InuYasha – The Final Act – 04
Unaware of Sesshoumaru’s new ability, InuYasha has gone to see Toutousai about the Dakki sword that he encountered. It turns out that it was made with the scale of the Ryuujin, but this was a poorly forged blade, and Toutousai thinks that InuYasha would have lost against a better one. InuYasha and company nevertheless decides to track down the swordsmith Toushuu who just finished forging another sword with a Ryuujin scale. They find him under attack by the Ryuujin, so InuYasha fights and eventually manages to defeat the demon. To everyone’s surprise, Toushuu himself finishes off the Ryuujin and absorbs his power into the sword, and he next sets his sights on InuYasha and Tessaiga. It soon becomes clear that Toushuu is being taken over by the sword, and InuYasha has his hands full trying to fight him. To make matters worse, Tessaiga starts cracking and soon returns to being a normal sword, however InuYasha doesn’t back down and continues fighting. When Toushuu abruptly meets his end, Miroku theorizes that the sword was afraid of breaking and let Toushuu’s body take InuYasha’s attack. Its powers then flow to Tessaiga, giving InuYasha its absorption ability.
By chance, the group then sees Kouga’s lackeys chasing after Kouga in the nearby forest, and Kagome senses some shards, so they go to investigate. Earlier, Kouga had come under attack by a younger boy who had been forced to work to save his captured brother, and Kouga had followed him to Naraku’s new detachment Byakuya. Kouga, however, has to let Byakuya go so that he can save the captured kid, and in the process, he encounters Mouryoumaru. Right as things are looking bad for Kouga, InuYasha’s group arrives to help, and the two work together to fight Mouryoumaru. InuYasha even tries to make use of Tessaiga’s new absorption ability, but for the time being it proves to be too much for him to handle. Kagome helps them out by marking the spot where she can see Mouryoumaru’s jewel shard, and that’s the spot that InuYasha and Kouga attack. Mouryoumaru is forced to retreat again, and InuYasha can’t chase because he’s been knocked back from being unable to handle the power that Tessaiga absorbed. In Mouryoumaru’s place now is Byakuya who announces that he’s only here to observe, and he goes to report what happened to Naraku.
For the most part I thought this was a solid, action-filled episode, but it bothered me a little that InuYasha and company always seem to be within walking distance of all the big events and showdowns. That’s a sign of poor transitioning and sometimes pacing of the story (though I thought the pacing here was fine), and it reminds me of the same problem I had with Tales of the Abyss, which was another Sunrise adaptation with a lot of the same staff as this series. Granted, I like InuYasha a lot more than that series because it’s got more interesting characters, and I’m a lot more invested in the story, but it’s still a troubling trend. At least the fights this episode were pretty exciting, though I thought that the way Toushuu was suddenly defeated was sort of weak, and Mouryoumaru continued his streak of running away. Tessaiga’s new power-up seems like it could be pretty powerful as well, as long as InuYasha learns how to handle it. Come to think of it, I’d like to see him try to fight Sesshoumaru’s new Meidou Zangetsuha…