Inu Yasha: Final Act Season 1 Episode 18 Review: The Day of Days

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After their battle with Magatsuhi, Kagome finds her powers sealed away preventing her from purifying Kohaku's shard. Only Sesshomaru's Tenseiga can kill Magatsuhi thus breaking the seal. However, none of that is important now as it is time for Kagome to take the high school entrance exam.

While this sounds like a banal plot, it gives the episode room to quietly develop Inu Yasha and Kagome's relationship. Alone in her house, the pair have a remarkably adult conversation where they express their current desires. Kagome wishes to be stronger and help defeat Naraku; Inu Yasha responds that if that is her wish, he will protect her with his life.

They move in for the kiss...and are predictably interrupted by her little brother charging into the room. If this had come much earlier in the series, it would have been a decent plot turn, but so close to the end, we really do not need to tease and prolong things further. Does she pass her exam? We will likely never know, but it was an enjoyable diversion from the standard routine of monster hunting.

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