Tanjiro, Zenitsu and Inosuke are told that their fully healed. Zenitsu has now been informed that Nezuko is Tanjiro’s sister. A Kungai crow arrives and informs them that they’re to report to Mt. Natagumo. While on the path to Mt. Natagumo they encounter a fellow Demon Slayer that appears to be under control of a demon. Inosuke and Tanjiro head into the forest to find out. We see four demons in the shadows. Tanjiro and Inosuke run into a demon slayer and he informs them that there were ten initially.
Suddenly the slayers started attacking each other. We get a glimpse of the Demon Slayer commander, that takes note that his “children” have been slaughtered. He decides to send two Hashiras, Tomioka Giyu and Shinobu, as he believes that they maybe dealing with the Twelve Kizuki. Zenitsu finally heads towards the mountain when he realizes that Tanjiro took Nezuko with him. Meanwhile, Tanjiro and Inosuke are attacked by the remaining Demon Slayers under the control of the demons. However, they learn that the small spiders are attaching the threads to the Demon Slayers.
Without Tanjiro’s ability to smell the demon, it’s up to Inosuke to find her. A white haired and skinned demon appears telling them not to interfere with his family or his “mother” will kill them. He walks away on one of the spider webs. Inosuke attempts to attack the demon but can’t reach. He uses the seventh form of the Beast breathing technique and is able to locate her using his “spiritual awareness.” We know that each demon has a backstory, I wonder if the spider demons are actually related biologically. Regardless, it seems that Tanjiro, Zenitsu, Inosuke, Nezuko and Murata may be over their heads. I’m excited to see how strong Hashiras really are.
Episode 14, The House with the Wisteria Family Crest
This episode picks up right were the last one left off. Tanjiro lands a devastating blow on Inosuke breaking some of his ribs. He tells them that members of the Demon Corps should fight each other. Inosuke takes it as an argument against using swords and decides he should use his hands. Inosuke shows that he’s quite flexible. He’s relentless until Tanjiro headbutts him. His mask fall off revealing that he’s a “pretty” guy. Inosuke passes out. After they bury the victims they head down the mountain.
The siblings go their own way after the Kaugai crow gives Kiyoshi a charm to ward off demons. The three, Tanjiro, Inosuke and Zenitsu head to a manor to rest. They receive food and clothes from the old lady of the manor. We learn that Inosuke is an orphan and that he became a Demon Slayer after hearing about it and the Final selection. Zenitsu finally asks “why does Tanjiro travel with a demon.” Nezuko finally emerges from the box, of course Zenitsu freaks out. He becomes smitten with her. He accuses Tanjiro of carrying around Nezuko to “make out with.” The episode was fine. Not much happened. I was right about Inosuke being a aggressive airhead. Like Zenitsu, I expect that Inosuke will turn out to be more complicated than that.
Inosuke Hashibira, is the boar headed warrior attacks Kyogai. When he steps on Teruko he comes into conflict with Tanjiro. He said that he chipped his sword deliberately so his sword would shred flesh instead of slice neatly like Tanjiro’s. The demon separates Tanjiro, Teruko, and Inosuke. Tanjiro and Teruko find her brother. Meanwhile, Zenitsu and Shoichi draw the attention of another demon after Zenitsu screams in terror. The demon gives chase leading Zenitsu to pass out and go to sleep. In this state he manages to defeat the demon with Thunder Form.
This part was epic. It was a little predictable that Zenitsu would have great fighting ability despite his cowardice. Of course he doesn’t remember he killed the demon and assumes Shoichi did. I still hold out that Zenitsu is going to surprise us with his character. Anyway, we get a glimpse of Inosuke’s fighting style. He uses a self-made style Beast Form and quickly defeats the demon. Kyogai is in search of “marechi” the rare blood of a human that’s worth 100 people. It is revealed that Kyogai is a former member of the Twelve Moons. So far we have been teased by the power of this group.
We’ve seen two false ones and a former. This helps set up of expectation of what the future encounter with one of the Twelve will be like. Tanjiro faces off against Kyogai who begins to flip the room over and uses his claw attack. Tanjiro begins to learn how the ability of Kyogai works. However, with his leg still broken, Tanjiro has trouble getting close to Kyogai. Tanjiro claims that he ready to fight.
Episode 13, Something more Important
The house shifts once again, but finally frees Zenitsu and Shoichi as they’re thrown outside. When the room flips papers are thrown around, Tanjiro takes careful effort not to step on them. As a result Kyogai has a flashback. In the flashback, he is seen as being belittled by someone. This series does well when giving the demons more of a humanizing story. It’s really effective. Tanjiro releases that in order to fight well he needs to “take shallow breathe,” and “reinforce the muscle around his leg.”
