Hail, hail, the gang's finally all here. Now do something!
What They Say
Naraku has been living as a demon despite having a human heart. While fighting him, Kagome asks about his true wish.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
You have heard this numerous times over my reviews of this series, but this is the last airing of this grievance. The series simply cannot find a way to build off the momentum of a solid episode. Coming off emotional decisions for Sango and Miroku, most of this episode is devoted to bantering and posturing by both sides.
I can understand the need to assemble the entire cast for the final two episodes, but it is done in a manner that takes all the steam built up from the previous episode. A number of convenient devices come into play allowing all of them to soldier on for the finale. Naraku has one last trick up his sleeve but seems content to continue toying with everyone.
Perhaps this is due to the revelation Kagome had this episode. Kagome divines that the Jewel never granted the true wish in Naraku's heart. Rather than responding "Whatever..." and crushing the life out of her, he consults with his inner monologue for a bit. I fear that we will soon find out Naraku was not held enough as a child. My true wish for this series is that the outcome will not be as hackneyed as I fear.
The good news is that this episode brings the entire main cast together for the final battle. The bad news is that this could have been done in five minutes; this is easily an episode you can skip, a shame since the plot should be white hot right now with the audience hanging on every second.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles