Thoughts on Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon Episode 1

Yashahime can be found on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Youtube

Happy October 3rd, Yashahime release day!

Spoilers for Inuyasha and Yashahime episode 1

Back when this sequel was announced in May, I made a post about it, basically detailing my waffling on how I felt about it. Since that post, I’ve come to mostly look forward to it. So I’ve been counting down the days, lemme tell you. So here are my thoughts, now that I’ve watched episode one:

Weirdly, the biggest emotions I’m feeling right now are dread mixed with sadness. The first episode isn’t sad at all, mind you. On the contrary, it’s got some good comedy in it and I really liked it, but I just have a feeling something bad is going to happen.

So this episode opens on Towa sitting in a feudal lord’s castle, being grilled about where she came from. It flashes from there back and forth to shortly after Kagome returns to the feudal era. A lot of the episode is actually spent there, and we see them fighting the Root Head demon from the trailer. It was really nice to see all the characters again – the whole main cast pretty much. It’s immediately noticeable that everyone has grown and matured. Things that would have been a dramatic argument in the original show were discussed calmly three years later in this sequel. It was just so nice to see the character growth.

I was expecting this episode to set up the main plot for the series, but I suppose it’ll take more than twenty minutes of show time to do that: other than flashing forward to Towa, Setsuna and Moroha together, it hasn’t (yet) explained how it got to that point. That is why I feel so much dread.

From the trailer to the movie posters, there are two people in particular who haven’t made an appearance while Towa, Setsuna and Moroha are doing their thing: Kagome and Rin. Both of them, while in the episode during the fight with the Root Head demon, haven’t been hinted at at all during the later time setting. It’s… unsettling.

Mind you, we only saw the three girls during the later time period, so it’s not guaranteed any of the other characters will be later in the show, but the lack of them being featured on the posters and images and stuff makes me worry.

So the Root Head demon – it’s obvious while ‘defeated’ in the first episode isn’t actually so. And honestly, the set up for how it got there was pretty nice. It wasn’t just ‘it showed up one day’, but actually had a reason that made sense why it was there and why it was in Kaede’s village in particular. So as said, this Root Head demon I don’t think is quite done, and I feel like it’s going to be the catalyst for… whatever happens for all the characters.

I don’t like it. It makes me feel so nervous, augh.

As mentioned earlier, this episode has some good comedy. Moroha is definitely Inuyasha and Kagome’s daughter, to put it plainly. She’s such a great combination of them that it’s hilarious just to see her being herself. Setsuna you can tell is a bit stoic like her father, which is also funny in its own way. Towa’s interactions with the feudal lord are pretty funny. Towa, unlike Kagome in the original series, is actually concerned about preserving the timeline. Her facial expressions when being confronted with a book brought back from modern time is great, and so is the one when she sees Kagome’s old bicycle seat, which was found in a river.

That part honestly made me gasp a bit, and lends to my worry about Kagome: why was her bike seat in a river? It looked old, and like it had been there for a while. It showed that clip, and I went ‘oh no. Oh no, this is gonna make me sad, isn’t it’.

We don’t get to find out what happened in episode one though, they’re gonna make us wait. It’s gonna be tortuous and it’s gonna make me cry. It’s gonna, it’s gonna.

So overall: I really enjoyed this episode. They set up some good hooks for future plot points, and I really liked the back-and-forth setting way of telling what’s happened so far. The episode was definitely worth the wait, and I am excited (I also dread) to see more.

If you watched this, do tell me your thoughts. As far as I know, none of my friends are watching so I have nobody to talk about it with.

 

Inuyasha: The Final Act | Anime Blabber

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Today I’m doing a post of a different flavor: an anime blabber. I had stated a few months ago that I was going to start breaking out of the mold a bit concerning what I post about, and this is the first attempt at that.

