Yashahime ended. The plot began moving real fast towards the end, and lots of cool (and some not-so-cool) stuff happened. Most long standing questions going into it were answered, with a whole bunch more new questions crafted by the end. The finale laid the groundwork for a lot of stuff to happen afterwards, and it ended with an endcard that teased that the 2nd season is already in production. So I should probably amend my opening statement to "Yashahime ended... for now." I couldn't tell you if Japanese audiences *like* the show or not, but they are definitely watching it like they like it, because it's got consistently pretty good ratings. I'm looking forward to where they take this story for the most part. With a few nitpicks, but nothing major.