Anime Spotlight: Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon

Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon is a sequel series for the Inuyasha anime. The series was produced by Sunrise and was directed by Teruo Sato. The anime aired in Japan from October 3, 2020-March 20, 2021. As of this writing, VIZ Media holds the North American rights for Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon.

The series opens with Towa, one of Sesshomaru’s twin daughters, 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 sets the stage to show an adventure that features the protagonists from the original Inuyasha series. The story that’s told is set six months after the end of Inuyasha: The Final Act, and from what I read, this flashback is an anime adaptation of an Inuyasha manga chapter that had not been previously animated. While it reminds the viewers about Inuyasha and gives fans of that series a nostalgic look back, it turns out it also establishes a demon that becomes important in the episodes of this series that immediately follow the first one. At the end of the first episode, Towa is rescued by Setsuna (her twin sister) and Moroha (the daughter of Kagome and Inuyasha). At the time, I thought this was a good way to ease viewers back into the world of Inuyasha and to provide brief glimpses of the three new protagonists. However, when it’s later shown that this exact same sequence (minus the flashback) shows up in a later episode, it made me wonder if perhaps the series should have just started with Episode Two.

The second episode takes us back to when Towa and Setsuna are four years old and are separated during a forest fire. The episode follows Towa as she is transported to modern-day Japan, and how she is found by the now-grown Sota (Kagome’s little brother). At first, I had a hard time reconciling that the man I was seeing was the little boy from Inuyasha, but I adjusted to this rather quickly. Sota, along with his family, take Towa in and adopt her. The second episode ultimately moves ahead in time 10 years, and shows Towa’s life in modern-day Japan, as well as Setsuna and Moroha in feudal Japan. Setsuna is now part of the demon slayers, who are led by Sango’s little brother, Kohaku. Also among the demon slayers is Hisui, the son of Sango and Miroku. We also see that Kirara is still around and helping out the demon slayers.

The concept of the Rainbow Pearls is introduced (Setsuna has one, Moroha has one, and Towa has one), but the audience doesn’t truly learn anything about what the Rainbow Pearls are until near the end of the series. I found this to be awkward, because it’s thanks to a demon wanting the Rainbow Pearls that a portal opens in feudal Japan that sends Setsuna and Moroha to modern-day Japan. But even with that question lingering out there, I felt that with this second episode that the writers had managed to capture the tone and feel of Inuyasha.

The next episode primarily focus on the three protagonists’ time in modern-day Japan, although there are occasional scenes in feudal Japan where Kaede clues Kohaku and Hisui into some history. While this is important for them to know, it’s also important information for any viewers who are coming into this series without knowing anything about Inuyasha. The fourth episode sees the three protagonists returning to feudal Japan, but thanks to an encounter at the Tree of Ages, there’s no way for Towa to return modern day Japan.

Remember how I mentioned that the sequence of our three protagonists that bookended the flashback appeared later in the series? It finally shows up during Episode Seven. Yes, it takes six episodes to finally circle back to that moment and finally continue on from where that left off. But before hitting that point in Episode Seven, Towa meets a mysterious character named Riku, and it turns out he plays an important part throughout the remainder of the series.

But it was a little frustrating that it took almost half of the first cour to finally circle back to the point in time we briefly saw in the first episode. And it didn’t help that at least one of episodes between Episodes One and Seven felt more like filler than actually progressing the story. The biggest weakness of the first cour is the fact that it has slow pacing and that there are more questions than answers by the time you reach the halfway point of the series.

Unfortunately, the second cour of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon doesn’t improve things. Yes, more information is revealed in the second cour, but some of those revelations felt like they could have been made a little earlier in the series. And by the final three episodes, it felt like so much information was being thrown out there because the writers realized that they were running out of time. While the first half of the series feels slow and drug out, the second half feels like it’s rushing to get to its conclusion.