Inuyasha: The Final Act

  • 26 episodes
  • Continuation of anime series Inuyasha (167 episodes)
  • Historical/Portal Fantasy
  • Rated T+
  • Originally aired in 2009
  • Watched April-May 2018, English dub

Spoil-free blabber
(Though spoilery if you’ve never seen the original Inuyasha)

MyAnimeList Synopsis: InuYasha: The Final Act is a continuation of the anime Inuyasha, which follows Kagome Higurashi, a fifteen-year-old girl whose normal life ends when a demon drags her into a cursed well on the grounds of her family’s Shinto shrine. Instead of hitting the bottom of the well, Kagome ends up 500 years in the past during Japan’s violent Sengoku period with the demon’s true target, a wish-granting jewel called the Shikon Jewel, reborn inside of her. After a battle with a revived demon accidentally causes the sacred jewel to shatter, Kagome enlists the help of a young hybrid dog-demon/human named Inuyasha to help her collect the shards and prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. Joining Kagome and Inuyasha on their quest are the orphan fox-demon Shippo, the intelligent monk Miroku, and the lethal demon slayer Sango. Together, they must set aside their differences and work together to find the power granting shards spread across feudal Japan and deal with the threats that arise.

Both The Final Act and the original Inuyasha series are based on the manga of the same name. The original series, which spans 167 episodes, ends prematurely, not finishing out the plot of the manga. The Final Act picks up where the original left off and continues the manga plot until the end.

Inuyasha was one of my gateway animes, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. I first started watching it when I was 15 years old, back when it was first debuting on Adult Swim back in 2005. It had begun airing originally in 2002 in the US and finished in 2006, so I caught on a bit late but was able to see the finale as it was released. As stated above, it followed a fifteen year old girl and as I was fifteen at the time, I totally loved it.

After the series finished up and I realized it wasn’t going to actually finish out the plot, I hunted down the manga and read the ending of it that way. After that, I never actually went back to watch The Final Act when it aired. So when I watched it now at 27, obviously I needed to buzz through the original seven seasons and four movies of Inuyasha first in preparation. It was totally worth it. It slowed down my reading of books, but it was time very well spent in my opinion.

The Final Act in my opinion had a different feel to it than the original series did. It wasn’t a huge difference, but it was there. It didn’t feel as involved, if that makes sense, but very rushed instead. I know that the manga that it was covering per episode was a lot more than the original series had done, so it definitely skimmed over or skipped things in the name of plot progression. Personally, I think it could have done with another large series to finished out the manga – there was enough plot left for sure to do it.

It did cover all the major bases though from what I remember, so overall it was rather enjoyable. Watching it was being a teenager again, minus the whole one episode per week at midnight on Saturdays, thing. I was able to watch it at my own pace whenever convenient, which was nice. The discs themselves (I bought the DVD set) were pretty good quality and had nice art on the front of each. Every time I switched to the next disc though I got a bit sadder, since I knew the end of the series was coming closer.

One of the major things I noticed watching this time around was my opinion of the characters – I was definitely a Kagome fan when I first watched it but this time around, not so much. I didn’t dislike her by any means but a lot of the drama she had to endure was kind of her own doing. She had the romantic rival Kikyo (who I disliked originally but seriously liked this time around) and the whole time I’m shaking my head like ‘why are you doing this to yourself. You can totally just walk away’. So I was a lot less sympathetic towards her romantic endeavors and hang ups. Inuyasha as well irritated me, but at the same time, I could better understand his emotional ties to Kikyo and his difficulty in severing them.

But I have to say… watching this as an adult and having been through a series of relationships, seeing all the romantic relationship dynamics in this show just screamed unhealthy to me. There was obvious border-line cheating via flirtation (which is or isn’t, depending on a couples’ boundaries but obviously half the party involved wasn’t a huge fan in the show), there was a lot of yelling and name calling, and the ‘sit’ commands that Kagome gives Inuyasha, while funny to me as a teen I couldn’t help but see as abusive now, especially when Kagome would give a command out of anger. Occasionally she’d do it to pull Inuyasha out of the way of getting injured… but most of the time she was just pissed at him. Wasn’t a great message and I couldn’t really ignore how uncomfortable it made me. Sooo… can’t say I was really a fan of aaaany of the relationships in the series. I feel like all four of the characters involved in their respective situations needed to do a lot of maturing… except maybe Sango. She seemed pretty good most of the time.