Tanjiro also begins to smell the claw attack. Using this new tactic, Tanjiro is able to avoid the claw attack. Tanjiro is able to finally get close to Kyogai and decapitate him. Before he does, Tanjiro compliments Kyogai on his Blood Art. As he dies, Kyogai cries as he finally has had his blood art and writing recognized. Tanjiro uses a knife that Yushiro gave him to collect blood from Kyogai. So far in this series they have convenient elements in the universe. The ravens that give the missions and now the cat that collect the blood. I’m not complaining, but I like they way the manage these elements.
Tanjiro finds Kiyoshi and Teruko, bringing them outside. Here he finds Zenitsu being assaulted by Inosuke. I’ve always predicted that Zenitsu was more than his initial impression. He has shown that he does have courage. Tanjiro finds that Zenitsu was protecting Nezuko from Inosuke. Zenitsu always knew that there was a demon in the but trusted Tanjiro had a good reason for it. Nezuko is going to become a big problem for Tanjiro. Zenitsu may accept her, but I’m not sure anyone else will. I predict that Inosuke and Tanjiro won’t fight for long before someone interrupts them, most likely the raven giving them their next mission.
We are introduced to Agatsuma Zenitsu the annoying, neurotic and cowardly swordsmen. As we left the previous episode Zenitsu was harassing a young girl. Zenitsu claims that he’s weak and will die during his next job. For some reason he wants to get married before he dies, although it’s unclear why that’s better. Apparently, he never wanted to become a demon slayer but he was “tricked” by a woman and ended up in debt. His trainer took over his debt and forced him to become a demon slayer.
Tanjiro’s crow orders both of them to head towards a mansion. Zenitsu’s hearing is apparently as good as Tanjiro’s sense of smell. They run into two children that claim that a demon kidnapped their older brother. A man is thrown out of the mansion and dies. He’s not the brother however. Tanjiro asks a terrified Zenitsu to accompany him into the mansion. The children enter the mansion against Tanjiro’s wishes and they’re now all trapped inside a house that switches rooms around.
Zenitsu and the brother and Tanjiro and the sister, Teruko are separated. The brother berates the whiny Zenitsu for being a coward. Trying to escape Zenitsu looks for an exit but only finds other rooms. In one room he encounters a strange man with a boars head. The man runs past them. Meanwhile, Tanjiro attacks the demon of the house, but before he can connects the demon uses his blood art to flip the room. The boar headed man smashes through the walls, armed with two jagged edge Nichirin swords prepared to attack the demon.
While, I can image that many might find Zenitsu to be annoying, I think he kinda funny. Sure his cowardice might become tedious at some point but I anticipate that he will mature and become bravery throughout this series. The boar-headed man has been shown in the opening credits so it’s safe to assume that he will become a important character like Zenitsu. Unlike, Zenitsu I think that he’s going to be reckless rather than a coward. he seems like he will also lack the intelligence that Tanjiro posses. A three of them might be contrast to each other.
Susamaru throws her two temari balls at the house. Tanjiro sends Nezuko to take the wounded woman to the basement for protection. Susamaru states that she and Yahaba are members of the “Twelve Demon Moons.” These demon are considered to be the most powerful generals that serve directly under Kibutsuji. Susamaru increases the number of her arms to six and the number of temari to six as well. Tanjiro has difficultly understanding how the temari are able to move.
It turns out that Yahaba and Susamaru had been working together. Yahaba had been using his telekinetic arrow controls to move the temari around. Yushiro uses a Blood Art spell to give Tanjiro his sight. This allows Tanjiro to finally see the arrows. When Nezuko attacks Yahaba he loses control of the arrows and Tanjiro is able to cut the arms off of Susamaru. Tanjiro faces off against Yahaba and Nezuko, Tamayo, and Yushiro fight Susamaru. Tamayo is recognized as a “fugitive,” leading Susamaru and Yahaba to target her. Nezuko loses her leg trying to kick on off Susamaru’s temari.
Tanjiro struggles to gain control over his fight with Yahaba. The arrows can’t be cut and if he does touch them his sword moves in the direction of the arrow. Tanjiro manages to combine several techniques with the arrows from Yahaba creating a force strong enough to decapitate Yahaba.
