"Inuyasha: Since Then" is the first episode of Hanyō no Yashahime.

Synopsis

A young half demon named Towa was told a tale from ten years prior about a priestess and a half demon who battled demons.

Summary

Inuyasha and Kagome.

A mysterious half-demoness princess named Towa Higurashi was captured by a shogunate adviser from Kantō region, who inquires her about some items from the future in his possession, including a book from the Reiwa Era and the seat from Kagome's bicycle, but Towa refuses to comply, certain that sharing info from the future will alter the past.

The story then flashes back to six months after eighteen-year-old Kagome started living with Inuyasha and her other closest friends and their young children, two of which are identical twin sisters. Inuyasha and Miroku fight the Root Head, a plant demon who desired the Shikon Jewel and was then sealed by Kikyō many decades ago, but the enemy escapes.

Completely unaware that Kikyō has been dead for decades but has had her immense spiritual powers reborn in her modern-day reincarnation, Kagome, the Root Head attacks Kagome and she joins Inuyasha, Miroku, and Sango to destroy it, unaware that a small part of the demon has survived by attaching itself to the Sacred Tree of Ages itself.

Back to Towa, she is rescued by a demon slayer named Setsuna and a demon bounty hunter named Moroha, who realize that the lord attendant is a demon as well and chase after it but before departing, Towa confiscates the book and the seat from the lord.

Characters in Order of Appearance

Notes

  • This episode aired on the same day the first episode of InuYasha The Final Act aired in 2009.
  • As of this episode, Miroku is voiced by Makoto Yasumura as his original voice actor, Kōji Tsujitani passed away prior to production in 2018.
    • This episode also features the final performance of Kirby Morrow as Miroku, due to his unfortunate passing in November 2020 at forty-seven.
  • Ogigayatsu Hiiragi Danjo, a shogunate adviser from Kantō, obviously comes from the Ogigayatsu clan. In real Japanese history, the Ogigayatsu were a branch of the Uesugi clan, a notable samurai clan.
  • The blanket Towa had over her is almost identical to the one the Infant was wearing.
  • It is revealed that after Kagome returns to the feudal era, the Bone-Eater's Well was sealed and no longer works as a portal through time.
  • The SFX for Inuyasha's ears moving is different from the one we hear in the original series and The Final Act.
  • In the English dub, Moroha is the first character to say the curse word "shit" in the series.

Differences from the manga

  • The names of Miroku and Sango's children are not revealed In the manga.
  • The manga did not feature the yōkai Yotsume that secretly watched Inuyasha, Kagome and their friends as they fought against the awakened Ne no Kubi.
  • Ne no Kubi's defeat was slightly different in the anime and the manga. In the manga, Ne no Kubi was seriously wounded by Kagome's sacred arrow and destroyed forever by Inuyasha's Kaze no Kizu. In this episode, after their combined attack, Inuyasha uses Meidō Zangetsuha which sends the demon to the netherworld.
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