Demon Slayer Corps: Kimetsu no Yaiba 6 – 7 – Damsels in Distress and Confronting Cool Villains

We’re catching up, somehow…

Although Astral’s in hospital because of reasons I want him to explain, Ply mysteriously dropped out on us, citing being “in dying mode” as the reason why. That’s why I’ve got both episodes.

Context: I told Astral he should tell his readers why he’s not been blogging. He’s apparently been in enough pain that he couldn’t work on his collab post one day in the past week, so I’ll show some sympathy by explaining why – Astral had a tumour growing on his neck and had to have surgery. He is currently alive and recuperating, hence my grumbling about Ply’s sudden dropping out (I didn’t ask Ply his reason due to Astral’s situation).

As usual, here’s the colour key:

  • Red violet = Me (Aria, who is slowly becoming shorthand for “see another question”)
  • Maroon = Moya 
  • Blue = Astral
  • Magenta = Proofreading Aria

Episode 6

  1. What are your general thoughts on this episode?[Mandatory]

Basically, it’s more of what we’ve seen already, but with some new info to fill in the gaps and some purpose to give Tanjiro (and the audience) some sharper insight as to what the end goals look like. Good stuff like always.

I’m really pleased with this episode! It might just be my favourite so far. No droning exposition, subtler storytelling (really appreciated that only Satoko’s ribbon was shown, rather than an entire flashback), and Tanjiro’s skills and knowledge are finally tested (let’s be real – the forest demon battle was hardly challenging). And seeing Tanjiro and Nezuko working as a duo and exploring their human-demon bond is interesting.

Finally, a solid fight that really showcases Tanjiro’s skill with the blade, not to mention that fantastic battle animation. Also, Nezuko is a freaking beast in battle. So great to see that she’s not a damsel in distress; far from it, actually. The pacing is really starting to fall into a rhythm now as well.

Discussion:

  • Also, this episode is the first to explore the Taisho Era setting in greater depth. The random signs in the city were delightful. At one point there was “順血湯” (Circulation-Enhancing Soup??), and in another backdrop we can see “VARIOUS HAIR CLIPPER”. I love love love the fashion of the time (The normies, that is. Still on the fence about the Demon Slayer Corps’ uniform).
  • Yeah I agree. It’s such a cool setting seeing the old, traditional buildings and clothing, with the cobbled streets, mixed with the bright neon signs and such.

2. Did the episode fit your expectations, and in which ways did it differ from it?(If it does) [Mandatory]

I wasn’t expecting Tanjiro to be happy while Urokodaki explained to him he might not make it very far. Maybe it’s because I’ve grown cynical over the past few years, but I was hoping he’d at least give a sign he didn’t like the odds being against him (at least a sigh or something)…but I guess that’s not very Jump-like now, is it? Or alternatively, being cynical is Zenitsu’s realm moreso than Tanjiro’s.

Everything I was pleasantly surprised about was listed in the above question (*pulling an Aria).

Can I “pull an Aria” here as well? I pretty much summed it up in the first question.

Discussion:

  • I also thought Kazumi was a demon, but so far the anime is siding with Tanjiro’s side of the argument in regards to that…whether Kazumi actually is a demon or not will be seen in the next episode or so, I think.
  • I thought so of Kazumi earlier too! His footsteps were too ominous… I very much doubt it now, but I guess we’ll see.
  • I was surprised that Tanjiro’s sword connotes to something negative at all, considering his superior talents at everything thus far (i.e. sense of smell, survival in the forest, cutting the largest boulder). But I bet the black sword turns out to be the best of all anyways.
  • *facepalm* (re: “pulling an Aria”)
  • You’re slowly obtaining verb status, congrats!
  • (Future Aria: No thanks to you lot…)

3. What do you expect to happen from here on out?(and why) [Mandatory]

Considering the next episode has the name of the final enemy, I expect said Muzan Kibutsuji to appear and possibly outclass our intrepid heroes.

The split personality demon would be defeated, hopefully with some exciting twist.

More awesome battles, more mystery, and more Nezuko noises pl0x

Discussion:

  • I don’t feel like the story has advanced far enough for somebody who sounds like a final boss to appear in the next episode, but yeah, based on that episode title…
  • Rolls around in trying not to drop spoilers.
  • (Future Aria: I was wondering what “pl0x” was…context explains it enough though.)

4. Which scene got the most reaction out of you? (If any at all)

Nezuko’s “0 – 100 real fast”, as I call it – her conversion from “calm as a still river” to “max. rage” in a split second.

Nezuko touching the faces of the victims + momentary flashback to Tanjiro and little sister (Hanako?). That I believe is the first time we see something from Nezuko’s perspective.

Even in the manga, I thought it was pretty hilarious how Tanjiro literally sniffs around like a dog. The poor guy he’s helping must feel super awkward following him around…

Discussion:

  • You know what’s more impressive than 0 – 100? Nezuko’s 100 – 0 minutes later…
  • Hulk NEZUKO SMASH!!
  • (Future Aria: Having seen episode 10…”Nezuko smash” takes on a whole new meaning.)

5. Which character did you like the most this episode? Have they done anything in particular/changed?

Tanjiro was mostly going “oh no I stuffed up!” and Haganezuka + Urokodaki mostly appear in flashbacks, Kazumi and the random captive girl didn’t do much so they could flesh out Tanjiro…so Nezuko it is. She hasn’t changed all that much, but I guess sleeping for 2 years after being able to deliver the kicking of major butt for the first time will do that to you.

Ooh, um… ribbon girl Satoko is really cute! (Don’t judge me)

Definitely Nezuko. It’s so nice to see her finally back in the story, and ready to kick some serious butt, at that.

6. What’s the high point of the episode for you and why? [Mandatory]

When Nezuko’s foot came out of the box. It’s basically a signal for some major butt-kicking.

Watching the demon snatch the sleeping girl. That was some well-done intensity.

I’m really loving the OST of this show. It just works so well to drive the intensity of the fights, or the atmosphere of the scene. It’s really standing out to me, and just makes me wish more shows had such a solid OST to play with.

Discussion:

  • This demon’s “I don’t understand these guys at all” gave me some laughs and put him in the running for this answer…although I don’t think the mangaka or the anime staff were intending for that to be funny in the first place, much like Hand Demon’s case. I find a lot of things funny though, which is probably why comedy is such a kind genre to me.

7. What can be improved in this episode and why? (a.k.a low point) [Mandatory]

Can I just say CGI again…? On the brighter side, the crops Tanjiro passes by don’t look half bad in CGI.

If Aria’s critic thing is going for the CGI, my pet peeve is probably still the script. Every piece of repetitive or unnecessary dialogue bugs me. Not much to complain in this episode, fortunately, but that Kazumi guy really didn’t have to say “do you believe me??” and “she disappeared!” like five times in the episode when Tanjiro was clearly offering help based on his testimony…

There were a few times when the CGI really bugged me, but not so much in the backgrounds. Moreso during the fight with the Swamp Demon, there are occasions when it moving in and out of the swamp seemed kind of stiff and clunky.

Discussion:

  • On the topic of passing things by, the scenery (which seems to be getting a significant portion of the CGI in this episode) is giving me mild Katsugeki flashbacks…it seems Ufotable get dealt anime that deal with this particular style of “wooden city” a lot – I don’t know whether Fate/whatever conforms to that pattern, though, which is why I won’t say “always”. You could also argue there were too many flashbacks in this episode, but I think they were only inserted where they were needed.
  • One thing I remember people complaining about on Twitter is Nezuko’s lack of her own agency. She’s a damsel in distress who gets carried around most of the time, and when she actually does things, it’s because she was brainwashed?? If I hadn’t read such comments, I might have simply thought that Urokodaki’s hypnotism trick was kinda cool, but yeah, it really is a shortcut that I’m not sure how to feel about. After all, “demons = evil, humans = friends” is quite a troubling slogan considering Nezuko’s own identity.
  • Hmm…you’re right. Although demons like to point out how Nezuko is different to them, not once does anyone who’s aware of the hypnotism point out how that could be troubling. It certainly makes the gap between good and evil bigger for the moment, but it might come to bite her in the butt later when she’s got more control over her demon abilities.
  • Not to delve too deeply into spoiler territory… but this question is actually addressed later on in the series, though maybe not to the degree it maybe should be. But yeah, they do touch on it later on.
  1. Pick a situation from this episode. If you were put in this situation, how would you have handled it?

