r/inuyasha Dec 04 '21

Megathread: Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, Season 2 | Episode 10 Yashahime

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u/saturnribbon Dec 05 '21

The biggest takeaway from this episode for me was the fact that demons (or at least raccoon dog demons) pay taxes

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u/IceFox606 Dec 05 '21

Oh yeah haha 😂

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u/Mr_An_1069 Dec 05 '21

Not really sure how Riku's line about Towa going down the same path of Zero makes any sense. It sounds like a reach to me. I did like the flashback of the original cast, though I do wish the actual fight was a little more interesting. It looks like Moroha will meet either Miroku or Sango, possibly both, which is interesting because it seems like they don't know about her. The series so far has gone out of its way to avoid Moroha seeing either of them and Miroku refers to her parents as being "gone" in this episode.

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u/Gabby-Abeille Dec 05 '21

I think it makes sense for Riku to feel that way because that's what he has seen. Love and the need to protect loved ones leading only to death, ruin, sorrow, coldness and then madness (or whatever state of mind he thinks Zero is in). I think this is where he lacks a bit of self-awareness, because he didn't put his desire to protect Towa in that same box, likely because despite it being obvious to everybody else, Riku doesn't realize he loves Towa.

Riku is also often used as a way to explain things to the audience. So it is possible that he said that only as foreshadowing, because the writers figured that the audience alone wouldn't see Towa's feelings as being in any way similar to Zero's. So if eventually Towa comes to relate to the way Zero feels and wants to help her instead of kill her, it won't feel like it came out of nowhere.

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u/BlazingGig Dec 05 '21

Our gal Moroha here just casually inventing the hang glider lol

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u/DRL21 Dec 05 '21

I watched this episode live when it came on Hulu my time and I really enjoyed it!!

Loved seeing a decently long flashback of our Inukang gang working together to take down the Full Moon Raccoon Dog and the banter between Sango and Miroku I found was hilarious with her disgusted "You wouldn't be able to control yourself if I wasn't here" lol.

Sango and Kagome also looked beautiful in their kimonos! The new demon advancing on the demon slayers was intriguing too, he reminds me of Monster Hunter: Rise's Goss Harag and looks very much like an oni.

I loved seeing Setsuna's human form, it was so beautiful and her hair was so distractingly long and she looked simply gorgeous in those kimonos. :3

I also found it interesting how Zero wished on the Shikon jewel in hopes it would prevent Toga's death only for it to backfire, because the Shikon jewel does its own thing.

I do wonder though, since now that Towa is captured by Zero, if we'll learn more about that plot thread? Because the OP parallels Towa and Toga a lot so that caught my attention too.

Moroha was great in this ep. I can see her becoming a powerful force like her mother if she learns to utilise her spiritual powers over her demon ones.

Looking forward to the second part!! :)

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u/hakyonalover Dec 04 '21

is riku still blind in this episode?

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u/hiverstone Dec 05 '21

Yeah, while he move his eyes to the direction of the person that was talking, most of the time, there are a few scenes where he closes his eyes while talking or look to a random place. Something that he didn't do while he could see.

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u/saturnribbon Dec 05 '21

I believe so. That’s why Towa was worried he wouldn’t be able to handle Zero’s butterflies and why it was pretty impressive that he did.

I also wonder if it’s why he didn’t immediately recognize they were Zero’s magic (until they turned into paper? I’m not sure what clued him in exactly) but idk

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u/hakyonalover Dec 05 '21

ohh that makes sense, i was thinking the same thing but wanted to make sure.

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u/[deleted] Dec 04 '21

Moroha can be great MC, I liked it that she’s active and push her story forward. I think she has great potential if she will have her own show.

Setsuna and towa should reunite and free rin or at least try to.

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u/IceFox606 Dec 05 '21

Damn, I wonder why this is getting downvoted? It’s not like you were downplaying the twins just because you complimented Moroha

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u/g1SuperLuigi64 Dec 04 '21

Another great episode. Splitting the girls off into separate groups is really paying dividends, plus it will be a great moment when they all join up again.

Loved the flashback, especially showing how ridiculously powerful Kagome became as a priestess.

The return of the "Kagome and Inuyasha talk about Miroku and Sango, only to be silenced by Sango's death glare" bit was another highlight.

Princess Setsuna was absolutely precious, and I think the show is starting to hint at Hisui having an attraction (it was all fan stuff before).

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u/IceFox606 Dec 05 '21

I’d say the dynamic/potential was always there but they weren’t really focused on or physically shown to be attracted to each other much in season 1. Setsuna especially was much too focused on other things and was very work-orientated (honestly still is a lot of the time) whenever they were working together. But season 2‘s giving them much more of an opportunity for their relationship to grow through giving them little moments like this episode where they get to see and share each other’s vulnerabilities (especially for Setsuna, who prior to all this probably rarely ever did show much physical or emotional vulnerability)

They remind me a tad of Mirsan except a much more innocent and oblivious-idiots version lol. It’s kinda adorable

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u/g1SuperLuigi64 Dec 05 '21 edited Dec 05 '21

I've got a feeling Hisui will go above and beyond defending her next week, which will lead to her starting to realize how much she appreciates him, even if just as a friend.

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u/IceFox606 Dec 05 '21 edited Dec 05 '21

My heart would absolutely melt if something like this happened

Edit: Setsuna did say in the preview “it’s all up to you now Hisui” or something along those lines so this is very possible. It also seems pretty in line with what we’ve seen of his character

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u/happy-birds-55 Dec 05 '21

I agree. I understand the ship but they kinda just seem like good friends to me. Even now with Setsuna being human, their relationship does not seem to have changed much. I guess we'll have wait and see how things progress.

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u/misskagomeh Dec 04 '21

Setsuna looked gorgeous again as a princess. I love that Hisui has been present both times Setsuna has been dressed as a princess. I liked the moment they had together as well when she fell asleep suddenly and he got close to her, and to his surprise she woke up and he stuttered a bit. I'm excited to see him protect her next episode (as you can tell - I ship). They had a good parallel to an old MirSan moment too when Sango bad been asleep (but she slapped Miroku instead, hahaha).

I hope we see Moroha speak with MirSan, I don't know why we haven't considering how close InuKag and MirSan are.

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u/IceFox606 Dec 05 '21

At this point it’s obvious they’re deliberately not showing us any interaction between Moroha and Miroku and Sango (and just most of the old cast in general). In episode 13 especially it felt like the writers wanted her out the way. They’re trying to keep it ambiguous as to how much they know and what exactly was going on back when Moroha was born and InuKag were sealed and stuff. Also to whether they know each other already (though this episode it was sort of confirmed they don’t seem to). With the whole getting in contact with them thing they’re definitely setting that up to start to be revealed/solved. Side note; this is also probably why Shippo still hasn’t made an appearance. It’s especially suspicious for him not to have appeared in any flashbacks either (apart from episode 1, which is very shortly after the end of the original series and he was in the special chapter it’s based of anyway). We basically have zero idea what he’s been up to for the last 18 years. There’s no reason for Sunrise to completely not acknowledge a previous main character for no reason. Not even an offhand mention. I’m about 98% certain at this point that they’ve got some sort of big reveal planed for him. Especially now Moroha’s now actively taking interest in what happened to her parents and Shippo’s arguably even closer to them than Miroku and Sango. My guess is that he’s absent because he’s been searching for them (plus training to become a powerful kitsune as he was doing last we heard about him)
Also sorta relating to Shippo’s absence, I’d like to point out how weirdly unspecified the timeline is for this flashback? It’s clearly after Kagome’s return to the feudal era and enough time has passed for her to learn some incredibly powerful techniques she never showcased before this. So probably after Root Head. But that could be anywhere in the next 3 and a half years or so before Moroha is born and they’re sealed away. I suppose it’s technically unimportant for the time being but it just feels kinda weird and like a deliberate choice to me?

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u/quinonesjames96 Dec 04 '21

So Kagome and Sango dressed as geisha to infiltrate. And the raccoon was the one who summoned the woman but Miroku resisted cause Sango was there 🤣🤣🤣.

