One sword upgrade deserves another. Because in the end, there can be only one.
What They Say
The swordsmith Toshu forged a demon-blade using one of Ryujin’s scales, and the Dakki was born. Every time Inuyasha tries to attack, he is undermined by demonic energy.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Previously, we saw Sesshomaru receive an upgrade to his sword and its abilities. A brief segment in the beginning shows us that he has yet to master the new technique available. We cannot let Sesshomaru be the only one with a new toy, so we quickly jump cut to Inu Yasha learning about the demon power absorbing sword Dakki.
Dakki is forged from the scale of a demon named Ryujin. If Inu Yasha wants the same power for Tetsusaiga, he must shatter Dakki; however, if he should lose, Tetsusaiga will be reduced to a common rusty sword. With that challenge laid down, we are immediately placed in front of Ryujin who is demanding Dakki be handed over by the human who forged it.
This was a jarring transition; while I never fully enjoyed the thrill of Inu Yasha’s hunt, it at least provided a sense of flow for the story. We could have easily skipped over the exposition and just had Inu Yasha face off against Ryujin and figure things out as the battle progressed.
The remainder of the episode skips between Inu Yasha’s battle and Koga’s battle with Byakayu a new incarnation of Naraku. Inu Yasha finally shatters Dakki, and Tetsusaiga powers up when it receives the Quickening of Dakki. Everyone finally meets up to take on Moryomaru, who has shown up randomly due to a giant moth unleashed by Byakayu.
One other element annoyed me this episode; once Inu Yasha and Koga are together, they begin to bicker in the middle of the fight while everyone is standing idly by commenting on how childish the pair is. First, why do we need this attempt at levity? After all the battles and setbacks, why not just have them trade some quick barbs while fighting. And why is everyone else just standing around? Moryomaru may be very powerful, but they could at least try to get him distracted enough to allow Koga and Inu Yasha a better chance. You are giving me an action sequence but one lacking any interesting elements.
Moryomaru eventually flees due to their combined assault; Byakayu postures and then flees. Inu Yasha is left wondering how he’ll control the new powers of Tetsusaiga. Aside from the jarring transitions, it is the sort of episode one has come to expect from the series. It does nothing particularly wrong, but it does nothing particularly extraordinary that entertains me
The final act of Inu Yasha continues to be a quick paced affair, a bit too quick for its own good. We transition abruptly from an explanation of Inu Yasha’s challenge right to standing in front of said challenge. While it has always been formulaic, the stories for Inu Yasha felt like they were leading us on a journey. Now, it feels like we are all just rushing to the story’s end before everyone loses interest. Still, if you enjoyed the entire previous series, this episode adheres to that same formula. You’ll chuckle as Inu Yasha and Koga pointlessly bicker about who gets to beat up the bad guy and then cheer when said bad guy is beaten or flees. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles