A common theme throughout the series, Yashahime’s latest volume grapples with what makes humans and demons inherently good or bad.
Kodoani.com – WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Episode 46 of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, “The Grim Butterfly of Despair”.
Both Inuyasha and Yashahime were known for blurring the lines between good and evil in a feudal era overrun by demons that lived alongside humans. While demons are first introduced as evil beings that attack Kagome in the modern day and force her into the past through Bone Eater’s Well, protagonist Inuyasha soon meets the half-demon she will eventually marry. and have a child.
Decades later, Yashahime is still dealing with the age-old question of whether the devil is good or evil. As Rion takes over Grim Butterfly to purge the demonic world and create the peaceful world she’s always dreamed of, the remaining viewer wonders if she’s really a hero or a villain.
After Mr. Kirin brought the Grim Comet from the modern era to the feudal era, he reunited with Rion to convince her to use the Kyuyokon fruit from Mount Musubi for her own evil purposes. Together, they help the Grim Butterfly to hatch from its massive cocoon, binding their fate to the creature while absorbing its interior. Inside the Grim butterfly, Rion acts as its heart and mind as Mr. Kirin declares her the new “king” of the world.
With her new-found power of the Butterfly of Death, Rion can use her ability to hunt down any nearby demons. Demons that come close to Grim Butterfly’s power and aura will instantly be killed, pulverized without leaving a trace. While the majority of these slain demons were considered lowly and unnecessary demons, no one knew where Rion would draw his way. Her demonic purge becomes increasingly alarming as she threatens and draws nearer to Mamiana Island, home to the raccoon dog demon race, which includes Takechiyo and Hachi.
Not only cleaning the world of demons, Kirin also revealed that they aim to control humans. He reminds Towa of the times she was bullied by humans and how they had the power to destroy themselves with nuclear weapons in the modern Reiwa Era. After emphasizing how many wars have been fought throughout human history, he declares that humans are incapable of maintaining peace on their own and must be controlled by their new ruler.
Kirin explains to Towa how the devil has saved people countless times throughout human history but is never mentioned in the history books. Throughout history, the story has been altered into fictional stories and fairy tales to turn demons into bad guys who need to be killed. With the desire to create a true and fresh history, Mr. Kirin and Rion once again brought the question of morality between humans and demons to the forefront of the series.
While there is a legitimate goal of wanting humans, animals, and plants to thrive in a peaceful world without demonic interference, Rion’s desire to radically exterminate evil could lead to something very different. death of the beloved protagonists of the series, who proved that the devil is capable of love and great deeds. Since Kirinmaru’s only daughter is directly against the Great Dog Demon family, she could be a bigger threat to them than Kirinmaru herself. The three half-demon princesses must work alongside Inuyasha’s original cast to stop Rion’s demonic purge and destroy Grim Butterfly.