Inuyashiki: Redemption Explored – Series Finale and Review

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The Final Episode of Inuyashiki: Bursting with Perplexity but Lacking Closure

Well, that certainly was a glorious clusterfuck. The finale of Inuyashiki left viewers with a mix of perplexity and dissatisfaction, straying away from careful scrutiny and defying expectations. Analyzing the series now seems rather problematic, as it is what it is, and definitely not what it isn’t. The significance of the NoitaminA angle that the series initially embraced has long faded away. However, despite its flaws, this final episode presented a whirlwind of strange events and some intriguing character moments.

The Neglected Son’s Sudden Character Arc

After ten episodes of neglecting Ichirou’s son, Takeshi, Inuyashiki finally remembered his existence. The creators attempted to develop a character arc for Takeshi but ultimately failed to lay the necessary groundwork. As a result, the arc felt forced and inconsequential, with no lasting impact. This lack of continuity in character development is particularly frustrating, undermining the significance of the events that unfolded throughout the series.

Exploring the Essence of Humanity

Amidst the chaos, there were glimpses of something interesting within the characters, something Oku Hiroya, the creator, seemed uninterested in exploring deeply. One of the most engaging moments of the finale occurred when Ichirou-san tried to convince his wife that he was an imposter. She challenged him emotionally and asked questions only the real Inuyashiki Ichirou could answer correctly. This encounter raises thought-provoking questions about what it means to be human and the nature of humanity itself.

A Deus Ex Machina Asteroid

Undoubtedly, the arrival of the asteroid can be seen as a classic Deus ex machina. However, within the context of Inuyashiki, this narrative device aligns with the series’ overall tendencies. Perhaps the aliens who transformed Inuyashiki and Hiro into superhumans sent the asteroid as a cover-up for their own mistakes, leaving the audience to draw their own conclusions. Regardless of its origins, the asteroid did provide one entertaining moment—Donald Trump’s cameo appearance, delivering an on-point message in the face of impending doom.

The Redemption of Hiro

Hiro, despite his murderous actions, ultimately receives a moment of redemption. It becomes apparent that the series was somewhat biased toward him, portraying him as a sympathetic character. In the end, he remains loyal to his friend, reinforcing his decency as a human being. The expected showdown between Hiro and Ichirou against the asteroid materializes, offering no surprises. However, it is disheartening that, despite Inuyashiki’s earlier speech to his son (which was one of the stronger moments of the finale), there is no noticeable divergence in the fates of Inuyashiki and Hiro. While life often lacks meaning, this is a work of fiction, leaving us questioning the purpose of it all.

The Perplexing Ending

The final quibble lies with the conclusion of Mari winning the “Jump” manga contest. In the larger context of the story, is this truly a significant achievement? Does Hiroya intend to make some profound point here? Mari’s success in the contest stands in stark contrast to her mother’s mundane job, her brother’s ongoing struggles with bullies, and the seemingly unremarkable life of Inuyashiki. These questions arise despite my earlier promise not to inquire further, demonstrating the allure of examining the narrative beyond face value. However, ultimately, delving deeper into these questions may not do justice to Inuyashiki.

Conclusion: Unresolved Questions and Lingering Curiosity

The finale of Inuyashiki leaves us with more questions than answers. Bursting with perplexity and perplexing conclusions, the series does not provide a satisfying sense of closure. Despite some moments of intrigue and emotionally charged encounters, the overarching plot and characterization suffer from inconsistencies and unresolved arcs. Inuyashiki forces us to contemplate the nature of humanity and explore the deeper meanings behind the events portrayed. However, it falls short in delivering a clear message or purpose. Perhaps, like the series itself, it is best to leave these questions unanswered and accept the journey for what it was.


1. Why did the series bring up Takeshi’s character arc in the finale?

The sudden inclusion of Takeshi’s character arc in the final episode left many viewers puzzled. Despite the attempt to give him some development, the lack of build-up undermined its impact, resulting in a narrative inconsistency.

2. What was the significance of the Deus ex machina asteroid?

The asteroid served as a convenient plot device, introducing an element of chaos and impending doom. Its origins and purpose were not clearly explained, leaving room for interpretation and speculation.

3. How did the series explore the essence of humanity?

A notable moment in the finale involved Ichirou-san’s attempts to convince his wife that he was an imposter. This interrogation dived into questions about the emotional and existential aspects of being human, challenging viewers to reflect on their own understanding of humanity.

4. What was the point of Mari winning the “Jump” manga contest?

The significance of Mari’s success in the manga contest remains unclear within the larger context of the story. While it may symbolize personal accomplishment, it contrasts with the ongoing struggles of other characters, raising questions about its relevance and purpose in the overall narrative.

5. Does Inuyashiki ultimately deliver a satisfying conclusion?

While the series offers moments of intrigue and engages viewers with its burstiness and perplexity, the lack of closure and unresolved plotlines may leave some viewers unsatisfied. Inuyashiki raises thought-provoking questions, but it falls short in providing definitive answers or a clear sense of purpose.