Just a few days prior to the drafting of this article, the news got out that an anime sequel to Inuyasha titled Yashahime is in pre-production for the fall of 2020. All we know so far is that it’ll center on the daughters of Sesshoumaru and Inuyasha. We don’t know much about the plot other than the main trio will consist of Setsuna, Towa, and Moroha. So allow us to provide you a preview and let us share why we’re hyped for Hanyou no Yashahime.
One of the main leads is Towa, one of Sesshoumaru’s daughters who happens to be living in modern Japan as a 14-year-old delinquent. If you’re familiar with the original Inuyasha, then you know that Kagome, the original main character, could go between the modern world and the feudal era through a well that is hidden at the shrine she resides in. After a fire during her childhood, Towa has come to modern Japan through this well and she becomes the adopted daughter of Souta, Kagome’s brother.
The information provided in the Japanese bios states that she’s a delinquent that gets into fights and she wears men’s clothing so she can easily move as she fights. After being kicked out of numerous schools, she finds herself enrolled at the Saint Gabriel All-Girls Academy.
Setsuna is Towa’s long lost twin sister who is still residing in the feudal period. When she was 4, she and Towa were separated and, when they finally meet again after ten years, it isn’t a happy reunion since Setsuna has no memories of her. So, what has Setsuna been doing for the last 10 years? She’s been working with Kohaku, Sango’s younger brother, in exterminating youkai, or demons.
And that leaves us with Moroha, the daughter of Inuyasha and Kagome. She’s a demon bounty hunter feared as Moroha the Monster Killer. Most of the info provided on her is very minimal other than Inuyasha and Kagome left her on her own when she was little, so she has no relationship with them. But when she reunites with her cousins, they go on a journey together to reclaim their lost past.
Sunrise, the studio that animated the original Inuyasha series, is working on Yashahime as well. Teruo Satou, a director of the original series is set to direct Yashahime along with Katsuyuki Sumisawa as one of the main writers, and Kaoru Wada as the music composer. Let’s not forget that Rumiko Takahashi is going to provide the character designs.
If you’re not familiar with Teruo Satou, he also happened to serve as the director for other hit series such as Gundam Unicorn, Tales of the Abyss, and Yakitate Japan!! As for Katsuyuki Sumisawa, he also wrote other notable anime such as the original Sailor Moon series, Gundam Wing, Gundam: The Origin, and Naruto; and Kaoru Wada, served as the composer for Samurai 7, Ace Attorney, and Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas.
Hoping For An Excellent Soundtrack
While all should be excited that Wada will once again provide a background soundtrack that heavily emphasizes the feudal Japan feel with its use of traditional percussions and acoustics, we are positive that Yashahime will maintain the tradition of featuring the biggest stars of Japan’s Avex Trax label. The original Inuyasha gave us the biggest names of the 2000s in terms of J-Pop such as Namie Amuro, Ayumi Hamasaki, V6, Do as Infinity, and BoA (the OG Queen of K-Pop). Will Yashahime give us familiar artists such as Do as Infinity and/or AAA? Or will they give us some fresh talent? Either way, we expect whoever is providing the opening and ending songs will make it on the Oricon charts (Japan’s version of the Billboards)!
At this point, whatever news we can get is very minimal, but considering the legacy of Inuyasha and Rumiko Takahashi, we’re positive that there’s still a story to tell when you take into consideration how Japanese society has changed since its ending. While it has been ten years, a lot has changed and we’re positive those changes will be implemented for Yashahime. We know we’re going to get some of the original cast members back, but we’re positive that Moroha, Towa, and Setsuna will be the true stars of the show. How about you, readers? Are you longtime fans looking forward to this? If so, please share your feelings in the comments!