|Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon|
(Han'yō no Yashahime)
|Anime television series|
|Written by||Katsuyuki Sumisawa|
|Music by||Kaoru Wada|
|Original network||NNS (ytv)|
|Original run||October 3, 2020 – present|
|Written by||Takashi Shiina|
|Magazine||Shōnen Sunday S|
|Original run||September 25, 2021 – scheduled|
Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon (Japanese: 半妖の夜叉姫, Hepburn: Han'yō no Yashahime) is a Japanese anime television series produced by Sunrise. It is a sequel to the Inuyasha anime series, which itself is based on the original manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. It is the story of Towa Higurashi and Setsuna, Sesshomaru and Rin's twin daughters, and Moroha, Inuyasha and Kagome Higurashi's teenage daughter. The series' first season aired from October 2020 to March 2021. A second season is set to premiere in October 2021.
Viz Media has licensed the series for North and Latin American territories, while Medialink has licensed it for Southeast Asian and South Asian territories.
Several years after the events of Inuyasha: The Final Act , Sesshomaru and Rin's four-year-old daughter Towa is separated from her twin sister Setsuna and gets stranded in the modern era, where she is adopted into her paternal half-aunt Kagome Higurashi's family, raised by Kagome's younger brother Sota and his warmhearted wife Moe. Towa becomes close to her younger adopted sister, six-year-old Mei, who is Towa's "substitute" for Setsuna.
One decade later, when the twins are fourteen-years-old, Towa is reunited with Setsuna, who comes to the modern era through the vast time-traveling power of the mystical Sacred Tree of Ages. During their separation, Setsuna became a hardhearted, feisty demon-slayer working under Kohaku and does not remember her past as they and her dreams were stolen by the mythical Dream Butterfly. In order to restore them, the half-demon twins embark on an adventure while accompanied by their quarter-demon bounty hunter cousin Moroha, who is the feisty, hard-as-nails fourteen-year-old daughter of Kagome and Inuyasha, and who also has no knowledge of her parents; except that her mother is an uppermost-level human priestess and that her father is half dog-demon.
At times, the vital essence of the Sacred Tree of Ages finally reveals itself after many centuries of dormancy, warning them that a longtime rival of their deceased paternal dog-demon grandfather is planning on warping time itself, since Sesshomaru refuses to fight him directly in place of his father. At the same time, it is holding the teenage Rin in suspended animation for Sesshomaru because of her fatal connection to Zero, the elder sister of Kirinmaru and creator of the seven mystical Rainbow Pearls, whose mighty demonic abilities rival those of the Shikon Jewel itself.
The series was first announced in May 2020.It aired from October 3, 2020 to March 20, 2021 on Yomiuri TV and Nippon TV. The series was produced by Sunrise, directed by Teruo Sato with main character designs by Inuyasha original creator Rumiko Takahashi. Staff from Inuyasha returned, with Katsuyuki Sumisawa in charge of the scripts while Rumiko Takahashi acted as storyboard supervisor, Yoshihito Hishinuma in charge of the anime character designs and Kaoru Wada composing the music. The opening theme "New Era" is performed by the male idol group SixTONES, while the ending theme "Break" is performed by Uru. The second opening theme "Burn" is performed by NEWS, while the second ending theme "Kesshō" is performed by Ryokuōshoku Shakai.
Viz Media announced the rights to digital streaming, EST, and home video release of the series for North and Latin American territories.Medialink also announced that it has the rights to the series in Southeast Asian territories. Later, Medialink also licensed to Animax Asia for TV airing from June 21. Viz Media streamed the series on Crunchyroll, Funimation and Hulu. On October 26, 2020, Funimation announced a partnership with Viz Media to release an English dub of the series, with the English cast of Inuyasha reprising their roles. Funimation began streaming the English dub on November 6, 2020 along with Hulu and Crunchyroll. The English dub of the series began broadcasting on Adult Swim's Toonami programming block beginning on June 27, 2021.
On March 20, 2021, a second season of the series was announced following the release of Episode 24.The second season, titled Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon - The Second Act, is set to premiere on October 2, 2021. The opening theme is performed by NEWS, while the ending theme is performed by Little Glee Monster.
In August 2021, it was announced that a manga adaptation by Takashi Shiina is set to start in Shogakukan's Shōnen Sunday S on September 25, 2021.
Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon ranked 9th on Animage's 43rd Anime Grand Prix in 2021.
James Beckett and Monique Thomas of Anime News Network listed Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon as one of the worst anime of the winter 2021 season.
Rumiko Takahashi and Yoshihito Hishinuma were nominated for Best Character Design in Crunchyroll's 2021 Anime Awards.
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