Inu Yasha: Final Act Episode #26 (of 26) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Release Date: Monday, March 29, 2010
What They Say
When the last person to obtain the Shikon Jewel makes the one correct wish, the jewel will be purified and disappear entirely from this world.
And they all lived happily ever after.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Inu Yasha has always been a story about the journey, not the destination. We know from the beginning Inu Yasha and Kagome are destined to overcome all obstacles and become a couple. There is little doubt how the final page is written. As the series lumbered along, the journey became less enjoyable leaving me to hope that this inevitable conclusion would provide an adequately entertaining payoff.
Here we are then; Inu Yasha and Kagome trapped separately within the Jewel. If Kagome makes the wrong wish, she will be trapped forever starting a new cycle of good battling evil around the Jewel. Cue one of the favorite plot devices; Tetsusaiga points the way for Inu Yasha, allowing him to find Kagome. Together at last, Kagome makes the only correct wish; the Jewel must disappear forever.
And it does; there is no mention of the good spirit within the Jewel. Was it simply testing Kagome? Did it disappear or die after all the filth it accumulated from Naraku? Who can say; it is one of many plot points abandoned along the path. With the Jewel gone in the first nine minutes of the episode, the remainder is spent keeping our pair pining for each other just a bit longer.
The Bone-eater's Well reappears, deposits Kagome back in her time, deposits Inu Yasha in his, and then goes dark. Three years pass before Kagome finally wishes hard enough to open it up and live happily ever after with her half-demon sweetheart. Narration takes us the rest of the way allowing us to see just how happy everyone's lives are. The one moment I did enjoy was a brief scene where Sesshomaru flies by. Kagome shouts out "Hello, brother". The sour expression Sesshomaru gives back was priceless, the one saving grace of an otherwise predictable and bland story.
Overall, the series had its moments of brilliance; there were times where the story and characters really captured my attention. However, these were few and usually spaced between long stretches of banal material. The final page has been turned, and this is one feudal fairy tale I am not likely to revisit.
The long, arduous saga of Inu Yasha has reached its inevitable conclusion. The Jewel is gone allowing Inu Yasha and Kagome to finally be a happy couple. As endings go, this was fairly anti-climatic -- no large battle, simply a few small wishes. While the destination of the series did not interest me, it is one the fans of the series will thoroughly enjoy. Now, let's never speak of this again.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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