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Demon Slayer Season 2, Episode 15: The trio returns to face Daki and Gyutaro

In Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 15, “Gathering,” we learn a little about Tengen’s childhood and Zenitsu, Tanjiro, and Inosuke join the battle. The demonic siblings, Gyutaro and Daki, share more than just the title of Upper Rank Six. When Gyutaro said he and his sister share bodies he wasn’t kidding. Gyutaro and Daki may have two different physical bodies but they can exchange body parts. Gyutaro gives Daki one of his eyes. This increases her power and allows them to coordinate their attacks. Daki and Gyutaro are able to fight Tengen, Tanjiro, Inosuke, and Zenitsu together despite being in two different places.

This episode was mostly a well animated high action packed one but we did get a short deviation to Tengen’s backstory and the larger Demon Slayer world. Gyutaro compliments Tengen on his fighting abilities claiming that “none of the Hashira he has killed are like him,” and Tengen was “born special.” Tengen states that he wasn’t “anyone special.” While demon slayers like Muichiro became Hashira only after two months, Tengen argues that he’s not “chosen like them.” It’s not made explicit whether the current generation of Hashira are stronger than previous ones, the fact that Gyutaro killed 15 and Daki killed 7 suggests this generation might be.

If someone like me gives that impression, you really are living a blessed life. – Tengen Uzui

We also learned that the shinobi were “wiped out” in the Edo era. Tengen was born one of nine siblings, with seven being killed by the time he was 15. His father, afraid of their clans extinction, increased training. Tengen’s younger brother resembled his fathers worldview more closely, “viewing his wives as expendable.” In order to become a Demon Slayer, Tengen and his wives had to reject shinobi ideology. I hope we’ll get more information on the past world in Demon Slayer. In the present, Tengen separates Daki and Gyutaro by kicking Daki into the air. At this point it seems Daki is comically weak. Demon Slayer went through all this effort to present her as a powerhouse only to quickly show her as a weakling.

In Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 15 Gyutaro and Daki fuse together
In Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 15 Gyutaro and Daki fuse together

It’s a odd choice. I’m all for running gags (her head getting cut off) but she’s been minimized into hindrance. Her power seems to mostly due to her brother. I’m sure there’s a typical brother protects sister narrative between Gyutaro and Daki, but the shift in how I perceived Daki (strength wise) is dramatic and it’s clearly deliberate. Anyway, Tengen is joined by Tanjiro, Inosuke, and Zenitsu. I have remarked many times how surprised I am that Demon Slayer is willing to sideline it’s main character (Tanjiro) and it seems that will remain true this arc. Tanjiro is simply not stronger than Tengen. In most anime he would be or the stronger characters wouldn’t be present for some reason.

I also noticed that this season has more fights in the presence of civilians. In the first season most of battles to place in distant areas away from people but this season is different. I was surprised that Demon Slayer bothered to show Tengen’s wives evacuate the town, normally the civilians would have been ignored. Tanjiro and Tengen have teamed up against Gyutaro, while Inosuke and the sleeping Zenitsu fight Daki. Zenitsu seems to be able to fight and talk while completely asleep. I wonder if he’ll be sleep for the entire fight or wake up in the middle. I realized that neither Zenitsu or Inosuke have been able to show their full power yet. Hopefully, they will get a chance now that Tanjiro isn’t at the center. Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 15 is full of action. Tengen and Gyutaro fighting while Daki rains down her Obi was a marvelous sight.

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Demon Slayer Season 2, Episode 14: The secret hiding in Daki

The main theme of Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 14 is transformation, hence it’s title. Daki and Nezuko are the ones who transform, but in opposite directions. Daki loses her confidence and while Nezuko gains some. They both end up crying but for completely different reasons. Nezuko goes through a mental transformation. She enjoys the violent abuse she inflicts on Daki. When she gets a scent of human blood she prepares to attack. This means that when Nezuko transforms she’s looses all the control she had. To be clear, Nezuko has never been unaffected by blood but she’s always resisted. Luckily, Tanjiro arrives to hold her back. He’s desperate to keep his sisters from killing, especially considering all the consequences that will occur if they fail.

Like getting skinned alive or maybe getting your belly slit open

– Gyutaro

Daki loses her head in Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 14
Daki loses her head in Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 14

Nezuko misses her family and snaps out of her rage buy singing a lullaby their mother use to sing. Her tears are born from sorrow, whereas, Daki’s tears are largely due to her bruised ego. Poor, poor Daki. First, she gets humiliated by a rampaging Nezuko. Then Uzui decapitates her and dismisses her power, claiming she “too weak” to be a “Upper Demon.” Her insecurities rise to the surface. She practically begs Uzui to believe she strong. She becomes whinny, screeching and crying. Daki becomes pathetic. Demon Slayer has always tried to balance its more sentimental moments with action. This episode definitely exemplifies that.