Episode 10, Together Forever
As Yahaba starts to die, he attacks Tanjiro with his arrows. He attempts to kill Tanjiro by using his arrows to slam Tanjiro into a wall or anything that could hurt him. Tanjiro uses moves over and over again trying to prevent himself from falling. Yahaba dies, leaving Tanjiro exhausted as he falls to the ground. He breaks his leg and has to crawl to Nezuko. Tamayo medicine heals Nezuko’s leg and she rejoins the fight. Nezuko faces off against Susamaru. She’s shows once again that she has been able to fight with a high level demon without consuming human blood.
She and Susamaru engage in a kicking battle, kicking the temari back and forth with increase power. Susamaru creates six temari, before she can do anything Tamayo interferes. She calls Kibutsuji a “coward,” stating that “he [Kibutsuji] programmed his demons with the instinct to kill each other so they won’t band together and kill them.” Susamaru becomes enraged and doesn’t notice that Tamayo begins to cast a spell – Magical Aroma of Daylight. This spell weakens the brain function’s causing Susamaru to say Kibutsuji name.
This triggers the “Kibutsuji curse,” since demon aren’t suppose to mention his name, when they do the curse is triggered. Shockingly, three arms burst out of body and crushes her. It turns out that neither Susamaru and Yahaba were part of the “Twelve Kizuki” meaning that the demons were too weak. Once again we see the demons are “humanized.” Susamaru, is reduced to nothing but an arm. She asks Tanjiro to “play with her,” before she is killed by the sunlight, Tanjiro feels sympathy for her. Kibutsuji even lied to her by telling her she was an elite demon.
Kibutsuji is becoming a more “evil” character, while, the other demons seem to be getting a more nuance treatment. To this point when Nezuko considers Tamayo and Yushiro to be “human,” she starts to cry. So far she and Yushiro are the most human like in this series. However, Kibutsuji also seems to behave like a “human,” despite his cruel demon behavior. I wonder if we will see more demons like this.
Nezuko finally gets a chance to shine as she fights one of the demons. More importantly she proves that she can be trusted to defend humans without Tanjiro. Nezuko shows a lot of power but because she lacks experience is highly predictable in a fight. Tanjiro defeats the two demons in the swamp with his Water Style Whirlpool. Tanjiro then rescues Nezuko when the last remaining demon overwhelms her. When he asks the demon “what he knows about Muzan Kibutsuji,” the demon lunges at Tanjiro forcing Tanjiro to kill him.
Tanjiro leaves as he promises to defeat Kibutsuji for killing so many people. A Kaugai crow arrives and give Tanjiro his next mission at Asakusa, Tokyo. Tanjiro arrives in Tokyo and is quickly overwhelmed by the size of the city. He takes a break in a park. While there he catches the scent of Kibutsuji and gives chase. He tracks Kibutsuji down and grabs his shoulder. To his surprise, Kibutsuji is holding a little girl that calls him “daddy.” The mother of the child soon arrives later. While Kibutsuji pretends not to know anything about Tanjiro, he does turn a man walking by to a demon.
Episode 8, The Smell of Enchanting Blood
Episode 8 picks up right we episode 7 left off. The newly demonic bystander bites his wife in the shoulder. Tanjiro springs into action holding the man down. Kibutsuji leaves with his family. The police soon arrives and get in the way. A demon named Tamayo uses her Blood Art spell on the police. She takes notes of Tanjiro humanizing the new demon and his desire to “save” him. Tanjiro notices that they’re demons, which Tamayo admits to. She states that she a doctor and she would like to kill Kibutsuji.
Meanwhile, Kibutsuji sends his family home and head to find Tanjiro. He encounters a drunk in an alley way. The man suggests that Kibutsuji is sick because of his pale skin. This seems to trigger him as he kills the drunk by knocking him into a wall. He then kill the man’s large brother and the woman with them. He sticks his finger in her forehead, injecting her with his blood resulting in her exploding. As a first encounter with the main villain (I’m assuming) it’s quite an introduction. Kibutsuji seems to see himself as superior to humans. He instantly reminded me of Meruem from Hunter x Hunter.
He summons 2 demons to “bring him the head” of Tanjiro. Tanjiro arrives at the home of Tamayo. He and Yushiro quickly establish a relationship typical of the main protagonists and his rival, much like how Midoriya and Bakugo’s (My Hero Academia) relationship works. Anyway, Tamayo tells him that she has saved the wife but the husband needed to be locked in the basement. She lacks the blood lust typical of demons because she has “modified herself,” and removed the Kibutsuji curse.
