The search for the Sacred Jewel continues, as Inu Yasha opens up its Final Act. They just couldn't let sleeping dogs lie...
What They Say
Hakudoshi is scheming to take Naraku’s place. He steals Kagome’s Shikon Jewel shards and entices Kagura to betray Naraku.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
I remember it well - 2007 June 26 - the day I closed out DVD volume 55 of Inu Yasha and bid the anime franchise farewell. However, the manga was still going strong, and I knew that Inu Yasha was lurking in the shadows waiting to spring a follow-up series. Takahashi Rumiko finally ended the manga’s eleven year run on 2008 June 18. And now, I sit here 2009 October 3 as the curtain opens on the first episode of The Final Act.
When we last left our heroes, they had discovered Naraku’s heart was split off from his body. Various incarnations of Naraku were plotting against him. The chase for jewel fragments was on-going by all sides. We pick up right where we left off, as Hakudoshi is after the fragments held by Koga, Kohaku, and Kagome.
With its prolonged absence, some exposition was necessary to remind the audience who the players on stage are. The episode manages to do this fluidly within the story’s action sequences. Sango and Kohaku are reunited in a sweet, brief piece. Kagura decides to side with Kohaku, a surprising decision that results in an even more surprising death.
Yet, the story is all too familiar despite the years between. Little has changed in the tone and style of the series. Inu Yasha and the fellowship are chasing Naraku and defeat various aspects. Naraku manipulates things from the sidelines, and poor Jaken is continually running after Sesshomaru.
After 167 episodes, the initial anime run of Inu Yasha fell into a predictable, mediocre formula. While it is only one episode, The Final Act does not appear inclined to alter one iota of this formula. And honestly, it has no reason to do so; those that enjoyed it previously will still find the same elements present. I can only hope this act is significantly shorter.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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