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"As I dwell on this world, I do know that issues will proceed to vary, however I'm not anxious in regards to the future. I'm going to spend day-after-day with Inuyasha. It doesn’t matter what, now I do know the 2 of us can be collectively, as we head towards tomorrow." These had been the final phrases spoken by Kagome Higurashi as she and Inuyasha appeared out into the world, lastly residing peacefully after finishing their lengthy, tireless journey.
Rumiko Takahashi's epic journey got here to an finish after many fantastic episodes, and to me, this collection had probably the most satisfying endings of an anime I'd seen. As a fan — and after spending years invested on this collection, even waking up at three AM simply to look at it — I used to be utterly content material with the conclusion. I didn't really feel there wanted to be extra, however in fact, if there was some kind of sequel, continuation, or spin-off, I certain as heck wouldn't be upset. And years later, that very thought is changing into a actuality. There's already a lot hype across the extremely anticipated Inuyasha sequel spin-off Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, even sparking a big social media discourse. As a HUGE Inuyasha fan myself, I'm typically questioning what I can count on and what I'd need to see on this collection and if Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon will dwell as much as Inuyasha's anime legacy?
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A New Feudal Fairytale
From Viz Media, the synopsis for Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon is as follows:
The official web site for just lately shared a 90-second promotional video for the collection.
Seeing Moroha, Towa, and Setsuna is already making me emotional. Moroha is the spitting picture of her dad and mom, with a fiery character identical to her father, and seeing her with each her dad and mom' skills is simply peak stage pleasure. Setsuna is straight-up Sesshomaru's daughter, and I'm already loving Towa's confidence, in addition to the dual's reverse personalities and the way their strengths and weaknesses will praise one another. I'm additionally stoked to see everybody's demon energy and skills throughout fight as a result of Moroha, Towa, and Setsuna aren't your common demons!
I'm excited to fulfill these next-generation characters, however I'd be mendacity if I stated I'd be okay not having the unique characters be part of this story. Seeing because it wasn't till the very finish of the final episode of Inuyasha: The Last Act we received to see the unique characters have any probability at a traditional life, I'd actually like to see what a typical day within the life is post-Naraku. As we've seen within the trailer, Inuyasha, Kagome, Sango, and Miroku proceed to slay demons after the occasions of the final episode, which is to be anticipated, however I'm genuinely curious as to how they steadiness battling demons with being dad and mom, particularly if any of their jobs take them distant from the village for lengthy intervals of time.
In relation to relationships, I already know the way the unique characters made out, however one of many largest questions on my thoughts is … WHO IS THE TWINS' MOTHER? Contemplating Sesshomaru was by no means probably the most welcoming character, it makes me actually interested by who was capable of break down that barrier of his. I don't want an extreme period of time devoted to how Sesshomaru turned a father — a single episode or perhaps a good little flashback scene will suffice — however the present can't simply say, " Oh so Sesshomaru has twins now," and never let me know who, what, when, the place and the way this occurred! I additionally must know if the mom is human or not as a result of once more, that may be actually telling of Sesshomaru's character.
And what about different characters like Shippo? I'm able to see that full-fledged fox demon glow up! I really feel a lot pleasure interested by bringing again a basic collection with new additions, and there's some cryptic data presently out there on the time of this text I wasn't anticipating that's making me much more anxious for this collection like … why is Moroha on their own!?
— 半妖の夜叉姫 (@hanyo_yashahime) July 19, 2020
The place are Inuyasha and Kagome?
One of many issues I used to be wanting ahead to most was seeing Inuyasha, Kagome, and their daughter work together as a household, however one thing about Moroha's character biography struck me. In keeping with her description, she lived alone since she was younger, and due to that, she is aware of little about her dad and mom. WAIT, WHAT?! We KNOW Moroha is Inuyasha and Kagome's daughter, however it doesn't make sense to me she wouldn't know something about them? I've heard theories Inuyasha and Kagome died, however I actually don't like this concept. To me, it doesn't really feel proper having the 2 principal characters, those I watched face unbelievable hazard, going up in opposition to the strongest of enemies episode after episode, die immediately from who is aware of what. It might be an enormous disservice to Inuyasha and Kagome to jot down them off like that, and likewise … it could simply be an enormous bummer, so I hope the collection doesn't go that route. I don't know precisely the place they’re, however based mostly on the love and assist Inuyasha had from his mom and Kagome from her household, I do know they wouldn't willingly neglect Moroha, and due to that, my hope of seeing this household work together sooner or later AND to expertise some good anime dad and mom stays robust as a result of we actually want extra of these.
