DOES MIROKU LOVE SANGO?
Sesho | Pasadena, TX USA | 10/29/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Shippo takes centerstage in the first episode as he is enlisted by some fox demons looking for their lost parents. They have heard far and wide of the powerful and fearsome Shippo! Little do they know that the wimpy Shippo has been credited with most of Inuyasha's demon killing feats. Unfortunately for him, there IS a demon currently in the area. He will either have to continue the lie that has beguiled his fans or he will have to defeat the demon on his own. After that, our band of heroes investigates the rumor of a village of demon women that have been leaving a trail of skinned corpses behind them. Miroku's legendary weakness for women could result in the death of him and all his friends.
I really liked this volume because of the humor of the Shippo episode and a landmark in the relationship between Miroku and Sango. Shippo had already had a spotlight episode before this and it was a welcome detour away from the gloom and doom quest to kill Naraku. The additional fox demons just add to the comedy and cuteness. Miroku never seems to learn that his lust for women leads not only him into danger, but also his pals. In addition, it causes Sango a lot of emotional pain, because surely with all his experience with women, he knows how she feels about him. Yet he continues his behavior. Finally, in the last episode on this disk, we get some explanation of why he does what he does.