Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon First Impressions

This is a First Impressions review of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, or Hanyou no Yashahime: Sengoku Otogizoushi Episode one.

Wow, that told us absolutely nothing! Haha.

Seriously though, I feel like the preview for episode two gave us the recap I thought we would get this episode. No worries, though. I’m sure it will all start to make sense by episode five.

Although I keep thinking about how Kaede-san’s now cryptic “I’m sure Kagome will be fine without Kikyo’s powers” really does raise some questions. I know in the official art Kagome wasn’t there, and Inuyasha was staring at the sacred tree.

Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon Official Poster. Notice Inuyasha turned toward the sacred tree.
Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon Official Poster. Notice Inuyasha turned toward the sacred tree

The Root Head ayakashi was still alive at the end of the Inuyasha-Kagome-Sango and Miroku tag-team duel, so it seems like whatever is going on has to do with him. And of course, despite six months passing from the end of the original Inuyasha series Kikyo’s ghost is still the elephant in the room.

Of course, it would be ridiculous to assume their problems would be solved so quickly. But it was nice to see their little banter going back and forth again.

I’ve always had really fond memories of this series, even if I don’t remember much of what happened in the original run. Which was okay, because episode one of Yashahime gave us a really nice recap – character names and little bios included!

It was also just great to see the characters back on my screen, drawn with the (arguably) higher-quality animation of our time. I think I shared this a long time ago now, but Inuyasha along with Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood were two shows I chiefly watched back in middle school on Adult Swim at night.

That period of time was particularly rough, and I stayed up often because I couldn’t sleep…dreading the new days that would come, and school, and everything else that made me miserable at that time.

I’m really glad I can almost experience the show again in a new way, now when I am in a much better place in my life.

I’m happy, and I’m glad those memories of sadness that used to be associated with Inuyasha can now be reset.

Anywho, it seems Moroha might be an orphan, or something.

She was introduced alone in the preview carrying one of three colorful pearls, so something happened to the old crew – especially the women. Don’t know if they were sealed by the sacred tree, trapped in a well, in another dimension, etc. – but we’ll find out soon enough.

Interesting premise! Was great to revisit old beloved characters, and overall a strong season premiere for Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon.

I don’t think I’ll be doing weekly reviews of this show (I’m waiting to review Attack on Titan Season 4 in December and Log Horizon: Entaku Houkai Season 3 in January of next year) but I’ll definitely keep watching (almost) every week!

But, what were your thoughts on the first episode of this new show?

Isn't she cute? Moroha, Hanyou no Yashahime: Sengoku Otogizoushi Episode 1
Isn’t she cute? Moroha, Hanyou no Yashahime: Sengoku Otogizoushi Episode 1

What do you think happened to Kagome and Inuyasha in the sequel? Why is Moroha alone? And, what the heck is going on with the Bone-Eater’s Well?

Leave your thoughts in the comment section below, I’d love to hear from you! Also be sure to follow us for more Anime reviews next season!

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Author: In Asian Spaces

I write in my personal time and I haven't published much at all. I don't know if that qualifies me as a writer or not, but I'd like to change that. I have a deep passion for travel, cinema and (mainly) East Asian things, but I plan on writing various things to keep it spicy. Let's prosper together ~ よろしくおねがいします。

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