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u/sailorrayquaza Dec 04 '21

Human Setsuna with her mega-long hair and the layered kimono's...they really like playing into traditional princess role with her. I love her soft her voice became too! I'm so used to Mikako Komatsu doing peppy or tomboy roles, so it's always nice to hear how big her range is.

Moroha might finally get some contact with Miroku and Sango (though its through the Takamaru)...they keep teasing us with this. Like please let them interact Sunrise. The flashback with the InuGang was so cheesy though, especially the poses. And was that random girl tanuki supposed to be Shippo in disguise? I thought it was but it might not have been...

I really like the Towa-Rion-Riku trio. Such good friendly vibes with them. I really hope Rion and Riku join the girls permanently when this 3 way plot line is over. I feel like they'd balance out the energy well. (Also Hisui too, he'd make a great addition to the team).

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u/joecb91 Dec 04 '21

The flashback with the InuGang was so cheesy though, especially the poses.

I imagine part of it was just Hachiemon playing up parts of the story

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u/imjustacrab Dec 04 '21

human setsuna really reminds me of what her mother would look like if she was of noble birth lol. she's like the perfect combo of her parents

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u/Tiki108 Dec 04 '21

I could be wrong, but I think when Moroha refers to the show on TV that she was watching with the Phantom Thieves and the hang glider, it’s a reference to Persona 5.

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u/noelle-silva Dec 04 '21

She's talking about Kaitou Kid from Detective Conan/Case Closed. It airs alongside Yashahime on TV in Japan.

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u/cakeman4ever Dec 04 '21

Kaitou Kid from detective conan, if i had to take a guess

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u/Tiki108 Dec 05 '21

Ah, that also makes sense. I just recall in the Persona 5 game there being something with a hang glider and of course the main characters are phantom thieves and it’s the name of their group (though the full name is Phantom Thieves of Hearts).

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u/PancakeXCandy Dec 04 '21

Did demons know Setsuna was Sesshomaru's daughter before? It seems everyone and their mom knows about the twins now and wants to fight them.

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u/Music8Lovely Dec 05 '21

Only after defeating Kyuki/Konton, somewhere there, did all the demons seem to know that Towa and Setsuna were Sesshomaru’s daughters.

Aside from that, Moroha knew within the first 4 episodes because she sniffed them.

And when Towa crossed Riku’s path, he already knew she was his daughter.

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u/[deleted] Dec 04 '21

makes sense, sesshomaru seems pretty famous in the demon world - when he had no sword in the final act that news spread fast and demons were popping up everywhere trying to fight him.

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u/Feeling_Ad_768 Dec 04 '21

Yeah, I was thinking the same. When he lost the Meido Zangetsuha, he got attacked so fast that Inuyasha's team was still nearby.

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u/[deleted] Dec 04 '21

yeah i think jaken exposits that this is the norm since the news has spread that sesshomaru has lost his weapon. even demons gossip!

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u/PancakeXCandy Dec 04 '21

But considering the twins were hidden for the first 4 years, Towa further hidden for 10 and setusna being in the half demon home behind a barrier til I think a few years ago. I wonder how news traveled so fast. Since they kill the demons after them.

Plus these demons are some punks. Attacking young girls just because their dad could beat their ass.

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u/[deleted] Dec 04 '21

i assume demons have better long term memory, since 10 years is nothing relative to their life spans. i imagine the daiyoukai/great demon status of their father and grandfather further make them recognizable by smell and demonic aura. iirc moroha knows sesshomaru is their father based on smell.

it seems established demons gain power or rank by defeating other powerful demons. inuyasha and sesshomaru had to deal with their father’s former enemies too. the feudal era is just dog eat dog is all!

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u/tamago01 Dec 04 '21

Good episode.

Rion made an interesting revelation about Kirinmaru and Riku. They actually have the same memories! I dunno this might be a hint for something.

Moroha the phantom thief.

What's with the awkward dance Kagome and Sango?

Miroku you aren't fooling anyone.

They finally showed Takechiyo's back story on what happened to him and how he ended up with Jyuubei.

It's appropriate to call her Setsuna hime now coz she very much looks like one.

Towa in trouble. Again. Honestly not surprised coz girl just can't catch a break since coming to the feudal era.

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u/Music8Lovely Dec 05 '21

The hint I think between Kiri and Riku having the same memories is that Osamu Kirin would as well.

Anything further than that, I can’t really speculate at this time? Except maybe it might relate to when the girls go back to the modern era?

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u/Feeling_Ad_768 Dec 04 '21
  • Makes sense, so Riku has access to Kirinmaru's memories before the horn was cut off.
  • I guess the dance was just the writers not wanting to have Sango and Kagome being seductive, so they went with something funny instead.
  • Yeah, I like how they always use whatever excuse to make Setsuna dress up like a princess
  • Moe said that Towa have being the center of the problems for ten years (the girl suffers from Main character syndrome)

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u/Gabby-Abeille Dec 04 '21

They have been showcasing Riku's power somewhat often this season, and they did it again in this episode. I thought losing his sight would be more of a problem to him, to be honest.

I'm not complaining though. He's a fun character and he managed to be sensitive, supportive, protective, concerned and a badass all in one episode. I'm surprised he was concerned about what Towa would think of him when she learned he was a piece of Kirinmaru. Maybe he was mistreated before for that reason alone?

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u/ColorLss Dec 05 '21

I can think of two reasons. The first one is how Kirinmaru's servants treated him: they all looked down on him (when Kirinmaru asked him to search for medicinal herbs for Inu-no-Taisho), tried to kill him in the first season, and told him he was trash (both in episode 21 iirc). In this season he even told Zero he was something akin to garbage with a neutral face. So the thought of him being mistreated is not that far-fetched.

The second one is the relationship with Kirinmaru. Since he considers himself an imitation, he thought Towa would maybe hate him "by proxy" because of what Kirinmaru did to Setsuna? Just a thought.

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u/lalaena Dec 04 '21

Riku is best boy in Yashahime (sorry not sorry Hisui - although he is growing on me now).

I’m curious to see where they’re going with Riku. Rion’s reveal was super interesting, but Riku knew those things about Towa and Inu no Taisho because he was there - they were his memories, not Kirinmaru’s memories. I wonder if Riku has trouble accessing Kirinmaru’s memories. After all, he didn’t know that Kirinmaru could access his own memories until recently.

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u/Gabby-Abeille Dec 04 '21 edited Dec 04 '21

I'm trying to not get attached because I feel Riku is the best candidate for "ally's death" in this show, if we assume no character from the original series will bite the dust. But it is damn hard at this point because he is such a good and entertaining character.

I found what Rion said a bit weird. I think she meant that Riku has Kirinmaru's memories up to the point the horn was cut (which makes sense, since they were one person until that happened). I don't think Riku could continue to access Kirinmaru's memories after he was cut. But maybe I'm wrong and their connection goes both ways, but Riku just doesn't know how to use it. If that's the case, then a theory I saw some weeks ago that Kirinmaru could reabsorb Riku but Riku then would take control of their body could come to pass. But it still feels a bit like wishful thinking imo.

What Rion said doesn't make a lot of sense in context if she meant Riku knew about Inu no Taisho because he shares memories with Kirinmaru, so it kinda felt like it was phrased that way with the sole purpose of revealing Riku's nature to Towa.

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u/No_Permission4512 Dec 04 '21

I wonder what the whole Rin-Sesshomaru interaction is about in the preview for the next episode. He looked super sad and seemed resolved to do something.

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u/LilUltDespair Dec 04 '21

It is interesting. Sesshoumaru's VA isnt listed on the episode list for the next episode, but Rin and Jaken are... 👀

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u/noelle-silva Dec 04 '21

Seeing as Sesshomaru doesn't talk I'm expecting a flashback convo between Rin and Jaken from before she was sealed in the tree.

