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Inuyasha sequel: New Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon release date set for fall 2020



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Sesshomaru and Inuyasha’s children will be the focus of the new Inuyasha sequel. Pic credit: Studio Sunrise

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.

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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.

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The second key visual for the Yashahime Princess Half-Demon anime. Pic credit: Studio Sunrise

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 announced.

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.

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.

Moroha, the daughter of Inuyasha and Kagome. Pic credit: Studio Sunrise
  • 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.

Setsuna, one of Sesshomaru’s twin daughters. Pic credit: Studio Sunrise
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Towa Higurashi, the second of Sesshomaru’s twin daughters. Pic credit: Studio Sunrise

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.

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The first key visual for the Yashahime Princess Half-Demon anime series. Pic credit: Studio Sunrise

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. International streaming services such as Crunchyroll, FUNimation, etc. have not yet been announced, although 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!


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Republican Senators Pen Letter To Netflix Over ‘GoT’ Creators’ New Series ‘The Three-Body Problem’




Republican senators have sent a letter to Netflix chief content officer and co-CEO Ted Sarandos pushing back against the streaming service’s upcoming series The Three-Body Problem. Netflix announced September 1 that Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are adapting Liu Cixin’s science-fiction trilogy The Three-Body Problem for the streamer with the help of The Terror: Infamy writer Alexander Woo and executive producers Rian Johnson and Rosamund Pike. The letter claims that by producing the series Netflix is “normalizing” the imprisonment of Uighur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province.

The senators point to an interview Three-Body Problem author Liu Cixin gave in 2019 to The New Yorker in which he expressed approval over the imprisonment of Uighur Muslims. Human right abuses are reportedly taking place in Xinjiang province, including the detainment of over one million Uighur Muslims.

When asked in 2019 about imprisoning Muslims in Xinjiang, Liu Cixin responded, “Would you rather that they be hacking away at bodies at train stations and schools in terrorist attacks? If anything, the government is helping their economy and trying to lift them out of poverty.”

The letter to Netflix is signed by Martha McSally (R., Ariz.), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Rick Scott (Fla.), Kevin Cramer (R., N.D.), and Thom Tillis (R., N.C.). The Republican members ask Netflix to rethink its working relationship with Liu Cixin considering his comments, while adding, “Does Netflix agree that the Chinese Communist Party’s interment of 1.8 to 3 million Uyghurs in internment or labor camps based on their ethnicity is unacceptable?”

“Netflix’s company culture statement asserts that ‘Entertainment, like friendship, is a fundamental human need; it changes how we feel and gives us common ground,’” the letter concludes. “This statement is a beautiful summary of the value of the American entertainment industry, which possesses innovation largely unmatched in the global market. We ask Netflix to seriously reconsider the implications of providing a platform to Mr. Liu in producing this project.”

Disney came under fire earlier this month for filming its live-action Mulan adaptation in parts of the Xinjiang province. The end credits of Mulan also include a “special thanks” to the “publicity department of CPC Xinjiang Uighur Autonomy Region Committee” and to the public security bureau in the city of Turpan, which is where detainment centers are reportedly in operation.

With the first installment of the Three-Body Problem series, Liu Cixin became the first writer in Asia to win the prestigious Hugo Award. The book is set during the Cultural Revolution when humans establish contact with an alien civilization on the edge of extinction. After the aliens invade earth, humans split off into two camps: one in favor of takeover by the superior aliens and the other determined to resist.

IndieWire has reached out to Netflix for further comment.

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Marvel confirms premiere date in spooky trailer for Helstrom




One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s lesser-known (and mostly unconnected) releases, Helstrom, is due to drop next month, so now it seems like the perfect time for a trailer.

The final MCU TV show that isn’t part of Disney+ – it’s a Hulu exclusive in the United States – is a horror-themed affair focused on two siblings with a serial killer parent and some strange powers.

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As you can see in the trailer, Daimon and Ana Helstrom (Tom Austen and Sydney Lemmon, respectively) are reunited when their mother (House of Cards‘ Elizabeth Marvel) starts acting up, and endeavour to stop some supernatural bad guys. Obviously there are plenty of people who are out to stop them.

While the editing and music are pretty clichéd when it comes to trailers, there are some lovely shots in this (the one with the flowers in particular is very nice), and some creepy spooks. There’s also plenty of snark, just to remind you that this is a Marvel joint.

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Marvel moved into the horror genre on the film side of things with the Fox X-Men spin-off The New Mutants, which was perennially delayed before finally coming out in cinemas last month. Reviews for it were pretty negative across the board, so let’s hope that Helstrom fares better.

Helstrom will drop every episode on Hulu in the US on October 16.

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