Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon Season 1 ends with a dramatic death, setting up a bold new setting for Season 2.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon Episode 24, “Sesshomaru’s Daughter,” which is now airing on Crunchyroll, Funimation, Animelab, and Hulu.
the Yashahime: Half Demon Princess The ending, “Sesshomaru’s Daughter,” features a tremendous battle between the princesses and Kirinmaru, and ends in heavy suspense. Even after the previous episode ended with Zero destroying Tenseiga and vowing to destroy Sesshomaru and his daughters, it all comes down to the princesses and Kirinmaru himself.
After a recap of Zero’s resurrection and the promise of hatred, Kirinmaru arrives and tries to reduce the situation in Episode 24. Sesshomaru ignores him: he’s looking for blood, tired of Zero playing with Rin’s life. at this point, I’d rather have Rin die than be a pawn in Zero’s game. This is a bit weird, given that she just resurrected Zero, but maybe she was hoping for her to back off and free Rin, which she certainly doesn’t do here.
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Kirinmaru, frustrated, banishes the rainbow pearls, blaming them for this confrontation. This is enough for Zero to break off his relationship with him and she flees to search for them. This quest to gather the Rainbow Pearls will likely be a big part of Season 2, as Zero is determined to kill Sesshomaru and the princesses, and she clearly believes the only way to do it is with the pearls. Meanwhile, the princesses will also want their pearls returned to increase their power, although it turns out that the pearls may have done them more harm than good.
Sesshomaru takes off, leaving his daughters to prove themselves in a trial by combat. At first, Kirinmaru controls the pace and tells the princesses that relying on pearls has weakened their inherent strengths. He also hints at the fact that Towa’s demonic energy is drawn out by her protective instinct, and she does her best to harass Setsuna. Initially, it seems this will be typical Yashahime, with Towa lighting up and saving the day. Instead, in a shocking moment, Setsuna takes a hit at Kirinmaru, and is then hit by him.
Setsuna’s death is shocking and tragic. As her hand slides out of Towa’s, Towa remembers how she released Setsuna into the forest fire so many years ago, and the bitter wailing it caused. Even Kirinmaru regrets that things had to play out this way. After all, he has no real desire to kill princesses; actually, it’s in self-defense, as the prophecy of his death practically requires that he seek out half demons and kill them. However, this doesn’t mean much to Towa or Moroha as they prepare to defeat Kirinmaru once more.
This teamwork sequence is a pleasant surprise. Moroha finally gains control of her Beniyasha transformation, and her power levels skyrocket. Towa, meanwhile, transforms into the spitting image of her father. Normally, Towa is the most powerful of the princesses, but here Yashahime makes it clear that Moroha and Towa’s power is roughly equal. It’s a great time for fans who wanted a more equal power dynamic among the princesses.
We’ll see what changes with Towa and Moroha’s relationship after this fight, particularly with Setsuna’s departure. The battle that follows is intense, with Towa and Setsuna’s combined power nearly defeating the Demon Beast King, but in the end, they are unable to pull it off.
That said, “Sesshomaru’s Daughter” ends with a massive suspense that suggests we haven’t seen the last of Setsuna. Earlier, Jaken ran into Totosai, the blacksmith, on his way to battle. Totosai says that they are about to witness the birth of a new legendary sword, and when the episode concludes, Sesshomaru appears to have such a sword. It is possible that he is handing Towa the shattered remains of Tenseiga, and that he is about to use his typical energy sword technique to revitalize her. Or maybe the new blade is ready to go, with its own unique powers. At the very least, there is a clear possibility that Setsuna will return.
Now that a second season is confirmed, it feels like season 1 of Yashahime: Half Demon Princess he was basically setting the stage. Criticism of the show – the absence of Inuyasha characters, filler episodes, an underused Moroha – now they feel more like deliberate decisions to build the new characters and shape their development. It’s a surprising ending to season 1, but it would be far from a satisfying ending overall. Kirinmaru, Zero, and Riku are still out there, and Kagome, Rin, and Inuyasha are still trapped. Without a doubt, there is still a lot to do for Sesshomaru’s daughter (and her niece).
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