Kagura finds out you getting what you want doesn’t always turn out how you expected.
What They Say
Upon healing her wounds inflicted by Naraku, using Midoriko’s soul, Kikyo runs into Inu Yasha again and reveals the secret to destroying Naraku.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
We open with the Inu Yasha posse encountering a strange barrier around the gravesite of Midoriko, the priestess whose soul created the Sacred Jewel. Something is growing inside the barrier.
Is it a foul creation of Naraku? Nay, it is another plot device, a Soul Catcher, to drag Inu Yasha and Kikyo together. Kikyo needs the soul of Midoriko to gain the strength to live just long enough to defeat Naraku. She imparts to Inu Yasha the true secret to beating Naraku; he must take the entire Jewel into himself and then have the Jewel purified. This will destroy his soul ensuring his total demise.
This means Kohaku would have to die, as his fragment is the only thing keeping him animated. Kohaku seems fine with this and tells Inu Yasha to take care of his sister. Interspersed are two other hurried plots about Koga trying to gain a mystical weapon of the demon wolf tribe, and Sesshomaru breaking his main sword on the newly reinforced body of Moryomaru.
These three plot lines seem designed to mask the realization that the character dying in this episode has little importance to the audience. Kagura is finally freed by Naraku; her heart is her own. However, he ensures that her freedom is short lived by impaling her and releasing a lethal dose of miasma into her system.
She falls to earth, sees Sesshomaru one last time, and dissolves away with a smile on her face. What should have been a touching moment was lost due to Kagura was never given a chance to grow as a character. While she wanted to rebel against Naraku, the story kept her constantly under Naraku’s watch. There was no opportunity for her to truly do anything about her situation; she merely flitted in and out of the story as a convenient plot device.
The second episode felt overly rushed, as it attempted to power up a few pieces on the board, provide exposition key to the resolution of The Final Act, and send a piece off the board. It was difficult to feel anything towards Kagura’s death; her character was barely given any room to grow beyond "I hate Naraku and want my heart back". Still, there was little filler in this episode; it is good to see the story moving forward to a solid, definite conclusion.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles