Ahh the final chapter of InuYasha is finally upon us and so we finally get to find out the answer to that burning question, do Kagome and InuYasha get to be together?
Isn’t the hentai houshi’s brood cute?
The chapter starts with Rin trying to hurry Kaede along as she stresses that “it’ll be born soon.” Kaede asks where the father is, to which Rin replies that he is working and Kaede says that it is already his third and looks sad as she remembers that it has been three years…
Miroku it appears is banishing an evil spirit or demon, charging one bundle of rice for one ofuda, his customers remark that the price seems a bit steep and that there are three of them. Miroku places the ofuda saying “InuYasha, here it comes.” and a demon/spirit rushes out and is dispatched by InuYasha with Tessaiga.
InuYasha tells Miroku he is a greedy bastard for charging a bundle of rice for one ofuda. Miroku just replies that you take what you can get, and he does have his expenses after all. That has InuYasha remarking that it should be time for Miroku’s child to be born.
We go back to Kaede who is telling Sango she did well and had a healthy baby boy. She is lying on a futon just as Miroku arrives and tells him to come hold his son and their two twin daughters also lay with her. They muse about what must have happened to Kagome.
They relate how three years back, the bone-eaters well re-appeared in a pillar of light 3 days after they had defeated Naraku and InuYasha had returned alone…
InuYasha doesn’t say much about it, although he says that Kagome was safe. Miroku wonders if she returned to the other world InuYasha spoke of. Sango says that he did say once that there were other people who need and love Kagome and she wonders if InuYasha is lonely.
The scene shifts to the modern era and it appears to be Kagome’s high school graduation day. Her family are there and her friends all talk about what they plan to do with their future. Kagome says, “It has been three years since then.”
She says that three days after the well had disappeared in the modern era, it returned in a pillar of light and she returned with InuYasha. She ran from his arms to hug her mother and her family gathered around her. As she was telling them that InuYasha saved her, she looked back to see that he was disappearing and that since that time, the well hasn’t connected to the past.
Back in the past, InuYasha is talking with Kaede and saying that at that time, he was just relieved to get Kagome home. Kaede says, that he came back by himself and InuYasha says that her family were crying and stuff and that he isn’t the only person Kagome is important to after all, prompting Kaede to ask him when he became so wise.
Shippou appears and we learn he has been away taking the kitsune youjutsu exam. He says that he advanced and that InuYasha has been checking the well every three days. InuYasha kicks Shippou into the distance as Kaede says that InuYasha has amazing tenacity.
She looks sad as she goes on to think that they can’t see each other, as she says that Kagome appeared with the shikon no tama, and disappeared with it as well. Kagome she says came to vanquish the jewel of four souls, and so she no longer has a purpose in their world.
Back in the future, Kagome is standing before the well saying that the reason the well won’t connect is probably because of her feelings. When the well disappeared and she was plunged into darkness, she was sad and scared, and didn’t know she had been in there for three days. She felt terrible that her family had to feel that way too and was happy to return home, so the well closed.
Talking to the well she tells InuYasha that she has thought about him every day since then. She echoes Kaede’s words, saying that the reason the shikon no tama disappeared and the well stopped working, is because what she needed to do was done. She is now stuck in her world forever, a world without InuYasha. She closes her eyes saying, “InuYasha I want to be with you.”
Kagome looks sadly into the well as her mother arrives and hugs her; Kagome realizes she can see the sky in the well. She begins to say something and her mother looks at her and says her name.
Back in the feudal era InuYasha is irritated as Miroku’s twin girls are pulling on his ears. He tells Miroku to do something about it, so Miroku tells them not the ears and Sango apologizes.
InuYasha smells something in the air and puts the twins down telling them to slay Shippou. InuYasha runs off, he can smell Kagome’s scent! Once he gets to the well, he reaches in and pulls Kagome out.
She apologizes and asks if he was waiting, he says her name and pulling her into a hug calls her an idiot and asks what she’s been doing.
I just wanted a little more of this kind of thing, just a little more…
Miroku, Sango, their kids and Shippou arrive to see them hugging. Upon hearing them say her name, Kagome tells them she is back.
In the modern era, Kagome’s brother Souta is walking along with his friends. One of them wants him to introduce him to his hot sister. Souta tells them that she isn’t around and that she got married after graduating high school. He arrives home to help his grandfather up the shrine steps, who it appears is fine apart from his uric acid levels being a little bit high. (hmm wonder if he ever used that excuse for the Kagster)
Back in the feudal era, Kagome is explaining about things in the three years she was absent. She tells us Shippou had been leaving the village frequently to train. We then see a scene of Sango’s brother Kohaku riding Kirara; he is meeting Toutousai who gives him a weapon. We learn that Kohaku is training to be a strong Taijiya, to help people who might get attacked by youkai. Myouga is fine and bouncing about on Toutousai’s shoulder.