After some talking she tells Tanjiro that she hopes to find a way to turn demons back into humans. In order to do so she needs two things. Permission to study Nezuko’s blood and bring blood from powerful demons to study. As Tanjiro agrees, the two demons that Kibutsuji sent attack. It was always going to be a way to return a demon back to a human. Tamayo doesn’t seem to have an answer yet, but I don’t think it’s going to be as simple as demon blood. Another potential problem is how the organization that Tanjiro belongs to will react to him working with a demon. I anticipate that he may have a falling out with the Corps as he tries to help his sister. As a villain I love Kibutsuji and he’s terrible. The next episode will hopefully show how strong Yushiro is.
A new trope seems to be more frequent in anime and manga, “focusing on the villains perceptive.” This makes the series more than just a kill all the demon series. It will still be that of course. However, by given the demon’s backstory reminds us that he was once human. Like many he was a victim of a demon, before he became one. Tanjiro is a different kind of hero, he’s full of kindness and sympathy. Whether this series makes that a weakness remains to be scene, but so far it appears that it’s an asset.
Speaking of kindness, one of the new Demon Slayer members turns out to be an ass. He abuses one of the twins, grabbing her by the hair. Although she does seem to care. He’s likely to have a terrible backstory that explains his behavior. One of the other new members seems like he’s a bit of a coward. We get more details on the world of Demon Slayer. The Corps have ten ranks with the lowest being “Mizunoto.” Of course this is were our new heroes start. Each will have to choose and ore, because their sword will be made for them in a few days. It isn’t made clear which ore they should choose.
Interestingly, they are each assigned a Kaugai crow for communication and uniforms. Tanjiro returns home to Nezuko and Urokodaki, who’s understandably happy he survived. He informs Tanjiro that he believes the reason Nezuko sleeps a long time is because she doesn’t eat humans. This is both a good consequence for not eating humans and a convenient way to keep her out of the direct story. 15 days later, Tanjiro gets his sword from the odd, Haganezuka. Tanjiro gets his first mission, from a Kaugai crow that actually can speak.
Episode 6, Swordsman Accompanying a Demon
Tanjiro puts on his uniform. Urokodaki explains that it’s made out of special fabric that low-level “demon’s talons or fangs couldn’t even manage to tear it.” Tanjiro’s Nichirin sword is a rare color (Black), such that it’s considered to be wielded by weak swordsmen. He then gives him a “Cloud Mist Pine box,” to put Nezuko in. He heads to the town to begin his mission. Kazumi explains what happened when his girlfriend, Satoko vanished. Tanjiro track’s the demon scent.
Another young girl is abducted by a demon that can liquify itself and pass through doors. When Tanjiro smells the demon he gives chase, however, he can’t see them. He stabs the ground and rescues the girl. He gives her to Kazumi as he prepares to battle the demon. Said demon reappears now split into three. He uses eighth formwater basin and cuts off the arms of all three demons. However, the attack is too “shallow,” and fails to do serious damage.
The demon mocks them, claiming that they already ate Satoko. Kazumi begins to cry, as Tanjiro gets overwhelmed by the demon. Nezuko joins in. The demon is surprised that a demon and swordsmen are teaming up together. We get a flashback of Urokodaki telling Tanjiro that he used “hypnotic suggesting on Nezuko.” He told her that “all humans are your family,” and “that demons are her enemies.” Muzan Kibutsuji the first demon is the only one that has the means to save Nezuko. This information isn’t useful now, as Tanjiro has to get stronger first.
Yet another factor is introduced for keeping Nezuko demon urges in check. Whether, her sleeping long periods and hypnotizing are significant enough to tame her completely. Some might see this as an easy way out of potential conflict. However, I think that they will introduce conflict later in the series.
Tanjiro is finally ready for the final selection. Urokodaki expresses that he didn’t plan on sending Tanjiro to the final selection, having grown tired of sending children to their deaths. He tells Tanjiro that a demon gets stronger with each human they consume. This will be important later. He gives Tanjiro a fox mask that has a protection spell. It is revealed that Sabito and Makomo are actually dead, explaining the ending from last week. Tanjiro heads to Mt. Fujikasane where he sees a number of teenagers.
It’s made clear which of the teens are the strongest and apparently everyone a facial scar of some kind. It’s unclear if the scars this a design feature or if it has story implications. Regardless, the goal is simple, survive for seven days and you pass. Tanjiro runs into the woods and is quickly ambushed by two demons. We finally get to see the fruits of the training that Tanjiro underwent. He uses his Water Style to kill them. The animation of the water style was spectacular and is reminiscent of the waves found in “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” woodblock print.
