routine of monster hunting.

In Summary:
While the plot does not advance, the relationship between Kagome and Inu Yasha finally grows beyond furtive glances and stray thoughts. Both know what their hearts want though they still have yet to give it voice. After so much, it is difficult to be teased yet again, but it was an entertaining, if not predictable, diversion from chasing Naraku.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment



Mania Grade: B+
Audio Rating: NA
Video Rating: NA
Packaging Rating: NA
Menus Rating: NA
Extras Rating: NA
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: Viz Media
Running time: 24
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Inu Yasha