Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 11: Apparently not a liability

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Tanjirou steps in for the sparrow

When I said that Tanjirou should interact more with his fellow Demon Slayers, this isn’t quite what I had in mind. I guess someone like Tanjirou needs to be grouped together with some extreme personalities. That being said, Tanjirou’s abilities were getting a bit stale, so I think this is a good time to introduce some completely new fighting styles. I’m looking forward to seeing more of that in the next episode.

And because it absolutely needs to be said, the sparrow was the best part of this episode.

Zenitsu takes a beating

I can understand the idea behind a character like Zenitsu, but I still think he was overdone in this episode. I think he’s fine as a background character for someone as resolute as Tanjirou, but giving him center stage for 80% of the episode was not the best idea. He’s a bit much on his own…

Zenitsu hears something

I think it’s pretty clear that Zenitsu is secretly going to have strength comparable to Tanjirou. I’m not sure I agree with the idea that the first Demon Slayer that Tanjirou meets has a similar heightened sense. Is this the hidden requirement to become a Demon Slayer? Does the boar man have better eyesight or something?

That being said, I do like this scene. Later parts of the episode seem to explain the sounds that Zenitsu hears, which gives this scene a better sense of purpose. It can be inferred that Zenitsu is hearing the demon changes the layout of the house to combat the boar.

Tanjirou leaves behind the box

I’m a little sad that Nezuko gets no scenes in this episode, but the comedy surrounding her is funny. In a later scene, Tanjirou is crestfallen to see that the kids have abandoned Nezuko’s box, which I thought was a nice joke.

Tanjirou is out of commission

I’m happy to see that Tanjirou isn’t walking away from his previous encounter unscathed. The crow doesn’t give him any time to relax, so it makes sense that he wouldn’t be fully healed. Of course, this scene is undercut slightly when he attempts to fight the demon, but at least it’s here.

The boar man appears

This guy looks pretty interesting (and quiet). Serrated blades always seem really inefficient to me, so I’m curious to see how he fights with them.

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Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 10: Finding the true humans

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Tanjirou uses his opponent's power to his advantage

This week’s episode felt better than last week’s episode. It seemed more properly paced, and it ended on some good notes. The series as a whole seems to be approaching the idea of what humanity is in a decent way. I think my overall complaint with this series is that it seems to hand-wave many of the explanations, which leaves a general sense of confusion in my case. Anyway, it looks like next week’s episode is finally bringing a different Demon Slayer into the mix, which should be interesting now that Tanjirou has some battles under his belt.

Tanjirou uses his moves to stop himself

This is probably just starting off with nitpicking, but this dramatic scene seemed a bit undercut for me. It’s cool to see Tanjirou pushing himself to survive the aftermath of his opponent’s defeat. However, it’s hard to feel engaged when he just decides that he has to keep using his moves to survive. Any small acknowledgment that the moves cancel the arrows or cushion the impact would have been nice.

Nezuko comforts Yushirou

Ah, Nezuko has the best moments in this episode. I like how she seems to be developed in this episode. While it’s true that her opponent never truly takes her seriously, it’s great to see Nezuko rush forward to defend Tamayo and Yushirou. The bit about the healing serum doesn’t fully add up for me, because the strength still has to come from somewhere. The most reasonable explanation to me is that Nezuko was sleep-deprived in the first part of the battle, so Tamayo restored her to a more normal state.

Tamayo taunts the demon

I don’t know where to start with Tamayo in this scene. My surface-level interpretation of the scene is that she tricks Susamaru into defending Kibitsuji despite knowing differently. Maybe the demons close to Kibutsuji have grown to suspect his true intentions, so Susamaru is goaded into saying something she no longer truly believes. This triggers Tamayo’s ability, which rips her apart. However, Tamayo seems to suggest that the curse is more related to Kibutsuji’s cells, which makes her own ability all the more confusing.

The demons were impostors

Well, that’s a letdown.

Tanjirou hears the demon's last words

I like that the series is continuing to push Tanjirou’s sympathy for the demons. I suppose he has to weigh the death caused by this demon with the fact that she’s effectively a child.

Nezuko recognizes the demons as humans

I still question Nezuko’s hypnosis thing, but I think it’s used well here. It seems to be getting at the question of what truly makes someone human, which Nezuko has identified as something other than pure physiology. I wonder if a similar idea will be leveraged in the future to allow Nezuko to attack some nasty humans. That being said, I will probably continue to believe that this scene would be more impactful without the hypnosis.

Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 9: Enhanced dodgeball

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The house was hidden with Blood Demon Arts

This week’s episode felt oddly stretched, as though time was being padded for some reason. The large flashback in the episode felt unnecessary, and I got the sense that Tanjirou was going through too much effort to explain battle circumstances (rather than just strategy). The series also seems to be showing its shounen colors more with the “12 generals” that Tanjirou apparently has to defeat now. That being said, the fights themselves were mostly cool, even if the heroes were largely on the back foot.

Yushirou loses his head

I feel like I should make a joke about the angry guy losing his head. Yushirou’s happened pretty quickly, so it was hard to react to it. The episode definitely made it look more serious than it was. Additionally, I think replaying this scene later in the episode was kind of overkill.

The building couldn't fully be concealed

It also seemed to play into a general theme of demonic regeneration in this episode, which seems to be at least some indicator of strength. I think it might be interesting if Nezuko’s slow regeneration is a recurring theme even if she continues to get stronger. It would make sense given that she doesn’t eat humans.

Tanjirou faces off against the temari

For the most part, I liked seeing how the main characters interacted with the temari in this episode. The movements they used to dodge them generally looked nice. However, I think it was fairly obvious in this scene that the camera was zooming out to make the CG harder to see. I suppose it helps, but it’s not hard to notice.

Yushirou gives Tanjirou a vision upgrade

I think it’s funny that Tanjirou gets enhanced vision in combination with his sense of smell. It makes me curious how much Yushirou will be contributing in future episodes. His abilities seem to compliment Tanjirou’s abilities well.

Tanjirou remembers a conversation

Hey, this scene looks familiar. I suppose you could be pardoned for replaying this lengthy explanation, but the episode makes it worse by following it with a copy of the scene that was immediately preceding it. I understand that commercial breaks happen, but this flashback should have covered that.

Tanjirou's moves are weakened

Let’s be reasonable here. Did we really need to know this? I feel like saying that the arrows are messing up Tanjirou’s timing should get the point across, so this is once again excessive. It almost feels like the audience is being talked down to at this point.

Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 8: New demon friends

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Tanjirou is forced to leave Muzan for now

While I’m still a bit skeptical about the direction the series has decided to go, I’m curious to see how it will play out. I think it’s intriguing to bring more friendly demons into the mix. In contrast, this episode has made me lose interest in Muzan a bit, since the episode seemed like it was trying hard to make him look villainous. I appreciate that he seems to be somewhat consistent, but I guess it’s too early to tell about his motivations.

The police arrive on the scene

It was interesting to see the police’s reaction to Tanjirou in this episode. While it’s true that he’s an unknown, I would have expected demon slayers to be somewhat respected. Perhaps the scene is meant to show that demons are somehow less of a concern in city life, where folk legends are less prominent.

Tamayo sees Tanjirou's empathy

The visual of her power was a bit overkill, but I liked the introduction of Tamayo here. Yet again, it plays off of Tanjirou’s natural sense of empathy given his sister’s condition. It’s something that has been shown in small ways before this episode, so it’s nice to see it become a driving force in the story. I also think it’s interesting that Tanjirou’s fighting together with more demons before he joins up with fellow demon slayers.

Muzan is perfect

This line from Muzan has that sense of narcissism that makes me lose interest in his character. I suppose it could still be a misdirection, but I’m not all that interested in that standard sense of superiority as a motivation. There were a couple of scenes where Muzan seems to react strangely, but it’s hard to read off of expressions alone. Also, seeing the girl melt away was rough.

The udon seller is upset

It’s such a small scene, but I really enjoyed seeing the episode take a step back to address the udon that Tanjirou dropped in the previous episode. It’s an entertaining way to lighten the mood.

Tamayo is able to live without eating humans

While I’m fine with Tamayo’s introduction for the most part, I do get the sense that she unloads too many large reveals in a short time. Not only is she able to live without eating humans, but she has apparently been able to turn a human into a demon as well. It’s a lot to take in. Then, she ends it by saying she could help find a cure for Nezuko.

