「古寺の猫寿庵」 (Koji no Neko Juan)
“The Cat Juan at the Old Temple”
This week’s Yashahime might have had a lot of cat abuse, but ultimately, it gave us a little more insight into the three girls. While Moroha continues to hunt for demon parts to make some dough, we get a little more insight on Towa’s interests in present-day pop idol Julian when she meets his feudal era ancestor.
It was an unusual week for the anime because in their bid to find an acceptable target to not show our protagonists slashing people apart, they ended up going with cats. The big cat demon was a unique choice, especially with its regeneration skills shifting it from demon to skeleton form. But there were several uncomfortable moments where you just see the three slashing into a crowd of cats as their lifeless cat bodies collapse into the ground. It was ballsy, but I understand why viewers might be upset seeing a pile of cats be reduced to corpses.
I thought a major issue with the plot would be the number of time paradoxes that would happen with the knowledge and artifacts they brought with them. But they seemed to keep it low key enough that it wouldn’t be like the little girl would try to create Pocky or discover chocolate in Japan far earlier in time after being introduced to candy that doesn’t belong to the feudal era. Moroha enjoying bicycles and flashlights was cute, but I imagine there would’ve been deeper questions if someone were to discover their bicycle.
On a conscious level, I think they tried to show this restraint when the topic of Julian’s ancestor came up given that the monk’s survival is necessary to avoid a time paradox and Setsuna’s rigidness could’ve changed the fabric of time. There might be some hints next week of their battle to keep present-day history and artifacts a secret from the feudal era, but we’ll see when the next episode rolls out.