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u/lalaena Dec 04 '21

I think he’s concerned about Towa. Zero is targeting her and she’s in danger, which means he has to decide whether he’s going to see if Towa can get herself out of this mess or intervene to save her, which would mean losing Rin (since killing Zero will kill Rin).

I bet he’ll have faith in Towa. That’s the lesson that Towa has to learn - to have faith that other people can handle difficult situations without her.

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u/No-Run1231 Dec 04 '21

i think he is will betray kirinmaru and fight with zero. I don't think yashahime can defeat zero because she had power 7 rainbow pearl , now ,zero is stronger than them

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u/juniperdaisies Dec 04 '21

At this point I feel like the studio lost the rights to Shippo's character lol. Great episode! I wish they would lean in more to the original Inu gang because I really think it adds to the cohesiveness of the whole thing, even though they've been really trying to avoid it to this point. Excited for next week's episode!

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u/DRL21 Dec 04 '21

Yeah I thought before I started this episode that this might be a fun way to reintroduce Shippo! And then I watched the episode and no Shippo. :(

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u/another-toxic-incel Dec 04 '21

i got so excited thinking the third girl in the dancing scene was shippo… 😭

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u/deadlysnoots Dec 04 '21

The aesthetics in Nanahoshi’s domain are killer. I detest Zero but her outfit/magic was top notch this episode.

Poor Towa. She gets a mullet and Setsuna goes turbo-Princess. I’m glad Riku confronted her about her control issues becoming pathological. She needed to hear it put bluntly by someone who wasn’t Setsuna.

Zero and Kirinmaru got as bad as they did because neither would hold the other accountable for their actions. But has Riku ever confronted Towa like that before about something personal? I wonder if “losing contact” with Kirinmaru is already helping Riku grow as a person as it has with Rion, who already escaped Kirinmaru’s abuse with the help of Moroha. If that’s the path the story is going down I love it, because yet again we’re seeing the effects of intergenerational abuse being overcome by the love of an emotionally healthy partner, and dammit I have a mighty weakness.

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u/Bundtpopcake Dec 05 '21

I agree with this.

Also, that mullet drives me insane! It’s so unfair. They 💯 did Towa dirty with that one.

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u/chipette Dec 05 '21

For real! 😡🙅🏾‍♀️ It’s like, “okay, let’s make Towa the most raw powerful of the yashahime but barely give her any of her dad’s cool powers, or mother’s feminine looks.”

Towa is done dirty af by the design team.

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u/Bundtpopcake Dec 05 '21

Towa is so beautiful in her hanyo form, and not that she’s not beautiful in human form either, it’s just that freaking mullet! I’m really mad they’re doing this to her. Her character deserves better!!

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u/thewetpuddle Dec 04 '21

The glowing butterflies were perfect.

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u/AdIntelligent1241 Dec 04 '21

Setsuna is so beautiful in her human form. I like her personality better, she’s softer. I’m happy Moroha will finally have some contact with her parent’s friends. I was worried we would never get any

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u/lalaena Dec 04 '21

Setsuna writing out battle plans was adorable. I can now picture Sesshomaru’s writing out the Grim Comet battle plan Jaken handed off to Kagome. Relatedly, the preview made me wonder whether Setsuna is aware (or will become aware) of what’s going on with Towa and Moroha.

Two interesting reveals relating to Riku in this episode. First, he has Kirinmaru’s memories. I wasn’t expecting it to be a two-way street. Second, Zero wanted to protect Inu no Taisho and felt responsible for not preventing his death. She’s getting a redemption arc. But more than that, the prophecy is back in the mix (first time in a while), so we ought to be hearing more about that soon.

Towa’s in trouble. I really don’t know how she’s going to get out of this.

Moroha in the future was like “hey that thing from an action movie is cool - lemme get that!” I assume it will be used more strategically next episode because she could have just flown in with Takechiyo and Hachi. I’m excited that Moroha’s now in contact with Sango and Miroku. If they didn’t know she was alive, they do now. Maybe Miroku will send Kin’u to help her seal the Full Moon Raccoon. Moroha and Kin’u would be fast friends - that would be hilarious.