And Sesshomaru was still…. Sesshomaru, haha. Though he was a lot more talkative in this series than he was in the last. It almost felt out of character for him, honestly. But it made a lot of the fanfiction I read as a teen more believable, I suppose. He was in the series a lot more, too – I think he was in 22 or 23 of the 26 total episodes. And as he was and still is my favorite character, I wasn’t complaining. He and Rin being he and Rin was adorable and I lived for any scenes with the two of them together. I feel like those two are one of my favorite non-romantic dynamics I’ve come across. They’re always so cute. Jaken too I took a shine to – though I noticed that literally nobody is nice to him except Rin, which is kinda sad. No wonder the poor little thing is irritable a lot of the time. I feel like Jaken and I could be bros.

The plot in this, while rushed, as pretty good. I feel like Naraku just needed a hug though, honestly. I feel like sooo much could have been avoided if someone had just been like ‘no it’s okay gimme hug come here’. Naraku is probably one of my favorite characters too, but he was almost comically villainous at times, it was amusing. And seeing the plot finalize in the anime like it did in the manga was just so satisfying to see after being a fan of the show for over a decade. I feel like I got closure.

So overall, I enjoyed watching this series, and the time I spent rewatching the original to watch this one too was quite enjoyable.

4/5 stars

Back to the Future Tag!

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Great Scott! Marty! It’s a tag!

I was tagged by Orang-utan Librarian, and I love this movie. :”D So I had to do it. Thanks for tagging me! And if you made the graphic, I stoled it. Thank you for not suing me. :”D

Name a movie/book/show that makes you want to go back in time when you were younger and enjoy it all over again!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Book: Harry Potter by JK Rowling. I feel like I wouldn’t love it as much reading for the first time now as I did reading it when I was younger, but still. I want that feeling again. I’d be willing to try.
Movie: Moulin Rouge. My favorite movie ever. I don’t think my heart has ripped so much. It’s so goofy and light-hearted but at the same time, man. Goodness. My heart.
Show: Fringe. This show, man. I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s just so. consistently. good. I love it. I’d love to rewatch it.

What’s your favorite sci-fi and or fantasy book/show/movie?

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #1)

Book: Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa. One of many favorites, but this one screamed ‘pick me!’ so I did. If you haven’t read this, read it.
Movie: Cloud Atlas. And one of these days, I’ll read the book. I loooove this movie though.
Show: Supernatural. Another all-time favorite. :”D That poster, by the way? Season 1. They’ve just been renewed for season 12. xD

What’s a moment in a book that takes place in the past or future that you’d like to visit?

Rook

Rook by Sharon Cameron. This was a really neat book. The setting was pretty great. I’d love to poke around our ‘ruins’ and see what’s still around so many years later.

What’s a fictional store, cafe, etc. in a book/show/movie you’d like to visit?

Can I just pick the entire village of Hogsmeade please? I’d love to go there. :”D

Name an automobile or way of travel in a book/show/movie that you’d like to take for a ride. What book/show/movie is it from?

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)

Book: His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik. I want to ride on giant dragons! Let’s do it!
Movie: (or book) Stardust. I want to travel by Babylon Candle. Just think of where you want to go, and you’re off!
Show: Dragonball Z. The characters in this show can fly. Fly. I want to fly!

Favorite fictional scientist?

Jumba Jookiba from Lilo and Stitch. This guy is so great, I love him. xD Remember, don’t call him a mad scientist. He prefers ‘evil genius’.


And that’s it! This one was pretty fun. :”D Happy reading!

30 Days of Music: 19,20,21 – Blogmas 12/12

2/3 done with the Music! If you’d like to join in, go for it!

19 – A song you like that isn’t in English

Lucero by Avalanch. His voice, man. Hnnng

20 – A song that makes you change the station

Drain You by Nirvana. Which is weird because generally I like Nirvana. I just, beh, don’t care for this one.

21 – Your favorite TV theme song

The Fringe opening sequence. It does a really good job of setting the mood for the show. Also, if you haven’t watched it, WATCH IT DAMMIT.