He immediately smells another demon. Another applicant is being pursued by the massive demon. Unlike most of the other demon shown so far this one doesn’t look like a human with fangs. The demon has several arms that are wrapped around itself. Tanjiro rescues the applicant. The demon asks for the year and becomes enraged when he’s informed that it’s passed into another era. He reveals that it was Urokodaki that captured him 47 years ago and he has been seeking revenge ever since.
The demon is the one that killed Sabito and Makomo, along with eleven other students of Urokodaki. The mask that was suppose to protect them actually made them targets. The applicant abandons Tanjiro when he’s knocked down. Tanjiro uses his new training to reach the demons neck, managing to sever it unlike Sabito. This episode was basically perfect. I usually don’t notice the music but it was used to great effect. The effects of the water as I mentioned was a great stylistic addition. Were also given some important info regarding how to defeat demons, wisteria repels them and they use “Nichirin sword” to kill them. I’m excited to see what the other children bring to a fight.
This episode opens up the world a little bit. We are introduced to the Demon Slayer Corps. A group that has “several hundred members,” they aren’t unrecognized by the government and seem to have no leader. It seems obvious to me that Tanjiro will become that leader. Demon’s are explained further, as demons go in anime nothing is new. They have powers, they regenerate and they’re stronger than human etc…
Meanwhile, Tanjiro begins to train. Sakonji explains that he is only one of several trainers. In order to join the Demon Corps, Tanjiro must survive the “Final Selection process.” Sakonji determines whether Tanjiro qualifies. This is all interesting except that we all know that Tanjiro will pass, otherwise how does the show go on. Throughout the training Tanjiro writes a diary detailing the daily training.
Somehow Nezuko has been asleep for six months. The training arc is seamlessly speed up a year. After the training ends, Sakonji tells Tanjiro that he will support his candidacy for the Demon Corps if he can cut a bolder. He keeps trying and failing. He meets a mysterious man (Sabito) who question his manhood. He attacks Tanjiro and challenge him to a fight. Tanjiro is outmatched by him. He says that Tanjiro has only memorize what he was taught, not internalized his lessons psychically.
After he knocks Tanjiro out, Sabito tells Makomo to take care of him. She’s corrects Tanjiro’s technique. Sabito and Makomo were both raised by Sakonji. She further explains the value of the “Total Concentration Breathing.” It’s a way to make you as strong as a demon. She tells him the only way to accomplish this is to “train to death.” Sabito and Tanjiro have a final showdown, with Tanjiro quickly defeating Sabito. The ending makes it unclear whether Sabito and Makomo are real. Regardless, Tanjiro cuts the bolder, meaning he’s going to the Final Selection.
One of the early theme’s in this series is that Tanjiro is too empathetic to be a good demon slayer. When tasked with finishing off a demon, Nezuko decapitated, he is unable to decided what to do. He’s concerned with the demon that massacred people would suffer. It’s probably a good chance that this compassion will be to his benefit. However, so far it results in him making decisions too slow, which is bad.
Earlier in the episode, he crafts a basket for Nezuko to hid in during the day. While, I find it highly implausible that she can fit into the basket, its necessary for the story. Regardless, at night they stumble upon a temple. Tanjiro smells blood a goes rushing in. He witnesses another massacre and a demon feeding on a victim. Nezuko begins to cry as the demon attacks Tanjiro. The fight is weirdly violent but funny. Nezuko kicks the demons head off, then it’s body begins to move and Nezuko kicks it into a tree.
Tanjiro of course is never in real danger. The demon begins to talk, proclaiming that he knew that Nezuko “was strange.” The fight further it’s oddness when said head sprouts a pair of arms. Tanjiro pins the demon head (and new arms) to a tree. Just as he tries to “finish him off,” Sakonji Urokodaki arrives. We then get more of an understanding as to why the sense of smell is important. Sakonji is able to “smell” the “scent of kindness” coming from Tanjiro. Later, Tanjiro uses his smelling ability to “sniff out the traps.”
The details of this ability and why it’s important will be further elaborated on later obviously. However, the fact that Sakonji also has this sense of smell is clearly important. Finally, my thoughts that the demons in this series are vampire like have been confirmed, as the demon burns to death when the sun arises. After successfully surviving the test he was given, Tanjiro returns. Sakonji accepts Tanjiro as his student. Overall, another good episode and I’m looking forward to the next one.