Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, the 2020 sequel to the early 2000s classic Inuyasha, is one of my personal favorites when it comes to recent anime. With season 2 about to premiere, it seemed like the perfect time. But…I do have some catching up to do. In order to get all 24 episode reviews up before the new season, I’ll be posting about three a day from now until Oct. 2nd. Then while season two is airing, I’ll post one each week starting the day episode 1 comes out in English dub. Without further ado, here’s episode 1.
The first episode of Yashahime picks up 6 months after Kagome’s decision to stay in the Feudal Era full time at the end of Inuyasha: The Final Act. Inuyasha and Miroku are working together as demon slayers for hire. Kagome seems to spend most of her time either hanging out with Sango (now a mother of three as we saw in the finale of Inuyasha: The Final Act) and studying herbal medicine. Kaede watches the group from a hill above them and remarks that Kagome will make a fine priestess even without Kikiyo’s spiritual power being added to her own.
Later that night, the group contends with a demon named Root Head, who Inuyasha and Miroku thought they had slain earlier in the day, however, he proves to be a much more formidable opponent. This is all a flashback framed as a story that a local Danyo is telling a captive “Half-Demon Princess” named Towa.
It was a good episode, but I don’t think it works very well as a first episode. It barely introduces us to our new main characters and doesn’t do much to explain anything about the situation we’ll be presented with for the rest of the season. In retrospect, it sort of misleads the viewer into thinking that Root Head, as well as the original characters, will play a much larger role in the season than they end up playing. I think it would work much better as a special on its own that takes place between the two series. This would also allow for it to spend more time and flesh things out a bit more.