I am such a fan of this show. I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy it, but I really, really do. While Yashahime is much better than most of the reboot- sequels I’ve seen of classic anime (Dragon Ball Super disappointment is still fresh), I cannot deny the role nostalgia plays in my enjoyment of this show. Watching an episode, late at night, on a Saturday, just evokes such a feeling of youth.
I’m not usually one to advocate for the longing of the past, but there is an undeniable glee of reliving that late-night Adult Swim viewing of Inuyasha. When you’re a kid, stumbling through this weird dog demon anime is such an experience that transcends any flaws that the show has. And as an adult, viewing Yashahime one episode a week allows me to feel that same energy, but with the added bonus that so far, Yashahime is a better show structurally.
This episode follows Moroha, Setsuna, and Towa derailing from their quest to find the Dream Butterfly and kill it so Setsuna can finally sleep again. The show has done a decent job of setting up its overarching narrative and has found a way to incorporate it into the Inuyasha monster of the week format. It was pleasant to see that again, without the added drawing out of a villain whose fate we already know. The original series rarely had random villains go beyond 2 episodes (ignoring the Band of Seven Arc) so I’m glad to see Yashahime go the same route.
I’m just really psyched to have a good, low engagement show like this. Yashahime is perfect for one episode a week viewing. Too little happens to justify watching it in big chunks. The vibe is mellow enough where you should be able to disconnect from any desire for definitive lore answers (which they are building to) in favor of just going with this slow flow, the way I believe is ideal for enjoying most Rumiko Takahashi works.
Oh, the episode itself. Well it is a lot of fun. Moroha continues to be the best of the three Princess-Halfdemons, as she has a power and general joy for the world she inhabits to make the viewer stay interested. The show also does a great job of slowly unveiling how much she is aware of her parents, which going on Myoga’s reappearance (shout out Paul Dobson for not losing a step on Myoga’s voice), is probably a fair amount. And the lack of reveal keeps me watching. I’m being played and its great. We even have a fun flashback from Setsuna about a wandering monk who taught her a chant (Miroku, who I’m assuming traveled to gain more power after the helplessness he experienced in the show’s first episode).
The only real downside so far is that Towa and Setsuna aren’t as engaging as Moroha yet. They’ve been getting better with this mild bitter tension between the two, but I hope they are able to chew up the scenery the way Mroha does. Towa has this interesting take on not wanting to kill anything as a result of her modern era upbringing. It continues to be refreshing how this series addressed things Kagome just never bothered to discuss (affecting history, taking life, etc.). The only problem is that she does kill when needed, so I’m not sure how engaging this personality trait is without any tension.
Here’s hoping that Setsuna develops a personality next week!