On a very special after school special, Sesshomaru learns that the power was within him all this time.
What They Say
Inuyasha and Kaede try to find out what is sealing off Kagome’s powers.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
When we last left Kagome, she was wondering who had sealed her true power. The answer is another convenient plot device pulled out of the same left field housing her secret childhood ability. Kaede blithely states that we all know the Sacred Jewel houses a good spirit and an evil spirit.
Come again? I cannot recall any point in the series where this nugget of information was revealed. Naraku offers his body to the evil spirit, apparently formed from the demons the Jewel has absorbed, as a tool for destroying those that would purify the Jewel.
The demon Magatsuhi goes after Kohaku's shard and ends up fighting both Sesshomaru and Inu Yasha. However, Sesshomaru's pride takes him to the brink of death; this is not to be as it unlocks the sword Bakusaiga within him and regenerates his left arm. The new sword is able to destroy Magatsuhi's borrowed body.
Other than unlocking a new sword and arm, the story serves to introduce Magatsuhi as the entity locking away Kagome's power. So, an evil spirit within the Jewel can influence the world; why then is the good spirit of the Jewel so dormant? Why has it not helped Kagome and the rest preserve its purity? I smell a convenient deus ex machine for the end game.
Sesshomaru fans can rejoice as the episode revolves around his growth of a new arm and as a greater demon. However, the overall story suffers from the introduction of the duality of spirits within the Jewel. The evil spirit will stop at nothing to retain its hold over the Jewel, but the good spirit seems content to sit idly by and be defiled. It is a difficult leap to make this far in the series, but it might be something that was lost in the manga to anime translation. And I am trying to not even think about why Naraku has held off so long enlisting the aid of this spirit. Quite the frustrating episode for the story, but it did manage to provide some decent action.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles