First off I would like to say a big thank you to the Adinuyasha crew for allowing me to use their scans for the blog (you’ll find a link to them on the front page) If you are an InuYasha fan I recommend checking out the link and taking a look at the yahoo group they have set up.
They have some wonderful conversations going on about the latest chapters as they come out and the manga in general. It’s a fabulous resource if you are a fan of InuYasha and they are a very welcoming community.
Now if you are reading this I’m assuming you’re a fan of InuYasha, because as you can see from the title, I’m not starting from the beginning of the story. To do that would quite simply be crazy considering this story has been going on since around 1996! I may however do an Introduction to InuYasha post, summarizing the series for any interested parties, but I wanted to get this post out first.
So as we saw last week, the well in both the future and the past has disappeared. Kagome is enshrouded in darkness and InuYasha is inside the Shikon no tama.
Kagome’s family and friends are in the well house and it appears that they can communicate with InuYasha. He learns that after disappearing from the feudal era after Naraku’s demise, Kagome never returned home. Even though he doesn’t know where she is, he assures Kagome’s family that she is fine and he will definitely find her. GO INUYASHA!
Meanwhile, Kagome is floating around in darkness, conversing with the Shikon no tama. She learns that being at home with her family and going to school with her friends in the previous chapter was just an illusion.
The jewel of four souls tells her that if she wants to return tp that world, she must wish on the shikon no tama, otherwise she will float around in the darkness forever.
Back inside the jewel, InuYasha is battling youkai who tell him that Kagome will soon join him. Her heart is falling into despair and she will wish on the jewel to save herself. This of course would be a selfish wish and so the youkai tell InuYasha that once Kagome makes that wish, she will spend forever inside the jewel battling the youkai. Continuing the jewel’s cycle of fate, which it says, cannot be broken, the jewel will then pass on into the next world, waiting for someone to make another wretched wish upon it.
InuYasha yells for Kagome to hang on and wait for him to get there and the last shot we see is of a very upset Kagome, alone in the darkness. So next week, what will Kagome’s decision be?
My thoughts on the chapter.
I have enough faith in the girl to think that Kagome will choose to make the right wish. She’s seen first hand the suffering and devastation it can cause and knows it really needs to disappear from the world. That of course won’t happen with a selfish wish, such as choosing to save herself and return home.
She’s been tested like this before too and passed with flying colors, when she acknowledged the darkness in her heart regarding the relationship between InuYasha and Kikyo. Hopefully this time it will turn out the same and while I’m sure she’s feeling alone and terrified right now, it will only be momentary and her ever-present courage will begin to shine through.
Because by now she’s got to know she isn’t alone, because there is no way in hell InuYasha isn’t out there trying to get to her ^-^.