You know, I think one of the most cruel things to happen in this episode is the poor guy who lost his fiancee, but nobody believes his story and they go so far as to hurt him because she’s gone… as if the guy wasn’t hurting enough already.

What would you do in his place, Astral? You haven’t answered that!!

9. Most beautiful scene?(screenshot) [Mandatory]

( https://i.imgur.com/SZevzf4.png )

A more sinister screenshot which is given power by how good it looks, mostly just due to the angle being used. I mean, the sacrificial girl is a staple in horror stories and so’s the low lighting, so you know exactly how this could end…but luckily it doesn’t end that way. (At least, not in this episode, at least.)

(https://imgur.com/a/Dm7pm63)

Another point for nameless pretty girl~

(https://imgur.com/HIdIBfi)

Nezuko looking ready to chew bubblegum and kick butt… and she can’t chew any gum because of the bamboo in her mouth.

10. In 10 words, summarise what you want to say about this episode. (A good joke question?) [Could also be a haiku or other things of that creative nature, Mandatory]

Tanjiro’s first quest –

Save Kazumi and the girl.

Demons’ heads will roll!

“To save the day, the night, and the girl too” – “Battlecry,” Nujabes

Do not anger the imouto.

(Future Aria: Moya didn’t link the song, I did. It hails from Samurai Champloo, apparently.)

Discussion:

  • I like this one, Aria. Nice near rhyme! (Thank you.)
  • I think I’m slowly settling with 10-word sentences as a regular formula. These lyrics popped into mind and fit the word count perfectly!

Episode 7

  1. What are your general thoughts on this episode?[Mandatory]

There’s nothing but surprises around every corner with this show, although I do admit it could have better depth in some areas (but then excuse it because it’s a shonen).

Yeah basically this series has a tendency to go from 0-100 at the drop of a hat. I gotta say, I’m actually a pretty big fan of it… I mean, after sitting through Bleach, where one fight can last 12+ episodes, it’s nice to see a shounen series that, while still delivering some awesome fights with plenty of action, also keeps the story moving forward at a very consistent pace.

The finale of the triple demon fight was nothing new (⅔ of the episode), but the hype was certainly there when Muzan Kibutsuji appeared.

Discussion:

  • Are you saying that Shounen shows are typically not deep? *le gasp*
  • Concise fights are better, I’m with you on that, Astral. I prefer even more condensed fights (a la Katanagatari), but that would be extreme.
  • Yeah, concise fights are better (that comment probably doesn’t mean much coming from a person whose main shonen is Detective Conan, but…I digress, I’ve read enough of other shonen to get the gist of it). I’m not saying shonen aren’t deep, it’s just that unlike the adult-oriented demographics, they lack the full extent of exploring their themes, due to their intended audience.
  • (Future Aria: Having watched Rurouni Kenshin‘s OVAs the day this post went out, I think I need to change my thoughts a little. Most battle shonen don’t explore their themes deeply enough because they want to keep things simple for their intended audience, which is young boys – which is what I meant (I’m just phrasing things in a weird way, as I tend to do). However, that doesn’t stop the exceptions from being as deep as their adult-oriented counterparts, although execution is key, regardless of whether the work is a shonen or not.)

2. Did the episode fit your expectations, and in which ways did it differ from it?(If it does) [Mandatory]

Welp, the show signposts itself so well, the appearance of Muzan Kibutsuji was both a good thing (in that it increased the stakes a little) and bad (because it might’ve been a bit too early to introduce him). So essentially my answer is “yes”, but the “how” is a set of two wildly diverging paths which you can pick depending on your perspective.

Contrary to Aria’s opinion, I actually kind of like the fact that we’re introduced to the BBEG pretty early on. What it does it sets the goalpost for the series at an early stage, something that many similar series fail to do, and end up as, well… (naruto, one piece, bleach, fairy tail, etc.) Not only that, but it also allows us to see just how dangerous he is with our own eyes, showing both the gap in power between Tanjirou and Kibutsuji, as well as why he needs to be stopped.

I thought Muzan Kibutsuji would be the kind of boss who watches the protagonist through a crystal ball and mutters ominous phrases while he waits on a mountain full of miasma and expends subordinates pointlessly. Not some cool dude who hangs out in Tokyo and carries a daughter who is clearly of walking age.

Discussion:

  • I think Kibutsuji getting introduced early is nice. Based on his entrance, I think he’ll remain fascinating and mysterious enough to last a season or more. Not to mention fashionable.
  • I had to check up what BBEG stood for, although I figured out from context it meant something like “big bad evil guy” (which is what it stands for). I say that it increased the stakes a little because out of the 5Ws and the 1 H of Demon Slayer, we’ve had most of those answered, but we’re now at the part where we’re getting the “how [Tanjiro will defeat the bad guy]” and the “who [Tanjiro will defeat]”.

3. What do you expect to happen from here on out?(and why) [Mandatory]

I don’t think Tanjiro paid for his udon, so hopefully he does that. I don’t expect Tanjiro to defeat Muzan right away – I’d sooner expect the other successful candidates to team up with him before he gets to being on par with Muzan – so I just expect him to be delayed by what Muzan has done.

This section is hard for me since I’ve read the manga… anything I say will eventually end up as spoilers, right?

Kibutsuji gets away and Tanjiro loses him. Maybe Kibutsuji will even find a way to blame Tanjiro and Nezuko for what happens. And then Tanjiro and Nezuko will get misunderstood by everyone. *Nods in satisfaction* Sounds like a very plausible plot.

Discussion:

  • That Tanjiro better pay for the bowl too.
  • From a resources view…bowls were a lot scarcer in the 1920s than they are now (honestly, I didn’t know how many bowls a charity shop could get until I started volunteering at one), so he better.
  • (Future Aria: Between writing this part of the collab and proofreading it, I’ve since picked up vol. 1 of the manga, which is 7 chapters – I read 3 of them online already, though. Judging by chapter titles on Wikipedia, this means it covers up to Sabito and Makomo’s farewell…That doesn’t mean I’m caught up, though I do also have that Shonen Jump from April if I want to look further ahead…)

4. Which scene got the most reaction out of you? (If any at all)

The scene where Tanjiro goes into the swamp and floats among the dead people’s things. It’s scary in ways not even Muzan can beat.

Both in the anime and manga, I have always had a nagging question in my mind about Kibutsuji and that lady. And of course, the kid. Is she his biological daughter? Can he even procreate? Does he actually have feelings for his “wife” or is she just a pawn/convenient disguise?

The. Udon. After we got a blissful close-up of it too. Grrr.

5. Which character did you like the most this episode? Have they done anything in particular/changed?

After noticing how callused Tanjiro’s hand was (just before Kazumi pointed that out for us), I’m going to have to go with Tanjiro again. He hasn’t changed much since his Training Arc, though.

Muzan Kibutsuji! I have so many questions, but won’t list them because Astral covered several in his answer to the last question. He makes interesting life choices and has a charismatic voice (no wonder he’s “Michael Jackson”).

6. What’s the high point of the episode for you and why? [Mandatory]

When we discover Muzan is hiding out as a human. That shows exactly how hard it’ll be to distinguish between demon and human.

Definitely the combat again. I still can’t get over how gorgeous the breath techniques are…

Tanjiro pushing through the crowd like a tractor.

Discussion:

  • Manga Plus has been putting up chapters of Claymore recently and so I’ve been reading them. Demon Slayer treats its demons much like Claymore does its youma (heck, “youma” means something like “calamitous demon” when translating the kanji individually), except the demons have more diverse powers than the youma do.
  • I read Claymore years ago… I can’t remember a whole lot of it though, other than I enjoyed it.
  • I also thought of Claymore. Don’t know if you’ve gotten there yet, Aria, but Kibutsuji reminds me of Isley (especially later in the manga). Claymore certainly accomplished a lot in exploring the Awakened Ones’ psyches and blurring the line between demon and human, and I only hope Kimetsu no Yaiba would explore these themes more.
  • Haven’t gotten to Isley (at this point in time, I’ve only just read past Teresa’s backstory, so I know about the Awakened Ones).

