The episode opens with the scene of Kirinmaru explaining what he’s doing and his connection to Osamu Kirin before shifting to the opening credits.
After the credits, Inuyasha, Kagome, Moroha, Towa, and Setsuna go to the stomach of the Great Dog Demon so Towa can summon Tenseiga. As she calls out to it, Sesshomaru is facing off against Kirinmaru. He’s about to draw a sword, hesitates and senses something, and pulls out Tenseiga. Of course, Kirinmaru is insulted and scoffs because Tenseiga is a sword of healing. But as Towa summons it, it goes up into the sky. This, combined with the power of Inuyasha’s Tetsusaiga, creates the power of the Great Dog Demon and sends Kirinmaru flying. Unfortunately, Sesshomaru’s haku is still disappearing, so Rin and Jaken taken him into the Tree of Ages.
Inside the Black Pearl, the Tenseiga materializes into the location where Inuyasha and the others are, but Towa is unable to draw it. After watching her do this for a while, Setsuna finally mentions that Towa should try pouring her demon energy into the sword as she works at pulling it out. As she’s pouring her demon energy into it, we see Towa’s hair turning white. When Setsuna sees this and realizes how much Towa had to struggle in order to bring her back to life, she jumps in and starts pouring her demon energy into the sword to help. Moroha, not wanting to stand around and do nothing, joins in. It turns into a “power of friendship” moment, because with all three of the girls pouring their demon energy into Tenseiga, Towa is able to pull it out. After this is accomplished, the group starts heading toward the gate that will lead them out of the pearl.
Meanwhile, Shippo and Takechiyo, who were sent flying in the previous episode, end up landing in the village of the demon slayers. Shippo comments that he must have been thinking about it as they were flying. Shippo has a reunion with Sango and her daughters, and Takechiyo reveals that Inuyasha and Kagome are trapped in the black pearl. Upon hearing this, Sango realizes it’s time to use a new weapon that she has worked on: the Black Hiraikotsu. She also says she will summon Miroku, while she sends her daughters to find Kohaku and Hisui. Shippo and Takechiyo head to the location where Inuyasha and the others will come out of the gate. I’m curious to learn more about this Black Hiraikotsu and how it’ll end up being used in this series.
After Inuyasha and the others make it through the gate, Tenseiga starts moving on its own after Towa grabs on to it. The group realizes that something must have happened to Sesshomaru. Luckily, they run into Shippo and Takechiyo, and they ask for Shippo’s assistance to get to the Bone Eater’s Well. Poor Shippo isn’t sure if he can transport that many people, but he tries anyway. It’s rough on him, but they make it. I know Takechiyo may not be able to move very fast, but it was still kind of frustrating to see that he’s the one who’s begging the most earnestly out of the group.
Near the end of episode, Towa and Setsuna make it to the Tree of Ages and have a reunion with Rin. But the reunion is short-lived when Jaken points out that Sesshomaru is dying and that Towa needs to use Zanseiken to absorb the demon energy that’s surrounding Sesshomaru. As she does, she discovers that the energy is draining her physical power. Although Sesshomaru tells her to stop because she’ll die if she doesn’t, Towa continues on anyway. Right at first, everything seems to be OK when she’s done, but then she collapses. This is where the episode ends.
With what happens in this episode, as well as the reference to the Black Hiraikotsu, it’s becoming clear that the series is heading toward its climax. The preview for the next episode reinforces this idea, and from the shots we see in it, it looks some of it will be taking place in modern day Japan. And it also looks like Towa and her fate will also be an important part of the episode.
At this point, after initially coming into this portion of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon with very lowered expectations, I have truly become invested in this story. I still wish the first 13 episodes had been a stronger foundation for this story, though. Unfortunately, between the pacing and some of the decisions made by the writers during those 13 episodes, they were a bit of a sloppy mess. While the episodes that have aired over the past three months or so have helped to redeem the series, it still doesn’t entirely make up for the fact that the initial setup for this story was nowhere near as strong as it could have been.
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