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 is getting a sequel and I don’t know how I feel about it

 

Obligatory spoilers for Inuyasha

The other day it was announced that a sequel to Inuyasha, an anime/manga series created by Rumiko Takahashi, was in the works. Titled ‘Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon’ it follows the daughters of the brothers Inuyasha and Sesshomaru on a new adventure.

Inuyasha has been one of my favorite manga/anime for… about half my life, since I was 14 or 15 years old. It was my first fandom, the first show I got really nerdy about. It’s the first one that drove me to read and write fanfiction. It led me to meet some of my best friends online (that I still have to this day and have crossed the world to visit!), and it was definitely a gateway anime that just threw me neck-deep into the world of all things Japanese animation. And as an almost-30-year old, I’m still there. And I know that if I wouldn’t have discovered this show when I was a teen, I wouldn’t be the same kind of anime fan I am today (who knows if I’d be one at all?).

I guess what I’m saying is, Inuyasha has been one of my all-time favorite shows throughout my life. I’ve rewatched it more times than I can count, I’ve read hours and hours and millions of words of fanfiction about it, I’ve collected merch from it, and just thinking about it, just hearing the music from it sends me back to 2004-2006 when a bunch of my childhood friends and I would stay up late on Saturdays to watch the new episode. It takes me back to my childhood. It’s nostalgic.

So hearing it had a sequel gave me so many mixed feelings.

It was announced by Viz here, and so far, this is what has been released so far of the plot:

The series focuses on twin demons Towa and Setsuna, the daughters of Inuyasha’s brother Sesshomaru.

The twins are separated from each other during a forest fire, and Towa wanders into a mysterious tunnel that takes her to present-day Japan. Towa is then raised by Kagome Higurashi’s brother Sota. Ten years later, Towa reunites with Setsuna, who has no memories of her sister and has become a demon slayer. The two are joined by Moroha, the daughter of Inuyasha and Kagome. They travel between past and present to unravel the mystery of why the tunnel has reopened, while Towa and Setsuna struggle to reconnect.

So basically, Sesshomaru has twins with… mother not revealed. And Inuyasha and Kagome have at least one kid. The latter is kind of expected but Sesshomaru having kids?? This is blowing my mind.

And apparently it’s blowing the internet’s mind too because what does the internet do when something happens?? They make memes. And there are a lot about this sequel already. And that’s how I’m gonna explain my feelings here too. Here are some of my faves:

These two in particular really grasp how it feels to be an Inuyasha fan right now. It’s something that nobody has really talked about in over a decade and then suddenly WE’RE EVERYWHERE and it’s wonderful. I’m excited and scared but I’m totally here for it.

So the internet (and me) like I said is really going wild about who the potential mom of Sesshomaru’s twins is. Long story short for those who don’t actually watch the show and are reading this for funsies, Sesshomaru is basically an ice king. He shows zero interest in anything aside from achieving power the entire show. Romance doesn’t seem like something he’s even capable of. So the fact that he’s a father – and becomes one quickly enough that his and Inuyasha’s kids can be close in age is mind-boggling. Part way through the show though, he takes in an orphaned human girl named Rin (character development!), about who’s eight years old. She is the primary suspect to a lot of fans right now – that’s where the second meme comes from.

Demons age far more slowly than humans. Sesshomaru himself during the time of Inuyasha is supposedly roughly around five hundred years old. Inuyasha is about 150 or 200ish. And the main characters Inuyasha and Kagome – who is 15 throughout most of the series and 18 at the end – have a kid. That’s why it’s not a stretch to assume Sesshomaru and Rin – who could age ten years into an adult and Sesshomaru age absolutely nothing – could also have a kid (or two, rather).

Whoever it turns out to be though, it’s gonna make the fandom explode, just you wait. We’re all gnawing at the bit to know who it is.


But as the title suggests, I don’t know how I feel about this sequel. I am excited for it, on one hand. On the other, it scares me. Inuyasha has been done and settled for a decade now. The Inuyasha fandom had become this thing that had the show… and then a million headcanons. Basically we’ve all already decided what happened next in our heads because hey, the show ended a decade ago.

So many fanfictions have been written about essentially this stage of life for the characters – what happened after the end of the show, who ends up with who, who has kids, who ends up just continuing their show-poodle ways… and this sequel basically blows all that out of the water.

And I get that my main complaint is ‘now it discounts all the fan-made stuff’, but… I feel like after having only that stuff to go on for a decade, that’s a legitimate reason to feel unease about this. It’s like breaking a Piaget schema in my head that I’ve held as true for a long time and having to reconstruct it to something new. I’ll do it, but I’m almost(?!?) grumpy about having to.

But I’m also excited, because now I get more time in the Inuyasha universe, which is something I didn’t realize I’ve been pining for, but now that I have it, I know I totally am, and was for years.

So time for more memes, these ones to show my excitement:

And that last one really, really explains it. When I was fifteen, that was me. I was obsessed. And then I kept that obsession locked inside me for the past ten or fifteen years – it was still there, as I’ve re-watched the show countless times like I said, but now it can BLOSSOM AGAIN.