The demons attack

This attack makes me wonder how Tamayo managed to hide from Muzan for so long.

Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 7: The last boss appears

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Tanjirou stops Nezuko's rampage

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).

Tanjirou debates leaving the fight to Nezuko

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.

The demon analyzes Nezuko

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.

Tanjirou asks about Muzan

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?

Tanjirou tries to comfort the widower

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.

Tanjirou sniffs out a familiar scent

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.

Tanjirou finds Muzan

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.

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.

Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 5: Learning the ranks

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Urokodaki confronts the demon

With the series taking a step back from the fighting aspect, I think it’s starting to get more interesting. The emotional scene of Tanjirou’s return in this episode was nicely done. I did get the impression that it’s glossing over some things, which is surprising given that the episode starts with a repeat of the battle in the previous episode.

Tanjirou watches the demon die

I’m glad the series is maintaining this idea that Tanjirou sees the demons differently. It makes a lot of sense given what he’s seen in Nezuko, but the episode does a good job of showing it in smaller interactions. Whenever he kills a demon, he looks on the demon with pity. Despite the hatred he felt for the demon in the previous episode, he only hopes for the best for the soul forced to become a demon. It could make him a better character to watch in the future.

Tanjirou searches for answers

It’s almost comical to see Tanjirou attempting to interrogate demons as he’s cutting them down. I have to give him credit, though. He definitely knows where his priorities are.

Only four survive

Hey, look. The characters with distinctive character appearances survived. But in all seriousness, I’d be curious to see how the butterfly girl survived the entire ordeal without any dirt or scratches involved. Additionally, a later scene mentions that there were five survivors, rather than four. In the opening, we saw a guy wearing a boar mask, so I guess it’s probably him.

Also, why does it make sense to give the applicants the demon-killing swords after they’ve finished the test. How were they meant to fight the demons otherwise? I thought that Urokodaki said that only a certain type of sword could kill demons.

Tanjirou tries to pick the right ore

I’m a little miffed that the episode skips over this scene with the ores. I got the sense that this is meant to be an important decision, and it effectively amounts to Tanjirou solving the problem with his magic sense of smell. Also, how did the others choose?

Nezuko greets Tanjirou

This scene definitely handled the emotional aspects well. The surprise of seeing Nezuko awake is coupled with her proactive attempt to greet Tanjirou. It really does separate her from the demons we’ve been seeing in the past couple of episodes. In addition, Urokodaki gets a strong contribution to the scene with his own greeting.

Also, I think I’m okay with the idea that Nezuko sleeps to recover herself without having to eat humans. I just hope the year-long time frame isn’t a recurring factor.

Tanjirou gets his sword

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that Tanjirou’s origin makes him special somehow. I think he’d be more interesting if he wasn’t, but I can go with it. As for the color of his sword, we don’t really get much in this episode. Do the colors have general themes behind them?

Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 4: Surpassing the boulder

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Urokodaki congratulates Tanjirou

The demon in this week’s episode was more gruesome than I would have preferred, but I think the episode was alright overall. I’m still sad about the criminal lack of Nezuko, but I guess I can make do with the preview sections. I think the new visual effects in the battles looks cool even if they seem to have come out nowhere. It’s more of a commentary on how awkward last week’s episode was if anything.

Tanjirou learns a new ability

I question the point of the training montage last week if Tanjirou suddenly gets abilities out of nowhere. There’s no real setup, and it makes it seem like it only served the purpose of passing time. I can’t believe the series effectively gave Tanjirou the Nose of Death Perception. It would certainly explain why ufotable took this adaptation, though.

Tanjirou defeats demons for the first time

I do like the water effects on Tanjirou’s sword. I wasn’t sure if they were just a style choice for the opening animation, but it looks like they’re actually used. The art has an otherworldly feel to it, from a completely different style. I prefer it over the typical “beams of energy” approach.

Tanjirou confronts a demon that recognizes him

I know that this demon has history with Urokodaki and everything, but this sudden exposition session seemed a lot longer than it should have been. I like the idea that Tanjirou gets to avenge his new ghost friends, but it felt like the conversation was longer than the fight itself. I admit that it’s haunting to hear how Sabito and Makomo died, though.