I’m amazing, you hear me?

I rarely notice voice acting in anime but the voices of Daki and her brother Gyutaro were perfect. Daki’s high pitched wailing and nonstop talking really sold her desperation. However, her brothers voice was perfect. I’m not going to be able to do it justice by describing it, but it’s creepy. Both voices irate the ear but still felt appropriate. This episode suggested something tragic happened to both Daki and Gyutaro. When Nezuko’s Demon Art sets Daki ablaze, she recalls a brief flashback and says it’s “just like that day.” In the flashback we see a swordsmen and a female silhouette.

Gyutaro body is emaciated and he has a cringy tendency to scratch himself. It think he starved as a human and gave his little sister any food they had. Together, Daki and Gyutaro are, according to Gyutaro “two people in one.” Gyutaro is clearly the stronger of the two, but if they fight together, Daki’s obis could become a problem. Gyutaro has a powerful Blood Demon Art. As Tengen noticed he has amazing reflects. With his speed, Uzui might be able to avoid most of their attacks, but I think he’ll need help. I like the fact that Demon Slayer is willing to let other characters shine, but it seems odd if Inosuke, Tanjiro, and Zenitsu just sit idly by and watch. Regardless, I’m excited to see how this fight goes.

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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.

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Demon Slayer Season 2, Episode 12: The power of Hinokami Kagura and Tengen

Short Summary:

While Tanjiro fights Daki alone and becomes overwhelmed by the strain Hinokami Kagura. Tengen finds his first wife, Hinatsuru. After he gives her the antidote he goes in search of the demon. Using his hearing to find Zenitsu, Inosuke, and his two wives fighting underground. Inosuke, Zenitsu, and Tengen all get a chance to show off how flashy they can be.

In Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 12 Tanjiro uses Hinokami Kagura
In Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 12 Tanjiro uses Hinokami Kagura

Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 12 goes to get pains to show how much effort it takes for demon slayers to fight. Even the focus on “breathing,” something we assume would require very little effort, feels exhausting. In a flashback, Tanjiro recalls the intense pressure attempting to use Flame Dance: Clear Blue Sky caused. At the time it’s “sheer force,” was too much for him to handle. In the present, Tanjiro remembers Rengoku’s words: “set your heart ablaze.” He performs Hinokami Kagura: Raging Sun, successful cutting Daki’s obi. The Upper Demon quickly notices the “sharpening” of Tanjiro’s skills. However, he’s still not able to handle Hinokami and collapses.

Daki attempts to gain the advantage and kill Tanjiro while he’s incapacitated on the ground. In danger, Tanjiro uses Recovery Breathing to regain his some of his movement. Throughout this fight, Daki is impressed Tanjiro has kept up, but she’s not the least bit concerned. It’s clear that Tanjiro is already heading towards his end. Regardless, he’s determined to protect the innocent. Meanwhile, Inosuke is terrorizing the women in the brothel as he rampages, while searching for the demon. He finds the hole leading to the demon lair and creepily dislocates his joints to slither through the tunnel. Once inside, Inosuke finds Daki’s Obi, draped around like webbing. He finds he victims trapped inside including Zenitsu.

Maybe you should stay asleep the whole time

– Inosuke

Things are going to get real flashy

Suddenly, the sash, with a face and mouth, begins attacking Inosuke. He easily avoids it, while freeing the captured humans. Daki orders the sash to catch Inosuke and the “ten most beautiful,” she can kill all the rest. Makio and Suma help battle the “worm belt,” as Inosuke calls it. Inosuke is concerned if the worm belt isn’t the real body then he will be stuck down their “forever.” Without warning, Zenitsu uses Thunder Breathing, First Form: Thunderclap and Flash, Sixfold, and begins cutting up the sashes. While Zenitsu was causing a ruckus, Tengen was crashing through the ground. He enters the lair in epic fashion. The worm belt instantly identifies Tengen as a Hashira. Tengen attacks, slicing the belt into tiny pieces.

Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 12 shows us the difference between the trio and Tengen. First the worm belt is impressed with Inosuke’s “intuition”, his ability to “detect murderous intent”. He’s able to avoid the worm belt’s attacks. Zenitsu, who still needs to be unconscienced has amazing speed but wasn’t able to kill the worm belt either. When Tengen appears, the worm belt doesn’t have time to dodge. Tengen’s speed overwhelms her and she’s quickly killed. The gap in power between Inosuke, Zenitsu, and Tanjiro when compared to Tengen and Daki is notable.

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Demon Slayer Season 2, Episode 11: Tanjiro prepares to face Daki

Short Summary:

In Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 11, Tanjiro prepares to fight a Upper Rank Demon. With Zenitsu missing, Inosuke, Tanjiro, and Tengen dig deeper into the location of the demon. Tengen regrets bring low level Demon Slayers into this fight and dismisses Inosuke and Tanjiro, as he intents to look for the demon alone. However, Tanjiro and Inosuke are only inspired to step up their since of urgency. Tanjiro detects the scent of the demon at the Tokito House. Alone, he encounters the Upper Rank Six Demon, Daki.

Koiuatsu’s kindess

So far in this arc I’m having a difficult time telling the Oiran apart. I wasn’t sure Koinatsu was Daki or a different character until her name was mentioned. This isn’t a big problem, but it can cause confusion. I wonder if anyone else had this issue. Regardless, episode 11 shows use the other side of the entertainment district. Koinatsu’s young assistants look up to her and she clearly cares about them. She gifts them each a hirauchi kanzashi hairpin. It’s a touching moment. However, the district is still an unhealthy environment featuring constant death and disappearances. The master of Kyogoku House is informed by a chaperone that “Zenko (Zenitsu)” is missing. Daki has used fear to gain the complicity of figures like the owners of the brothels. If they cross her she’ll kill them. Regardless, the master still feels guilty for his cowardice and is clearly heartbroken over his wife death.

The Wisteria Flower Engraving

I can’t get over how much Inosuke’s personality has change. He’s changed from a mindless brute to a think brute. He’s likely to be more effective this way. When he and Tanjiro discuss their situation, he thoroughly explains the ranking system, specifically the “Wisteria Flower Engraving.” Each member has their rank inscribed on their hand. If they wish to check their rank they can say the password and flex their arm to reveal it. After candidates become members of the Demon Slayer Corp, they’re granted the lowest rank in the organization: Mizunoto. Overall, there are ten, beginning with Mizunoto, there’s: Mizunoe, Kanoto, Kanoe, Tsuchinoto, Tsuchinoe, Hinoto, Hinoe, Kinoto, and Kinoe. According to Inosuke, our trio has reach the rank of Kanoe. The Hashira are the most elite. In order to reach this level, as Demon Slayer must “either successfully kill 50 demons or a member of Twelve Kizuki as a Kinoe.”

With Zenitsu’s kidnapping, Tengen admits his motives were selfish. He wanted to rescue his wives more than anything leaving Zenitsu vulnerable. He dismisses Tanjiro and Inosuke telling them he “regrets in making them join him in his mission.” Neither, Tanjiro nor Inosuke are going to quit. They plan to search for the demon at night. Tengen has become more directly involved and threatens the master of the Kyogoku House. He gives Tengen Daki’s location but the demon isn’t present. He runs off to the Kirimise district to speak to Hinatsuru, leaving Tanjiro and Inosuke vulnerable. Tanjiro encounters Daki, as she begins to “consume” Koinatsu. Daki seems interested in the prospect of encountering another Hashira. Seeing the Upper Six kanji in her eye, Tanjiro orders her to “let Koinatsu go.”

Upper Six Daki verses Tanjiro

Angered at the disrespect, Daki attacks him with her obi, sending Tanjiro hurling into a nearby house. Realizing he’s outmatched, Tanjiro resolves to face her. They clash, with Tanjiro using his Water Breathing, Fourth Form: Striking Tide, Turbulent to counter her obi’s attack. He manages to cut one off “freeing” Koinatsu. Daki is impressed with his “mid-air” abilities. Still, Tanjiro is going up an Upper Demon, can he do it without aid? It doesn’t matter. Tanjiro knows he must face her and prepares to do so. Where in the early cat and mouse phase of this fight. Just how large is the gap between Tanjiro and Daki? Zenitsu and Tengen have conveniently been removed from the story (temporarily), leaving Inosuke and Tanjiro to fight. It would be reasonable to expect Tanjiro to defeat Daki but with a Hashira present it would be silly to leave him to fight some underling. If Daki is strong enough to kill seven Hashira, Tengen may need Tanjiro, Inosuke, and Zenitsu’s help.