Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon: Episode 1 – “Inuyasha: Since Then”

The episode opens with Towa being taken captive by a shogunate and being interrogated. Apparently, the shogun and his right-hand man found a history book from the modern era, and try to pry information from Towa. They also present an old bicycle seat that was found, and the shogun and his right-hand man tell about a story about a priestess they heard about a decade ago who rode around the countryside on her iron wagon.

This transitions into a story that is set six months after the end of Inuyasha: The Final Act. From what I’ve read, this story is an anime adaptation of an Inuyasha chapter that had previously not been animated. It focuses on a demon known as Root Head, and this was a demon Kikyo sealed shortly before she met Inuyasha. There was a rockslide where the demon was sealed, and the arrow was loosened… which freed the demon. Inuyasha and Miroku are tasked with trying to take the demon down.

We see Kagome and Sango get caught up in this adventure as well. I loved seeing how, even though Sango is now a mother, she still goes into action when it’s needed. She ends up using Shippo and Kohaku as babysitters, though. We also get to see Kaede, Kirara, Sesshomaru, Jaken, and Rin during the course of this story. This story made me feel very nostalgic for the original Inuyasha anime. It really felt like I was reuniting with an old friend. This story felt like a very natural extension from the original Inuyasha series.

Right at the end of the episode, we return to Towa, and she is rescued by Moroha and Setsuna. The current time portions of the episodes feel like they’re trying to establish some of the basics of the new series, but that the next episode will be what truly gets the new series going.

Personally, I think it was the right decision to tell a story with the characters from the original series which was bookended by characters and events from the new series. To me, this worked perfectly to bridge the two series, and it was also a nice reminder for someone like me who hasn’t watched Inuyasha or Inuyasha: The Final Act in a while.

The preview for next week shows that the episode is going to establish the backstory for Towa, Setsuna, and Moroha, and hopefully this will be just as promising as what I saw in this episode. I’m looking forward to seeing what else Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon has to offer.

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