A new Inuyasha sequel called the Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon (Hanyo no Yashahime) anime has been announced, and the Yashahime release date is scheduled for October 2020, the fall 2020 anime season.
New episodes will air Saturdays at 5:30 PM Japanese time.
The Yashahime story is set years in the future and features the daughters of several notable characters from the original Inuyasha anime (see below for the plot summary).
The Yashahime anime will be produced by animation studio Sunrise, which is best known for anime series like Cowboy Bebop, Code Geass, and Tiger & Bunny (see our article on the Tiger & Bunny Season 2 anime).
Inuyasha anime episode director Teruo Sato is returning for the Inuyasha sequel to be the principal director for Yashahime.
Similarly, many of the primary staff from the first series are returning for the Inuyasha sequel. Character designer Yoshihito Hishinuma and music composer Kaoru Wada are both returning.
Scriptwriter Katsuyuki Sumisawa previously worked on the Inuyasha anime in addition to the Gundam series.
VIZ Media secured the licensing rights for streaming the new Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon anime in the United States, Canada, and Latin American countries.
The exact streaming platforms remain unknown, but since Crunchyroll purchased majority shares in VIZ Media Europe, the new Inuyasha anime will likely show up on Crunchyroll streaming.
“The three heroines are beautifully designed. I am looking forward to their adventures,” said Rumiko Takahashi, the original creator of the Inuyasha manga series.
Takahashi’s manga series ran for 56 volumes and was adapted into 167 episodes from 2000 through 2004. In 2009, a 26-episode Inuyasha sequel called The Final Act aired.
The Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon anime is a direct sequel to the ending of the Inuyasha series. The number of episodes or cours has not yet been officially confirmed.
What’s a “cour,” you might ask? For those unfamiliar with the lingo, a “cour” is a three-month block of TV broadcasting based on the physical seasons usually composed of 10 to 13 episodes.
Multiple streaming services have listed the first season as having two cours with 24 episodes in total. It’s possible that a Yashahime Season 2 anime will be the sequel.
The Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon opening (OP) theme song music will be “New Era” as performed by the SixTONES, while the ending (ED) will be “Break” as performed by Uru.
Updated October 27, 2020: Added Yashahime English dub details.
Updated September 17, 2020: Added Yashahime opening and ending info.
Updated August 7, 2020: Added exact Yashahime release date, newest trailer, key visual, and voice actors’ comments.
Updated August 3, 2020: Added Yashahime trailer and Setsuna/Towa character designs.
Updated July 20, 2020: Added new Moroha character design.
Updated June 22, 2020: Broadcasting details updated.
This article provides everything that is known about Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon Season 1 and all related news. As such, this article will be updated over time with news, rumors, and analysis. Meanwhile, let’s delve down into what is known for certain.
The story of the 2020 Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon anime follows Inuyasha and Sesshomaru’s daughters
The Inuyasha 2020 sequel’s story will follow the adventures of the children of Sesshomaru and Inuyasha.
While it’s easy to guess the identity of the mother of Inuyasha’s children is Kagome Higurashi, some fans are freaking out speculating about who could be the mother of Sesshomaru’s children.
Here is the official plot summary:
The daughters of Sesshomaru and Inuyasha set out on a journey transcending time!
In Feudal Japan, Half-Demon twins Towa and Setsuna are separated from each other during a forest fire. While desperately searching for her younger sister, Towa wanders into a mysterious tunnel that sends her into present-day Japan, where she is found and raised by Kagome Higurashi’s brother, Sota, and his family.
Ten years later, the tunnel that connects the two eras has reopened, allowing Towa to be reunited with Setsuna, who is now a Demon Slayer working for Kohaku. But to Towa’s shock, Setsuna appears to have lost all memories of her older sister.
Joined by Moroha, the daughter of Inuyasha and Kagome, the three young women travel between the two eras on an adventure to regain their missing past.
The older half-brother of Inuyasha is associated with Rin, and fanfiction has long tied the two together once she grew older. Plus, Setsuna’s character design does resemble an adult Rin.
It’d be quite ironic if Sesshomaru’s daughters are half-demons since he spent a considerable amount of time making fun of Inuyasha for being a half-demon.
The Yashahime cast talks about their roles
The Yashahime characters will include Towa Higurashi, Moroha, Setsuna, Amber, Jade, Mica, and Takechiyo. Kappei Yamaguchi and Satsuki Yukino will return to perform their characters Inuyasha and Kagome Higurashi, respectively
Towa Higurashi will be voiced by Sara Matsumoto.
“I was very happy when I heard that I was chosen to play the role. At the same time, I felt a kind of tension,” said Matsumoto. “I would like to create while valuing what is inherited from the world of Inuyasha.”
Setsuna will be voiced by Mikako Komatsu, who says she was honored just to audition for the role.
“I read the whole volume again, and it has been 500 years since then,” said Komatsu. “The daughter of Sesshomaru. Surprise and mystery. One that inherits that blood. We hope to build a bridge to that new era!”
Moroha will be voiced by Azusa Tadokoro, who says she first started wanting to be a voice actor after watching the TV anime Inuyasha. As a kid, she wished could travel back in time to the Sengoku era when Inuyasha and the others live.
“I couldn’t go there at that time, but now that I’m a voice actor, I’m thrilled to be able to come to Inuyasha’s world in this way,” she said.
FUNimation’s Yashahime English dub announced
On October 26, 2020, FUNimation’s Yashahime English dub cast was revealed. The streaming and dubbing company partnered with Viz Media for the United States release.
The English voice of Towa Higurashi was played by Erica Mendez (Hunter x Hunter, Kill la Kill). Setsuna was voiced in English by Kira Buckland (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Violet Evergarden). Moroha, the daughter of Inuyasha and Kagome, was voiced by Morgan Berry (My Hero Academia, Black Clover).
Yashahime release date set for fall 2020
In early August 2020, VIZ Media officially confirmed the exact Yashahime release date. The Inuyasha sequel has been confirmed to be coming out on October 3, 2020.
New episodes will be airing Saturdays at 5:30 PM on YTV and NTV in Japan. Internationally, Crunchyroll and FUNimation are streaming Yashahime episodes as they release in Japan. Viz Media has secured the rights for digital streaming and home video in Latin and North American areas.
Once the news is officially confirmed, this article will be updated with the relevant information.
In the meantime, anime fans should be glad they’re finally being treated to an Inuyasha sequel. Stay tuned!