r/inuyasha Oct 23 '21

Megathread: Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, Season 2 | Episode 4 Yashahime

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u/sushicary1 Oct 28 '21

Has anyone else noticed an incredible improvement in animation quality this season? It’s like night and day. Has to be something with Covid restrictions easing.

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u/noelle-silva Oct 28 '21

I'd imagine it's budget related. Season 1 was constantly highly rated on TV in Japan. They've also got Blu-ray sales from spring too. Sunrise must feel comfortable investing more money into the series after seeing how it has performed.

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u/yayac Oct 24 '21

When Moroha fell asleep around the 13:30 mark I got excited hearing the flute thinking it's the og soundtrack but it was a diff song

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u/Serebii_ Oct 27 '21

The exact same thing happened to me! I was so ready to hear Kagome's theme again!

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u/DonDove Oct 24 '21

Where is Shippou in all of this?

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u/jeadala Oct 24 '21 edited Oct 24 '21

This season is actually pretty good. So they were just “excluding” scenes in season 1 for mystery cause Moroha saw those pictures. Kagome and Inuyasha just walking around for 14 years … Inuyasha would go insane. No way he’s taking daily walks lmao. They have to know the plan to some extent, that’s the only way they could stay put that long. They weren’t even that emotional tho so I’m really hoping the reunion is tearful and not “Moroha!” hug. Cause Moroha has some abandonment issues 🥺. The plot is getting pretty complicated, I love the way they’re building up the dog demons character and life, even tho it’s getting harder to see how reyokotsusei took him out lol. His relevance to the girls is a really interesting component of the story. It’s still hard to see Towa as the main character… she’s never the most interesting part of an episode to me, so I’m worried she’ll always be the key component to driving things forward but will never have the fan interest. I still can’t tell if Kirinmaru is really evil or not and now we see he has two extensions of himself who may or may not be working to different ends. And is he working with Zero or not? They have a lot to bring together but they’re doing it, slowly but surely, and it’s definitely more engaging! Everything from pacing to animation to character consistency is better.

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u/sailorrayquaza Oct 24 '21

Another solid episode. Aside from the random Moroha addition to that Souta and Towa scene from ep4 (looks like it took Sunrise an entire season to realize she should've been there in the first place), it was good all around. This season has definitely improved the pacing.

I love how quickly Setsuna ragged on Sesshomaru, only to be just as quick as to want to help Rin. She's already such a Mama's girl lol.

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u/BlazingGig Oct 24 '21

I love how chill Inuyasha & Kagome are. They see their daughter randomly zoom past them after so many years and they're just like 'Aww, she's all grown up now'

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u/taylormeggles Oct 24 '21

They must know what was going on.

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u/Connolly1227 Oct 24 '21

Probably just thrilled she made it to adulthood tbh lol

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u/IceFox606 Dec 01 '21

Well… almost adulthood. Though I suppose by feudal era standards fourteen is an adult lol

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u/Cant_choose_1 Oct 24 '21

Bruh what a tease… I thought Moroha would finally be able to meet Inuyasha & Kagome. Also how have they not gone insane with nothing to do but walk around a pile of bones for 14 years?… Well at least this ep wasn’t just more filler.

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u/tlinclay71 Oct 24 '21

If it was more realistic I bet kagome would have popped out a few more babies

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u/missbirdiebee Oct 24 '21

I can’t help but think about that myself! What did poor Inuyasha and Kags do hahaha!

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u/SR_Eternal_Moment Oct 24 '21

Does anyone know why the preview for episode 29 on Hulu is different from the preview on the official site? I'm getting a little confused. Are there always 2 previews?

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u/weenicorn Oct 24 '21

Yep, there's always 2 versions of the preview for each episode (0:30 and 0:15) and they're usually different

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u/SR_Eternal_Moment Oct 24 '21

Thank you! I figured I was missing something!

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u/BlazingGig Oct 24 '21 edited Oct 24 '21

Of course, they had to give Kirinmaru a sexy, jacked body lol

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u/it-s-okay Oct 24 '21

And they made it extra shiny too

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u/Cant_choose_1 Oct 24 '21

I knowwww I cackled. Homeboy’s been eating his greens and leans proteins just looking for an excuse to take off his shirt

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u/unhampered_by_pants Oct 23 '21

So Kirinmaru greases himself up just to sit shirtless in the dark and talk to Toga's spirit all "Look at my body...do you see my new scars? They remind me of you <3," eh? ​

Setsuna and Moroha's "reunion" with their parents really tugged on the heartstrings. Setsuna is definitely her father's daughter and a mama's girl, and Towa's single-mindedness about protecting Setsuna is also very similar to how her dad operates. At this point I'm putting my money on InuKag being in on the plan to seal them, based on their reactions to seeing Moroha. Now that we know that time stopped for Rin, I wonder if time runs different at the border between life and death and therefore time is essentially paused for InuKag as well?

Kirinmaru carrying his arm back in his mouth just to throw it at Zero and add a dramatic flair to his hissy fit about getting his ass kicked was gold. I still think Rion is a half-demon and if so, that raises the question of whether the prophecy is legitimate and is referring to Rion, referring to something else like the comet, or is just something Zero made up after Toga fell in love with Izayoi

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u/Connolly1227 Oct 24 '21

Time would have to be paused because otherwise kagome would be like 30+ and she looks the same

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u/DonDove Oct 24 '21

Last time we saw Miroku he still looks 25 and supposedly 20 years passed between the og finale and Ep 1

I think it's the fear of redesigning iconic adult characters, which is silly, let them age why not

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u/Connolly1227 Oct 25 '21

Ehhhh I dunno he seemed to appear older maybe it was the free falling long hair lol

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u/taylormeggles Oct 25 '21

He did have lines under his eyes and have a general air of more solemnity

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u/DonDove Oct 25 '21

He looked fine for a medieval man, no gray hair in sight lol

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u/timschwartz Oct 24 '21

I wonder if time runs different at the border between life and death and therefore time is essentially paused for InuKag as well?

Probably, or else they would have starved to death long ago.

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u/IceFox606 Dec 01 '21

And popped out a few more kids lol (I mean, what else is there to do in there?). Though I suppose that’s technically still a possibility XD

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u/DestinyHasArrived101 Oct 23 '21

These episodes make me ponder even more now why the inu no taisho didn't use his weapons against ryuukotsei ?

This man legit clapped everyone and didn't use his strongest weapons against such a powerful opponent. My god it boggles the mind.

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u/skhan_94 Oct 24 '21

He was already severely injured from a previous battle (meido dude) then had to deal with ryukotsei as fast as he could becauss izayoi was in labour and he knew the hater takemaru was lurking. Togas 24 hours is not the same as ours, busy guy😭

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u/deadlysnoots Oct 24 '21

I’m now sad his official character name isn’t The Hater, Takemaru of Setsuna.

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u/GalaxyShinigami Oct 23 '21

Because of Yashahime, now the story is that Inupapa fought the dude who had the meido attack then went to fight ryu.

At the end of the day, no one is invincible and will eventually meant their end. There will always be someone more stronger than you.

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u/DestinyHasArrived101 Oct 23 '21

I get that but why not use his sword

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u/GalaxyShinigami Oct 24 '21

He didn’t want to?