But pacing isn’t the only issue that plagues the second half of the series. The writers started making some serious missteps with Episode 14, “The One Behind the Forest Fire.” In this episode, Towa realizes she’s become addicted to her cell phone (which is odd, because one would think the battery would have run out by this point and since there’s no way to charge it up in feudal era Japan, it really shouldn’t be operational anymore). Our three protagonists are hired by Tamano, a young woman who was held captive by Homura, an evil mountain god who was obsessed with her. Homura was possessive and jealous, killing any man who dared even look at Tamano. At the end of this episode, Towa has the gall to compare her obsession with her cell phone with Homura’s obsession with Tamano. I’m sorry, but I thought this comparison minimized Tamano and the situation that she went through.

Episode 16, “Double-Edged Moroha,” was another misstep on the writers’ part. The episode starts in the middle of a fight with a character we had only seen in one brief scene in the previous episode. That person is Yawagari, a member of the demon wolf tribe who was Moroha’s teacher while she lived with them. Moroha ends up in the situation that she’s in (owing a debt to the bounty hunter Jyubei and repaying her debts through hunting bounties) because Yawagari was an idiot who did something stupid and caused a situation that could have been avoided if she had really thought about how sketchy the individual who caused the situation appeared to be. At the end of the episode, the writers tried to write an emotional scene between Moroha and her teacher as Yawagari is dying, but it doesn’t carry the emotional weight that it should because the audience barely knows Yawagari.

I would say those were the two worst writing missteps in the second half of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon. Outside of the rushed pacing of the final few episodes, I also question the inclusion of Episode 19, “Princess Aiya’s Beniyasha Hunting.” This felt like a filler episode and a waste of time. Not only did it waste time, it took away from giving the writers one more episode that could have been used to progress the plot forward and help slow down the rushing that took place at the end.

When all is said and done, I felt that even though the first half of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon was a little on the slow side, the series still showed some potential. Unfortunately, the second half of the series squandered that potential. Looking back over the course of this series, it felt like the writers relied a little too heavily on the nostalgia factor. Yes, you need to have the nostalgia factor for a sequel series like this, but it seemed like the writers leaned on that nostalgia a little too much at times. Once you peel away that nostalgic veneer, there’s really not much left here to keep a viewer interested. At the end of the Episode 24, it was revealed that a second season has been green-lit for Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon. Will I watch the next season? Yes, simply because I’m a completionist and want to be able to judge the story by the whole work. However, I’ll be going into the next season with much lowered expectations.

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Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon: Episode 24 – “Sesshomaru’s Daughter”

Hoo boy, is there a lot to unpack here.

Just when it looks like Zero is going to start using her demon powers after destroying the Tenseiga, Kirinmaru suddenly appears. He uses his power to take the Rainbow Pearls and send them flying across the land. Hmmm… this reminds me a lot of the Shikon Jewel shards. Zero renounces her relationship to Kirinmaru and flees to go searching for the Rainbow Pearls. After she leaves, Riku does something surprising… he literally backstabs Kirinmaru and goes after Zero to help her find the pearls. Now, I’m confused. Yes, Riku isn’t the most trustworthy of characters, but previous to this scene he seemed to be very devoted to Kirinmaru. Yes, he also served Zero, but he seemed to owe a great debt to Kirinmaru. So what changed? I just didn’t understand his motivation as a character here.

Sesshomaru leaves, and the story turns into a battle between the three main characters and Kirinmaru. Meanwhile, at the Tree of Ages, Jaken notices Rin shed a tear and is concerned. He leaves and finds Totosai, who is on his way to the battlefield. Totosai says he’s heading there to see the birth of a “new blade,” but they’ll probably be too late when they get there.

During the fight with Kirinmaru, the girls try their hardest, but their current skills don’t seem to be a match for Kirinmaru. At one point, we get a surprising development. At the risk of providing a spoiler, I will say that Setsuna is killed by Kirinmaru. Normally, I wouldn’t give something like this away, but because of how integral this is to the rest of the plot of the episode, this spoiler can’t be avoided. But Setsuna’s death powers up Towa. Moroha, who has used her rouge to become Beniyasha, also comes to avenge Setsuna’s death. Because of being at the site where their grandfather died, both of their powers level up drastically. For some reason, this major battle between Towa, Moroha, and Kirinmaru suddenly takes place in space (???). My guess is that it’s to make the fight feel more epic or something, but it really doesn’t make any sense. I should also mention that right as Setsuna dies, the dream butterfly appears and it’s hinted that her dreams and memories are restored right before she dies.

