Well, look at that... a battle that has an actual consequence.
What They Say
Inuyasha and Koga arrive at the scene of Moryomaru and Naraku’s fight. But Moryomaru, who wants his Shikon shards, catches Koga.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Naraku reclaims his heart in what was a slightly more enjoyable episode than normal for Final Act. To do so, he first absorbs a demonic tree that is able to penetrate demonic barriers. Despite the efforts of Koga and Inu Yasha, who actually work together rather than squabble the entire fight, Naraku manages to dupe Moryomaru into absorbing him, allowing Naraku to conquer the nearly invulnerable Moryomaru and the heart bearing infant from within.
What is puzzling is Naraku’s explanation of why he let his heart be carried by the infant despite knowing the infant would try to betray him. Naraku wanted the infant to build up a Moryomaru shell around it; this would make Naraku an invulnerable fortress once absorbed. However, Naraku was not exactly encased in a candy coated shell.
He repeatedly through the series has shown that he can conquer and absorb any demon. He also seems to know where to find the ones that suit his need, such as the demon tree. Is he just lazy? Bored? Whatever the reason, Naraku has reclaimed his heart and sturdier body.
Before Naraku can ride off into the sunset, Miroku desperately tries to absorb Naraku’s heart into his Wind Tunnel. The attempt nearly kills him; the visuals during this sequence were a delightful surprise. Blood streams from his eyes and mouth, as Naraku’s poison invades his body. Miroku barely survives, and Kikyo can only heal to a point. He will never be the same. We finally see a severe consequence with visuals to match from a battle, a consequence beyond a need to find a sword upgrade.
One of the better episodes to date sees the secondary cast utilized in a manner that might actually have a significant impact on the plot. The battle between Naraku, Moryomaru, Koga, and Inu Yasha was enjoyable though still predictable. The only odd piece was Naraku’s explanation of splitting out the infant and his heart; it seemed too contrived given the level of power Naraku has exhibited. We will see if the rest of the series can build off this foundation and give us a truly memorable Final Act.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles