Demon Slayer Season 2, Episode 13: Tanjiro and Nezuko let loose

Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 13, “Layered Memories” is an action packed episode that adds to the lore of demons and may have exposed Muzan’s only weakness. Daki gains more power as her obi sashes are absorbed. Her hair changes white, as she get excited at the prospect of facing another Hashira. She ignores Tanjiro who’s already struggling psychically. After she destroys part of a city block, killing several people and maiming another. Tanjiro is also cut deeply trying to reflect her attack. Witnessing the carnage Daki created and her indifference to the suffering, Tanjiro explodes with rage.

Tanjiro rages after Daki kills innocents in Demon Slayer Episode 13
Tanjiro rages after Daki kills innocents in Demon Slayer Episode 13

Demons have nothing to lose

Daki tries to escape but Tanjiro grabs her by the leg, attempting to decapitate her. She evades, only losing her foot. Like most demons at her level she quickly heals. Demon Slayer has consistently made the point that humans are at a natural disadvantage against demons. Tanjiro has always felt like he was struggling against the more powerful Daki. He constantly under pressure, pushing his body past its natural limits just to inflict pain on the Upper Demon. Bloodshot and determined, Tanjiro accelerates towards Daki. She uses Blood Demon Art: Eight-Layered Obi Slash trying to cut Tanjiro into pieces.

Tanjiro uses Hinokami Kagura: Burning Bones, Summer Sun, creating a series of circular flame spirals. Daki feels pain from the burning and cannot regenerate quickly. Daki leaps to another house, wondering how Tanjiro can still move. Following the demon, Tanjiro manages to cut Daki’s neck, but she protects herself using a soft sash. Feeling the heat, she increases her sashes to 13. Tanjiro is able to easily parry them as they appear to move slowly. He stabs all the obis, pinning them down. With explosive movement, he leaps into the air slashing the obi with fiery strikes. It’s an amazing moment that displays what makes Demon Slayer such an amazing series, beautiful animation, colorful design, and impressive action.

The evolution of Nezuko

Nezuko occupies a strange position in the Demon Slayer series. She not a very active character. She’s literally muzzled and sleeping in a box most of the time. Nezuko is often out of sight and out of mind. Obviously, she can’t walk around during the day but she could come out at night. If we consider the fact that most humans are ignorant of demons existence and their white skin doesn’t trigger too much suspicion (Muzan claims he has a special disease) there’s no reason for her to be so absent. Especially, because she protects Tanjiro more than her protects her. Anyway, that trend continues.

Tanjiro apparently stopped breathing while he was fighting and just before he decapitates Daki, he’s stopped by a vision of his sister telling him “to breathe.” Tanjiro collapses in agony, giving Daki a chance to capitalize. Suddenly, Nezuko appears behind her and crushes Daki’s head while sending the demon flying. Nezuko attacks Daki with her trademark right kick. Daki slices off her leg, arm, and cuts deep into her torso. Nezuko has never eaten a human and hasn’t developed in the normal way demon tend to.

Like Tamayo, Nezuko escapes the control Muzan exerts on his progeny. Regardless, Nezuko begins to regenerate, according to Daki at “a Upper Demon level,” develops vinelike markings and grows a horn. She stomps Daki into the ground giving her a menacing stare. Nezuko shouldn’t have this much power especially considering she doesn’t train at all. It conflicts with the painful effort demon slayers like Tanjiro put into their breathing. Granted she’s a demon so they generally have it easier than humans. However, she doesn’t even have to consume humans like those demons.

Marks, Scars, and Cells

Demon Slayer Episode 13 introduces the more subtle aspects of the power system of the series, marks, scars, and cells. When Muzan creates a demon he gives a human his blood, this process is “performed at a cellular level.” Normally, Muzan maintains control over demons, but for some reason Nezuko and Tamayo can’t be controlled. One thing they both refused to do is eat humans which is likely the main reason. In this episode, Shinjuro Rengoku writes Tanjiro a letter in which he explains that Sun Breathing users have a “red mark on their forehead.” While Tanjiro denies he’s the “chosen one” claiming that he got the scar through other means, I think Shinjuro is one to something. Especially after we witness the memories of Muzan. The man in the vision has the mark Shinjuro referred to.