Even with these enhanced powers, the two remaining main characters still can’t defeat Kirinmaru. Kirinmaru has taken some damage, especially from the girls’ new and enhanced powers, but he still lives. Kirinmaru leaves them, saying he’ll fight them another day.

Right at the end of the episode, Sesshomaru appears in front of Towa. He actually addresses her by name, hands her a blade and tells her to use it. We don’t see Towa use it by the end of the episode, but the impression seems to be given that he’s handing her the Tenseiga. But if he is, then how did it get repaired so quickly? At least it was nice to finally see Sesshomaru acting like a caring father after all this time.

Even if the screen at the end hadn’t said that another season of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon is in production, you would have figured out that there had to be more. We have both Zero and Kirinmaru out there, waiting to take on the main characters again. You have the lingering question of Setsuna’s fate, as well as what is going to happen to Rin. And we can’t forget about the comet that was hinted at previously.

While parts of this episode felt epic, I also thought that a lot of the episode felt rushed. Looking back at this season as a whole, I have to say that there’s been a pacing problem. And then you add in some of the problematic elements that appeared in some of the later episodes, and this gives the upcoming second season a shakier foundation to build off of.

In the end, the final episode of this season had some surprises up its sleeve and left the viewer with quite the cliffhanger. But like I said earlier, these fight scenes and revelations might have had more impact if they hadn’t felt rushed. But considering the quality of the rest of the season, the weaknesses of the writing in this episode shouldn’t be terribly surprising.

Will I watch the next season of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon? Yes, simply because I’m a completionist and want to be able to judge the story by the whole work. However, I’ll be going into the next season with much lowered expectations.

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Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon Anime to Get a Second Season

The final episode of the Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon (Han’yō no Yasha Hime) anime spin-off of Rumiko Takahashi’s Inuyasha series has announced that production has been green-lit for a second season of the anime. The announcement’s teaser visual features Sesshomaru’s daughter Towa.

Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon premiered in Japan on October 3, 2020. VIZ Media began streaming the anime with English subtitles on Crunchyroll, FUNimation, and Hulu on the same day in the North and Latin American territories. FUNimation Entertainment is partnering with VIZ Media to release the anime’s English dub.

Source: ANN

Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon: Episode 23 – “The Three Princesses Strike Back”

The episode begins in the modern era, exactly where the previous episode left off. Sota and his daughter run into Towa’s teacher, Osamu Kirin. He mentions the comet to Sota, and Sota responds that while he’s heard people talking about it, it shouldn’t be close enough to see it yet. Kirin thinks to himself that regular people aren’t able to see it yet. It then cuts to Kirinmaru in the feudal era, and he says that the comet is in that era as well. I think it’s relatively safe to say that Osamu Kirin has some kind of a connection with Kirinmaru, which is most likely that he is some kind of reincarnation. But I shouldn’t forget to mention that when Osamu Kirin inquires about Towa in the modern era, Sota drags out the excuses we used to hear for Kagome’s lengthy absences from school. This was an amusing throwback, and was probably one the better parts of the episode.

In the feudal era, Kirinmaru meets with Sesshomaru’s mother, and they talk about the protagonists. Sesshomaru’s mother makes it quite clear that she cares nothing for her two grandchildren. It’s not like this is terribly surprising, though.

Towa and Setsuna hire Moroha to help them track down and take down Zero in order to exact their revenge. But before they do, Jyubei tells Setsuna about what he’s heard about the blood blade (which was the mark she got on her arm during the previous episode). Leading up to the protagonists finding Zero, we see her scooping up dirt from where she’s at. It’s later revealed that this is the location where the Great Dog Demon died. Riku is there, with Zero asking him about any powers that Towa might have. Riku tries to lie and say that Towa is too nice to have that kind of power, but Zero sees right through him.