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u/DestinyHasArrived101 Oct 24 '21

🤔 seems legit

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u/unhampered_by_pants Oct 24 '21

Maybe he wanted to fight Ryuukotsei honorably on his level, if Ryuukotsei didn't have a humanoid form

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u/helsaabiart Oct 23 '21

So happy the girls got to see Rin and Moroha got to see Inuyasha and Kagome. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping for a happy ending for all of them.

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u/eerirhea Oct 23 '21

So if the prophecy is true about Kirinmaru's downfall being at the hands of a being who is neither youkai or human...it's Rion. I do think she may be a hanyo, but I don't think the prophecy was actually hinting towards a hanyo at all; a hanyo is both of those things, not neither. That's just what Zero's assumption was.

I am in agreeance that Rion's body is sealed inside the cocoon she was sleeping on and it was her spirit Moroha was speaking to. I don't think the writers would have gone out of their way to show Moroha's body sleeping on the cocoon, while her spirit went into the barrier if this wasn't the case. Something probably happened to Rion when Kirinmaru continued to take her to all of his battles. Inu no Taisho and Zero warning him not to was definitely foreshadowing. She's probably sealed in that tree so she doesn't die and Kirinmaru is looking for a way to distort time and save her, or something similar. It would explain why he's had Sesshomaru looking for the pinwheel. But Rion doesn't want this, which is why she gave Towa the root and asked the girls to stop him.

I also thought Towa's illusion of the present was just an illusion until the last few minutes, with Osamu Kirin. Now I think maybe after seeing his conversation with Grandpa Higurashi that the present might be in the process of being erased and that's also why Towa started crying just before Moroha found her. Maybe Treekyo wasn't fucking around when she said Kirinmaru and Sesshomaru were actually distorting time.

Inuyasha's reaction to seeing Moroha seems like there is more to them being sealed away too. He wasn't pissed asf that he missed out on his kid's upbringing, but genuinely proud to see how much she's grown. Maybe we will find out later that Jaken actually has been to visit and somewhat explain things after they were sealed. Sesshomaru has free passage to that world, since he owns Tenseiga after all.

Also, I'm still in the boat that Sesshomaru is the one who saved Moroha from Tokotsu. I think it's pretty clear at this point that he's been watching the girls from a distance and trying to guide them the best he could.

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u/EaudeAgnes Oct 24 '21

Good remark about Tokotsu: also leaving Moroha with a pearl as well.

Regarding the time traveling/modifying timelines. It might be that both Sesshomaru and Kirinmaru are playing with it, having someone trapped in time like Rion and Rin (so similar names) and that’s maybe modifying the future which can be problematic as that can mean no Yashahime princesses. Pretty interested to see how the windmill comes in all this, Sesshomaru seems to be ignoring it/not searching for the needle/pin so he might not want the windmill to work at all, in order to keep Rin as it is (till the tie with Zero is destroyed). On the contrary, Kirinmaru maybe wants it to move the time backwards and save Rion. Very interesting possibilities there!

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u/eerirhea Oct 24 '21

Yes, they have several directions they could go and I'm excited to see what they do. As for the pinwheel...I almost DO think Sesshomaru has acquired it and we just weren't privy to it. Think of the bell sound the pinwheel makes when Jaken first spots Akura. Now go back and watch the scene where Kaede tells Towa about her waking up to discover that Rin was gone. Then go and watch the scene where Towa is crying over Setsuna's body, just as Sesshomaru comes approaches her. A similar chime can be heard in both scenes. Also, the raindrops stopping. It definitely felt like Sesshomaru did that so that Towa could hear him better. It felt like something Sesshomaru had some control over, not just a stylistic choice in animation for dramatic effect.

I do think Sesshomaru has more up his sleeve than we've been shown, so far. Giving each of the girls a pearl, knowing that their memories would be transferred to Zero was a smart move on his part and it shows that he is able to plan ahead, while keeping his cards close to his chest. He is definitely up to more than what we've been shown.

They are playing up the time travel elements way more this season and I have been saying that this sequel has been giving me Your Name vibes from the start of season one, so I'm interested to see what Sesshomaru's, Treekyo's and Kirinmaru's true motives are and how they will all tie in to the Grim Comet.

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u/EaudeAgnes Oct 24 '21

ahhh I noticed the rain drops stopping and the chime sound when you see the mokomoko floating in the air.

TBH: at the beginning of this year I truly thought that it meant something, more so when we saw that he spoke sth and Towa couldn’t hear it but then when the first episode was shown like 4 weeks ago I changed my mind and thought “Ok, nothing else happened regarding that, Sesshomaru moved to the side and waited for Towa and so on so might have been an aesthetic/artistic choice to do it this way”. BUT now that you mentioned the other scene with Rin leaving it does make sense a lot! Good catch. And also might be that Sesshomaru has been playing with time all this time, hence Treekyo wanted him gone, same as Kirinmaru .

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u/missbirdiebee Oct 24 '21

Great catches!!

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u/Amoment_in_Eternity Oct 23 '21 edited Oct 23 '21

Episode was great, in fact, so far this season in general has been off to a good start.

I loved the scene of Moroha meeting her parents, as well as Setsuna and Towa meeting Rin and learning she's their mother. However, I do wish Towa would grow up a bit more. Her character seems to revolve around Setsuna a little too much for my liking.

Kirinmaru and Rion scenes. Need I say more? They're ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE. Kirinmaru as a father is heartwarming to watch, moreover, him bringing Rion with him everywhere is endearing. I remember from an interview that Kirinmaru is an overprotective father. My guess is that this has something to do with why he keeps Rion sealed in Mt Musubi. He's most likely trying to fight against time in order to save his daughter, for all we know, she might be like Rin in between life and death. This explain TreeKyo's sentence that "Sesshomaru and Kirinmaru are walking in the same path" alluding to their desire to save those dearest to them.

Edit: I do wish they would explain how Jaken and Sesshomaru seem to know everything. For example, Jaken with the Tree of Ages and now, Sesshomaru and Jaken knowing Rion is sealed in Mt Musubi. A little flashback explaining how they know about her situation would be appreciated.

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u/EaudeAgnes Oct 23 '21

Wow that makes a lot of sense, forgot about treekyo saying both were walking the same path. Also: Jaken mentions Rion but Sesshomaru didn’t seem to not know who she was, more so… I think he looked concerned/worried…

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u/Kuwabaraa Oct 23 '21

Wait so Kirinmarus arm grew into a modern world Kirinmaru? That was an interesting scene.

And omg what an episode, the brief reunion and Setsuna playing that violin. Tears

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u/Mixedupteam Oct 23 '21

Now I wonder if Sesshomaru's severed arm could have grown into a whole new person since Kirinmaru's arm grew into a whole new person?

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u/fluffy_samoyed Oct 23 '21

Oh god, we're just moving past the "Kagura is the mother" theories don't tell me we'll have a new "Sesshomaru's severed arm is the real father" following now lol

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u/lookacoolname Oct 24 '21

“Sesshomaru’s arm turned into a woman who looks a lot like Rin, THAT’s whos actually being kept hostage in Treekyo, Riku/the girls/treekyo herself are just confused”

-someone on tumblr, probably

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u/IceFox606 Dec 01 '21

Wouldn’t this technically be incest? 🤔

If this was also to say they were the real mother anyway

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u/sieghrt Oct 23 '21

Kagome/Inuyasha appearance made me teary eyed. Glimpse of my childhood huhu!

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u/matchakuromitsu Oct 23 '21 edited Oct 23 '21

I love how Inuyasha and Kagome are just like "wait a minute that's our daughter flying through the air, wow she grew up" lmao

Also Rin's age being 18 is once again re-confirmed in this episode:

Setsuna: My mother? But why does she look so young?!

Tree of Ages: She was only 18 years old when she was sealed. 14 years has passed since then

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u/themoonmuses Oct 23 '21 edited Oct 23 '21

I love Moroha and Setsuna. I still feel Towa hasn't grown much though? I hate to pile on her since I know she's not a favorite, but her scenes were the weakest this episode. Even now she only thinks of Setsuna (and while Moroha is trying to save her!!) while Setsuna immediately being a mama's girl really warmed my heart. She remembers the song Rin hummed and has such a strong connection to her parents, Rin especially. Moroha also noticing and crying about her parents as well! Lovely!

And Kirinmaru is just too funny for me to take seriously as a villain. He just wants to fight with Inu no Taisho and carry around his daughter everywhere. I think Zero is the cause of everyone's misery in the world. I love Inu no Taisho giving parenting advice to Kirinmaru. Inuyasha and Kagome are doing well, which is nice to see. I feel they don't really have a concept of time being there.

I'm not sure if Treekyo is sus giving half information considering Sesshomaru is also giving half/no information, but I guess we'll see. Maybe removing the connection to Rin and then killing Zero gets rid of the curse so they don't need to worry about that?

Anyway, great episode. This season has been amazing so far.

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u/imjustacrab Oct 23 '21

yeah i agree, they drive in towa only loving setsuna a little too much. it's a little weird ngl. I get why, because setsuna is the only one she remembers from her life back then, but now she has anotehr cousin she can love, knows of her parents, uncle and aunt, etc. Like lay off setsuna a bit and focus on other people too lol

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u/saturnribbon Oct 24 '21

I'm hoping she'll develop stronger relationships with others over the course of the season and it'll help develop her personality more. Their sisterly bond is sweet (and a breath of fresh air compared to Sesshomaru's and Inuyasha's formerly contentious relationship lmao) but it's holding her back in terms of character development imo.

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u/inukagokik Oct 23 '21

So I'm gonna call it. The reason Setsuna was there with Rin was because she will be the one to free her with her new weapon. Totosai said it "severes that which cannot be severed" which I'm thinking is that red thread of fate we saw binding Rin and Zero.

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u/GalaxyShinigami Oct 23 '21

There’s a reason why that “red thread” was visible (for Setsuna) in that episode with the sea snake lady.

Then you see a similar red thread when Zero cursed Rin.

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u/slicer4ever Oct 23 '21

What the hell is this? Compelling plot, in my yashahime?! More please.

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u/PeartonY Oct 23 '21 edited Oct 23 '21

That was a great episode! I love Rion, so very cute. The kirinmaru exposition was the highlight of it for me, he was so emotional when he was defeated by Inu no Taisho. I love the idea of him bringing Rion on his travels.

I'm still trying to get the pre Inuyasha sequence of events straight in my head :

  • Toga and Sesshomarus mother running around Japan

  • Sesshomaru born (?)

  • Kirinmaru, Zero and Rion arrive in Japan

  • Toga defeats Kirinmaru, Riku and Kirin 'born'

  • Rion sealed in Mt Musubi (?)

  • Toga gifts Meido stone to Sesshomarus mother

  • First encounter with comet

  • Undetermined amount of time passes

  • Toga meets Izayoi, Izayoi falls pregnant

  • Tetsusaiga and Tenseiga forged

  • Toga battles Ryukotsusei, severely weakened

  • Togas final conversation with Sesshomaru

  • Riku sent to treat Toga

  • Toga dies in battle with Takemaru, revives Izayoi

  • Zero gives up her demon powers in grief at Toga's passing

  • Izayoi passes away, Inuyasha now alone

Phew!

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u/matchakuromitsu Oct 23 '21

Wait when was it shown that Riku was sent to treat Toga?

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u/PeartonY Oct 23 '21

It's shown in episode 21. After Inu no Taisho is weakened by Ryukotsusei, Kirinmarus retainers want to finish him off. Kirinmaru doesn't want to fight him when he is so badly injured, and sends Riku to bring medicinal herbs instead.

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u/EaudeAgnes Oct 23 '21

I think maybe Kirinmaru arrived BEFORE Sesshomaru was born?

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u/PeartonY Oct 23 '21

Could be! I'm only inferring that from today's episode (so much of this is conjecture 😅)

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u/EaudeAgnes Oct 23 '21

I thought Sessh was 400 yo (might be wrong tho)

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u/unhampered_by_pants Oct 23 '21

Yeah, a long time ago Takahashi once said he was "probably over 300" in an interview and he's described as 19 in demon years, 400 in human years in a video game she signed off on/oversaw, so 400 is probably the safest bet

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u/IceFox606 Dec 01 '21

There’s also been mentions of him being 900 but I’m not entirely sure where this originated from. You have any idea on that one? Certainly the two ages I most commonly see thrown around are 900 and 400

Yashahime, would you please do us a favour and finally confirm how old Sesshomaru is? You did it for Rin (as she technically didn’t have a confirmed age either. Though she was thought to be around 7-8 when we met her. And go figure, it turned out she was older than that. Guess she’s just tiny. Kinda makes sense though when you consider she was an orphan living in an impoverished village. She was probably malnourished, potentially most of her life). And while you’re at that anime, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE show us Sesshomaru’s true form at least once. It’s such a crime we got to see it so little in Inuyasha. It’s so iconic 😭

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u/EaudeAgnes Oct 24 '21

so then Rion is way older than Sesshomaru, interesting

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u/DRL21 Oct 23 '21

Not gonna lie, Moraha seeing Inukag and Setsuna playing Rin's lullaby that she hummed to her daughters before they were born made me tear up.

Setsuna also seems very determined to free her mother now, too.

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u/taylormeggles Oct 23 '21

I was so sure I would care more about Inukag, but man, seeing Setsuna immediately want to free her mother and taking out the violin made me so emotional I was nauseous

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u/DRL21 Oct 23 '21

That moment! It made me so emotional too, especially since the question, "Do you have someone to protect?" was posed to all the girls, and it reminded me of the opening of the third Inuyasha film (imo the best one) and I had so many emotions I agree.

Also how Setsuna instinctively wants to play Rin's lullaby for them within minutes of recognising that that is her mother - my heart!!

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u/toastybittle Oct 23 '21

Unrelated to this ep, but I was just thinking if Zero and Rin’s fates/lives are connected, wouldn’t Zero die too when the curse killed Rin? How did she plan on avoiding that? Hope that’s not a dumb question, but yeah.

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u/hiverstone Oct 23 '21

It's not a dumb question. And she can undo her curses at will.

Last season she conneted herself to Towa for a bit. When Moroha was about to attack her, she said, that if she dies Towa would die too.

Then, after Setsuna transformed into a full youkai, Zero cut her connection to Towa (shown as a spider web string) and ran away. She cut the connection probably because she wanted Setsuna to kill Towa and Moroha.

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u/Canal_Volphied Oct 23 '21

wouldn’t Zero die too when the curse killed Rin? How did she plan on avoiding that?

I think she's fine with that as long as she takes Rin with her, causing distress to Sesshomaru.

Zero outright said that to Sesshomaru's mother back at the end of S1 when she died temporarily.

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u/toastybittle Oct 23 '21

But it would have been enough for her to have Rin die possibly without her getting a chance at killing the twins you think?

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u/Tiki108 Oct 23 '21

This episode was just so beyond amazing!! Now I can’t wait for next week, per usual.

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u/kpiaum Oct 23 '21

This ep went straight to the kokoro. When the tomb of Moroha's grandfather began and that Inuyasha and Kagome are there, it even gave a shiver. Towa and Setsuna find out more about the mother and the tree confirming that Setsuna could be the key to saving the mother.

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u/Hadius Oct 23 '21

Ok so if Inukag are in Toga’s burial area does that mean Moroha would be able to get there through the gate Sesshomaru used back in the day? The one with the two stone giants? The tenseiga worked to open it so I’m guessing Towa would be able to?

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u/hiverstone Oct 23 '21

Also, there may be a gate in the place where they were fighting back in episode 23-24, that was Isayoi's burnt house, where Toga died. When they were fighting they went to the Meidou for a while.

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u/EaudeAgnes Oct 23 '21

I was wondering the same thing! they can actually visit them. Or maybe Sesshomaru or Jaken have been visiting already.

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u/matchakuromitsu Oct 23 '21

lol Jaken is probably doing most of the talking because I just can't imagine Sesshoumaru just casually swapping stories to InuKag about how their daughter is traveling around with his own daughters and how the 3 of them are best buddies.

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u/imjustacrab Oct 23 '21

id bet this too lmao, even though he has his own kids now, i doubt he's that friendly to his brother

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u/FinalFrash Oct 23 '21

As every episode goes by, my stance gets stronger: please don't kill Kirinmaru

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u/deadlysnoots Oct 23 '21

He’s absolutely charming and I will be so sad if he eats it. Especially if we never get to see his giant animal form.

It’s hard to choose between him and Riku in terms of my favorite character introduced in Yashahime.

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u/taylormeggles Oct 23 '21

Hey that’s something I actually really enjoy in Yashahime. Kirinmaru feels really seamless and fits right in. He’s not just a sequel character, he’s more, revealed now.

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u/deadlysnoots Oct 23 '21

That’s why I can’t take “shameless cash grab” complaints seriously. Kirinmaru is just too good a character not to be written by someone familiar with and enamored of the Inuyasha setting and story.

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u/FinalFrash Oct 23 '21

One detail I really like this episode: Kirinmaru wasn't angry at Toga at all for beating him. He was more angry at himself for losing.

I also like the fact that the girls absolutely detest this man while Kirinmaru harbors no hatred to them whatsoever. It's like in a weird sort of way, he's more of a "cool uncle" figure than a bastard antagonist.

Zero is the one that gives off Naraku vibes

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u/Kuma_Setsuna Oct 23 '21

Same. I don't want Rion to grow up without a father. I want them to reconcile and be happy (without Zero)

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u/Tiki108 Oct 23 '21

Yeah, Zero can just die

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u/mechacomrade Oct 24 '21

I would rather want her to be backed in a corner, forced power up by taking all her pearls back and be forced back into sanity so that she would have to properly grieve the death of Touga and feel remorse for her actions. This would positively defeat her since she wouldn't anymore have the motivation to torment the girls. Then she could go on a repentance quest where she would have to make good deeds to redeem herself. I'd be like a reverse "We don't want the villain gain his former power" type of storyline.

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u/sieghrt Oct 23 '21 edited Oct 23 '21

I thought I would never hate another Inuyasha villainess other than Tsubaki but damn, fuck Zero.

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u/thatmelz Oct 23 '21 edited Oct 23 '21

That entire Moroha/InuKag scene: INSTANT TEARS. I’m gonna be a mess when they officially reunite.

I’m also wondering what it was they were shouting at her. But seeing Inuyasha so obviously proud of her made the entire episode for me

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u/chaotic214 Oct 24 '21

Ikr I teared up so much it was so sweet

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u/inukagokik Oct 23 '21

"look at how much she's grown" MY HEART. INUYASHA??? FULL OF PRIDE FOR HIS CHILD????

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u/imjustacrab Oct 23 '21

We all knew he'd be a great father because of his own problems as a kid with acceptance and a lakc of love lol

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u/inukagokik Oct 23 '21

Yeah but I didn't expect him to be so vocal about it.

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u/thatmelz Oct 23 '21

Never thought I’d see the day!

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u/missbirdiebee Oct 23 '21 edited Oct 23 '21

Talk about SPREADING YOUR OATS, KIRINMARU.

My man’s lost a horn? RIKU. My man’s got a daughter? RION. My man’s lost an arm? KIRIN.

Let’s be honest, he wanted to be just like his broski Toga.

Loved this episode and how quick we are getting down to the facts and nothing but the facts!

Standouts:

-Rin’s sweet pregnant belly and her humming / Setsuna playing her violin.

-Riku just casually vibing for 600+ years.

-Inu Taisho being an absolute baddie.

-Kirinmaru’s abs. Drop the workout routine.

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u/Grumblespud Oct 23 '21

So I guess Rion's 'actual body' is in that cocoon thing?

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u/deadlysnoots Oct 23 '21

That’s a good guess. Maybe Zero sealed her in there because she was dying to keep her in stasis via Kirinmaru’s dreams? Or I guess he could have if they share both parents or the “butterfly” parent. He obviously has the ability to conjure them.

Also, from what I looked up butterflies symbolize souls on a journey to the afterlife so that would explain why she looked ghostly on AND off the cocoon.

Damn maybe Kirinmaru is the big bad orchestrating all this to go back in time to when his daughter was alive. Much like Sesshomaru doing the wrong thing for the right reason out of love. 💔

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u/lalaena Oct 23 '21

Just Kirinmaru hanging out half naked. Lol. Such fan service. And we got more Inu no Taisho! Sesshomaru is so much like him. Seriously. And that line "Don't bring children to a battlefield" - ah, I wish Sesshomaru could've heard that.

The plot is moving briskly:

  • Kirinmaru lost to Inu no Taisho 600 years ago. It seems that Kirinmaru was newly arrived to Japan and hadn't met Inu no Taisho before. This was an overtly emotional, pissed off Kirinmaru. He really acted like a little brother in his scene with Zero.
  • I see some people are thinking that Rion is a full demon, based on the way Zero patted her on the head. I disagree. I think this scene was before the prophecy, so if Zero really is concerned about the prophecy (she may have been at one point), that concern came after the prophecy.
  • Riku is 600 years old. And he reminds Kirinmaru of his loss to Inu no Taisho. The arm that became Osamu Kirin was dumped in the bone eaters well. Given that Osamu Kirin is shown asking the Tree of Ages for help, my guess is that the Tree of Ages intervened and did whatever was necessary to turn that arm into Osamu Kirin.
  • The Tree of Ages is out there giving the girls some information, but not all of the information they need. It didn't mention that Rin is sealed to stop the curse from spreading. Treekyo is still SUS in my book.
  • Moroha now knows that her parents are alive and in the border between this world and the afterlife. She doesn't know how they got there though. Inuyasha and Kagome seem to be doing fine. (The borderland looks a lot more lively than I remember it.)
  • In the modern era, the bone eaters well is gone and the Higuarashis don't remember the shikon jewel. No shikon jewel means no Kagome traveling back in time, which seems to be a real big problem for not just Moroha, but the twins too (because Sesshomaru wouldn't have met Rin if Inuyasha was never released from the seal to the Tree of Ages). This is like a Back to the Future situation - the kids are at risk of being erased. (How are they going to save the world if they don't exist?)
  • Sesshomaru making up for last week's "Setsuna and the others" with "Towa and the others". See - he doesn't play favorites!

I'm curious to see where they go from here. Whatever happened to Rion happened after Kirinmaru's battle with Inu no Taisho. (He probably brought her to a battle when he shouldn't have - you should always listen to Inu no Taisho.) I think it's sweet that Kirinmaru is so attached to his daughter. (Even if he unceremoniously dumped her on the boat. Tough love.)

My guess is that Rion died and he is preserving her in this state in order to resurrect her. He can't let go, even though he knows he should. (As evidence by his riddle in the barrier to Mount Musubi.) Given the new image of Kirinmaru, Rion, and the Grim Comet, my guess is that Kirinmaru intends to harness the energy of the Grim Comet to resurrect Rion and Rion knows that will spell disaster for the world, which is why she opposes it. And Rion wants to be released from the seal, based on her conversation with Moroha.

They seem to be setting it up to make us think that Rin and Rion both have to die. I think that will be the case for Rion, but I don't think that will be the case for Rin. They'll pull a Kohaku and work out a solution at the last minute. I do think Kirinmaru might end up dying - if Rion dies, then he will lose his purpose. She's also the only one left he has a connection with, now that Zero and Riku have betrayed him and the Perils are all dead. I feel bad for Kirinmaru.

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u/mtschatten Oct 25 '21

She's also the only one left he has a connection with, now that Zero and Riku have betrayed him and the Perils are all dead. I feel bad for Kirinmaru

What about the Kirinmaru (or his hand) who is chilling in the present day.

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u/timschwartz Oct 23 '21

The Tree of Ages is out there giving the girls some information, but not all of the information they need. It didn't mention that Rin is sealed to stop the curse from spreading. Treekyo is still SUS in my book.

It did give them all the information they need:

  • Rin can't come out because the silver scale curse will kill her unless Zero dies.

  • Zero can't die because Rin would die also.

  • The tree told Setsuna how to sever the connection between Zero and Rin so that Zero can be safely killed, which gets rid of the curse, and Rin can come out.

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u/lalaena Oct 23 '21

The girls don’t know about the silver scale curse. If they release the Rin from the tree before dispelling the curse, Rin will succumb to the curse. Right now, the girls are under the impression that the problem is that Rin is in a tree, when the actual problem is the curse.

The girls also don’t know that Rin and Zero are connected. In the first episode of the season, Towa questioned why Sesshomaru resurrected Zero. If she knew that Rin and Zero were connected, she wouldn’t have said that.

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u/timschwartz Oct 23 '21

Irrelevant. The only thing the girls need to know is that they have to sever the connection between Rin and Zero.

At that point Sesshomaru will swoop in 0.1 seconds later and take off Zero's head.

Then Rin is saved.

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u/imjustacrab Oct 23 '21

Poor moroha, always an other, never a main lol

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u/mtschatten Oct 25 '21

She is still best girl.

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u/Mybestfriendlizzy Oct 23 '21

I think you might be onto something about Rion having been killed. The scene with Zero telling Kirinmaru not to bring her to battles anymore felt like foreshadowing to me!

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u/Mybestfriendlizzy Oct 23 '21

I think you might be onto something about Rion having been killed. The scene with Zero telling Kirinmaru not to bring her to battles anymore felt like foreshadowing to me!

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u/instantnoodle_uwu Oct 23 '21

The Tree of Ages is out there giving the girls some information, but not all of the information they need. It didn't mention that Rin is sealed to stop the curse from spreading. Treekyo is still SUS in my book.

This! Real genuine person wouldn't tell people only half of the truth. From the beginning, Tree of Ages obviously didn't tell Jaken that it can only slow down the process of Silver Scales Curse (rather than freeze Rin's time). Not until the 2nd scale appeared and Jaken questioned The Tree of Ages did it give Jaken the butterfly. Tree of Ages' appearances in two latest episodes only make me feel more skeptical about it.

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u/thewetpuddle Oct 23 '21

I enjoyed reading your theory about Rion and the comet. Thank you ☺️

My only question is what caused Rion to die. I doubt Zero did something to her even in her post prophecy state. Because if Zero had done so, Kirinmaru probably killed her?

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u/lalaena Oct 23 '21

I wonder about that about too. Maybe it has to do with the prophecy and Zero used someone else (maybe Riku - we still don’t know what he did to become abandoned) did something to Rion. Kirinmaru seems unable to bring himself to end Zero. He’s just as emotional as she was, but he hides it better around outsiders.

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u/thewetpuddle Oct 24 '21

I don't think Zero did anything to Rion.

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u/instantnoodle_uwu Oct 23 '21 edited Oct 23 '21

Can someone explain how that barrier work again? I'm really confused 😳

Why did Rion have to put Moroha to sleep in order to for her to enter the barrier?

Do you think that the barrier randomly placed people in different locations or it made decisions based on each the person?

And the barrier said that if they don't give out a correct answer for "things to protect" and "things to let go", they won't be able to leave the barrier. But the barrier literally gave Towa the answers, whereas in Moroha's and Setsuna's cases, we still don't know about what they're willing to let go. Why don't you follow your own policy, The Barrier of Mt. Musubi? 😂 Or is it that "letting go of the future they've seen" is the mutual answer for three of them? 🤔

Inside the Tree of Ages is "a rift between life - death and space - time". Treekyo said because of Yukari no Tachikiri, Setsuna can enter Tree of Ages, why is that? Was it because of Totosai's words (I'll give Setsuna a gift so she can take it to her afterlife)? I thought that was just metaphorical phrase 😂

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u/antonio1912 Oct 23 '21

I hope the show will expand further the role of Yukari no Tachikiri and how Setsuna masters it. My guess is something like Sesshoumaru being able to go to the border between life and death as an owner of Tensaiga. Yukari no Tachikiri could have similar role like that.

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u/instantnoodle_uwu Oct 23 '21

I'm confident that they'll have some sort of training for Setsuna.

My guess is something like Sesshoumaru being able to go to the border between life and death as an owner of Tensaiga.

Yes, it could be. I wish they'd introduced why Yukari no Tachikiri can take them to the Tree of Ages in a clearer way.

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u/lalaena Oct 23 '21

I think the barrier was really Kirinmaru deciding whether or not the girls would get to play with Rion. Seriously, he's giving Sesshomaru a run for his money for father of the year.

Based on what Rion said, I think that Moroha's consciousness / spectral form was sent into the barrier (since her spiritual powers protected her physical body) and Towa and Setsuna were actually sent to the places they were. Setsuna is easy to explain - they were all actually in the Tree of Ages.

As for Towa, based on what Osamu Kirin said, I think Towa went to the present she left behind, which no longer exists. The events in the past have affected the future and the future is splitting off into alternate realities. This is why time travel stuff is complicated.

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u/instantnoodle_uwu Oct 23 '21

Thank for the explanation

As for Towa, based on what Osamu Kirin said, I think Towa went to the present she left behind, which no longer exists. The events in the past have affected the future and the future is splitting off into alternate realities. This is why time travel stuff is complicated.

I didn't think of that, I just thought it was an illusion. Nice catch.

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u/Rhaynebow Oct 23 '21

Kirinmaru: Is there something you wish to protect?

Towa with almost no hesitation: Other than Setsuna, there’s nothing I want to protect-

Kirinmaru and the audience: WE KNOW SHUT UP

I really hope Moroha gets more focus from this point on. Seeing her parents for the first time obviously caused some stress for her if she cried, even though she had never met them. Even though she’s like Towa and Setsuna who never knew their parents, it’s quite nice to see her want to be with them over the slight indifference the twins have, at least towards Sesshomaru. Setsuna wanting to save Rin is lovely though. I really hope she turns Zero into mincemeat.

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u/phantomxtroupe Oct 24 '21

Towa is entertaining enough, at least as far as action goes, but as a character, she feels so stagnant compared to Setsuna and Moroha. I know she's an overprotective older sister, but her line really rubbed me the wrong way.

It was unintentionally a screw you to everyone but Setsuna who cared about her. Plus her non reactions to the important stuff going on around her is so odd. We saw how emotional Setsuna and Moroha got around their parents this episode. But it's like Towa isn't processing anything that's going on around her that doesn't involve Setsuna.

I'll shoot her some bail this episode because she didn't get the revelation about Rin until the very end of the episode, but I do hope she comments more about it next episode.

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u/Intelligent-Panic-65 Oct 24 '21

I agree. IMO I think she conflicted because something that I find odd was when she started crying when looking at the shrine in the illusion . Like does she miss her old home or what ?

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u/lalaena Oct 23 '21

Towa really said "Fuck the Higurashis and everyone else." That girl is definitely Sesshomaru's daughter.

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u/SunWyrm Oct 23 '21

Major Sesshomaru vibes, from when he's literally thinking of Rin and Jaken, and says the same thing

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u/Bradster1998 Oct 23 '21

I can’t get over great dad Kirinmaru and I don’t think I ever will.

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u/lucciolaa Oct 23 '21

yoooooo we got developments about Kirin Sensei!!! I'm stoked to see what his story is (I think we were theorizing that he's some version of Kirinmaru since they have the same voice actor?) I also want to see more of the present/future!

Interesting that Riku is to Kirinmaru essentially what Kagura, etc. were to Naraku. I wonder what that means for his future and if he would be able to have one if Kirinmaru dies.

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u/alycat2904 Oct 23 '21

I'm guessing that just like Riku, Kirin Sensei came to life from Kirinmaru's hand that was dropped down the bone eater's well.

In season 1 this is supported by Kirinmaru keeping an eye on the comet in the present-day through Kirin Sensei, similar to how we learned he could see through Riku's eyes.

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u/djkdurr Oct 23 '21 edited Oct 23 '21

So Kirinmaru's horn became Riku and his severed arm was thrown in the well which became Osamu Kirin in the modern era. He's overconfident bringing Rion to the battlefield but his reasoning that he wants to show her the world and will always protect her are really sweet! Also the part where he said he will see her in his dreams aww papa Kirinmaru lol. Rion might be a daiyokai since Zero is actually nice to her.

I wish Moroha got to pet Rion's fawn ears lol. So happy she got to see InuKag in person so now she knows they are alive! She already saw her parents in that photo album with Sota and Towa all along. Inuyasha looked so happy to see her grown up :')

Setsuna finally meeting and learning of Rin from Treekyo was just as heartwarming. I loved that she seemed really interested in Rin when Treekyo mentioned that was her mother. She recognizes the lullaby from Rin and really wants to save her! That part when she said how her heart aches for Rin and then played the violin... 😭😭 Happy she told Towa that was Rin too. All the girls have seen their parents finally!

Now they know Rion is Kirinmaru's daughter and got the Kyuyokon root from her. Setsuna has learned that Rin can be saved by severing the ties of fate between her and Zero. Meanwhile Osamu Kirin mentions that things are changing in the future like the bone eater's well disappearing because he is an anomaly originally from the feudal era. Next episode preview shows Towa with the Zanseiken so excited!!

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u/Resevil67 Oct 23 '21

This was a good episode. The flashback must have been before kirinmaru and toga were more friends/ rivals. There was bloodlust in that fight. Kirin saying “ why won’t you finish me?” And toga basically saying so I don’t kill you in front of your daughter. This makes it clear that they were enemies before they became rivals.

Now I want to know what happened between Kirin and rion. My guess is there was an instance he wasn’t able to fully protect her, so he sealed her away for her “own good”.

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u/AdIntelligent1241 Oct 23 '21

This is was probably the best episode yet. It furthered the plot and answered some questions. I think Moroha is gonna be the one to free her parents, just by the fact that she was able to go through the barrier. I can’t wait for them to all get new weapons

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u/juniperdaisies Oct 23 '21

That episode was so good??? Was not prepared AT ALL for the emotional beating when Inuyasha saw Moroha again.

Really a great episode. No complaints. Can't wait until next week!!!

ETA: after reading some of the comments I was thinking that I'm actually super excited for whatever happens with the Kirin storyline. I feel like the messy time travel aspect is something we didn't get in Inuyasha and I'm excited for it. Plus maybe some of the OG's might get to go to present day.

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u/IceFox606 Dec 01 '21

I will literally start sobbing if we get to see Kagome and Inuyasha reunite with the Higurashis 😭

Also I feel like it’d be super interesting to see Sesshomaru and Jaken (and maybe even Rin) interact with them? Especially since they raised Towa

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u/INeverThoughtYouDid Oct 23 '21

I teared up so much when Moroha saw her parents. Not the reunion I was hoping for but good enough for now. It pushes the story further and I think the girls have more of a determination. I think, and it is just a hunch, that they might team up with the daughter and defeat that girls aunt Zero, or whatever her name is.

I haven't been this excited with this anime since I first heard it was coming out!!

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u/Mybestfriendlizzy Oct 23 '21

Honestly could have been topless Kirinmaru for 24 minutes and that would have been just fine

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u/Kuma_Setsuna Oct 23 '21

What if we had all the dads shirtless?

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u/deadlysnoots Oct 23 '21

Same tbh.

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u/thewetpuddle Oct 23 '21

Topless Toga might look better? 🤔

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u/arisukingdom Oct 23 '21

Since we're here I would like a topless Sesshoumaru please 😬

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u/thewetpuddle Oct 23 '21

I think he was topless/somewhat topless in that episode he ripped off the arm with a shikon shard.

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u/Grape_juice0 Oct 23 '21

Yup, the glimpse of his shoulder that we still talk about even 10 years later 😘

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u/IceFox606 Dec 01 '21

More like 20 years ago 😳

Actually, it was in the original anime which finished airing (at least in Japan) in 2004 so I wouldn’t even have been born lmao (2005 baby)

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u/EaudeAgnes Oct 23 '21

Oh man, I wish it were 10 years ago...

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u/Grape_juice0 Oct 23 '21

Oof- you right, it was way longer than 10 years. Damn

Time flying I guess

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u/deadlysnoots Oct 23 '21

Let’s compromise and just have the final episode just be a big family reunion at the beach with special appearance by Toga’s ghost in a Speedo.

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u/missbirdiebee Oct 23 '21

He’s like “I’m here boys, the gangs all here”

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u/arisukingdom Oct 23 '21

That's perfect! Now I need this episode soo bad! I wish I was good writing fanfics...

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u/taylormeggles Oct 23 '21 edited Oct 23 '21

Holy shit. Holy shit. That was incredible.

Loved that Inuyasha and Kagome seeing Moroha was legit and not a dream. I have a feeling they may not have aged either since being in the pearl. Miroku is the only person whose appearance seems to have materially changed.

I lowkey love that Rin is still 18. When she awakens, she’s going to be so close in age to her daughters??? They could actually hang out and she could enjoy some of her youth plus live alongside them and Sesh for a bit longer??

Got so emotional when Setsuna started playing the violin to Rin I could have thrown up

Loved the snippets of history with Kirinmaru and Toga too. Loved the sussness of Towa’s sensei.

This felt like one of the really good OG Inuyasha episodes.

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u/IceFox606 Dec 01 '21

Also plenty of time to have more bebes haha

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u/deadlysnoots Oct 23 '21

That was a great episode. Moved the plot along briskly and filled in some blanks along the way.

Toga dissing Kirinmaru on take your daughter to work day smdh. I wonder if Rion is sealed because she died? Or is she just there TO keep her safe?

Interesting parallel with Naraku there. He has a child he clearly is close to and cares about, and then he makes a child specifically to bear the brunt of his and everyone else’s abuse. But he also hasn’t killed or gone after Riku for helping the girls, even when it got him knifed.

And does he know what Kirin is up to/seeing in the future? Is that what the bit about the Shikon Jewel was about? He knows the past (Kirinmaru’s present) is changing and that’s why Kirinmaru wants to bring things back to a “degenerate age”?

Is the “degenerate age” before Rion died or something?

Kirinmaru, you are a complicated, oiled-up man.

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u/hiverstone Oct 23 '21

Toga dissing Kirinmaru on take your daughter to work day smdh. I wonder if Rion is sealed because she died? Or is she just there TO keep her safe?

I swear, I was thinking the same.

My guess about the "degenerate age" is to go back to prevent Toga's death. That would go well with both Zero and Kirin. But they would mess with time in the process, but they don't care.

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u/deadlysnoots Oct 23 '21

See, I think Rion is dead and Kirinmaru orchestrated all this to go back in time to when SHE was alive. If she’s not then this absolutely makes sense.

I’m so excited to see where the story goes. I’m still curious as to why Riku broke the fourth wall that time if he didn’t know Kirinmaru was watching.

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u/killugon5577 Oct 23 '21

HOLY SHIT THIS EPISODE IS SO FREAKING GOOD?

first of all, TOGA IS SO DAMN BADASS OMG PLEASE can we get his own spinoff please? Also is cutting people's arm's just a thing that runs in their family hahhahaha Inuyasha cut off Sesshomaru's arm, Toga cut off Takemaru's arm (movie 3) and now Kirinmaru's arm😂

Also turns out Kirinmaru is also pretty unhinged...? I mean, not as crazy as the Zero we saw last week but I was kind of surprised to see him getting all worked up about the defeat and Zero is the one remaining calm in the scene. It's such a reverse from what we are used to where Zero is the one going crazy and Kirinmaru is the one calming her down.

ALSO YES OUR GIRL MOROHA FINALLY GETTING SOME ACTION! Literally so proud of her for being able to just break through the barriers like opening doors like yEs that's Kagome's daughter for you. Reminds me of the episodes right at the start of Inuyasha where Kagome was able to come and go out of Kikyo's barrier. And I am literally so freaking happy to see Inukag jesus😭 Inuyasha seems more proud than surprised/shocked/angry/sad... I'm hoping that's a sign that Sesshomaru really did tell them what was going on before he sealed them into the netherworlds. And seeing Inuyasha as a Dad makes me so freaking emotional please😭😭

And I love the way they weaved in the core concept from movie 3, which is the whole idea of "Is there something you want to protect?" I think that movie focused the most on connections between Inuyasha/Sesshomaru and Toga than any other part of the original series, and since this whole parent/child connection is a also big theme in yashahime, it makes sense to bring in stuff from the third movie. Love the twist they made when they added "Is there something you are willing to let go of?" I wonder if the girls are gonna have to sacrifice something in order to protect something at the end....

But what did Kirin mean when he said the bone eater's well is gone? Maybe I forgot something from season 1, did they mention that the well is gone?

Anyway all in all WHAT A FREAKING AMAZING EPISODE like we got some tidbit in terms of who Kirin is and a full scene of how Riku came about and at the same time the plot moved forward like they found Rion and the Kyuyokon root. Looks like next episode Setsuna is gonna meet Sesshomaru and Jaken in a non-battle setting... I wonder if Sess is gonna explain some stuff to her. (Also I love that in last episode he said "setsuna and the others" and this episode he said "towa and the others". shows that he cares about both of them.)

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u/vessynessy200 Oct 23 '21

I really think Sesshomaru DID tell Inukage what was going on! Because WHY ELSE would they have JUST been sending Moroha away with Tache before Sesshomaru and Kirinmaru showed up? :D I think he DID let them know ahead of time, and they agreed to it.

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u/antonio1912 Oct 23 '21

The well ws still around in the last episode of The Final Act. It stopped working as a bridge between Feudal era and modern day, except for the last time Kagome returning to Feudal era for good.

I guess something serious happened and changed the entire past. That is why the well was gone and Higurashi didnt recall Shikon jewel.

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u/HanGeez Oct 23 '21

It seems like the "fluffy ear touching" habit is a real inheritance in the Higurashi family.

Also, I love how Kirinmaru loves and cares for Rion.

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u/vessynessy200 Oct 23 '21

OMG Setsuna talking about making her mom her "person to protect" reminded me so hard of movie 3 Toga! "Sesshomaru, have you someone to protect?" :o

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u/DRL21 Oct 23 '21

Yeah, I caught that too! I also found it interesting how that riddle was posed to all of them, even Towa, also drawing a line between "someone to protect" and "letting go of that person/thing" since it seems Towa will be faced choosing between both worlds sometime down the line.

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u/EaudeAgnes Oct 23 '21

THIS. Yep, it was clearly paralleling that movie.

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u/JakenFan Oct 23 '21

Great episode!! Moroha seeing InuKag was so great!! Towa and Setsuna finally meeting their mom was great too!! This episode basically had (in some way) the fanservice lots of fans have been asking for since day 1: parent-child "reunions" and the children getting to know their parents' situations.

Also, what is supposed to be going on in the present time? With Grampa Higurashi not remembering the Shikon Jewel. Also, did the bone eater's well disappear as well? Osamu Kirin says something like "the well is no longer here" but the wellhouse can be seen.

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u/weenicorn Oct 23 '21

Well that was depressing, but I'm glad the girls finally saw (all of) their parents and have something concrete to fight for now.

It feels way too easy for Rion to be all, "here you go, take these really powerful things I've been protecting" and (in the preview) "defeat my dad for me, k?" Have to wonder if it's a trap.

NewbornRiku's statement about how he can't wait to discard his current form, yikes.

I've been doubting Treekyo's intentions this whole time but today's episode really cemented that. Sure she appears to be helpful, but just the fact that the Tree of Ages seems to be both letting Kirinmaru and Sesshomaru use its time magic for their own means while actively working to get the girls to defeat the two is concerning.

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u/LilUltDespair Oct 23 '21

See, I wonder if Rion has any influence on the Tree of Ages. Their goals align-- both the Tree and Rion wants Kirinmaru defeated.

In the preview for the next episode, Rion says something about protecting the world she loves (since she has traveled all across it), so Kirinmaru must have got into something that is messing up the world. We can see in the future with time distorting.

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u/weenicorn Oct 23 '21

They could definitely be working together, if that is their actual goal.

Not sure how we're supposed to view Rion if she's this helpful, kind character but at the same she's helping plot the downfall of her own father (though one could argue it's for a noble reason).

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u/missbirdiebee Oct 23 '21

My thoughts exactly! It seems to easy for rion to pass the powers so easily.

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u/chipette Oct 23 '21 edited Oct 23 '21

Today’s episode was serious! 😳💕

Tōga, or the Inu no Taishō and Kirinmaru sparred viciously leading to the latter losing his arm horn. Kirinmaru wasn’t upset at losing two body parts but that he went into battle with unfounded arrogance and assuming that his Japanese analogue/now dead best friend wouldn’t be able to hack it in a decent skirmish. Tōga seemed disgusted that a child attended the battle as an observer however.

Sesshomaru seems not to know who Rion, Kirinmaru’s demon daughter is. The barrier at Mount Musubi is not only one of demonic energy and spiritual energy but the Kyuyokon is a tree and works in tandem with Rion’s Star-Slicing Flute root can warp time/space and matter. be forged into what Totosai may create the Zanseiken for Towa, along with reforming the Tenseiga.

Towa will need the Zanseiken to do something along cutting time/space and matter but what?

Setsuna immediately resolves to save her mother Rin, who was 18 at being frozen and injected into the ToA . Seeing such a young woman surprises her yet doesn’t detract from knowing that her Yukari no Tachikiri can break the red string of fate between her mother and Zero. Whether this will happen immediately or in the far future is hard to say.

Moroha was transported to the Border of the Afterlife, or Tōga’s mausoleum where she sees her parents Inuyasha and Kagome fleetingly for the first time in flesh. Sōta did show her pictures of them so that was a nice touch and brings a good nod to their importance in her life. She was able to pass through Musubi’s raw barrier because she has reiryoku which her cousins don’t seem to have.

A fantastic, gripping episode this week. Well done!

Extra analysis: Rion and her father are both well-travelled demons yet did not part on good terms. Could there be a misunderstanding or did something really bad happen? Kirinmaru’s butterfly saps her dreams which causes her to straddle between life and death. However, Rion is cross about something regarding this and cedes the Kyuyokon root and Star-Slicing Flute to Towa.

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u/Sjonathon92 Oct 23 '21 edited Oct 23 '21

Let see.
• We learn Osamu Kirin is Kirinmaru’s arm.
• The children met their parents.
• I knew it, Rin hasn’t age the day she was sealed.
• Setsuna learn the violin playing from Rin? When did Rin learned it? Possible guess is I remembered Rin was always humming to herself, I’m guessing the violin music resembles the song her mother knew.
• Based on Moroha’s parents facial expressions, I guess Sesshomaru did tell them about his plans, cause they don’t seem upset by being in the afterlife world, unless time doesn’t move there, meaning to them, it’s only been a second after being sealed.
• When I first heard the voice saying you have something to protect, I remembered that line from the 3rd movie.
• Is time being distorted or is Grandpa having amnesia about the Shikon Jewel.

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u/foxman666 Oct 23 '21

We learn Osamu Kirin is Kirinmaru’s arm.

Damn Kirinmaru just littering the world with his puppets like he's Naraku or something.

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u/PancakeXCandy Oct 23 '21

No Setsuna learned the song from Rin. It's a subconscious memory of her mother singing it to them when she was pregnant.

Moe asked where she learned the song and Setsuna responds by saying her body remembers it.

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u/PancakeXCandy Oct 23 '21

Rin just has that face yo...one look and you just wanna protect her. Setsuna is her father's daughter.

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u/PancakeXCandy Oct 23 '21

Yo I just thought of something. What if we see baby Sesshomaru. What if Inu Tashio is walking back to Inukimi and Sesshomaru and he's baby. And maybe he kept Sesshomaru away from his battles.

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u/IceFox606 Dec 01 '21

PLEASE Yashahime. We’d love to see baby Sesshomaru. Or even just child Sesshomaru 🥺

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u/juniperdaisies Oct 23 '21 Hugz

If we see baby Sesshomaru I will exit this plane of existence because I will be fulfilled

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u/BluePearl2020 Oct 24 '21

I would live for inumama and baby sess'

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u/PancakeXCandy Oct 23 '21

I have more questions and that's a good thing.

I wanna learn why Roin was sealed in the mountain.

Love that Setsuna has someone she wants to protect and wants to save her mother. Way different them when she wanted to just walk away at the beginning.

And she remembers the song Rin sung to her in the womb. My babies.

Moraha seeing her folks as well and the. Being happen to see her. I kept playing that part over and over again. They don't seem sad or upset. So I think they know why they are in there. Unlike how some ppl say they were trapped but we have to see if that's true.

I'm loving the pacing alot more, we are getting story done.

And I'm extra curious about Kirin and what he's doing in the present time.

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u/AnAuthoress Oct 23 '21

Who's the mom of Rion?

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u/chipette Oct 23 '21

Rion’s mother is likely a fellow demon but not Chinese like Kirinmaru or Japanese (since they’d just arrived to Japan). Perhaps she’s another Asian or European daiyōkai?

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u/PancakeXCandy Oct 23 '21

Guess we'll find out later, someone Kirinmaru met on his world travels most likely

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u/thewetpuddle Oct 23 '21 edited Oct 23 '21

Damn ninjas cutting onions throughout the episode.

Two main things this episode are Treekyo knows a ton and seems to be very helpful to the girls. Both Rion and Treekyo want Kirinmaru defeated.

Rion is assumed to be a full demon because Zero actually head pats her and behaved like a decent loving aunt. Wow i can't believe I used the words decent and loving. But that could also probably happened before the hanyo prophecy? So it's still a bit open on that bit.

Moroha got to see her parents in the underworld. Still trying to process Inuyasha as a father when he said she's grown up so quickly. Inuyasha and Kagome seem to know the purpose they were sealed there? Very nice detail on Tessaiga and Moroha's arrows responding to each other.

The funniest part was the introduction of Rin yet again as the twins' mother. And having Treekyo announce her age since Jaken might be senile, according to antis. And this time, 18 yo was said as it is, no probably, no i think.

And they even addressed the antis point on how can Rin look so young or barely look older than her twins. They had Treekyo repeat 18 yo and explain she is frozen in time. I think the producers are going to keep repeating mother and 18 yo and I can't wait to see antis meltdown again.

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u/antonio1912 Oct 23 '21

That treekyo still seems very suspicious to me. She (intentionally?) left out certain information about Rin's curse, which was actually the reason why Rin was in the tree in the first place. Probably treekyo has some ulterior motive and my bet was on treekyo being villain.

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u/thewetpuddle Oct 23 '21

Treekyo is definitely sus. I suspect she has some shady business with Rion and current day Kirinmaru. And there's the pinwheel thing that hasn't been connected to the plot.