I don’t know who the man in the vision was but I don’t think it was Tanjiro’s father. Maybe a grandfather? It doesn’t matter. What is important to know is that Muzan was afraid of this Demon Slayer, who like Tanjiro can use Sun Breathing. Nezuko’s markings are only seen, but it’s obvious they’re associated with her transformation. I expect we’ll get more information next episode. This episode was great. While Nezuko’s transformation is a bit of an ass pull, I’m still excited to see her fight.


Demon Slayer Season 2, Episode 8: The Sun Breathing Style

Short Summary:

Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 8 begins with Muzan Kibutsuji’s adopted parents are glowing over their brilliant and “kind” son. Muzan has assumed the form of a child. Suddenly, Akaza appears to debrief his master. Akaza informs Muzan that he failed to find the Blue Spider Lily but he did kill a Hashira. Sensing Akaza might feel he accomplished something, Muzan berates him. Calling him a “disappointment.” In the Butterfly Mansion, Zenitsu, Tanjiro, and Inosuke struggle to come to terms with Rengoku’s death. Still injured, Tanjiro visits Rengoku’s family. There, he learns of the Sun Technique and Rengoku’s fathers, Shinjuro’s, hatred of the users. After returning from a mission, Tanjiro encounters the Sound Hashira, former shinobi, Tengen Uzui.

Muzan abuses Akaza in Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 8

The Oppressive Muzan

Muzan Kibutsuji is hands down on of the best anime villains. He just a massive narcissist and sees his demons as nothing but tools. In the last season, we saw how little Muzan cared for the lower six. I thought he held the upper moons to hire standards. No demon matters to Muzan. When Akaza tells him he killed Rengoku, Muzan becomes angry. He takes control over Akaza’s body causing him to bleed and decay. It was an impressive display of his power but also his manipulation. Muzan wants overwhelming control over his subordinates. They can’t think without him knowing what they think and their bodies are no longer theirs. He can’t be satisfied. If you do what he wants (kill a Hashira) he wants more. The twelve moons are always going to be failures in his eyes.

Senjuro is grateful for Tanjiro’s appearance

No matter how grueling or frustrating it may be. I am going to become a powerful Hashira like Kyojuro. – Tanjiro

Sun Breathing, the first breathing technique

After the bout with lower Rui, which Tanjiro displayed the Hinokami Kagura (Dance of the Fire God) for the first time. At this point in the series, Tanjiro only showed a affinity for the Water Breathing Style. In our general understanding of the basic elements, fire and water are opposites, so we were shocked when Tanjiro released a fire breathing style. However, Hinokami Kagura isn’t from the Flame Breathing Style. Shinjuro tells Tanjiro about the Sun Breathing Style without being asked. The bitter former Flame Hashira appeared jealous of the Sun Styles superiority. Shinjuro claims that the Sun Style was the “original Breathing Style,” the “most powerful,” and all other techniques are “derived” from it. Tanjiro was always going to need more than just hard work to become a stronger Demon Slayer, the Sun Breathing Style is it.

The trio continues to gain strength and experience

Training, solo missions, and growth

According to Tanjiro he already knows the Style. He just needs to continue to practice. While, Tanjiro may have access to the most powerful Style he’s not going to automatically excel at it. Demon Slayer makes it clear that Tanjiro and the others MUST work at it. Demon Slayer spends more time showing characters training the most anime I can think of. In this episode, Tanjiro remarks how much he hates his own “weakness.” He continues to train with Inosuke and Zenitsu. Tanjiro notes that Zenitsu is becoming braver and Inosuke is becoming more “aggressive.” Each of them are growing, increasing their strength, and learning to fight alone. Even Nezuko seems to have progressed, being more active in her and Tanjiro’s brief encounter with a demon in the mountain shrine. I hope she develops even more this season. So far Nezuko has been relegated to a bit character.

Tengen Uzui is a brute

The Sound Hashira

Each of the Hashira introduced in the last season have a distinct look and personality. The Sound Hashira, Tengen Uzui had a habit of saying “flamboyant” repeatedly. He values flash and is clearly self absorbed. Tengen is introduced in this episode as being a bit of an ass. He abuses his power as a Hashira, to kidnap Aoi and Naho. The moment tries to blend humor with Tengen’s inappropriate behavior but I just instantly disliked Tengen. The coolest moment of this episode was when Zenitsu and Inosuke stealth appear on opposite sides of Tengen. Our trio volunteer to go with Tengen instead of Aoi and Naho. Tengen tells them they’re heading to “The number-one spot in Japan that’s dripping with lust and desire. A super-flashy place. The Entertainment District, where demons reside”.