When the protagonists arrive, they work together to try to take down Zero and Riku. Myoga shows up and talks with Moroha, and this is how we learn where their location is. From here on out, though, a lot of information is revealed to the audience, especially after Riku produces the five rainbow pearls he has collected. Zero gets pissed off, but she acquires these, as well as the rainbow pearls that Setsuna and Moroha have, which provide her with her demon power. Without her pearl, Setsuna’s blood blade reacts on its own and strikes down Zero. She appears to die.

Meanwhile, Sesshomaru sees something that indicates that something has happened to Zero. He and Jaken go into the Tree of Ages, where Rin is. She opens her eyes, but we quickly learn that this is a bad thing… because Zero and Rin are connected. If Zero dies, Rin will also die. This was kind of disappointing to learn, especially after the excitement of seeing Rin open her eyes in the preview at the end of the previous episode. Will it be possible to break the connection between Zero and Rin before the end of the next episode (which the preview makes clear is the final episode)?

While in the underworld, Zero gets to talk with Sesshomaru’s mother. This episode confirms that Zero was indeed in love with the Great Dog Demon, and that she turned on him out of jealousy. This seemed to be hinted at strongly in the previous episode, but this episode gave the audience the actual confirmation. I loved how Sesshomaru’s mother taunted her for how human she acted by letting these emotions rule her.

Sesshomaru arrives where Zero and the others are, and uses Tenseiga to bring Zero back to life. When she realizes what happened, Zero is extremely pissed off. How dare Sesshomaru use his father’s fang to bring her back to life! Zero destroys Tenseiga during her fit of rage, and she declares war on Setsuna, Towa, and Moroha.

The preview for next week’s episode, which labels it as the final episode of the series, gives the appearance that things are going to become bleak. And the way it was done makes what’s going to happen feel foreboding.

While I appreciated finally getting some more answers to some of my questions in this episode, it did feel like the answers were coming fast and furiously. With only one more episode to go, I’m not sure that they’re going to be able to resolve everything by the end of it. I can’t say for sure without seeing the final episode, but it feels like to me that the writers couldn’t quite figure out the pacing they needed, and now they’re rushing to reveal the answers to various lingering questions. I’m afraid that the next episode is going to have an unsatisfying ending. I hope I’m wrong on that, though.

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Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon: Episode 22 – “The Stolen Seal”

The episode opens with a flashback of Toga, Kirinmaru, and Zero together, with Toga and Kirinmaru taking on the Grim Comet. This scene highlighted interactions between Toga and Zero, and they seemed to be on friendly enough terms. So this doesn’t really help with the confusion that existed in flashbacks in the previous episode, where Zero had gone from wanting to see Toga dead to mourning Toga’s death and creating the rainbow pearls. Zero did seem to act as if she was interested in Toga romantically, so maybe she was upset with him for getting together with Lady Izayoi at the time of the fire, but then realized that she didn’t hate him? Maybe these last two episodes will help explain this better. Oh, and it’s also revealed in this episode that Zero is Kirinmaru’s older sister.

We then see Miroku doing some training. The text to show who Miroku is was done as: “Hisui’s father – Miroku.” Does this quite get to the level of Naruto becoming “Boruto’s Dad”? LOL. Zero shows up to where he’s training and restrains him. She uses her power to get from Miroku the information she needs to break the seal on Setsuna’s demon power. Kin’u, one of Miroku and Sango’s daughters, finds him in his predicament and learns what has happened and how Setsuna is in danger. It’s interesting to note that Kin’u appears to have been trained by Miroku to use spiritual powers, so she is the perfect one to help with Setsuna.

Zero finds Setsuna, Towa, and Moroha, and manages to break Setsuna’s seal. As her powers are unleashed, there is also a pair of butterfly wings that come out of Setsuna’s back. This obviously has a connection with the Dream Butterfly, but what exactly does this mean? Also, we see the repercussions of what happened after Towa foolishly gave away her silver pearl to Riku in last week’s episode.