Kagome says she has been learning to make medicines and has been helping with purifications under the tutelage of Kaede. Her hair is down and she is wearing a miko outfit and is sitting with InuYasha. Rin has also been leaving with Kaede. InuYasha says that it is practice for living in a human village again, for whatever she chooses.
A shadow falls over InuYasha and Kagome; they look up to see Sesshoumaru flying above them. Jaken riding along on Mokomoko-sama remarks that it is Kagome, who shouts up to Sesshoumaru “Onii-saan!” he does not appear to be amused at the title and Inuyasha says it sounds nasty.
Sesshoumaru’s expression is priceless
Rin is in a hut with Kaede and asks Rin if Sesshoumaru brought her something again, Rin replies that it was a new kimono.
The scene shifts to Kagome riding on InuYasha’s back. She says from now on things will gradually change, she is going to live in the feudal era, along with InuYasha and they will let their days together grow. As she and InuYasha stand side by side over a cliff looking out into the distance, she says that they are bound to tomorrow.
I still can’t really believe its actually over.
Its hard to tell if I’m crying because of my horrible, horrible cold which has been making my eyes water all day or because one of my favorite mangas of all time has finally ended. I know I am filled with a slight sense of disbelief that its over since its been around for so long.
When I first got to this country, I was bored out of my gourd. I had left behind all my friends and family, I couldn’t work until I got a permit. Hubby-sama’s parents often retired early and once he’d gotten a job so would Hubby-sama.
Having lived in a place with mass transportation, I was used to just up and going where I wanted when I wanted. Now I was stuck in a place where in order to get anywhere you needed to drive, which I couldn’t. The only people I knew were my husband’s family, so for the most part that was just his mom and dad except for the holidays. So what was a girl to do?
I spent a lot of time online trying to keep up with friends back home and other friends I had made online. One of these friends got me to check out Adult Swim and in particular InuYasha and from the first episode, I was completely and utterly hooked.
I was for sure no longer bored, and so began my decent into the anime world. I like my action movies, but for as much as I’m a tomboy, I think what really got me into this show was the underlying romance between InuYasha and Kagome. I’m a huge romantic and it’s a testament to Takahashi that she’s created such wonderful characters, that I’ve stuck through with them to the end just in the hopes they’ll end up together.
Maybe its because I know the heartache of separation all too well. The day my husband left me behind in England to head to America to get my immigration paperwork started was horrible. Separations we’d had before we got married and he moved to England had been hard enough, but by that point I’d had a whole year of being with him and I was heartbroken at being apart from him, I could barely sleep and cried for days.
To the point that my boss who everyone deemed scary showed his teddy bear side, and took my tear stricken self to the lunchroom and kindly told me that if I needed to take a few days I could. And make no mistake this man was all about work.
Of course, it was the little cartoon that he’d left in my desk at work without me knowing that had set me off, but they didn’t need to know that.
But I did eventually get my happy ending and I really wanted to see Kagome and InuYasha get theirs ^-^
Its seems funny to say since this series has gone on for so long, that I do feel the ending was a little bit rushed. Maybe its because this series has been stretched out so often with Tessaiga upgrades, that I just wanted this little bit of fluff to be extended for a little bit longer.
But it would have been nice to have seen some of the scenes extended a little and know what happened to some of the other characters, like Kouga for instance. I’m sure he’s just off taking care of the wolf tribe, but a nice little scene of him would have been nice anyways.
Hell, what about Houjou, has he graduated from his all boys school to become a nice well-trained uke? Well lets face it, he’s not going to be the seme!
It was a cute, sweet ending but there are still some loose ends that could have been tied up.
A few people I think were upset, because they were expecting a big kiss between the two or something.
I’m not so upset that we didn’t get to see them, because this way just seems more in keeping with their relationship. I’m just happy knowing that they are going to be together, forever, that like me, they got their happy ending. ^-^
Once again I would like send a word of thanks to Urd-chan, Patches and Kojika, the adinuyasha crew, for allowing me the use of their scans and for working so long and so hard to the end of this wonderful series. Without them we’d be waiting another five years to see those crazy kids get their happy ending. I for one am glad I didn’t have to, my heart is feeling, warm and fuzzy right now.
If you’re a fan of this show you really need to do yourself and favour and read the chapter yourself, my blog post and few scant pics I’ve put up don’t do the sweetness of the InuYasha and Kagome moments justice.