Bonus season 1 trailer WATCH IT.

Ta da. :”D


 

Full List of Prompts:

Day 1: The last song you listened to.
Day 2: Your favorite song of all.
Day 3: Your favorite love song.
Day 4: Your favorite humorous song.
Day 5: Your favorite dark (or macabre) song.
Day 6: A song that’s special to you and someone else.
Day 7: A song you like to listen to on max volume.
Day 8: Your favorite metal song.
Day 9: A song that inspires you.
Day 10: A song that makes you feel better when you’re down.
Day 11: Your favorite instrumental song.
Day 12: A song you’re ashamed to admit you like.
Day 13: A song you like from a genre you don’t.
Day 14: Your favorite song from a musical (or opera.)
Day 15: A song you like to dance to (or makes you want to dance.)
Day 16: A song you like from a hobbyist. (IE, not a signed band/artist.)
Day 17: A song you and your mom/dad both like.
Day 18: Your favorite angry song.
Day 19: A song you like that isn’t in English.
Day 20: A song that makes you change the station.
Day 21: Your favorite TV theme song.
Day 22: A song you like to sing along to.
Day 23: A song from one of your favorite bands
Day 24: Your favorite holiday-themed song.
Day 25: Your favorite song from a game
Day 26: A song that reminds you of your family.
Day 27: A song that reminds you of your friends.
Day 28: A song from a fictional band or artist
Day 29: Your favorite ballad.
Day 30: Your favorite sad song.

Top 5 Wednesday: Anti-heroes

Hello it’s Saturday! I’m doing a Top 5 Wednesday today because classes this week kicked my ass! 😀 (let this be a lesson to me to schedule posts from now on) Today’s theme is Anti-heroes and I’m really excited for this one. So excited that I couldn’t let this one pass without posting something, even it if was three days late. Today I’m going to divide my top five into two lists – books/manga and tv/movies. I couldn’t neglect my anti-heroes on the screen so they’re getting their own list. Heeeere we go~
(TFW created by gingerreadslainey, full list of posters found here)


Books/manga

5. Rorschach from Watchmen
Rorschach is a very interesting character. If you’ve never read Watchmen, I highly suggest it. It’s pretty damn good. Rorschach is this person who wheres a constantly changing mask that looks like, you guessed it, a Rorschach pattern. When I first read this graphic novel, I was attending school for psychology, so I was immediately drawn to the very idea of him. He’s one of the Watchmen, but honestly, the phrase ‘Who watches the Watchmen’ could not be more made specifically for him. He’s a messed up guy, and I love it.
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4. Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z
Vegeta I think is one of my all time favorite characters, period. He’s just such an asshole, but at the same time, redeemable. His character development over the course of Dragon Ball Z is astounding. (I know ‘top 5 character dev’ is coming up in February. Spoilers for one person that will be on the list…) Vegeta is a character that doesn’t realize he’s not ‘the bad guy’ for as long as he thinks he is. When he first appears in the series, he tries to destroy the earth (obviously his ‘bad guy’ phase) but very shortly after he starts to show hints of a conscience. I don’t want to go into too much detail here due to spoilers, so I’ll end it there. He’s just such a wonderful character though. I highly suggest you check out Dbz if you’re into anime or manga, particularly if you don’t mind a lot of yelling and long fight scenes.
How long does it take a Dbz character to change a light bulb? Three episodes! A-hawhawhaw.

3. Sesshoumaru from Inuyasha
I have to admit, when I was a 15 year old girl and had just discovered this manga (anime pictured right, obviously) I had such a crush on this guy. On the exterior, he’s a powerful demon lord, ruthless, cold-blooded, would kill his own brother (wants to kill his own brother, even). And on the inside, he’s probably the same.

And then he came across a small child, all alone in the woods. And boom, character development. And I don’t know about you, but I have a feeling that he has a rather great sense of humor. Anyone who has read/watched Inuyasha knows all about the rocks that somehow always seem to find Jaken’s head. Wah, I love this character. Go watch Inuyasha, or go read Inuyasha. It’s super good, man.