It becomes clear that Setsuna’s demon powers are more than Moroha and Towa can handle in normal states. Moroha uses her rouge to become Beniyasha, and there’s a bit of a fight sequence between these two. In the long run, though, I can’t say that this sequence is very memorable. Towa also tries to use the power of her sword to absorb Setsuna’s demon power, but this doesn’t work all that well.

Hisui and Kin’u arrive on Kirara, and it’s up to Towa to try to subdue Setsuna and calm her down so Kin’u can take care of the seal. After some struggle, Setsuna realizes that Towa is there and calms down. Kin’u applies another seal, but it doesn’t seem to entirely work. There was a new mark that appeared on Setsuna during the fight, and it doesn’t go away when the seal is reapplied. Setsuna also mentions she can still feel some of her demon blood stirring.

This episode also gives us quick glimpses of Totosai and Sesshomaru, and both seem to pick up on the fact that Setsuna’s demon blood had awoken when Zero broke the seal.

Right at the end of the episode, we are in modern day Japan, where we see Towa’s teacher looking at a red comet moving through space as he looks through a telescope. He says to himself: “So the Grim Comet does appear, even in this era.” And the teacher has an… interesting name: Osamu Kirin. Could Towa’s teacher be a reincarnation of Kirinmaru? Or perhaps a reincarnation of Riku, taking on a last name that would sound similar to Kirinmaru? Kirinmaru was Riku’s master, after all, so it could be possible that Riku decided to take on part of Kirinmaru’s name. But the teacher does seem to be a reincarnation of somebody, and I would guess either Kirinmaru himself or Riku.

We have two more episodes left for Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon. Between what we saw in this episode, as well as what is hinted at in the preview for the next episode, we seem to have gotten some more questions answered. Yet, the appearance of the teacher in modern day Japan has just added more questions. At this point, I’m afraid that we either won’t get all of the hanging threads wrapped up by the end of the series, or that the story will be rushed in order to answer these various hanging threads.

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Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon: Episode 21 – “Secret of the Rainbow Pearls”

The beginning of this episode finally reveals some backstory for Riku, as well as the origin of the rainbow pearls. It turns out the mysterious woman, Zero, is the reason why the rainbow pearls exist in the first place. And it was interesting to learn that Riku stumbled upon the fire that killed the Great Dog-Demon when he was ordered by Kirinmaru, the one he worked for, to take medicinal herbs to help the Great Dog-Demon heal so Kirinmaru could fight him. Viewers of Inuyasha already knew about this fire, because this is the fire that kiiled Inuyasha’s father, but Inuyasha and his mother lived. And it was interesting to learn that Zero had a connection with the Great Dog-Demon, after we saw her in flashbacks manipulating Sesshomaru.

This episode is also the night of the new moon, which means that Towa has lost her demon powers. Setsuna sternly tells her to stay with Kaede and not to wander off. In her human state, Towa reminds Kaede of Rin, and Kaede tells Towa about her mother, as well as how she mysteriously vanished around 14 years ago. That night, Towa has a dream of the Dream Butterfly. It takes Setsuna’s memories and goes to the Tree of Ages. Towa is able to see Rin inside the tree, and wonders if she is their mother. When Towa wakes up from the dream, she sees a Dream Butterfly and follows it, and it leads her directly to the Tree of Ages. Riku makes an appearance, and is trying, but failing, to charm Towa in the hopes of getting her rainbow pearl. Towa is also given an explanation about the rainbow pearls from Riku and how he’s trying to collect them in order to return them to Zero. It’s interesting that Riku knew Towa was at the Tree of Ages. Does he have the ability to cause Towa to have that dream and lead her to the Tree of Ages? Was it someone else’s doing, and Riku just happened to be in the area?

They are interrupted by the arrival of Totetsu, who wants to get revenge on Towa. We see Riku defending Towa, but getting injured in the process because of poisonous bees. During this whole sequence near the Tree of Ages, the interactions between Riku and Towa are a little awkward, but it seems like they might be getting a little closer. Well, at least Towa seems to be falling for him. I’m not necessarily convinced that Riku feels the same way.

Moroha and Setsuna also arrive as Towa is in danger of being taken down by Totetsu. But just when things look like they’re going to go completely wrong for all of them, an attack comes from the sky and slices Totetsu’s head off of his body. It’s Riku, and he swoops down and takes the orange pearl from the now decapitated Totetsu. At the end of the episode, Towa does something really idiotic because of her feelings for Riku, and doesn’t think about the fact that he has a connection with Kirinmaru. Oh, Towa. We see her yelling after Riku that she wants the item back that she gave him, but of course he isn’t responding. I have a feeling that Towa is going to strongly regret this action she made.

The preview for the next episode sees Zero taking action in regards to Setsuna. It looks like it will be an interesting episode, but at this point, I’m almost afraid that we’re not going to get everything resolved before the series ends. There’s only three episodes left, and considering what we know of the next one, that’s only going to leave two episodes to wrap up loose ends. And… I just don’t see it happening, unless the writers decide to rush through the story in the final two episodes.

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Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon: Episode 20 – “The Hidden Village for Half Demons”

Finally, we get some backstory for Setsuna that fills in the gap for what happened to her after being separated from Towa in the forest fire. Really, the only thing we didn’t see here was her encounter with the Dream Butterfly. Perhaps we’ll learn more about this in a later episode?

Towa tags along with Setsuna on a trip she takes to what seems to be a remote area in the mountains. When Towa starts asking questions, Setsuna relays her backstory. This, of course, is accompanied by flashbacks to when Setsuna was younger. Little Setsuna was just too adorable!

After the fire, we see Setsuna being rescued by Jaken. Although Setsuna doesn’t recognize him by face, her narration seems to indicate that his voice sounded familiar to her. Jaken drops her off at a remote place in the mountains, which turns out to be a village for half-demons that’s protected by a barrier. The one casting the barrier is a half-demon named Shiori. Viewers who have seen Inuyasha should recognize Shiori as the little half-demon girl that Inuyasha and the others rescued after she was kidnapped by her bat demon grandfather. I loved seeing how Shiori had grown up since I last saw her in Inuyasha, and that she was instrumental in helping Setsuna. What a great throwback for Inuyasha fans!

While she lives there, Setsuna receives a gift of a knife and messages giving her clues on how to use this knife. I’m sure that Jaken secretly delivered them, but to me, there’s a question of who actually sent them. Did Sesshomaru send them and use Jaken as a messenger, or was it Jaken himself? Up to this point, Jaken has been depicted as caring more about the twins than Sesshomaru. If you look back at Episode 18, “Sesshomaru and Kirinmaru,” it’s Jaken who brings up trying to help the girls after they collapse. Sesshomaru seems to shrug off his suggestion, although you can see how earnest Jaken was about it. If you had told me back when I was first introduced to Jaken in Inuyasha he would become a likable character, I would have laughed. Yes, we did see a little bit of this with Rin, but there was still some rough patches in how he treated her. But his concern for the twins is genuine.

When Setsuna is around 10, she is summoned to live in the village where she was born. We’ve seen part of her return to the village in a previous flashback, but this expounds on what happened. Unfortunately, Setsuna’s upbringing in the half-demon village makes it where she just can’t quite fit in with the humans. Kaede tries to work with Setsuna, but in the end, Setsuna decides to return to the half-demon village.

One day, when an eclipse hits and Shiori loses her demon power, the half-demon village is attacked by a group of demons wanting to eat the half-demons. Miroku is nearby and discovers what they’re planning, so he follows them. Setsuna’s demon powers are stirred, and she is unable to keep them under control. While she’s able to defeat the demons, she’s about to attack Shiori and the others when Miroku intervenes. The weapon we see Setsuna wielding actually belonged to one of the demons she defeated, and Miroku uses this as a medium to place a seal on Setsuna’s demon powers.

After this, Shiori tells Setsuna that she is strong enough to survive on her own and no longer has a need to live in the half-demon village. This is when she returns to the village and is invited to join the demon slayers. And this is where her backstory ends.

