Swords of an Honorable Ruler is my FAVORITE Inuyasha Movie
I don’t care how big everyone’s ears are.
- Its one of the better glimpses we see of Inuyasha’s parents relationship and the tragedy surrounding his birth,(Thank goodness for the Tenseiga, huh?) and how Inuyasha’s father actually met his end.
- While Sesshomaru is is typical self - scientifically observing everything happening, I think we get to see a little bit more of his motivation here? Like, yes, he didn’t have the best relationship with pops - I mean he wanted to defeat him and be his superior. However I think the fact that Inu no Taisho died protecting Inuyasha and Izaiyoi robbed him of that opportunity. That could cause some serious resentment.
- Takemaru is a super interesting villain. He is quite similar to Naraku in that his desire for a woman soured when she was unavailable to him, thus motivating him to do some terrible things (i.e. Kill a woman in labor and her baby, be reanimated by a sword from hell…)
- The whole several scenes where Inuyasha is possessed by So'unga. Not only does Kagome get to see her nightmares realized (her involvement in the Feudal Era causing devastation in her own time), but also the actual destruction of a village by Inuyasha’s hand back in the Sengoku period. (I think we were ALL Miroku, screaming ourselves hoarse in desperation when we thought Inuyasha was going to kill that mom and her kids - one of my favorite moments btw).
- Sesshomaru’s left arm. I mean… he had the opportunity to get that baby back, but instead, he just casually watched it fall into the pits of hell.
- The scene where everyone ends up fighting together at the castle facing hoards of the undead is epic. Inuyasha and Sesshomaru standing back to back swearing to kill each other AFTER this is over? Miroku (as per usual) trying to martyr himself my sucking in all of the zombies and their miasma.
-AND WHILE WE’RE ON THE SUBJECT THIS LINE: “What good is this cursed hand if I can’t protect the woman I LOVE.” Yup. Love. I’m almost positive this is the first (and maybe only) time we hear Miroku verbally tell Sango he loves her. (Sure we hear him say he deeply cares for her, she’s important to him, etc., but not the l-word). Later goes on, in his poisoned stupor, to keep her from walking off a cliff into the underworld.
- Sesshomaru being protective. He is obviously driven to save Rin and even protect Jaken, but here we also see him protect Inuyasha. Of course he hides it by telling him he’s in the way, but still, he keeps Inuyasha from taking a pretty powerful blow.
I. Love. This. Movie. So. Much.