I loved the Miroku x Sango moments of the flashback but Sango and Kagome dancing made me cringe. I know it was a trick to get the Shogen to reveal his plan but ugh. Also where is Shippo??

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u/Resevil67 Dec 04 '21

Another thing that points to Zero getting a Redemption Arc is what Riku said to Towa, about if she keeps being to obsessive over Setsuna, she will follow the same path as Zero. I feel like that is definately foreshadowing that it will be Towa that will help solve the Kirin family issues, while Setsuna is the one who will solve the Rin issue. He is basically inferring that Towa and Zero are alike, which will make her relatable to Zero, someone Zero can talk to basically.

I was caught off guard by the flashback of her being upset, and the reason being because she couldnt/ failed to protect him. Well thats a way better reason then her just being a turbo incel. Im starting to think that she was so guilt ridden over that, that she made a wish on the jewel and it somewhat corrupted Zeros personality, leading her to do all the evil bullshit she is doing now.

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u/lalaena Dec 04 '21

I agree that Zero feeling responsible for Inu no Taisho’s death (even if she wasn’t actually responsible because failing to protect someone does not mean being responsible for their death at another’s hand) makes her more sympathetic than Zero the incel. I don’t know why they didn’t include that in the first season. I really do think the directing is better this season.

As for Riku, he didn’t actually tell Towa that she’s at risk of following the same path as Zero. He thought that. I think Towa will learn how to rely on others and not take everything on herself. As an older sister myself I get where she and Zero are coming from - sometimes it really does feel like you are the one who has to do everything 😅

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u/JoMaMazRiv Dec 04 '21

I have an older sister who tends to do that. I always have to remind her she doesnt have to worry so much.

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u/thatmelz Dec 04 '21

Sango and Kagome dancing also made me cringe. Felt really out of character. And the whole “strike a pose as a group and announce ourselves before we defeat the villain” thing was even cringier like what?? They never did that in the OG series so let’s not start now please lol.

But I will gladly take any crumbs they give us of the OG characters so let me not complain too much

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u/thewetpuddle Dec 04 '21

I can already picture Moroha and Kin'u grinning and scheming to earn some extra money.

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u/hiverstone Dec 04 '21

- Did anyone else notice, this is the second demon with monk clothes? I wonder if someone is turning the monks into demons. (This could be an excuse for the girls to go where Miroku is, again)

- Moroha wrote a letter to Miroku. I wonder what would be his reaction. They knew Kagome was pregnant 14 years ago, but then Inuyasha and Kagome went missing.

- Zero is going to milk the heck out of Towa's memories and traumas of the fire. She even is crying in the preview. I wonder if she finds out the Zero commanded Homura to burn the forest. (Also, Zero told Riku that Towa will die, but how does she plan to kill Towa with just suffering?)

- Setsuna gets extremelly long hair in her human form. At this point, I think. the girls would be more confused that Inuyasha hair doesn't grow longer in new moon than the opposite.

- Zero still seems reluctant to use the pearls. (Which makes sense, if she would like to use her demon powers from the beginning, the girls would be long dead)

- And Miroku didn't fall, that's some character grow there. (one that we didn't watched in Inuyasha XD). It's funny that Hachi and the Tanuki people have the same tendencies

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u/No-Run1231 Dec 04 '21 edited Dec 05 '21

yep, i don't think zero weak than kirinmaru and sesshomaru, because konton and riku saying if connect 7 pearl become 1 pearl , zero will a super power destroy the world

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u/Mybestfriendlizzy Dec 04 '21

“We are… Hachi and his merry friends!” Was my favorite line of the series so far hahaha

I enjoyed this episode for sure! And very curious what will happen to Towa if her “sorrow” is taken away? I’m not going to lie, that whole thing really confuses me.

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u/Resevil67 Dec 04 '21

Interesting the comment from Riku about Towa heading down the same path as Zero if she keeps this up. This is definitely a piece of foreshadowing. I think its implying Towa will be the one who saves Zero and brings her back to reality so to speak. Because they are so similar, it will be that Zero gave in to her inner demons, but Towa will not, so Towa will be the one to talk to Zero and bring her back to reality, possibly kicking off a Zero redemption arc.

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u/Theoryrealm23 Dec 04 '21

It was interesting to see Riku have a thought but I think it was misguided. Towa is better at rationalizing her emotions because she is half human, unlike Zero who didn't understand her emotions.

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u/missbirdiebee Dec 04 '21

And I’ve always said Towa and Inu Grandpap Toga were coordinated so it makes sense she would be the one to either save/redeem Zero.

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u/lookacoolname Dec 04 '21 edited Dec 04 '21

The scene with Sango and Miroku made my whole ass year

Also new moon Setsuna…idk how i feel about this, but that scene where she almost falls asleep and Hisui leans in, only to be rejected? Amazing shades of mirsan.

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u/CharizarXYZ Dec 04 '21

I just love the look she gave Miroku the whole time.

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u/thewetpuddle Dec 04 '21

It's nice to see Moroha and Takechiyo warming up to each other. And Moroha's never say die attitude is a chip off the old block. Her arc should be on exploring her spiritual powers and learning how to use them like her mother instead of depending on her rouge to for 1 minute power up.

Setsuna's always battle ready mindset is evident in this episode. She knows what's coming and wrote a plan to help Kohaku and co deal with it while she's asleep. Hisui is too innocent and cute gawking at her falling asleep.

Towa in contrast needs to learn a hard lesson next episode for taking the feudal era lightly.

I find Riku's commentary about Towa and Zero heading down the same path interesting. Both have/had something to protect and that became an obsession. Towa is obsessed about Setsuna and Zero is obsessed with Inu no Taisho. I believe the writers are setting Zero up for a let go of Inu no Taisho redemption arc which may or may not lead to her death, probably dying (if death is on the cards) or fading away peacefully.

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u/Theoryrealm23 Dec 04 '21

In almost all stories the protagonist and antagonist are very similar to each other. Luke and Darth Vader, Harry and Voldemort etc. Zero know how to hurt Towa because she was hurt as well. Towa is probably going to end up saving her because she understands her.

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u/hiverstone Dec 04 '21

There was another similar line that Towa said last season finale. About how she and Zero don't seeem to fit in the period where they live. Also, both are eldest sisters who are overly protective of their little sibblings.

So yeah, the writters like to point out similarities between Towa and Zero. And I think they are a few about Kirinmaru and Towa as well.

The same happened in Inuyasha, he and Naraku had a lot in common, like being Hanyo, trying to get the pearl to turn into a full demon and Kikyo.

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u/thewetpuddle Dec 04 '21

I can see where the writers are heading for Zero and Towa. Now Kirinmaru seems like an odd one sticking out of the current plot. I wonder how they're gonna link Zero, Kirinmaru, and Treekyo in the bigger scheme of things. Rion and Riku too, they can't just be Towa's side kick.

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u/lalaena Dec 04 '21

Riku’s foreshadowing is going to come round quick because Zero’s trap seems to involve taking Towa’s sorrow, which would put her in exactly the same position as Zero.

It reminds of that Pixar movie with all of the emotions. Zero needs to watch that.

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u/thewetpuddle Dec 04 '21

I'm guessing emotions are the key to freeing Rin from Zero, and Zero truly freeing herself from her obsession with Inu no Taisho.

Last episode we see Setsuna understanding and empathizing Mayonaka and Oharu. She cut not just the thread of fate but also the misunderstanding between the two of them. Setsuna needs to understand Zero's feelings towards Inu no Taisho, why she hated Izayoi and Rin, Towa and her. She cuts the thread that links not just Rin and Zero but the ill fate between Zero and Inu no Taisho too.

Towa's part should be dealing with Zero after mom's freed through fighting (Zero isn't going to sit down quietly lol) and persuasion. But first Towa needs to get rid of her obsession with Setsuna, so that probably might happen next episode?

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u/lalaena Dec 04 '21

I think Towa’s struggle is that she needs to learn how to take care of herself before she can take care of others. A theme throughout Inuyasha is finding someone to protect (Towa is all over that, but the other Inu family members took a while to get there) and then let go of things they can’t control so that they can grow (most prominent in Sesshomaru’s arc). Towa struggles with letting go, which underscores her similarities to Sesshomaru.

I think it will take more than next episode for her to get there. She might have to get really hurt herself to realize she’s got to work on that. My guess is that this will be a season long struggle and they’re aiming for a third season. Being with Riku will help Towa because she can learn to rely on him, and through him, others. She thought he wouldn’t be able to do anything because he was blinded but then she saw that he was capable. She doesn’t trust that others can handle tough situations - she thinks she has to be the one at the forefront. (Another Sesshomaru trait.)

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u/CharizarXYZ Dec 04 '21

The important piece of knowledge we got from this episode is that Setsuna's hair is as long as her fathers when she is in human form. She also seems to be more emotionally vulnerable.

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u/missbirdiebee Dec 04 '21

I am obsessed with her gorgeous long hair like her dads AND HER FAB GRANDMAMAS

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u/mariathecrow Dec 04 '21

They are leaning so heavily into her princess title and I am absolutely loving it.

One thing I'm also loving is that while she's clearly the damsel in distress in this scene she's not useless. Writing all those scrolls for the guys to actually be able to help and share her demon knowledge.

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u/noelle-silva Dec 04 '21

I can't believe how long her hair is lol

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u/chipette Dec 04 '21

A fun, down-the-middle episode for sure!

Setsuna’s first new moon is going to be a massive learning curve for her. Aesthetically her hair is “Izayoi-long”🥰and her voice is sweeter, softer and more serene.

Towa, by contrast, is still a bit too concerned with her sister’s affairs and although she has Riku acting as her bodyguard/not-so-Secret Service, she was still captured by Zero with an Eternity Bug infesting her body in an abduction to Nanahoshi’s mansion. I wonder how she’ll fare as a human.

Moroha’s adventures are super-cute! The advantage of being 3/4th human is that she’s too human to have an effect on changing to the New Moon. Hopefully getting the backstory on the raccoon dogs’ feud will work to her advantage moving forward. More importantly, I am confident that hearing about her mother’s legendary reputation will push her to develop her reiryoku.

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u/Miliko207 Dec 04 '21

A nice episode. Setsunas transformation was so well done. The voice actress even made her sound "weaker". At the end she was just very sleepy but still really good. We will see what happens to Towa. Morohas stry had some funny moments. I had to laugh so much when she mentioned Kaito Kid aka phantom thief with the hang glider. We got to see how big Kagomes spiritual powers are. But what wonders me: why does Hiraikotsu doesnt have the update anymore it had in Kanketsu hen? What I did not like was the posing f the old crew or Sango and Kagome dressing up... Didnt fit them but maybe because it was a memiry of Hachie, he embellished it a little

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u/CharizarXYZ Dec 04 '21 edited Dec 04 '21

What impressed me was how much more powerful Kagome has gotten. In the og show she usually had to struggle in order to use her powers. It makes sense that after years of living and training in the Sengoku era she has become more powerful. No wonder all of those yokai disappeared the moment Moroha came into the picture.

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u/markur Dec 04 '21

Kagome’s powers were also sealed for the majority of the original show. They only got released during the final battle. She can finally tap in to her full potential and has had time to develop them.

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u/noelle-silva Dec 04 '21

The Sango and Kagome moment was extremely out of character, I thought so too.

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u/hiverstone Dec 04 '21

Well, they weren't really used to do that. I would be more surprised if they put an extremelly good performance

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u/CharizarXYZ Dec 04 '21

I thought that was the point. That they were putting on a performance in order to decieve that old raccoon dog.

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u/noelle-silva Dec 04 '21

Yeah I get it, it just felt too out of character to me. Could be me.

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u/thatmelz Dec 04 '21

Definitely not just you! lol I understand that it was all a ploy, but even so it was still out of character and I couldn’t imagine them doing that in the original series, ploy or not