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Since it first aired back on August 31, 2002, InuYasha has long been a staple for Adult Swim, Toonami, and Cartoon Network as a whole. The story of InuYasha, Kagome, and their friends’ quest to destroy the Shikon Jewel and put a stop to Naraku in his tracks has been an inspirational journey for millions of anime fans, acting as one of many gateway drugs to the anime medium.
Beginning June 26, 2021 at 1:00 a.m. EDT, a new chapter will be added to that legacy. Today, Toonami and Viz Media have announced that the newest installment to the InuYasha franchise, Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, will finally make its way to the better cartoon show.
Yashahime will replace The Promised Neverland in the lineup, as the latter show will be completing its second season a week prior. Food Wars! will also shift down by 30 minutes to air at 1:30 a.m. The full schedule come June 26 is as follows:
- 12:00 a.m. (EDT) – My Hero Academia
- 12:30 a.m. – Dr. Stone
- 1:00 a.m. – Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon
- 1:30 a.m. – Food Wars!
- 2:00 a.m. – Black Clover
- 2:30 a.m. – Naruto: Shippuden
- 3:00 a.m. – Attack on Titan
- 3:30 a.m. – Dragon Ball Super
Similar to how Boruto focuses on the children of Naruto and his friends, Yashahime’s story centers on Sesshomaru’s daughters Towa and Setsuna, as well as Inuyasha and Kagome’s daughter Moroha. Anime News Network describes Yashahime as follows:
The daughters of Sesshomaru and Inuyasha set out on a journey transcending time. In feudal Japan, half-demon twins Towa and Setsuna are separated from each other during a forest fire. While desperately searching for her younger sister, Towa wanders into a mysterious tunnel that sends her into present-day Japan, where she is found and raised by Kagome Higurashi’s brother, Sota, and his family. Ten years later, the tunnel that connects the two eras has reopened, allowing Towa to be reunited with Setsuna, who is now a Demon Slayer working for Kohaku. But to Towa’s shock, Setsuna appears to have lost all memories of her older sister. Joined by Moroha, the daughter of Inuyasha and Kagome, the three young women travel between the two eras on an adventure to regain their missing past.
One notable change for Yashahime in comparison to previous installments in the InuYasha franchise is that the dub is produced by Bang Zoom! Entertainment in Los Angeles, instead of Ocean Productions in Vancouver. Bang Zoom! did bring members of the Ocean cast back to reprise their roles, including Richard Ian Cox as Inuyasha and Kira Tozer as Kagome Higurashi. Unfortunately, several episodes into recording, Kirby Morrow, the voice of Miroku, would pass away on November 18, 2020. Ian James Corlett has since taken over as Miroku’s voice actor beginning in Episode 13. The protagonists for this InuYasha sequel star Erica Mendez as Towa Higurashi, Kira Buckland as Setsuna, and Morgan Berry as Moroha.
Sean Chiplock @ http://streamily.com/zelda on Twitter: “Still unbelievable to me that even now, Toonami is not only alive and well, but is airing shows that I voice characters in.15 years ago this was nothing but a daydream fantasy with a relentless personal drive of desire to match. I’m so absolutely floored and grateful it’s real. https://t.co/IOLZXWtn7o / Twitter”
Still unbelievable to me that even now, Toonami is not only alive and well, but is airing shows that I voice characters in.15 years ago this was nothing but a daydream fantasy with a relentless personal drive of desire to match. I’m so absolutely floored and grateful it’s real. https://t.co/IOLZXWtn7o
Jackie Lastra on Twitter: “It’s mind blowing to be a part of this since I grew up watching #Inuyasha on #Toonami every night. If you haven’t seen #Yashahime now is your chance! And don’t forget to keep your eyes open for little Kin’u ❤️ https://t.co/0Gz6pgW6Y2 / Twitter”
It’s mind blowing to be a part of this since I grew up watching #Inuyasha on #Toonami every night. If you haven’t seen #Yashahime now is your chance! And don’t forget to keep your eyes open for little Kin’u ❤️ https://t.co/0Gz6pgW6Y2
The original InuYasha series aired on Adult Swim from August 31, 2002, to October 27, 2006, with reruns airing until March 2014. The final arc, InuYasha: The Final Act, would air on Toonami from November 15, 2014, to June 13, 2015.
Yashahime will be 24 episodes in length, with the first season originally running from October 26, 2020, to March 20, 2021, on NNS/ytv in Japan and was simulcast on Crunchyroll, FunimationNow, and Hulu stateside. The English dub would premiere 11 days later on November 6, 2020, streaming on the previously mentioned services. It would take seven months until Toonami had their bite at the apple.
A second season, titled Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon: The Second Act, is already in production. A premiere date for season 2 is scheduled for Fall 2021.
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Correction: The original title of this article incorrectly listed the premiere date as June 19th rather than June 26th. We apologize for the error.