Tanjirou slashed a tough boulder

I guess I was wondering how the boulder was meant to be important, but this really makes me question how much Urokodaki knew about the arm demon. If he gave Tanjirou the warding mask, he probably didn’t know that the demon targeted his disciples through the mask. However, the fact that slicing the boulder is directly relevant to slicing the demon’s neck is a bit awkward. I got the sense that he was just trying to give Tanjirou an insurmountable challenge, so it seems coincidental.

Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 3: Training montage intensifies

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Tanjirou heads off for training

I wasn’t really sold by this week’s episode. I get the sense that it’s meant to bridge a gap, effectively getting Tanjirou combat-ready so he can join the Demon Slayer Corps (a training montage, if you will). The issue I generally had is that his progress doesn’t necessarily feel earned. The time jumps make it seem like he just steadily progresses, which makes it harder to believe when he stumbles.

Demons are killed by sunlight

In addition, this feels like poor timing for an introduction of demons and the Demon Slayer Corps. It’s true that it’s an open question, but we’re being told about the organization in the abstract sense without anything to tie it to. Also, this bit about demons being killed by sunlight is something we’ve already figured out.

Nezuko falls asleep for a while

I’m torn about Nezuko’s catatonic state in this episode. She was what drew my attention in the previous episode, so it was sad that she was tossed to the side while Tanjirou finished his training. However, I do like how the timing fits with the general theme of Tanjirou’s training.

Training time flies

He’s often finding himself questioning his motivation, which makes more sense in the context of Nezuko’s slumber. As far as he knows, she’ll never wake up. Since she’s his reason for hunting demons, he naturally questions whether his training is worth it when that goal is no longer in sight.

Sabito chastises Tanjirou

I honestly like this whole scene with Sabito. He correctly points out that Tanjirou has been blindly repeating his training without thinking about what it is meant to accomplish. I just wish that the episode had given it the proper focus. As far as I could see, Tanjirou doesn’t show much of an indication that his thought process has changed. We just see him at the end of that journey having succeeded.

The breathing technique that makes you strong

This discussion about the breathing technique seems muted in a similar way. It’s clearly the secret to fighting toe-to-toe with the enhanced strength of demons, but it’s stated simply without much context. And we get no real indication at the end that Tanjirou has somehow figured it out. It’s almost meant to be an implicit assumption based on the fact that he cuts the boulder.

Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 2: Running down the mountain

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Tanjirou insists on paying

I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about this series, but I think there’s enough going on to make me want to keep watching. Mostly, the main negative is more of a nagging feeling, since I can somewhat feel tropes lurking in the background. However, I greatly enjoy the action scenes throughout the episode, and I’m actually happen with what the series did with Nezuko.

Nezuko hides from the light

I’m just going to get this out of the way. I really liked what the series did with Nezuko. I thought that she would just be the emotionless mute that Tanjirou drags around, but she’s actually incredibly expressive. There also seems to be some layers to her expressions. For example, she could have been hiding in the hole here simply because of her demonic side’s fear of sunlight. But for all we know, her human side is showing a hint of remorse for what she’s causing Tanjirou to do. I have absolutely no issue with turning her into a moeblob.

Nezuko kicks a demon's head off

Additionally, the episode seems to properly build into Tanjirou’s fight against the demon. It starts by showing how obsessively nice he is, only to have him hesitate to kill a demon. He has every reason to resent demons for what they’ve done to him, but his sister’s condition forces him to rethink things. It’s a conclusion that’s dripping with the typical overly sensitive protagonist mentality, but it at least makes some sense.

Sakonji tries to test Tanjirou

Sakonji’s introduction is where I start to feel the nagging sensation I mentioned before. This brief mention of the Demon Slayer Corps hints at an organization to train Tanjirou. We’ve seen in the opening that he’ll eventually wield a katana, so it just seems like a stock reason to get him up to speed. It still remains to be seen, but my initial impression is that it’s a fairly typical progression for this type of show.

Tanjirou braves the mountain

The ridiculous nature of the test aside, I thought it was awesome to watch Tanjirou go through Sakonji’s test. His reactions to the traps generally seemed clear and easy to follow, which is strangely uncommon in these kinds of shows. I just like these kinds of action sequences, okay?

Tanjirou resembles Sakonji

This series seems to be doing a lot to make Tanjirou’s keen sense of smell relevant. Oh boy…