Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 6: The first mission

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Tanjirou learns about his new gear

I’m still curious to see how Tanjirou will progress, but I get the sense that there’s something off about this series. While I’m happy to be learning more about the world of this series, I feel like the information generally trickles in at random times. As I’ve said before, I like how the fights look and feel, but I have trouble following Tanjirou’s thought process while he’s fighting. He reacts to things, but I don’t have a strong sense of what he’s trying to accomplish or what he knows.

Tanjirou learns about the black blade

As far as explanations go, the one for the black blade was alright for me. I like the idea that the rare sword color is treated as an unknown and downplayed as a result. Typically, you’d see the opposite, where the rare occurrence gains a special sense of value. That being said, I don’t really get what the colors are meant to contribute, so there’s much left unknown.

Tanjirou searches for the source of the demonic scent

Tanjirou’s investigation generally makes sense, but I think it would have been cool if the initial scenes in the town gave a better sense of how Demon Slayers are regarded. Perhaps I’m just meant to conclude that no one generally cares. Tanjirou could also be the type of person who wouldn’t want to take advantage of his position. If that’s the case, I’m okay with it, but the series doesn’t draw much attention to that concept.

The demon splits into three

As I’ve said before, context often feels missing in this series. Going into this fight, Tanjirou mentions the heightened demon activation that he sees in his foe, but I as the viewer have no idea what that means. Sure, the enemy is more dangerous, but what part is even the indicator? Is it just another magic smell thing? Does it give the demon the ability to split into three?

Tanjirou finds out about his foe

I guess it’s not completely surprising that Tanjirou’s ultimate goal involves finding the oldest demon in existence. It sounds like we’ll learn about this demon named Muzan Kibutsuji next week, since it’s the title of the next episode, but that’s a crazy escalation. I suppose there was no way this was going to be easy, huh?

Nezuko joins the fight

I’m looking forward to seeing Nezuko help Tanjirou next week. I think it would be cool if the two were to work together in the upcoming battle, since it would play into their previous bond.

Urokodaki admits to hypnotizing Nezuko

This scene was probably the weirdest moment in the episode for me. The series has spent the past few episodes establishing that Nezuko is different from other demons, so saying that Urokodaki has somehow hypnotized her to help humans kind of cheapens that internal struggle. I guess it depends on how it’s used, but it feels strange to me. I don’t see how this is okay.

4 thoughts on “Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 6: The first mission”

  1. I’m with you in feeling that the hypnotic suggestion kind of undermines the point they were making about Nezuko being a bit different from other demons. Her being different because of her attachment to family or something was fine, but being forced to help humans through hypnotic suggestion is a totally different situation and doesn’t make a lot of sense to add in to the story.

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    1. it definitely takes a lot of potential complexity away from her character if it’s not managed in any way. as it stands, what remains of her human will feels effectively lost, and she’s just a tool to be used against the demons. the fact that it didnt seem necessary is what really makes me question the decision.

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      1. I wonder if some later bit of information will put it into context, but it still feels like a waste of a perfectly good plot line about her human will. Time will tell but I can’t help but see this as an unnecessary development.

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        1. that’s what im wondering too, but im struggling to come up with reasons why it might be okay. even if it’s later revealed that the hypnosis didnt work, i dont think that’s enough

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