2. Severus Snape from Harry Potter
If you don’t know why Snape is an anti-hero, I’m not going to tell you. You need to read the books. Go, shoo shoo.

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1. Scar from Fullmetal Alchemist
There’s nothing better than a bad guy who thinks he’s a good guy. And Scar is the one that sticks out most in my mind. He is a strong-willed character on a mission with a holy cause, but unfortunately, that cause includes exploding the brains of other people. Scar I feel could have a series written about him on his own. There’s just so much more I want to know about him, situations that I want to see how he would handle.

Lucky for me, fanfiction exists, I guess. Haha

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Tv/Movies

5. Sawyer from Lost
Sawyer is that character you love to hate to love. And on top of that, he’s easy on the eyes. ;D If you have never watched Lost, I say watch it. The first season is amazing. From then on, you’ll either continue to love it, or you’ll hate it. But it’s definitely worth watching at least season 1. And then hey, more pop culture knowledge, yay. There were so many times that I wanted to sock Sawyer in that gorgeous face of his, but at the same time, he’s a strong character that is definitely one of the more virtuous characters in the show. Just watch it. Go go go.

4. Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
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At this point if you haven’t watched this movie yet, GET ON IT. This is such a good movie! (the second and third movies… and fourth movie… are debatable) Jack is such a good bad guy. Good guy? Bad guy? Honestly it’s hard to tell sometimes what his intentions are. Johnny Depp does a wonderful job with the character and mannerisms of Jack Sparrow. Go watch this movie, seriously.

3 V from V for Vendetta
This is one of my favorite movies ever. On my flickchart, I think it’s currently sitting at number 3 out of 800+. I love this movie, loved it since the first time I ever watched it. I’ve seen it probably over 20 times now and I still can’t help but be completely consumed by it every time I see it. I know this one is technically cheating, since it originated as a graphic novel, but while I own the graphic novel, I have yet to read it. So I’m using V as a movie character instead. V is again, a character with a mission. A good bad guy technically. His character in the movie is played by Hugo Weaving, and I feel like that’s the main reason why he sticks out to me so much. Everything V says throughout the movie is rather poignant and because it’s delivered in Hugo Weaving’s sharply articulate voice, the words stick in my mind long after the movie is over. If you have not seen this movie, and you feel like I say ‘go see/watch this’ too much, then ignore all my other suggestions and go watch this one. If you’re only going to listen to me once ever in your life, listen now. Go watch. o:<

2. Sherlock from BBC’s Sherlock
Specifically this Sherlock. I haven’t read or watched any other Sherlock Holmes (I know, I know. For shame!) Benedict Cumberbatch just makes the perfect ‘I’m rooting for you but seriously, shut the hell up’ character. You want him to succeed, but at the same time, his lack of… I don’t know, morals, is disturbing at times. Other times it’s hilarious. I can’t wait for season 4, though I’m going to have to for a while still (when’s it coming out, 2016? 2017? Buh). .

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1 Castiel from Supernatural
Supernatural is my favorite television show ever, so it’s fitting it contains my favorite anti-hero ever. If you’re a fan of X-Files, horror movies or classic rock music, I suggest checking this show out. Carry On My Wayward Son will never be the same for you again.

THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR SUPERNATURAL SEASONS 4-7.
I can’t talk about why Castiel is my favorite anti-hero unless I reveal some major spoilers, so I’m sorry about that. If you’re still reading this after ignoring my big red warning and you haven’t watched that far into the show, don’t yell at me for spoiling you. I warned you.
Castiel first appears at the beginning of Season 4, but doesn’t really become an anti-hero until season 6 or so. He’s my favorite character in the series, followed closely by Bobby. I particularly love him in seasons 4-5. And then, he goes bad. I mean bad, man. Sucking up leviathans and becoming a fake ‘god’, falling from grace, basically everything bad an angel can do, Castiel does at one point or another. But at the same time, it’s soul-crushingly sad, because all you want to do is hug him and tell him it’ll okay because he thinks he’s doing good. SIGH.
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So those are my lists! Hope you enjoyed this (long) post!