AniTwitter has been blowing up as if we’ve all fallen into a portal through time in a well in a shrine and flung far back into nostalgic feudal Japan. That’s because Rumiko Takahashi’s classic feudal fairy tale InuYasha is receiving a new sequel anime series made by the original team behind the original series by Sunrise, with a story and character designs provided by Rumiko Takahashi herself!
The new InuYasha series, YASHAHIME: PRINCESS HALF DEMON, will follow the adventure of InuYasha and Sesshomaru’s daughters. Sesshomaru’s daughters, Towa and Setsuna, are separated from each other during a forest fire at a young age. While frantically searching for her little sister, Towa stumbles into a mysterious tunnel through time that takes her to the present day. There, she is adopted by Kagome’s brother Sota and her family. Ten years pass, and Towa grows up in the modern era. She’s become a bit of a fighter and a protector of the weak, wearing a boys’ uniform despite attending a girls’ school because it’s easier to fight in. After transferring to her newest school, she time-slips again back to the past, and manages to reunite with Setsuna. Setsuna has grown up to become a demon slayer working under Sango’s brother Kohaku, but her memories of her sister seem to be missing! Teaming up with InuYasha and Kagome’s seemingly abandoned child Moroha, the three girls search for clues about what happened to them and a way to restore Setsuna’s memories.
There’s A LOT of mysteries InuYasha fans have been asking themselves right now. Why was Towa flung into the future? What happened to Setsuna’s memories? What happened to InuYasha and Kagome, and why did they abandon their child? Where was Sesshomaru during all this? WHO IS TOWA AND SETSUNA’S MOTHER?… This sequel story is wrapped up in so many questions, and I can’t wait to watch the series and see the answers unfold!
There’s both a lot and little information on the series right now, but here’s what we can say for now. The series is set to debut in Fall 2020, and Viz Media has announced the home video, streaming, and distribution rights for the series in North and Latin American territories! Check out Viz Media’s full press release below for more details on the series!
VIZ Media announces Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, a new animation inspired by Inuyasha
SAN FRANCISCO, CA— A New Feudal Fairy Tale Begins. Inuyasha production team SUNRISE reunite to create the animation series Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon. Will Eisner Hall-of-Famer Rumiko Takahashi also joins the team as main character design.
Today, VIZ Media confirms Rights to the digital streaming, EST, and home video of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon for North and Latin American territories.
In Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, the daughters of Sesshomaru and Inuyasha set out on a journey transcending time. Set 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 three heroines are beautifully designed. I am looking forward to their adventures,” said Rumiko Takahashi who designs the main characters. Teruo Sato will direct Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, along with Katsuyuki Sumisawa on screenplay, while Yoshihito Hishinuma is responsible for animation character design, and music from Kaoru Wada. The animation production is by SUNRISE.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce the acquisition of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon. The Inuyasha universe has been a true pinnacle when it comes to delighting fans of all generations and we’re seeing that now, two decades later, with original Inuyasha episodes streaming on Netflix and Hulu. We’re excited for fans to revisit this magical world created by the iconic Rumiko Takahashi.” Brad Woods, CMO VIZ Media
The multi-million dollar grossing Inuyasha franchise first started as a critically acclaimed manga series which English version was featured regularly on The New York Times Bestsellers list throughout the 2000s. The anime adaptation aired on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block for over 11 years nearing 200 episodes. It has also spawned four successful feature film adaptations.
About VIZ Media:
An international authority on manga for more than three decades, VIZ Media is leading the way in what’s now, new and next. Reaching one in four millennials and half of all GenZ manga readers, VIZ is at the forefront of America’s Japanese pop-culture phenomenon, which today dominates multiple industries from publishing and animation to film and gaming. VIZ is proud to be the #1 destination for manga in America and home to some of the most prestigious anime brands driving the industry. Combined with a market share footprint larger than household names collectively, VIZ has pivoted from a localization company to a market leading pop culture publisher and producer. For more about VIZ Media, please visit viz.com