7. What can be improved in this episode and why? (a.k.a low point) [Mandatory]

Prattle mentioned it first, but how the heck is Nezuko sleeping and yet dodging street cars just fine…?

How the heck does Tanjiro breathe in a swamp? And how is the oxygen level there higher than…on the mountain?? Honestly, I still have so many opinions on Tanjiro’s ridiculous sense of smell. I get that it’s shounen and it’s supernatural, but at least develop and explain those supernatural mechanisms better! Naruto spends a long time establishing what chakra is, how it’s used, and how you can get better at channeling it. So does Bleach with zanpakuto and FMA with alchemy. I just wish we got a bit more on scent and breathing. Since the beginning, Tanjiro’s sense of smell just seems like too much of a deus ex machina superpower in every fight.

Discussion:

  • Come to think of it, unlike Gum-Gum powers or whatnot, a sense of smell is kind of static in that you can’t really “train it up”. There’s gotta be an explanation for how his sense of smell got so good though.

8. Pick a situation from this episode. If you were put in this situation, how would you have handled it?

I would so not reveal myself to Muzan Kibutsuji during our first encounter. In fact, I wouldn’t even go as far as to “encounter” him. Stealth is an advantage.

I’m gonna have to agree here. Directly confronting the king of all demons was… perhaps not the smartest move. Though I suppose you could explain it as a “blind rage” of sorts, considering he kinda literally killed his whole family…

9. Most beautiful scene?(screenshot) [Mandatory]

( https://i.imgur.com/GgnlsNH.png )

As previously mentioned, I like scenery shots. I have a bunch from ACCA a few years ago and the city scenery here kind of reminds me of that.

(https://imgur.com/a/LES6oxZ)

Contrast.

(Future Aria: I LOLled when I saw Moya titled her image “Tanjiro and Michael Jackson” on Imgur.)

Discussion:

I wanted to take a screenshot of Tanjiro’s surprised face to use as a joke response, but I found the nice scenery I was going to use for my sincere answer first. Well, if you want the surprised face, here you go:


( https://i.imgur.com/3NXyudB.png )

I was going to do a scenery one too, but correctly assumed that it would be an Aria (congratulations, Aria, here’s another application for your name).

What does “Aria” even mean in that context? I was staring at those words and couldn’t quite parse what it was even meant to mean…(A foregone conclusion…? A scenery picture?)

10. In 10 words, summarise what you want to say about this episode. (A good joke question?) [Could also be a haiku or other things of that creative nature, Mandatory]

One demon’s fight

Ends and another begins.

Don’t waste udon, kids!

A washing machine

Can kill lesser demons, but

Not Michael Jackson.

(Did anyone else think that Water Breathing: Sixth Form is basically a washing machine?)

Swamp demons, Michael Jackson, and Udon, oh my! (because those seem to be the 3 main topics of our discussion for this episode)

p.s. sung to the tune of that one ditty from the Wizard of Oz, if you hadn’t guessed that already…

Discussion:

  • A fairly generic haiku this time (in that you can’t tell which demons I’m referring to), since I didn’t have enough syllables to stick the demons’ names in. Also, I’ve realised I sometimes say “Don’t [some action], kids!”, even when there are no actual kids around…I know I picked that up from how people go “Good kids won’t imitate this.” (or something of the sort) in manga.
  • “Don’t waste udon, kids!” is a wonderful end line to a haiku. When I form a union called Brutal Justice Against Food Waste (*name subject to change), I’ll make sure to invite Aria.
  • In Brutal Justice Against Food Waste (仮 (<- this Japanese character just means “temporary/[name] subject to change”)), we can discuss examples of affluenza and overconsumption when it comes to food in anime as well, because why not… (sarcastic)
  • Also, Astral, which Wizard of Oz song are you talking about? There’s the one that goes “Follow the Yellow Brick Road”, there’s the one that goes “Somewherrrrrrrrrrre over the rainbow…” and so on. Between playing Over the Rainbow for piano and being part of a (compulsory) Wizard of Oz-themed concert segment in 2006 (which was years ago, but the lyrics got drilled into my brain as a result), I know a thing or two about the songs from that movie.

That’s it for another two episodes of Demon Slayer. Now, who wants to join us in Brutal Justice Against Food Waste (name subject to change)…?

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