Did you all see the new trailer for Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon that dropped the other week? Cause I have watched it several times in order to dissect it as much as possible. As much as the trailer appears to be telling us a lot about the show, it also isn’t giving much away about this sequel series to the still-popular Inuyasha, which ended its Japanese run over a decade ago.
What we do know about Yashahime is that it comes a generation after the original story and features the daughters of some of the previous series protagonists. Once again, someone one is sent through a time rift. This time, though, it is Towa, Sesshomaru’s daughter, who gets herself stuck in modern times. She is eventually reunited with her twin sister Setsuna, but a bad case of memory loss keeps them from having a happy ending. They are joined by their cousin Moroha, Inuyasha and Kagome’s daughter, to adventure and possibly save the world.
It all promises to be fun story. So much of the original was based around sibling relationships, so the premise is well within existing themes. And who doesn’t love a “Where are they now?” story? But what else will the show have to offer? I’ve had a few months since the series was announced to have a think and here are a few things I’m hoping to see.
Focus on Yashahime’s New Protagonists
Its always tempting to catch back up with familiar characters when creating a sequel series to one that has such enduring popularity as Inuyasha, but there can be problems that arise when existing characters take too much of the spotlight. Inuyasha’s story has already been told and while I don’t mind him and the others of his group showing up to give some sage advice from time to time, I would prefer to see these new heroes come into their own without their parents’ shadows hanging over them.
The exception to this rule is always the necessary mentor character, a role I’m hoping is filled by Sango in this show because that girl is top tier.
Similar to the above, returning antagonists are more likely to feel like they undo the hard work our heroes went through to defeat them then they are to create new tension. I don’t want to see a shattered jewel or Naraku and his stupid murder-hornets anywhere close to this new plot. The feudal period they established in this world is brimming with dangers, from demons to ghosts to good, old-fashioned terrible human beings.
Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon needs a new set of foes for our young heroes to face. We don’t see much in the trailer about who these enemies might be and I do expect a couple of returning faces to cause trouble, but I also really hope they leave Naraku where he belongs, dead and buried in the past.
Update on Sesshomaru’s Love-Life
By far the coolest character in Inuyasha was the title-character’s half-brother, Sesshomaru. He was always a fan-favourite, so it isn’t any surprise that the new show would focus on his offspring. It does cause a big concern for me, though, and its something the fandom has struggled with ever since this show was announced. In Inuyasha, Sesshomaru only had a positive relationship with one human; Rin, a young orphan girl he adopted early in the show.
The general fear is that Rin has grown up in the years since the original show ended and she and Sesshomaru had a relationship at some point. This is a trope that, while it isn’t exactly uncommon, its still uncomfortable and I’m hopeful that the creators are wise enough to steer clear of. The fact that Setsuna appears in full demon slayer garb rather than having been raised by either of her parents during this time makes me hopeful. Have their mother be a random woman or the product of some weird ritual to continue the wolf-demon bloodline. Heck, have them be adopted. Just don’t make them Rin’s kids. That’s all I ask.
So what are you looking forward to in Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon? We won’t have to wait long for its premier, since it will be with us in October 2020. Here is hoping it lives up to the hype!
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