While in some respects this could be seen as an info dump, I was glad to finally get a lot of Setsuna’s backstory. To be honest, this is probably the best episode I’ve seen since Episode 15, “Farewell Under the Lunar Eclipse.” This was definitely a step up from the previous three episodes. And from the preview, it looks like next week’s episode is finally going to give the audience the history of the rainbow pearls. While I’m glad to finally be getting some more of this information, it’s still a little frustrating that it’s coming so close to the end of the series.

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Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon: Episode 19 – “Princess Aiya’s Beniyasha Hunting”

This episode sees the demon slayers being summoned to the home of Lord Ogigayatsu Hiiragi Danjo, but it turns out they were summoned by his daughter, Princess Aiya. Kohaku is unable to come, so Hisui decides to make decisions in his place. The princess, who has that laugh that’s become associated with characters like Kodachi from Ranma 1/2 and Nanami from Revolutionary Girl Utena, which is a tip off to the audience that she’s not being honest. She wants the demon slayers to go into a battle with a group of bounty hunters, which Jyubei forces Moroha to be a part of. If the bounty hunters win, the money being offered would go toward paying off Moroha’s debt.

Hisui decides to take up this challenge after the princess declares that if the demon slayers win, they can join the lord’s forces. Setsuna is part of the demon slayers’ group, and Moroha is told not to say anything to Towa. But she kind of slips it out, and Towa gets herself involved.

At the battlefield, the bounty hunters have created an obviously fake castle, which the demon slayers are quickly able to set on fire with the oil pots that they catapult over. Towa shows up to save Moroha, and the other bounty hunters just kind of disappear. It ultimately turns into a battle between Moroha and Setsuna, with Towa trying to mediate.

But Kohaku arrives just in time to overhear the princess tell her guards that the job offer for the demon slayers was fake. He then goes to the battlefield and brings an end to the proceedings, informing the demon slayers of what he learned from the princess. Hisui admits that he wanted to become part of the lord’s forces so he and the other demon slayers can help pay back Kohaku for all he’s done for them. At least Kohaku was able to talk sense into them by reminding them of what the mission for the demon slayers really is.

And then we see the princess getting lectured by her father. It was here that I realized that we know who her father is. I didn’t recognize the name, but seeing him, I realized he was the lord who captured Towa and who played a major part in the parts of the first episode that weren’t flashbacks to the past (and then these scenes were part of a later episode that moved the story beyond that point). Even though the spoiled little princess is lectured by her father, we can tell that she hasn’t learned any lessons.

In the end, this episode was ultimately filler and didn’t do anything to advance the main plot. I found it to be uninteresting, and I never really did understand the whole point of the battle that took place in this episode. After having some problematic episodes recently, I don’t think pointless filler really helped anything for this series. The preview for the next episode seems to indicate we’re going to learn a little bit about what happened to Setsuna after she and Towa were separated in the forest fire, and in these flashbacks, we see that a character we were introduced to in Inuyasha will play an important part in the story. Hopefully next week’s episode will be worth it to make up for this pointless and unenjoyable filler story.

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Ian James Corlett Cast as Miroku for the English Dub of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon

VIZ Media has announced that Ian James Corlett will take over the role of Miroku in the English dub for the Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon anime. Kirby Morrow, the character’s previous voice actor in both Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon and the previous Inuyasha anime, passed away on November 18, 2020.

The anime premiered in Japan on October 3, 2020, and it is currently airing. VIZ Media began streaming the anime with English subtitles on Crunchyroll, FUNimation, and Hulu on the same day in North and Latin American territories. FUNimation Entertainment is partnering with VIZ Media to release the anime’s English dub.

Source: ANN

Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon: Episode 18 – “Sesshomaru and Kirinmaru”

The episode begins with a recap of the final scene of the previous episode to help the audience remember what happened to end the previous episode. Of course, this was Setsuna and Towa cutting through Konton’s trap. From here, it leads into a fight between the two half-demons and Konton. At first, Konton taunts the girls’ chase of the Dream Butterfly, because they don’t know what Kirinmaru’s plans are for it. He then summons his shikigami, a Wind Lion and a Thunder Lion. The half-demons take them out rather quickly. So then, they’re up against Konton himself.

During the battle, Konton takes out a blue rainbow pearl and explains that Lady Zero scattered the seven Rainbow Pearls because when they’re combined together, they form a power that should not exist. I think it’s safe to say that we just got an important fact here. Considering the prophecy that half-demons are supposed to take Kirinmaru’s life (beings that should not exist in that world), could it be that Setsuna, Towa, and Moroha can defeat Kirinmaru if they have all seven of the Rainbow Pearls? Hmmm… just thinking out loud here. Anyway, Konton uses his blue pearl to summon a big, ugly blue troll. While Setsuna is battling the troll, Towa focuses on Konton. Unfortunately, since they’re still in Konton’s dimensional space, he uses this to his advantage. But, after Setsuna reminds Towa that they can sniff out demon energy, Towa uses this ability to find Konton. After Konton is revealed, the ogre transforms into what I guess is supposed to be a stronger form (I was thinking that even though the new form looked weaker, we would get something like the Frieza transformation in Dragon Ball Z, where the weaker looking form is actually stronger). However, the two half-demons then quickly defeat both the ogre and Konton, and this felt rather… anti-climactic. I just thought this takedown of Konton was too easy.

But with the defeat of Konton, his dimensional space disappears. This allows Towa and Setsuna reunite with Moroha, who is up against Totetsu, the last of the Four Perils. Totetsu escapes by using a smokescreen, but the girls use Takechiyo to follow him and he ends up leading them to Kirinmaru. Towa tries to ask him about the Dream Butterfly, but he’s not interested in talking about it. Instead, he wants to test the girls’ strength. Unfortunately, not even Moroha is strong enough to do anything after using the rouge to become Lady Beniyasha. Just as all hope seems lost, Sesshomaru appears. The twins finally get to see their father, and watch him in a fight against Kirinmaru. Which, of course, emphasizes just how their power pales in comparison to Kirinmaru. Unfortunately, Towa and Setsuna are knocked unconscious during the fighting, so they don’t get to see everything that happens. Kirinmaru calls it a draw, and he expects Sesshomaru to work for what Kirinmaru desires him to do. And with that, Sesshomaru leaves… even after Jaken asks about taking care of the unconscious twins. Sesshomaru curtly tells Jaken they need to leave and ignore the twins. I guess Sesshomaru won’t be winning any “father of the year” awards anytime soon.

So, remember my thought earlier about the Rainbow Pearls? Between Konton’s scene talking about the pearls and the girls’ attempts to fight Kirinmaru failing miserably, I do think my theory may have some merits. I’ll just have to keep watching to find out. Oh, and I should mention that Riku finally shows his true colors to the audience. He picks up Konton’s blue pearl and comments that he’s not going to let anyone else have the pearls besides him. So now we know that Riku is a power hungry villain, and is only concerned about our three main characters because he wants the pearls that they possess.

The episode ends with our three main characters by the Tree of Ages. Moroha is kicking at it, trying to get it to say something, and Setsuna is playing her violin. As this is going on, the audience gets a shot of Rin in suspended animation in the tree, to remind the audience that she’s there. The twins are so close to their mother at that moment and have no clue. My guess is that there’s going to be some kind of connection between the Dream Butterfly and Rin. I don’t know if that connection would be part of Kirinmaru’s plan, though.

The preview for the next episode gave off a “filler” vibe. On the one hand, this really feels like the wrong spot to put in a filler episode. However, in some anime series over the years, there has been a light-hearted filler episode right before the final climax of the series. I hope the latter is the case for Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon. The pieces seem to be falling into place to be leading to the climax. However, there will still be five episodes left after next week’s apparent “filler,” so I’m afraid the climax may be stretched out if the latter reason for the next episode is true. Hopefully I’m wrong about it being filler, but I have a sinking feeling that I’m not.

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