There’s been a growing trend of some of the most popular anime from the ’90s and early 2000s returning with legacy sequels and modern reboots. It’s an exciting time for anime and this approach has brought back audiences who may have wandered away but are curious to get continuations to some of the favorite series from their youth. InuYasha, an anime that aired nearly 200 episodes since its debut during the height of the anime invasion of America, is the latest series to get such a treatment. InuYasha concluded back in 2010, but Rumiko Takahashi, the creator of the series has just announced, Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, a sequel series that will center around the children of the characters from the original InuYasha.
Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon is set decades after the conclusion of the original series and follows the daughters of Inuyasha and his half-brother, Sesshomaru. Sesshomaru now has two half-demon twins, Towa and Setsuna, who get separated from each other at a young age. When the two are reunited, a lot has changed and Setsuna has lost all memories of her sister, Towa. The two team up with Mohora, the daughter of Inuyasha and Kagome, and these three half-demon female warriors travel between worlds to learn more about who they are and where they come from.
It sounds like the structure of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon will be similar to Boruto: Next Generations, where characters from the first InuYasha will still appear, but in a more ancillary capacity as the torch gets passed on to the future of the franchise. It’s also interesting to note that this sequel series appears to have a predominantly female cast, which certainly contrasts from the original InuYasha.
Series creator Rumiko Takahashi is reunited with most of the creative crew from the original series. Teruo Sato is back as director and Katsuyuki Sumisawa returns to write the series’ scripts. Takahashi is also responsible for the character designs, with Yoshihito Hishinuma back to support. Kaoru Wada also returns to handle the series’ music, which was one of the best aspects of InuYasha. Viz’s official website has also included character designs for the three half-demon heirs.
The original InuYasha follows the journeys of Kagome and Inuyasha, a simple girl and a half-demon warrior. The two search for shards of a powerful, supernatural jewel as they take on dangerous demons and help bring closure to their family’s complicated pasts. The series found great success and it became a popular alternative for other long-running action series like Dragon Ball Z or Yu Yu Hakusho. The anime and its concluding series produced nearly 200 episodes, plus four movies and an OVA special. It also ran on Adult Swim from 2002-2006 and then later the channel’s Toonami programming block.
This Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon announcement is still fresh, but audiences won’t have to wait long in order to get these new adventures in the InuYasha universe. Viz has revealed that the anime is set to premiere in the fall in Japan and that they will also be handling the digital streaming and home video rights in North America. It wouldn’t come as a surprise to see the original Ocean Studios cast reunite for these roles or for Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon to end up on Toonami, just like its predecessor. In the meantime, InuYasha can be streamed on both Netflix and Hulu, in case fans want to brush up before the new episodes or experience the popular anime for the first time.