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Unlocking the Previous
There's this mysterious component surrounding the unique characters I wasn't anticipating when Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon was introduced, however now, after watching and analyzing the trailer one million occasions (as one does) I'm developing with theories of how I believe the collection will intertwine the characters, bridging the hole between outdated and new generations and, honestly, I'd be glad if any of this had been true as a result of I actually like this concept. Right here's my thought: the trailer explains there was the demon Root Head, who was defeated by Inuyasha and his mates. However quickly after, the demon gained the facility of the tree of ages making a passage from the Feudal Period to the current day — which is how Towa was separated from Setsuna. We additionally know Moroha, Towa, and Setsuna start an journey to uncover their lacking previous.
The trailer made it a degree to convey up Root Head and the tree of ages so I'm speculating the tree of ages opened up passages to not simply the current day, however to different worlds as nicely, seeing because the tree of ages lives all through completely different generations as defined by Kikyo in Inuyasha the Film: Affections Touching Throughout Time, and possibly Inuyasha and Kagome had been separated throughout that very same time period as Towa, and everybody's recollections associated to these misplaced in time had been altered. It's fairly potential the OG gang at the moment are outsiders scattered between eras, and the one technique to repair time is to place destiny within the fingers of the following era. This would clarify why the unique characters are gone, from what I can inform, and why Moroha grew up alone as a result of, once more, I don't purchase the idea Inuyasha and Kagome died. Seeing as when Towa was separated, she grew up within the current day with the Higurashi's, I'm certain they’d've informed her tales about Inuyasha, Kagome, and the Feudal Period — giving her perception into how the passages connecting eras works, changing into the important thing to their lacking pasts.
The story as it’s now’s robust to decipher, and whereas I'm having enjoyable developing with these theories, my general hope for this collection is to get a wholesome combination of characters and storylines. Getting the chance to observe up on the unique character's lives whereas additionally experiencing the adventures of their youngsters with out anybody's character growth being sacrificed or uncared for for the story's sake.
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Writing Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon
In relation to the writing side of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, I discover myself seeing one thing very optimistic. Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon seems to be an unique anime TV collection spinoff of Inuyasha. Due to that, it lends itself to extra fluid storytelling with the distinctive alternative to inform a full and full story from the start, with out extended pauses or filler episodes. I really feel it is a uncommon deal with in the case of anime.
Sadly, Rumiko Takahashi is barely credited because the principal character designer and doesn't seem like concerned within the story. After I hear information like that, it's straightforward to assume this could possibly be a kind of typical anime patterns the place there's potential for an anime collection to go off the rails if the unique creator isn't concerned. Nonetheless, I'm probably not anxious seeing as Katsuyuki Sumisawa has returned for this undertaking, and can be in command of the collection scripts identical to on Inuyasha. Teruo Sato, Yoshihito Hishinuma, and Kaoru Wada are additionally returning to the collection with SUNRISE persevering with on because the manufacturing home. With a workforce and studio already conversant in the property, and who has beforehand dealt with with such care the present that has already introduced me a lot pleasure, I really feel safe in the case of the storytelling.
— 半妖の夜叉姫 (@hanyo_yashahime) Could 9, 2020
KKAAGGOOMMEE!!! Who else simply heard Inuyasha's voice ringing in your ears as you learn that? I can't be the one one and man I do hope we get to listen to that no less than as soon as extra. I'm past excited for this new feudal fairytale and have faith will probably be a great steadiness between outdated and new. The one factor that may make it higher is that if Do As Infinity comes again to sing one other theme music as a result of let's be actual, the second Inuyasha ending slaps!
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