Sesshomaru vents his anger but leaves Kohaku open to an attack from Naraku, one aimed at claiming his head as a trophy.
What They Say
Sesshomaru is enraged when he learns the secret behind Tenseiga. Totosai tries to persuade Sesshomaru that he will surpass his father once he is able to abandon his attachment to the sword as well as his hatred of Inuyasha.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Sesshomaru confronts Totosai with what he believes is his father's plan. He was to master Meido Zangetsuha in order for Tenseiga and the technique to be absorbed by Tetsusaiga. Totosai tells him that he is not seeing the long term plan; only when Sesshomaru frees himself from his preoccupation with swords and Inu Yasha will he see his father's true plan.
Elsewhere, Naraku is attempting to take Kohaku's head; this will allow him to slowly corrupt the shard in it. Inu Yasha and the rest finally work together to reach Kohaku in time. There, they learn that the rebuilt Hiraikotsu can mortally damage Naraku. Naraku flees to recover and plot against them, while Sango confronts Kohaku with a painful truth. He has neither the ability nor heart to continue fighting Naraku.
Seeing the group work together is both enjoyable yet frustrating. Teamwork is something they should be always employing at this point, yet it is only used as a convenient plot device. After all their battles and traveling, they should be barking out instructions to each other or simply flowing into each other's efforts seamlessly.
The entire episode was decent though given more to exposition and minor plot points to inch us towards the next episode's events. It would have been served better to take the time spent with Totosai and recapping the previous episode to stretch out the battle.
While it is enjoyable to see Inu Yasha and the group work together, it is also a stinging reminder that this is done very seldom despite all they have been through. The episode manages to inch the plot forward but fails to provide a decent balance between action and exposition. It would have benefited from trimming a few minutes from the exposition to really let the battle heat up.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles