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"Towa and Setsuna. Between us half-demon twins, two different worlds exist at the same time. Human and demon. Feudal era and present day. Peacefulness and war. Joy and sorrow. Dreams and reality. One moment and eternity. And finally, love and hate. A Feudal Fairytale, Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon. We'll keep moving forward through the hurdles of destiny!"
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Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon (Hanyō no Yashahime) is a sequel to Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi that first aired on October 3, 2020. Like its predecessor, the anime was produced by Sunrise, and in the similar story and production style as Dragon Ball Super, Takahashi is both the story supervisor and outline creator for the series.

Three and a half years after Naraku's defeat, Inuyasha, Kagome, and their friends lives a peaceful life. This is cut short when an old enemy of Kikyo awakens. Eventually, they defeat the demon and resume their lives for now...

Years later, Inuyasha and Kagome now have a daughter named Moroha, and Sesshomaru now has fraternal twin daughters named Towa and Setsuna. When she was four years old, Towa was separated from her sister, and suddenly gets sent to the present day and is taken in and raised by Kagome's brother Sota Higurashi.

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Ten years later, Towa reunites with her sister, but circumstances would strain their relationship. To her shock, Setsuna does not remember her and much of her past. Setsuna has become a demon slayer working for Kohaku and Moroha has become a wandering bounty hunter. Sango and Miroku's son Hisui has also become a demon slayer. After returning to the Fedual Era, she goes on a quest with her sister and cousin to prove her identity and recover Setsuna's memories.

The official trailer can be viewed here.

After the last episode of season one, Sunrise, and the voice actresses for Towa, Setsuna, and Moroha stated season two has been confirmed.


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Yashahime contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: The three main characters are this. Towa is shown beating up thugs trying to fight her.
  • Action Mom: Episode 1 shows that Sango hasn't lost any of her combat prowess due to having kids.
  • Adult Fear: The premise is rife with this considering the main cast of the original series aren't around to raise their Spin-Offspring. Other specific examples include:
    • Episode 2 shows Towa and Setsuna living alone in a forest. While they were asleep a forest fire starts and while trying to run, the two of them get separated when Towa lets go of Setsuna's hand for a split second before Towa gets sent to the future. By the time they reunite 10 years later, Setsuna has completely changed and doesn't have any memories of her older twin.
    • After losing a fight with Towa, a group of Japanese Delinquents retaliate by enacting a Hostage Situation by keeping the rest of the Higurashi tied up. This includes her adopted younger sister Mei, an elementary school student who has a knife pointed at her neck at one point.
    • Knowing they may lose their lives, Kagome gifts Moroha the Clamshell of Rouge before sending her away. She is visibly terrified as she sees her daughter get flown away while Sesshomaru and Kirinmaru approaches them.
    • This is Sesshomaru's thought process. After the twins were born, he is aware that his enemies will come after them and so had them hidden with the Tree of Ages while Jaken creates a barrier to hide their presence. This may also be the reason why Rin is in the tree as she gave birth to his daughters, and he makes it sure that she is safe and secure.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: The Tree of Ages uses Kikyo's form as an avatar, her arrow sealing Inuyasha away for 50 years having imprinted it on the tree.
  • Always Identical Twins:
    • Averted with Towa and Setsuna, who are clearly fraternal twins. Towa has short silver hair and red eyes while Setsuna has long black hair tied in a Tomboyish Ponytail and purple eyes. The only part of their appearance they have in common is a streak of red hair.
    • Played much straighter with Kinu and Gyokuto, Sango's twin daughters, who look almost exactly alike aside from wearing differently colored kimono.
  • Animal-Eared Headband: Moroha ties her hair with a red ribbon that pokes out from the top of her head, evoking the distinct shape of her fathers' ears.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • Root Head kills some bandits who were about to attack a village.
    • Jakotsumaru kills a bandit who recently killed and robbed a traveler, turning him into a walking skeleton. Later corpses are shown, which are also wearing the clothes of bandits.
  • Badass Family: The series focuses on the adventures of Towa, her twin sister Setsuna and their cousin Moroha, who are all equally badass thanks to their dog demon blood and are just as capable in battle. The same applies to Kohaku and his nephew Hisui, who are both demon slayers in their own right.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Towa opts to wear a snazzy white period suit, and she can more than hold her own. She even wears it partially because she finds it easier to fight in than more girly clothes.
  • Badass in Distress: The beginning of Episode 1 has Towa being captured by a local lord, and is being interrogated as a result (by choice). Her sister and cousin comes to rescue her when they find her.
  • Bakeneko and Nekomata: The episode with the monk Juan clearly shows vicious cats youkai, which eat humans.
  • Barrier Maiden: Episode 20 shows that Shiori uses her special powers to shield an entire village full of half-demons from the outside world so that neither demons nor humans can harm them.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Inverted with Fubuki. Although he could make a giant demon doll, he was a very weak youkai and could easily be defeated by Moroha.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Towa is arguably the nicest and most pure hearted of the three Yashahimes (perhaps because she was raised in modern times). Plus, she's probably the most powerful of them too. Most of the time she is happy and relaxed, but when she meets Homura, who started the forest fire in which she and her sister almost perished, she becomes berserk.
  • Bifauxnen: Towa's choice of clothing and her Boyish Short Hair gives her this image.
  • Big Bad: A powerful Beast King by the name of Kirinmaru is set up as the main antagonist of the series.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Besides Kirinmaru as the most obvious threat, Episode 8 reveals that Riku opposes him, wishing to steal the Rainbow Pearls that he and his minions have, and likely the ones belonging to the main trio as well.
  • Big Sister Worship: Towa's adopted sister Mei looks up to her (though she initially wishes she was more girly), but after seeing her fight Mistress Three-Eyes with her Laser Blade, and Setsuna and Moroha's badassery, she's over the moon, especially when she learns that Setsuna and Moroha might be her relatives.
  • Blade on a Stick: Setsuna wields a naginata.
  • Blessed with Suck:
    • Yawaragi has been given a iron rat armor. Although this armor massively increases her demonic powers, it also decreases in size over time and will one day kill her if she fails to get rid of it.
    • According to Yawaragi, the same is true of the Morohas clamshell. While she can transform into Beniyasha, which makes her a lot stronger, if she does it too often, one day she will transform into a belligerent beast.
  • Bloodless Carnage: While the original anime's violence did contain Black Blood, this series has almost no blood at all. In the first episode, two samurai warriors were passing by a village until Root Head decapitates them, with no drop of blood. But in Episode 3, Towa manages to stab Mistress Three-Eyes with her Laser Blade, causing her to bleed. So it's apparent that only demons are the ones to actually bleed.
    • Seemingly averted in later episodes. In episode 13, for example, the remains of a monk that Totetsu has eaten (his vajra and robes) are seen with red blood stains.
  • Blow You Away: The half-demon Futa has a fan with demonic powers. With the attack Kamaitachi she creates blades from wind. Her attack is similar to that of Kagura.
  • Body to Jewel: Episode 15 reveals that both the Rainbow Pearls and the Black Pearls from the original series were made from tears. Specifically, the Black Pearls were made from Inuyasha’s mother, Izayoi, from the grief of the death of her husband, The Inu-no-Taisho. The Rainbow Pearls were made from Zero’s tears using the Sacred Jewel after the Inu-no-taisho died.
  • Botanical Abomination: Root Head is a root demon whose main body is underground while his weaker heads hunt down humans for their nutrients.
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: Moroha inherited her father's swordsmanship and her mother's archery.
  • Breaking Old Trends: Towa, and by extension the sequel, acknowledges that her presence in the Feudal Era along with bringing objects from the present can alter history. Compared to Kagome who wasn't bothered by this possibility and casually brought snacks to share with her friends along with revealing information about the future.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Towa, as a half-demon, turns fully human like her uncle Inuyasha did during the New Moon, black hair and all. Unusually, this is a new development that didn't occur in modern-day Tokyo. Moroha's only being a quarter-demon prevents this from happening to her, and Setsuna is similarly unaffected, seemingly because of the Dream Butterfly having stolen her dreams and memories.
    • In episode 20, Shiori transforms into a human, and is then no longer able to maintain the protective barrier around the half-demon village. Fortunately, Setsuna is nearby when the demons attempt to attack the now unprotected village.
  • Bully Hunter: Towa's history of fights got started when she fought with a bully as a younger child.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Towa frequently gets into fights with delinquents in the modern day.
  • Cain and Abel: A type of demons, who are conjoined, fight each other to the death. The survived twin is the one who lives and gets stronger.
  • Call-Back: In Episode 3, Moroha waltzes around the house in her birthday suit after taking a shower. Her father did the same thing when he visited the present era.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Happens very frequently just like its predecessor series.
  • Cats Are Mean The main trio encounters a village full of ghost cats taking hold of the villagers. After they are defeated, they found out that a cat demon is responsible and they proceed to find and defeat it.
  • Changed My Jumper: When Towa returns to the past, she continues to wear the modern clothes she acquired in the present day.
  • Chaotic Neutral: Pretty much Moroha's character alignment. In fact, she resembles her father in this point, who only became Chaotic Good in the course of the plot through character development.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In Episode 4, Grandpa Higurashi gives Moroha a mummified kappa's foot as a gift, something that she surprisingly appreciates. She uses the foot to hit Root Head's eye with it, which surprisingly puts him in excruciating pain.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: During the flashback of Episode 1, a four-eyed owl is seen watching Kagome and Sango talk with each other. At the end of the episode, the servant of the feudal lord is revealed to have been that same owl in disguise. Episode 8 reveals him to be servant of one Kyuki, one of the Four Perils.
  • Cliffhanger: The first season ends with Setsuna’s death at the hands of Kirinmaru, and Sesshomaru bestowing Towa his Tenseiga in hopes of reviving the former.
  • Comet of Doom: One apparently passes by the Earth every five hundred years, and Kirinmaru and the Great Dog Demon first met when dealing with a fragment of that comet in the past.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • A local lord finds the seat of Kagome's bicycle.
    • In Episode 5, Kohaku references the time Sango's Hiraikotsu was weakened by a bone eating demon.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Towa takes over from her uncle, Inuyasha, as the protagonist. While, they both are good-natured at their core Inuyasha hides it far more than Towa who lets everyone know that she cares. The dynamic they share with their siblings differs as well. Inuyasha and Sesshomaru are constantly at odds, while Towa loves Setsuna more than anything.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Despite being 18 years old and married at the end of the original anime/manga, while Rin was still a young child, Inuyasha and Kagome apparently didn't conceive Moroha until several years later, in the same year as Rin (apparently even months after her), which struck many fans as this.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: This is how Towa's fight against the gangsters who are holding her family hostage looks like. Only Towa's good-natured personality prevented her from injuring or even killing these gangsters more severely, as Sesshomaru used to do with bandits.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Moroha has teeth like that. Although her demon blood is the thinnest of all three girls, she is the only one who has fangs like this.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Moroha, Towa and Setsuna all qualify for it, in descending order for how "monsterous" they are.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: With Mei's affection, Setsuna became a little more open and cheerful during her stay in modern times. However, since she's back with the demon hunters, she's been refrosting.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance:
    • This is discussed in-universe. Towa is aware by the standards of modern day Japan meant she would have to play her role as a woman, and thus being more feminine. However, she isn't a bit girly to say the least, and she has no personal interest in being one.
    • Rin ended up marrying and having children with Sesshomaru when she was just 16-17, which in the 16th century was considered an appropriate age for such things, but absolutely would not fly today.
  • Dem Bones: Jakotsumaru kills several humans and turns them into walking skeletons. However, these skeletons are red as undead. Towa destroys most of them while Moroha fights Jakotsumaru.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Yawaragi dies in the arms of Moroha. She proudly tells her that she has now taught her everything she could teach her.
  • Disappeared Dad: Three-fold:
    • Inuyasha isn't involved with Moroha's life some time during the Time Skip. Why exactly he's missing has yet to be seen. A flashback in Episode 8 reveals that Sesshomaru and Kirinmaru apparently attacked him and Kagome when Moroha was an infant, and Sesshomaru sent both him and Kagome to his father's grave to protect them.
    • Sesshomaru came to Kaede's village to pick up his newborn hanyo daughters, and that's the last time anyone saw him. Episode 2 shows that he's staying out of their lives, as the twins were playing together by themselves in a forest. Episode 15 reveals he was doing it because his enemies were after his daughters and Jaken creates a barrier to protect them.
    • Subverted with Miroku, while at first it seems like he's gone Walking the Earth, it turns out that he's only training at a nearby temple for a thousand days (800 of which are over) after realizing how weak he was without his wind tunnel. In addition, Gyokuto visits him quite frequently providing him supplies. It's Hisui who's avoiding him since they don't get along as he believes his father ran away like a coward.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The whole plot of episode 19 turns out to be a revenge scheme by Princess Aiya to have the Demon Slayers kill Moroha because she splashed a small amount of mud on Aiya's robes during the events of episode 1/7.
  • Distant Sequel: Yashahime is set long after the conclusion of Inuyasha, and revolves around the daughters of Inuyasha and Sesshomaru.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: It wouldn't be an Inuyasha story if it didn't feature plenty of this. Like her father, Moroha goes barefoot. When they were children living alone in the forest, Towa and Setsuna wore beautiful kimonos, but no shoes.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": The local lord that captures Towa calls her Princess Half-Demon, but she rejects that title, saying she is not a princess.
  • Dream Stealer: Setsuna has amnesia regarding her past and is unable to fall asleep, even with drugs because of a butterfly from the dream world that stole her dreams.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Inuyasha still has this problem when he and Miroku were hunting demons together, and local villagers praise Miroku over him.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Even though Jakotsumaru was cruel, devious, and merciless, he was still angry that Moroha killed his father. It is implied, however, that someone else killed Tokotsu, and Moroha just happened to be around.
  • Fighting a Shadow: Root Head keeps its main body buried deep underground while sending out weaker copies to hunt.
  • Final Boss Preview: Towa, Setsuna, and Morhoha suffer their first major defeat courtesy of their destined enemy Kirinmaru.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Towa's situation. She was accidentally stuck in the modern world until Sota finds and raises her. She quickly adapts to the modern world in her 10 years growing up.
  • The Force Is Strong with This One: Moroha can feel demonic energies. In this way, she immediately recognized Setsuna and Towa as half-demons when they first met.
  • Fragile Speedster: Jakotsumaru was a quick and agile fighter. At the same time, he was also very weak and fragile for a demon (although still stronger than a human), so that Moroha could easily destroy him.
  • Friendless Background:
    • Towa doesn't seem to have any close friends. It is implied that she never had the time to make friends because she often had to change schools. And she often had to change schools because she helped innocent people in need.
    • In episode 10, Moroha talks sadly that she's been lonely all her life because she's a quarter-demon. In fact, hanyou are often hated by both humans and youkai. It hurts her feelings when Towa and Setsuna refuse to join her on a bounty hunt because she believed the two girls have already become friends. The episode further shows that Setsuna is not her friend, but just takes advantage of Moroha, whereas Towa likes her a little bit.
    • Unknown to Setsuna. She lives with the demon hunters. It is unclear, however, whether she really sees them as her friends or simply as people with whom she hunts demons together.
  • Full-Boar Action: Tokotsu was a boar youkai.
  • Furry Reminder: The flashback from Episode 2 shows a young Towa and Setsuna getting down on all fours to drink water from a river, similar to dogs drinking from a water bowl.
  • Gambit Pileup: As the first season progresses, it soon becomes clear that Kirinmaru, some of the Perils, Zero, Riku, and Sesshomaru all have various plans and agendas they are trying to achieve.
  • Game Face:
    • When Setsuna transforms into a full demon, her fangs stand out much more clearly. In addition, some sort of purple face-paint also appears. She looks significantly different than before, but much less horror than her half-uncle Inuyasha once did.
    • Downplayed with Moroha. When she uses her true demon powers and becomes Beniyasha, only her eyes turn yellow.
  • Gender Flip: In Episode 6, based on chapter 394 of the original manga, the nun who sympathized with the Ghost Cat demon is switched to a monk named Juan.
  • Genius Loci: In Episode 11, the demon "Drifting Pond" not only inhabits a pond, it becomes the pond, infusing itself entirely into the water. Purifying the water destroys Drifting Pond in the process.
  • Gentleman Thief: Riku is introduced as a charming young man after he meets Towa, and clearly mentions being a pirate who never steals from women and children. And that's exactly what he says when Towa gets apprehended by the local lord's men and Yotsume when she is accused of stealing the real Kikujumonji.
  • The Gloves Come Off: When a group of delinquents who've been fighting with Towa for some time decide to threaten her family (especially her little sister, Mei), all they succeed in doing is convince her that the situation is too dangerous for her to hold back and instead unleash her full half-demon strength and speed.
  • Gratuitous English:
  • Gratuitous Princess: Although they are not princesses in the traditional sense, the three main characters are referred to as "Yashahime" by several others within the series, which is translated to "Princess Half-Demon" in English. This is likely due to them being the granddaughters of Inu-no-Taisho, who was known to be a powerful daiyokai and was the lord of the western provinces of Japan, there is also a bit of irony to this as Moroha is still called this even though she is only a quarter demon despite being the most dog-like of the trio.
  • Half-Breed Discrimination: Unlike the prequel anime, it is completely inverted.
    • Towa grew up in modern times, where almost no one believes in demons anymore, and despite her white hair, she was perceived as a human and treated like one.
    • Setsuna was taken in by the demon hunters and treated like one of them, even though they know she is a half-demon.
    • Moroha mentioned that it wasn't always easy as a quarter-demon, but at least her closest "co-workers", Jubei and Takechiyo (a human and a demon) don't seem to have a problem with her being a hanyou.
    • Eventually, it turns out to be a big exception with these three girls. Elsewhere, half-demons are still discriminated against by demons and humans. Shiori has founded a village where half-demonic children can grow up safely so that they do not have to experience suffering from demons or humans.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The twins are half-demon from their father Sesshomaru and half-human from their human mother Rin.
  • Happy Ending Override: Naraku may be dead and the Shikon Jewel is gone forever, but the new generation along with the old have to contend with demons that still linger, especially those who are still after the Shikon Jewel even long after it's gone. Plus Moroha knows very little of her parents since she's lived alone most of her life, since Sesshomaru sent them to his father's grave to protect them to the point that Kagome and Inuyasha were prevented from raising their daughter; meanwhile Towa and Setsuna were separated when they were only four and grew up without each other or their biological parents.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: This applies to Moroha and Towa, who both prefer to fight with swords.
  • Hidden Elf Village: Episode 20 reveals that Shiori has been using the time since we last saw her to use her barrier powers to create a village to protect half-demon children until they're old enough to fend for themselves.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Sesshomaru as usual is this. Post-Character Development while he appears to go off on his own, he stays behind to protect Sango, her children, and Rin from any incoming attacks from Root Head. While a flashback or vision from Episode 8 shows him seemingly preparing to attack Inuyasha and Kagome along with Kirinmaru, Episode 15 reveals that he actually intended to save the couple using the Black Pearl.
    • Setsuna keeps returning to the village where she grew up as a child to protect it from attacking demons. When Towa asks her to take care of the others, she is embarrassed and she blushes.
  • History Repeats:
    • Just like Kagome at the start of the original series, Setsuna and Moroha end up dragged to a different timeline by a centipede Youkai trying to steal the McGuffin in their bodies.
    • Like his father, Sesshomaru knew the imminent danger his half-demon daughters are being put through, and so he devises several contingency plans to ensure they are kept alive, and gifts them Gold and Silver Pearls. Though this time, there's no fire involved and his wife Rin wasn't in any imminent danger prior to giving birth like how his father went out of his way to save his human wife Izayoi and their son Inuyasha.
  • Horned Humanoid: Jakotsumaru has two horns on his head. This is visual proof that he is a demon.
  • Hostage Situation: In Episode 2, the delinquents manage to abduct Towa's sister Mei alongside Ms. Higurashi and Grandpa in order to take their revenge.
  • How Is That Even Possible?: Kohaku and Hisui don't know who Moroha is and seem to think that she is a full-blooded Youkai, so they are naturally shocked when they see her using Sacred Arrows which is something that only humans should be able to do.
  • How We Got Here: The flashbacks from Episode 1 to Episode 2 to 6 are a series of flashbacks before catching up to the present in Episode 7.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: Setsuna is a half-demon who lives with demon hunters and hunts demons.
  • Hybrid Power: Moroha has both her father's demonic powers and her mother's spiritual powers. But because she is a quarter demon, her demonic powers are not very pronounced, and she has to artificially reinforce them in battle. This more mixed heritage also has the benefit of preventing her from being Brought Down to Normal periodically like her father was at the New Moon.
  • Identical Grandson: Towa suspects that the Identical Stranger situation with the monk Juan and the present-day idol Julian is because the monk is Julian's ancestor, though nothing is proven.
  • Identical Stranger: Towa notices the monk Juan looks like her and Mei's favorite male idol Julian.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl:
    • During the second episode, Towa walks around the apartment wearing only underwear.
    • It is much clearer with Moroha. She came out of the shower naked and didn't mind who could see her like that.
  • Instant Expert: All three heroines demonstrate this feat to varying degrees:
    • Towa after only using her demonic powers for the first time to make Laser Blade, quickly figures out how to do so again at will and just a few days later, upgrades it to a powerful Sword Beam.
    • Setsuna and Moroha quickly accllimate to the modern day. Setsuna manages to become adept with the violin with just a few days of instruction from Sota's wife, while Moroha managed to figure out how to use Sota's credit card to go shopping.
  • In-Series Nickname: Moroha calls herself "Beniyasha", which means "Crimson Demon".
  • Lawful Good: Setsuna is in her character alignment on the border of Lawful Good and Lawful Neutral.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
    • After Kagome calls out the "osuwari" command, Miroku mentions that the scene feels rather nostalgic, as if he's remembering the times when that command became a Running Gag in Inuyasha.
    • Near the end of episode 15, Riku looks directly to the camera and says "Come on now, don't be hasty. It's in poor taste, you know?" as if he's aware of the audience's impatience to get to the main plot rather than sidetracking it.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: In Episode 2, Hisui, Kohaku, and Setsuna meet Moroha and mistake her for the Youkai that has been attacking a local village. She tries to explain that she is hunting the real culprit, but they attack her. Eventually, the real culprit, Mistress Three-Eyes, shows up.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father:
    • Inverted with Hisui. He is a demon hunter in his mother's tradition.
    • Played straight with Towa and Setsuna, who got their special powers from their demonic father Sesshomaru. In particular, Towa uses Soryuha, the sword attack Sesshomaru was known for (it should be noted, however, that Towa, despite her biological relationship, considers Sota Higurashi to be her real father for raising her).
    • Zigzagged with Moroha. She is a sword fighter like her father. And she uses the same demon powers as he does, like the Sankon Tesso and the Hijin Kesso. But at the same time she also fights with a bow and arrow and with spiritual powers, like her mother.
    • Kin'u became a Buddhist nun, just as her father Miroku is a Buddhist monk. And like her father, she also has spiritual powers.
  • Living Toys: In episode 21 it is implied several times that Riku is a kind of living doll with demonic powers.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Kaede knew that Setsuna was Sesshomaru's daughter, but she never told Hisui or Kohaku until it was necessary. She appears to have not told the twins the identity of their mother, since she was there with Sango and Kagome seeing Rin giving birth to them.
  • MacGuffin: The Rainbow Pearls are jewels of great power that the heroes and villains will be fighting each other in order to obtain them. Towa and Setsuna's were in their eyes, while Moroha took hers from a dead demon. Kirinmaru's forces also has several, and Riku apparently has one as an earring. There are a grand total of seven of them.
  • Magical Eye: Towa and Setsuna's Rainbow Pearls naturally seem to reside in their left and right eyes, respectively, and seem to be the key to why they can travel between the two eras. Mistress Three-Eyes even wants to obtain all three so she'll have one for each eye.
  • Manchild:
    • Downplayed with Moroha. She is not an adult, but a teenager. But for a 14-year-old girl, she often behaves very childish and immature.
    • Towa at least has a shadow of it.
  • Minor Living Alone:
    • Before they were separated by the forest fire, Towa and Setsuna were just living alone in the forest, without either parent in sight.
    • Moroha is apparently by herself as well, and Hisui and Kohaku don't seem to even realize that she's Inuyasha's daughter.
  • Missing Mom:
    • The twins' mother isn't mentioned. Considering they are a Half-Human Hybrid, their human mother's identity is a mystery for a long time. Her identity is later revealed to be Rin.
    • In Moroha's case, it's stated that Kagome, along with Inuyasha were not present during her early years meaning that something must have happened to them. Episode 8 reveals that Kirinmaru and Sesshomaru apparently attacked them when she was a baby, and they sent Moroha away to protect her. Sesshomaru however sent them to his father's grave to protect them.
    • Sango herself is playing with the trope, she is currently staying at home waiting for her husband's return from training and crafting things for the demon slayers and not active in demon slaying with her Hiraikotsu and Kirara being used respectivly by her son and the other members of her family and allies.
  • Monster of the Week: Just like its predecessor Inuyasha, Yashahime follows the format wherein the heroes fight and defeat a new antagonist in every episode.
  • Monstrous Humanoid: Averted, as all three girls are able to pass as human girls with Setsuna being the most normal-looking one while Towa's only difference from other humans is her silver hair. Moroha does have claws and fangs like her father but it's not obvious at first glance.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: Towa was raised by Kagome's younger brother Sota when she ended up in the present. Setsuna was raised and trained to be a demon slayer by Kohaku.
  • Multicolored Hair: Towa and Setsuna both have a streak of red hair along their respective silver and black hair.
  • Mundane Utility: Towa has a lot of trophies in her room that she won in various sports competitions. For a half-demon, it is obviously worth living in the modern age.
  • Mystical White Hair: Towa has silver hair similar to her father.
  • Nemean Skinning: Moroha kills demons and sells the corpses to people who want to make armor and weapons out of them.
  • Neutral Good: The character alignment of Towa.
  • Noble Womans Laugh: Princess Aiya has a particularly obnoxious one.
  • No Man of Woman Born: It's prophesied that Kirinmaru will be felled "by an existence that is neither human nor demon, an entity that will surpass time". At first he thought no such foe existed; but of course, Inuyasha is neither fully human nor fully demon and Kagome has travelled through time on multiple occasions, plus they had a quarter-demon daughter Moroha. This prophecy, of course, can now be used to discribe the main heroines of Yashahime as all of them are neither fully human nor fully demon, and due to Towa being flung through time, she fulfills the latter part of the prophecy as well.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Most of the characters in the anime are drawn in Takahashi's styles especially the main characters but some characters like Riku and Zero stands out surprisingly as they are drawn in a different style by another person which is noticeable with their eyes.
  • The Nose Knows: Moroha, Setsuna and Towa all three have a fine sense of smell. This is very common for dog youkai (and dog hanyou). However, Towa can hardly recognize the smell of youkai because she grew up in the modern age and therefore does not know that smell.
  • Oh, Crap!: Towa gives Riku her silver rainbow pearl because she decided she would like him. When Setsuna and Moroha point out that he works for one of the bad guys, that's exactly her face expression.
  • Off-Model: Yashahime has received some flak for its art not being to par with the original Inuyasha anime, with characters sometimes being given "monkey ears", eyes not aligning on the face, heads looking smaller than they should be, etc. Perhaps most noticably is an infantilizing artstyle that makes the original characters look younger than they were in The Final Act despite being older.
  • Off with His Head!: The demon Root Head is fond of collecting people's heads.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: Episode 15 finally provides some additional context to the flashback scenes and visions that were only briefly shown in the previous episodes. It was Zero who ordered Homura to burn the forest that Sesshomaru's twins were in. Sesshomaru also didn't actually fight Inuyasha and Kagome head-on, he used the Black Pearl to save them instead.
  • One-Gender School: Towa attends St. Gabriel's Academy, an all girls' school.
  • One Twin Must Die: Appears to be a common theme when it comes to powerful Demons. They will have twins, said twins will fight to the death, and the surviving one will be raised.
    • Kaede suspects that Setsuna, Sesshomaru's daughter, is seen without her sister because she has already murdered her. Fortunately, she's wrong.
    • It can be seen much more clearly with Kinka and Ginka. They belong to a species of demons that are born as twins and then fight each other until the stronger of them kills and eats the weaker one.
  • Orcus on His Throne: In his first in-person appearance in Episode 7, Kirinmaru seems to be completely disinterested in doing anything but hanging out on his ship eating grapes while The Four Perils do the heavy lifting for him. He can't even be bothered to remember Tokotsu's name, even though he gave him the red Rainbow Pearl that Moroha took after Tokotsu was killed. The only reason he even engages the trio is because the last remaining Peril was leading them towards his ship and he got ticked.
  • Parental Abandonment: Although Setsuna apparently discovered her father's identity, Towa had no idea who Sesshomaru was when he was mentioned. Kaede suspects, given what Setsuna said to her when they first met, that he left them as a sort of test to see if they could make it on their own.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Takechiyo seems to fill that role, but Moroha has shadows from it too.
  • Proportional Aging: Much to the main trio's shock, Meioju's son has been trying to avenge his father's death for ten years, being fifty, despite looking, and to a degree acting, like a child.
  • Puberty Superpower: Rumiko Takahashi explicitly stated in an interview that half-demons age at a human rate during their childhood. It is only when they reach puberty that their demonic longevity begins. However, their longevity only begins in puberty; they already have superhuman physical strength as children.
  • Rat Men: Episode 16 shows a clan of demons who look like rats walking upright. They seem to make clothing with magical powers, such as Moroha fire rat robe or the iron rat armor. Sadly, they are murdered by Konton.
  • Real-Time Timeskip: Approximately the same amount of time has passed between Inuyasha and Yashahime in real life as it has in-universe.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Towa is hot-headed while Setsuna is stoic, mirroring their uncle and father respectively.
  • Refusal of the Call: In Episode 4, the Tree of Ages gives Towa, Setsuna, and Moroha a mission to defeat Kirinmaru, an old enemy of their grandfather, the Great Dog General, as well as Sesshomaru, both at the same time. Setsuna refuses not caring about Sesshomaru and Towa refuses not wanting to kill her father.
  • The Reveal: Episode 15 resolves several questions and plot holes that were pretty much left hanging before. Aside from the revisited flashbacks mentioned under Once More, with Clarity!, this episode reveals that Rin is the mother of Towa and Setsuna, Jaken cast a barrier to protect the twins under the orders of Sesshomaru, it was Riku who ordered Hosenki II to create the Black Pearl and pass it alongside the Rouge to Inuyasha and Kagome, Kirinmaru is prophesized to be slain by "an existence that is either human nor demon, an impossible entity that can surpass time", and Sesshomaru also cut off Joka's arms to obtain the Silver and Gold Rainbow Pearls for his newborn twins, which explains how they were in possession of the pearls since childhood.
    • Episode 20 reveals that, after she was separated from Towa and lost her memories, Setsuna was taken by Jaken to a hidden village of half-demons that Shiori, the half-bat demon from the original series, has kept safe for with her barrier powers. She went to Kaede's village for a time, but returned, only to leave again after her powers went out of control. It also reveals that she got her Naginata from a moth demon she killed that was trying to attack the village when Shiori lost her powers during a solar eclipse, and that it acts as the seal on her Power Limiter.
  • Roofhopping: In Episode 2, you see Towa jumping over a school gate. She then jumps and climbs up a building after making sure no one is watching her.
  • Running Gag:
    • Kagome's "osuwari!"/"SIT!" command to Inuyasha returns here from the predecessor series.
    • Moroha would usually end up not receiving the bounty reward for the Monster of the Week at the end of the episode, mostly because the bounty's corpse would disintegrate. Whenever this happens, Moroha would complain about it, while Takechiyo would laugh at her bad luck.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Kikyo sealed the demon Root Head rather than destroy it. When he breaks free, he is unaware the Shikon Jewel has been destroyed and mistakes Kagome for Kikyo, seeking revenge.
  • Series Continuity Error: In the original anime, the clamshell rouge Inuyasha's mother gave him as a keepsake was destroyed by Naraku after Inuyasha gifted it to Kikyo, but here it's in Moroha's possession and perfectly intact, with no explanation how. It should be noted, however, that the rouge was not destroyed in the original manga, and therefore, if this series is a sequel to the manga rather than the anime, then this is not an error.
    • This receives a Hand Wave in Episode 15, with Hosenki II claiming to Inuyasha and Kagome that it's recovery was "no easy feat", alongside a brief flashback to "The Tragic Love Song Of Destiny". This flashback, along with a brief glimpse of Ayame during the episode, cements the series as a sequel to the anime continuity specifically.
  • Shock and Awe: The half demon Raita has a mini trident with demonic powers. With the attack Gorogoro he can fire a bolt of lightning with this weapon.
  • Smug Snake: Gagagozen wants to attack the half-demon village. He thinks he's strong and superior. And then he meets Setsuna.
  • Spin-Offspring: The main characters are the children of the main cast of Inuyasha.
  • Stock Ness Monster: The Mizuchi from Episode 11 was a snake-like demon who lived in a demonic pond.
  • Strictly Formula: An episode of Yashahime usually goes like this: Moroha receives an offer to slay a demon, she convinces Towa and Setsuna to help her, they slay said demon, but since the demon didn't leave a body behind, Moroha can't collect her bounty.
  • Stripped to the Bone:
    • The demon Root Head drains nutrients from people and quickly reduces them to skeletons.
    • This is Kyuki's final fate thanks to Riku.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Towa bears a strong resemblance to her father Sesshomaru with her silver hair. Moroha also looks similar to her father with her mother's hair and eyes.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Actually averted for the most part, as Grandpa Higurashi, Kaede, and even the cat are still alive 20 years later. However, Kagome's bike appears to have been destroyed to the point only a rusted seat remains of it.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Setsuna asks Miroku to remove her seals so she can transform into a full-fledged demon when she fights Totetsu. However, she gets into a frenzy much less than her half-uncle Inuyasha back then.
  • Taken for Granite: In Episode 12, Nikosen does that to Moroha and Setsuna. But when Towa destroys him, the two girls turn back unscathed.
  • Taking You with Me: Yawaragi holds Konton so that Moroha's attack hits him too and destroys them both. But Konton can teleport himself, and thus escapes the attack.
  • Tangled Family Tree: The situation of the extended Higurashi family, thanks to Towa getting adopted by her parental half-uncle, she is among other things simultaneously Setsuna's older twin sister and adoptive half-cousin-in-law, Moroha's cousin twice over, being both her half-cousin and adoptive first cousin and technically speaking Towa is in fact her own adoptive half-cousin-in-law.
