Sesshomaru learns a painful truth behind his father's bequeathing of Tenseiga.
What They Say
Shishinki, the Ogre of Death, appears before Sesshomaru, telling him that Inuyasha and Sesshomaru's father stole his Meido Zangetsuha in a battle.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Sesshomaru willingly walks into a trap to learn the secret behind a complete, perfectly circular Meido Zangetsuha. Shishinki was once a powerful demon and only wielder of the technique until Sesshomaru's father stole it from him. Now, he intends to destroy Sesshomaru and ensure Shishinki's name is synonymous with the technique.
While the rest of the cast plays at Greek chorus, Sesshomaru also learns that Tenseiga was cast off from Tetsusaiga; the technique was not something Inu Yasha could handle as a half-demon. When Tetsusaiga and Tenseiga are both drawn, Sesshomaru finally launches a perfect Meido and destroys Shishinki. An irritating truth is also made perfectly clear to Sesshomaru; his father purposefully set up the inheritance of the swords to ensure he must fight alongside Inu Yasha if he wants to wield the true power of Tenseiga.
The only entertainment derived from this episode is seeing Sesshomaru break his normally stoic demeanor. He is clearly angered by Shishinki's continual reminder of what his father did not give him along with the growing realization of his father's plan. However, the action is mediocre at best, and the same complaints can be had with the actions of the rest of the cast.
They are all after Naraku, the strongest demon around, yet they stand idly by while Sesshomaru and Inu Yasha fight Shishinki. No attempts are made for a coordinated or even uncoordinated distraction to allow the brothers an opening. They simply sit there and narrate the obvious until the power up plot device is unleashed.
After the strong character development of the previous episode, the series falls back into its lackluster pattern of leveling up a sword while everyone passively watches. The only highlight is seeing Sesshomaru drop his blank stoic stare and be genuinely angry and frustrated.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles