The first thing I noticed when this episode started was the fact that the series recap that Towa gives at the beginning of each episode has now changed. Instead of talking about how she and Setsuna were separated and reunited and what they’ve been doing, the focus is now on Rin and the connection between her and Zero.
When I saw the preview for this episode last week, it came across that it might be a dream sequence Setsuna has while she’s asleep. At the end of the previous episode, Sesshomaru killed the Dream Butterfly and Setsuna collapsed into some long-needed sleep. At the beginning of this episode, it’s established that Setsuna has been asleep for two days. Kaede asks Towa to come with her to talk about something, and then we see ninja appear and kidnap Setsuna.
When Setsuna awakens, she discovers she’s in Princess Aiya’s mansion. For those who may not know or who may have forgotten, Aiya was the annoying princess who appeared last season in a filler episode. Just why, oh why, did they decide to bring her back? Aiya wants Setsuna to pose as her for an etiquette lesson with a nun she’s never met before. Aiya gives a sob story, but really, she just wanted freedom to go do something that she wanted to do.
Things get weirder when the nun shows up, and it turns out to be Hisui in disguise. Setsuna and Hisui recognize each other, and they share how they were both duped. Apparently, Hisui’s sister Kin’u told him that she accepted a large sum of money for this duty, but that she had other matters to attend to. This leads to Hisui giving a little bit of backstory for himself, and this moment was the best part of the episode. I liked getting the character development for Hisui, but it’s a bummer that it ended up being included in an episode that was basically a waste of time.
Well, one of Aiya’s attendants rushes in and says that Aiya went to see a demon and was captured by it. Hisui goes to help, and is later joined by his two sisters. Aiya keeps getting in the way when Hisui tries to save her, but fortunately, he manages to find a way to defeat the demon and rescue the princess. Well, let’s just say that Aiya develops a crush on Hisui, but the boy’s too clueless to figure it out.
Ugh. I’ve been setting the bar rather low for this season of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, and unfortunately, this episode barely came above that low bar. This episode was basically filler and felt like a waste of time. It also doesn’t help that Aiya is an annoying character and that she doesn’t really add anything to the series. The only positive things I can say about this episode is getting Hisui’s backstory and seeing Setsuna playing her violin by the Tree of Ages right at the end of the episode. Outside of that, everything else was basically unnecessary.
When I went into this episode, I was expecting it to be a filler episode showing a dream Setsuna was having. While I would have been a little frustrated with that, I would have likely accepted it better over this. I kept hoping that after the storyline was done, we would see Setsuna wake up and find out it was all just a dream. But… nope.
After this misstep, I hope that next week’s episode of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon will be better and actually help to progress the plot.
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