Inuyasha. Now that is a name I have not heard for a long time. The classic early 00’s anime was many millennials’ introduction to just how much of a soap opera the anime genre could be, so it is with both excitement and trepidation that I have greeted the news of a Inuyasha sequel series in the works from our friends at Viz Media.
For the unfamiliar, the Inuyasha manga first premiered in 1996 and the anime first hit the air in 2000, making its way to the West via Cartoon Network’s late night Adult Swim block in 2002. Kagome, a high school student in modern Japan, went through a magic portal in a well (as you do) and found herself in feudal Japan, where she found the half-demon dog boy Inuyasha. Thus began the most obvious Will They Won’t They set up in anime history, complete with multiple love triangles involving another wolf-boy (I think Kagome has a type) and Inuyasha’s undead ex-girlfriend.
In all, its a ridiculous show but it has a special place in many people’s hearts, introducing a stronger romance element to the shonen genre than most shows. The supporting cast is fun and make the repetitive plot work for the nearly 200 episode run. Broody Sesshomaru, tough Sango, and pervy Miroku all bring life to what could be a very stale series of rinse and repeat adventures.
An Inuyasha Sequel
Though the manga has been completed for over a decade and the anime off the air for nearly as long, there was a lot of excitement yesterday as Viz announced that a new series was in the works. With original mangaka Rumiko Takahashi involved with main character designs, the new show looks to be set ten years after the original ended. Details are still pretty scarce, as you would imagine, but Viz has offered up a couple of things to get us interested.
Titled Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon,Viz has described the story as, “In Feudal Japan, Half-Demon twins Towa and Setsuna are separated from each other during a forest fire. While desperately searching for her younger sister, Towa wanders into a mysterious tunnel that sends her to present-day Japan, where she is found and raised by Kagome Higurashi’s brother, Sota, and his family.”
We also know that Moroha, the daughter of Inuyasha and Kagome, will be a key player and help her time-displaced cousin to find her sister and probably get caught up in some sort of drama along the way.
What to Expect
Its difficult to say what the show will ultimately entail. We know that Sesshomaru’s daughter will be involved, so I expect we’ll get to see updates from many fan-favourites to see how they are getting on. Did Sango put up with Miroku’s nonsense long enough to have kids of their own? Have things been peaceful in the past? Did they make yet another sword out of Inuyasha’s father’s teeth?
The thing that has me the most excited about this is the focus on new characters in the announcement. Unlike with Dragon Ball Super, which promised a “More of the Same” approach to the revival of the show, this feels like it is more willing to go in a new direction with a strong, young cast of characters. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t expect old faces to pop up, but I’m more interested in a new plot and a new enemy than I am in seeing these kids reliving their parents’ troubles.
Currently slated for an Autumn 2020 release (though we’ll have to see how that goes), Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon is sure to gather a lot of hype in the coming months and we’ll make sure to keep a close eye on it.