Inu Yasha Final Act Season 1 Episode 17 Review: Magatsuhi's Evil Will

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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.

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