  • Tanuki: One of the new characters is a tanuki demon named Takechiyo, who works for Jyubei and often helps/monitors Moroha on her bounty hunts. Based on his interaction with Moroha in the poster, their relationship will be similar to Shippo and Inuyasha.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill Muggles: A flashback in episode 20 shows that Setsuna wants to kill some bandits who are attacking a village. Kaede stops them from doing so, however. Setsuna argues that otherwise the bandits would keep coming back. Finally, Setsuna leaves Kaede's village because she believes that as a half-demon she cannot live among humans. Over time, however, she becomes more warm-hearted.
  • Timeline-Altering MacGuffin: Towa gets captured by a local lord who found Kagome's bicycle seat and a history textbook in Towa's possessions and deduces she is from the future. He starts gloating that he can use the textbook to predict the future and be victorious in battle. However, Setsuna and Moroha rescue her and she takes the seat and textbook back.
  • Time Skip: The sequel takes place 20 years after the end of Inuyasha.
  • Tomboy: None of the three girls is particularly feminine. But Towa stands out because she looks and behaves very boyishly.
  • To Serve Man:
    • The water demon from Episode 11 ate everyone and everything that came near the pond. When it was destroyed, a lot of human skeletons were visible.
    • Totesu from Episode 13 ate a monk. It is implied that he has eaten many monks.
    • The moth demon Gagagozen is said to have eaten more than a hundred samurai. And he attacks the hidden village of the half-demons because he intends to eat them up.
  • Total Eclipse of the Plot: Towa and Setsuna were born during a lunar eclipse.
    • Shiori becomes human and loses her barrier powers during solar eclipses, which makes a certain amount of sense for a half-bat demon.
  • Training from Hell: It's eventually revealed that Miroku is undergoing a 1000-day training regiment so he can make up for the loss of the Wind Tunnel's power. He's currently on day 800 or so.
  • Uneven Hybrid: While Towa and Setsuna are Half Human Hybrids, Moroha's heritage is more uneven; she's a quarter demon and three quarters human because her father Inuyasha is half-demon and her mother Kagome is human. Despite this she is still called "Princess Half-Demon".
  • Upgrade Artifact:
    • The rainbow pearls qualify for this. Every demon (or half-demon) who has one of these pearls becomes considerably more powerful through them.
    • Moroha has a clamshell rouge that amplifies her demonic powers, making her much more powerful for a short time in battle. The disadvantage, however, is that she becomes so exhausted that she has to sleep for a whole day afterwards.
  • Useless Without Powers: Towa has to realize that she cannot do anything in the fight against demons if she transforms into a human on the night of the new moon. But when she changes back in the morning, she can save the day.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: The parents of the half-demon Futa were killed by humans. While demons often attack half-demons and their parents in order to kill them, humans tend not to do so. Which makes such incidents all the more gruesome when they do happen.
  • Viewers Are Goldfish: Every episode it reminds the viewers of the characters' names and who they are.
  • Voodoo Shark: As a sequel to Inuyasha, why Kirinmaru decides to make his move long after his long-time rival and equal Inu no Taisho is long dead. As the ruler of the western domain, Kirinmaru right then and there would have made his move after the dog demon had died, and Sesshomaru is the heir to his father's domain. However, Sesshomaru willingly gave up his quest for conquest under his power, and thus the eastern domain has no heir for control. Though this implies that because Sesshomaru is the heir to the eastern domain, Kirinmaru cannot make his move unless Sesshomaru gives up his inheritance. Episode 7 shows that while he's making his move, he is seemingly disinterested in it, and Episode 15 shows that he wasn't even awakened until the births of Towa, Setsuna, and Moroha.
  • Was Once a Man: The antagonist in Episode 12, Nikosen, was a sage who ended up becoming a demon.
  • Wham Shot: At the end of Episode 22: The Grim Comet is approaching modern day Earth
  • What the Hell Are You?: The delinquents ask this when Towa demonstrates supernatural strength and speed while rescuing her family.
  • Willfully Weak: Towa displayed this trait at least twice:
    • She had to promise her adoptive father that she would never show her true powers. Whenever she beat up bullies, she always held back in combat so as not to seriously injure them. However, that promise is put to the test when her family is threatened.
    • Even when she is caught and tied up by the soldiers of a nobleman in Episode 7, she hides her real strength. She could have torn her bonds and free herself at any time, but she was actually waiting for Setsuna and Moroha to arrive.
  • Work Off the Debt: Moroha's bounty hunting is apparently to pay off some kind of debt that she owes.
    • The debt is actually that of her former mentor from the Wolf Demon Tribe, Yawaragi, who transfered the debt to Moroha so she could keep her own money in hopes of raising enough to pay for the removal of the Cursed Armor she wears.
  • Wrecked Weapon: When Towa tries to attack the centipede Youkai, Mistress Three-Eyes, her sword breaks in half on contact, much to her shock. She later makes a Laser Blade from the broken hilt.
  • You Can't Kill What's Already Dead: In Episode 6, a monk is possessed by the spirit of a ghost cat, and uses the bodies of travelers that he's killed via his ghost cat minions to create a skeletal giant version of his original body. No matter what Moroha does, she can't kill the thing because it reforms every time she hits it, and only Towa absorbing the ghost cat's demonic energy is enough to stop it.

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