I think the best thing that’s gonna come out of this (aside from more Inuyasha of course) is the merch. It’s basically impossible to find Inuyasha figures or whatnot that don’t cost $300 right now, because nobody’s making it! All the pieces on sale are old collector pieces, and while I like collecting merch, I’m not at that level…. yet. But with this new series, I’m hoping Inuyasha merch will make a come-back and I’ll finally be able to get figures of all the characters for my manga shelf.


So overall, my feelings: Mostly excited, very curious, partly annoyed for dumb reasons.

Will I watch and/or read it? Definitely. Will I like it? Probably. Will I be annoyed every time I see one of my headcanons bite the dust? Yes.

Tell me what you think. I wanna nerd about this a bit more.

 

Disney Princess Hair Book Tag

Book Tag

Hello, a tag today! I’m back after taking a week off for health reasons, so I figured a tag would be a good segue into a normal posting schedule.

I was tagged by Katy @Bookbinderway, you should go read her stuff she’s nice and wonderful.

Strictly speaking, not all of my selections will be ‘princesses’ but they’ll at least fall within the Disney domain because capitalism.

The Rules
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Best Hair Accessory | Favorite Book Sidekick

The flowers in Rapunzel’s hair

Nighteyes from the Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies by Robin Hobb

Fool's Errand (Tawny Man, #1)

Nighteyes is a wolf who bonds to Fitz through the magic of the Wit. He’s playful, savage, smart, protective, funny and all around wonderful.


Biggest Hair Change | Plot Twist That Caught You Off Guard

Anna’s morning hair somehow becoming all nice and neat in the next scene. It’d take me years, man.

The twist at the end of Prodigy by Marie Lu

Prodigy (Legend, #2)

I read this book a while back, and the twist at the end of this book definitely surprised me, thought not in a good way. Notice I never finished the trilogy.


Prettiest Up-do/Bun | Book/Author With Most Elegent Prose

The ‘bun’ from Bambi. GET IT. BUN.

The writing in Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel, #1)

An example from near the beginning of the book. For context, the main character has just witnessed multiple deaths around him:

He especially delighted in the old tales, the epics in which heroes set out on some impossible and noble errand, confronting the dangers in their path with fatalistic bravery. Men often died along the way, killed in brutal and unnatural ways; they were gored by war machines, trampled by steeds, and dismembered by their heartless enemies. Their deaths were boastful and lyrical and always, always more romantic than real. Death was not an end. It was an ellipsis. There was no romance in the scene before him. There were no ellipses here. The bodies lay upon the ground like broken exclamation points.


Most Bounce/Body | Book That Bounces Between Multiple Time Periods

How she keeps in tame, I have no idea.

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

A Tale for the Time Being

We’re all Time Beings.


Most Intricate Braid | Favorite Plot With Multiple Story Lines Woven Together

Again, Rapunzel

Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)

They’re just so neato!


Short & Sweet | Books That’s Short and Sweet

Boo’s hair from Monster’s Inc

All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John

All My Friends Are Dead

Yep.


Nicest Half-Up / Half-Down | Book/Character You Had a Lot of Ups and Downs With

Belle’s hair. It always looked so damn manageable to me.

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)

Oh man oh man. This book still gets me steamed. I loved the world building, the side characters, the plot progression. But I hate Kvothe. Ugh. I wrote a full spoilery review on this one and I’m still not over it.


Medium & Manageable | Last Book You Felt Right in the Middle About

Belle’s hair, hyuck.

Tokyo Ghoul volume 1 by Sui Ishida

Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1 (Tokyo Ghoul, #1)

I gave this a three and a half star rating. It was alright. I’ve only read the first though, so it could still surprise me.


Best Bangs | Eye-Catching Cover

While maybe not the ‘best’ bangs, definitely the most adorable. Agnes from Despicable Me

Kings of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology, #1)

It’s even shinier in person!


Long & Loose | Longest Book That You Read This Year

Ahem. Really, I Feel like ‘Rapunzel’ could fulfill all the prompts, except maybe the ponytail one.

Currently Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

560 pages – will likely not hold spot for long, but for now, is the longest.


Best Pony | Book That Swings From POV To POV

Mulan’s pony. GET IT. PONY. HAH.

The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Monster Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #2)

Unlike the first novel in the series, in this second one, we get the thoughts and schemings of multiple people. Ugh I’m loving it so far.


Stunningly Straight | Book That Made You Want to Dive Straight Into the Sequel

Pocahontas’s hair. It’s so lovely

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1)

I went out and bought the sequel to this like… right away. I finished it, put it down, and then put on my shoes to go to the store.

….I haven’t finished it yet, hyuck. I bought it years ago now and have since gotten distracted by other books. Soon. Soon.


Enviable Curls | A Book With Twists and Turns

Merida ❤

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

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

This series is so fantastic man. Really, read it.


Hair Closest to Your Own | Book You Strongly Connected To

Ahem.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ella Enchanted (Ella Enchanted #1)

Back when I was a kid, I’d rent this book from the library over and over and over and over. I was obsessed.


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