While last week’s episode of Demon Slayer delivered fast-paced action with an epic fight scene, this week took a darker turn. A shocking death, new information on Muzan Kibutsuji, and some heart-to-heart scenes took us on an emotional ride. Once again we are reminded that this series is as much about Tanjiro’s journey as it is about the tragedy of demons.
Japanese Original Episode Title : ずっと一緒に
The direction demon still has a bit of fight left in him, really giving Tanjiro hell in his final moments. When the demon finally fades away, Tanjiro crawls over to where the others are facing off against the temari demon. While Nezuko is doing her best, Tamayo ends up stepping in and tricks the demon into talking about Kibutsuji. With that graphic death, we finally learn why the trio demon a few episodes back wanted to keep his mouth shut about his maker. With the fight over, Tanjiro and Nezuko head onto another town.
Another Sad Death: Oof, Demon Slayer really knows how to push the feelings button. This week’s demon death, the temari demon, was absolutely heart wrenching. The muffled screams and then the final words from the pool of blood – all of it was so graphic.
Blondie is Back: At the end of this week’s episode we got a shot of bad luck blondie from the final selection. I was very excited to see him, but I’m a bit nervous about how his character will be. I’m not a fan of those really silly love-sick characters who have no spine, and it seems that’s exactly what he is. Perhaps I shouldn’t have complained last week about missing the other characters!
It’s all in the face: After ten episodes of this series, I realized there’s one point I’ve never really touched on – Nezuko’s communication. With the bamboo rod in her mouth, she can’t really communicate much except for some grunts and head movements. But, it’s incredible how much emotion and intent is conveyed in the animation of her face. In this week’s episode the shot of her looking at Tanjiro when he considers leaving her behind says exactly what the episode is titled – she wants them to be together forever.
Vindication!!: Hell yes!! Yushiro admitted that Nezuko was a beauty. That’s all I needed from this episode.
Coming to the end of this part in Asakusa I felt very satisfied, until I realized one thing. Tanjiro and Nezuko were in Asakusa to find a demon. I doubt that demon was Muzan Kibutsuji. Can you imagine the Demon Slaying Corps sending a newbie after the head demon? I also doubt that Kibutsuji would make enough noise while living in Asakusa to attract any demon slayers. So pretty much, our siblings went to Asakusa to do a mission, got distracted, and then left without ever completing it. Other plot holes this episode include Tanjiro crawling along the ground one minute and walking perfectly fine the next, the direction demon taking FOREVER to disappear, and Tamayo mentioning demons cannibalizing one another and later on saying demons can’t kill other demons. This episode was definitely very sloppy compared to the previous ones.
As we say goodbye to Tamayo and Yushiro I have to say I really hope we see them again. I’m not a big fan of Yushiro but Tamayo is such an interesting character. I hope we get to look deeper into her history with Kibutsuji and how she became a demon. But the unique aspect of her character is how she clings to her humanity. When she hugs Nezuko, who recognizes her as a human, it’s such a bittersweet moment. You can tell how much Tamayo longs to be human again. Also, I absolutely adore the animation that goes with Tamayo’s bewitching blood magic. It’s my favorite spell animation so far.
I’ve Gotta Hand it to You…
Out of all the episodes of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, this episode was perhaps the weakest. But even at its lowest point it’s still better than the best episodes of some other series. There were quite a few plot holes that sprung up, and some questions that needed to be answered but on the whole it was quite alright. I hope for the first two episodes of this cour Ufotable will end us on a high note.
NEXT TIME: Tsuzumi Mansion
Remember to check back next week for my review of e+Episode 11. In the meantime, make sure to check out the rest of our Spring 2019 reviews. This series is also part of our weekly anime previews.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Spring 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast