Anime

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.

Anime

Demon Slayer Season 2, Episode 10: The introduction of Upper Demon, Daki.

Short Summary:

Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 10 opens with an attendant accusing Oiran of being responsible for the disappearances. She vanishes after entering the room with the accused. In the Ogimoto House, Makio is tortured for information regarding who she sent the letters to. The demon notices Inosuke approaching. He opens the room to find it empty. The destroyed nature of the room triggers Inosuke’s suspicion. The demon flees, as Inosuke rampages through the brothel trying to catch it. However, running into a client he loses the demon. Zenitsu realizes he been distracted from locating Hinatsuru. He hears a little girl crying and quickly rushes to her. There he encounters Warabihime, whom he assumes is the Upper Demon.

Daki kills Omitsu in Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 10

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

She’s outraged by the mess in her room and grabs the crying girl by the ear causing her to bleed. Zenitsu grabs her arm demanding she let her go. Warabihime reaches back and strikes him. Elsewhere, Tanjiro is enjoying his time working in the Tokito House. He does his chores eagerly and freaks out the house madam. In a flashback, we witness the events that lead to the death of the Kyogoku House owner, Omitsu. During this flashback, Warabihime sees Muzan Kibutsuji in her room. He congratulates her for getting stronger and compliments her beauty. He then reveals that her demon name is Daki and she’s killed seven Hashiras. Finally, Zenitsu awakens to fine the three young girls her rescued. They thank him his help and leave him to rest. As Zenitsu relaxes, Daki kidnaps him with her sashes.

Tanjiro is always so eager

Fear of the Upper Ranks

It was always obvious who the demon was. The question was did anyone else notice the strange disappearances. Demon Slayer Episode 10 reveals that Daki has been confronted several times by other attendants. They’ve all meet their ends. Both woman were foolish for confronting someone they though was a killer. What did they think would happen? Interestingly, Daki notes how stupid Omitsu was for revealing her hand before she dropped her to her death. The number of years Daki has spent in the Entertainment District isn’t clear but she appears to have been active for centuries. This arc has been teasing the first appearance of an Upper Rank Six, which we learned last season are far stronger the bottom six. This episode increased the anticipation for when Daki eventually faces Tengen and the trio. When Muzan appears, he confirms her strength when revealing that she has killed seven Hashira. Having just witnessed Rengoku’s fight against Akaza, we understand both the power of the Hashira and the advantage Upper Rank Six have. Depending on how strong Daki is compare to Akaza, Tanjiro, Inosuke, Zenitsu, and Tengen might not have a chance.

Sitting here thinking and not doing a thing . . . is not my style – Inosuke

Zenitsu is knocked out by Daki.

To this point, the trio has gotten stronger as well but by how much? Hashira’s aren’t rank compared to each other so it’s difficult to determine if Tengen is stronger than Rengoku. However, I find it hard to believe Demon Slayer would kill another Hashira so quickly. Speaking of Tengen, he was absent from this episode. This arc is being slow and deliberate in telling the narrative so far. But I expect it to turn up the action now. After episode 8, Tanjiro has really taken a backseat to the others. I don’t know what to make of it. It’s refreshing that the series isn’t obsessed with it’s own main character still it’s an interesting choice from Demon Slayer. This has allowed Inosuke and Zenitsu to show how they’ve matured. Inosuke did show signs of maturity in the last episode but in this episode he realized he wasn’t making much progress. Zenitsu was placed in a position were he could have easily panic like he use to. Instead he acknowledge his fear and pushed through it to save the girl. Their growth is subtle enough to be believable and makes them more effective Demon Slayers.