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Despite the weird bombshell dropped at the end of last week’s episode, I thought that this week’s episode was pretty solid. I thought that Tanjirou’s first mission was wrapped up well, and I’m very intrigued by the introduction of Muzan, the main villain. I do wish I had a better sense of where Tanjirou keeps pulling these sword skills from, but I think it’s just something I’ll have to accept (or read in the manga).
It’s a small moment, but I liked the scene where Nezuko jumps over the demon on her way back to Tanjirou. I don’t think there was anything about the hypnotic suggestion that forces her to obey Tanjirou, so I get the sense that this is an action born out of pure will. So, I can conclude that Nezuko isn’t blindly attacking demons and has some reasonable mental faculties.
I’m a bit torn on Nezuko’s fight in this episode. I think the episode explains her struggle in the fight well. She’s not trained like Tanjirou is, so it makes sense that her attacks are straightforward. However, I feel like having Tanjirou jump in at the last minute to save her somewhat undermines his decision to leave her to fight for herself. I guess his trust is well-placed in the sense that she succeeds in holding off the demon long enough, but the hero moment of Tanjirou’s appearance seems like overkill.
The fear in this demon’s eyes at the mention of Muzan is good way to introduce a fearsome enemy without directly calling out his power. It also brought up an interesting question. If Muzan truly is the only one who can turn humans into demons, then does that mean that every demon in existence has some connection to him?
This scene is probably my favorite one in the episode. When the man lashes out at him, Tanjirou doesn’t try to bring up his own past to quell him. He lets the man vent it out without trying to come out on top with his own personal suffering. It truly felt like the right thing to do in that situation. The drama isn’t all about Tanjirou, after all.
I wasn’t expecting Tanjirou to find Muzan so quickly, but this development made a lot more sense as I thought about it. This is Tanjirou’s first experience in a larger city, and it’s reasonable for Muzan to be in a heavily populated area. Given Tanjirou’s magic sense of smell, it’s a surprisingly fair series of events.
I’m not sure how to feel about Muzan so far. He ends the episode by quickly turning a nearby human into a demon, but I’m wondering how much that’s supposed to be taken as a malicious act. It certainly seems like he’s the type of person who has no qualms with creating demons, so why is he living with a human family? I find it hard to believe that he’s simply manipulating them. It might be interesting to find that out.