I know, its been a very long while, but I assure you I will explain another time soon. I just want to give you guys some content and food for thought.
This post contains spoilers for both Yashahime and Inuyasha manga/anime. These are just opinions and I plan to keep watching this show but I have some real issues with it, and here they are. Also feel free to give your thoughts and opinions on the matter.
I am open for discussion.
I am finished with the English dub of Yasahime. I was watching it with my best friend as we had just finished the Inuyasha main series anime (Her first time watching it). What I am writing about today is not the pairings in the story nor am I writing about the characters; well kind of. This is more of a rant on how royally fucked the timeline for both Inuyasha and Yasahime is as a story perspective. Never once have I seen such a plot hole that it made twilight look good. Like seriously, I was so offended, I paused an episode and ranted to my roommate to which she told he that “it wasn’t her fault” because of how passionate I was being on this issue. You know what the issue is?
And these swords
And this fucking rock.
Let me start by saying this. The whole thing with the Comet and Kirimaru is wrong, on so many levels. First off, Sunrise decided to rewrite history. Toga, as we all know, was a great and fearsome dog-demon-general who ruled over the western province of Japan. He fought many, and even had run-ins with humans. However, it was when he met Inuyasha’s mother, did he fall in love with a human. It was during his time with Inuyasha’s mother which brought to life the sword Tessaiga. Here is the manga page of when it is brought up.
The sword was made during his relationship to protect her and their unborn child. Now, lets look at the timeline of Yasahime. Zero or Riku, I forget which, state that it has been two-hundred years since the death of the great demon. Which makes sense (kind of), Inuyasha is about 270-300 years old. How do we come up with this? Remember this move?
Sunrise made it cannon in this movie that the death of Inuyasha’s mother was near 250-270 years ago. She died when Inuyasha was still a child, which makes it 300 years max. This wouldn’t have been an issue but… Sunrise made the movie cannon within Yasahime when they gave Toga the sword of damnation in a flash back and used the fire which killed him during the last two episodes.
Now where is the problem you ask? Well, remember that comet? Remember how many years it comes back to Earth? It’s every 500 years. You know, who, not only had Tessaiga but also the Meidou at this time?
They gave Toga the sword he should not have and the ability he should not have! Hell, in the flashback when Zero learns of his death, we see that earlier Kirimaru orders Riku to go aid the dog-demon. Hell, the king of beast even names the two Toga fought with and what was one of the names? The name of the dude who he stole the Medo from!
Not only that, but Tensaiga also exist in that very same flashback of them defeating the comet fragment. This is wrong on so many levels! This is how the timeline was originally given to us. By MYOGA and TO-TOSAI!
Let’s look at the timeline the manga (the purest form of the material) gives us and for shits and giggles, lets throw in the original run of the Inuyasha anime + movies.
Toga becomes great dog general -> Rules over Western Province -> Somehow comes across the sword of domination -> Has Sesshomaru at some point -> Meets Inuyasha’s mother -> Inuyasha is conceived -> Toga ask Totosai to made a blade of his fang to protect her -> Tessaiga is born -> Toga fights the dude who has the Meidou -> Toga gets the meidou removed of Tessaiga and Tensaiga is born -> He fights dragon thing -> Inuyasha is born -> Toga dies.
Do you see anything about a comet? The only reason why they made it five-hundred years is to explain why this never came up when Inuyasha was growing up, to make it appear in the time where Inuyasha and Kagome are chilling, and to make it a problem in the modern era, but by doing this lazy writing, they ruined and mixed up the timeline completely. They story no longer makes any sense by giving Toga the weapons he clearly does not have so early along with the techniques.
What would have been good was if they showed Toga and Kirimaru damaging the fragment, Toga with the sword of domination and then, maybe that dude who owned Meidou was a friend at the time, aided them in using his Meidou but then later, they all had falling out and that’s why Toga went after him and why Kirimaru did not interfere with their fight.
Its such an easy fix, such an easy addition but they rather mess up the lore and storyline. But that wasn’t the worse for me, the worse was that it was a completed technique. That Toga mastered his meidou and even had it within blade form. That form is to be unique to Inuyasha and Inuyasha only. Toto-Sai made it a point to state that that form was unique to Inyasha only. Also, if it already completely joined with the sword and was mastered what was the point in removing it from Tessaiga? Why did Sesshomaru have to train it if it was already trained by their father? Why remake or force the attack to be incomplete and then completed again?
IT MAKES NO SENSE!
So thank you sunrise… thank you for the confusing story and the messed up lore…. Also… one more thing…
Regarding time and the Bone Eater’s Well…. Time does not flow the same between Inuyasha’s and Kagome’s home world. Unless you are telling me Kikyo died when Kagome’s grandpa was a child or its just 500 years apart always. But I was under the impression, once it was completely sealed, time would flow normally. So if anyone has an answer on that, I would love to hear it!
Now here’s another plot point I don’t understand. Now, Setsuna’s powers were sealed by the monk. Fine, cool. But Towa? What the hell is with Towa? Also what the hell with Sesshomaru and Setsuna. Like, Sesshomaru wants them to conquer their own boneline, but from everything we have learnt, their bloodline is too strong when the host is in complete danger. Toga saw this, Sesshomaru later understood that Inuyasha would never master such a blood, but Toga had the sword so his half-breed child could be protected. Now you’re telling me a half-breed can if they have enough will power?
Sunrise, I will keep watching in hopes you fix this mess but really…
The fuck you doing…
I think the timeline was supposed to go like this. Toga becames the great dog demon general👉Rules over the west👉 Gets the sword of domination👉And the sword of healing Tensaiga👉 Sesshomaru is born👉Toga meets inuyasha’s mom👉Inuyasha is conceived👉Tessaiga was made 👉Toga gets the meidou from that guy 👉Then the comet comes 👉Toga teams up with kirimaru 👉comets gone👉Then he gives meidou to Tensaiga👉 Toga fight that dragon 👉 Inuyasha is born 👉 Toga dies. That’s how I see it 🤷