North American content distributor VIZ Media has announced on Saturday that the InuYasha franchise will get a spinoff series titled Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon.
The company also confirmed that Rumiko Takahashi, the author of the popular manga series, will handle the upcoming show’s main character designs, which will be produced by anime studio Sunrise.
Teruo Sato, who worked as episode director in several InuYasha anime adaptations, will be the director of the upcoming spinoff series, while Katsuyuki Sumisawa returns to the franchise to work on the series composition.
Yoshihito Hishinuma, who handled character designs of the InuYasha anime adaptations, returns to handle the animation, and Kaoru Wada also returns to handle musical composition.
The company has described Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon anime series:
The daughters of Sesshomaru and Inuyasha set out on a journey transcending time. Set 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.
InuYasha is a fantasy adventure manga series, written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi, which was serialized in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine from November 1996 to June 2008 with a total of 56 volumes.
The manga series has inspired a long-running television anime series that ran from October 2000 to September 2004 with a total of 167 episodes, which was followed up by InuYasha: The Final Act that ran from October 2009 to March 2010.
In addition, the series also adapted into four anime film adaptations between 2001 to 2004, as well as several video games and live-action stage play adaptations.
InuYasha was first aired in Tagalog dubbing through now-defunct terrestrial broadcaster ABS-CBN in August 2002. The same version was also aired in the defunct anime channel HEROtv, which was the channel’s one of the titles aired at launch in 2005.
GMA Network, which was the main competitor of ABS-CBN, also aired the anime in March 2014 with a new Tagalog dubbed version, which was followed by its sequel, InuYasha: The Final Act, in September the same year.
Southeast Asian anime channel ANIMAX Asia aired InuYasha: The Final Act within the same week as Japan in 2009.