There is something wonderful about anime sequels that focus not on the main characters, whose stories are completed, but rather on their children. What is it like growing up with legendary adventurers who saved the world — or, perhaps, bungled it up being huge dorks about it? Such was the case for Boruto, the sequel to Naruto. Such will also be the case for Inuyasha, Rumiko Takahashi’s beloved series which is finally getting a sequel.
The prospect of seeing Inuyasha and Kagome as parents sounds tempting. When visuals were released for an upcoming Inuyasha anime project, Hanyo no Yashahime, otherwise known as Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, many fans automatically assumed it was about the kids of the original series’ characters. Sure enough, the official summary later confirmed this sequel will star Inuyasha and Sesshomaru’s children in the future. This is the best possible direction for an Inuyasha sequel to go.
Viz has released a synposis for Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, slated to air this Fall:
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.
Viz also revealed the character designs for the new characters. Creator Rumiko Takahashi released a statement: “The three heroines are beautifully designed. I am looking forward to their adventures.” Teruo Sato will direct Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, while animation production is being done by SUNRISE.
With over 200 episodes, Kagome and Inuyasha’s adventures were thoroughly wrapped up. While there’s curiousity about how character dynamics have evolved over the years, it seems unlikely that any new enemy Kagome and Inuyasha might face could top what they’ve already faced as seasoned demon hunters.
Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon wisely is not focusing on Inuyash and Kagome themselves. Surprisingly, it isn’t even primarily focused on their Moroha. Instead, it appears to focus on the children of Inuyasha’s half-brother Sesshomaru. With Sesshomaru, there could be more new material to potentially explore. But of course, this show isn’t really about the parents.
Much like Boruto, Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon looks to accomplish two core goals: tell an original story in a familiar setting while also showing us how the characters we loved changed and grew following the events that came before. The anime won’t be a bigger epic than the lengthy original. Rather, it will focus on what matters most: characters. How would the characters we loved grow as parents, and what would their kids be like? It’s pure fanfiction material that never needs to tell a story grander than gathering jewel shards and killing an immortal demon. It doesn’t need to try to top the original when there are new characters to fall in love with.
The upcoming Inuyasha series is going to feature his daughter team up with Sesshomaru's kids. This is the best direction for the series to take.