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Kimetsu no Yaiba – 04

「最終選別」 (Saishū Senbetsu)
“Final Selection”

Quick apologies for the delay in my reviews this week folks. I got a little bump on the head and the doctor ordered me to stay away from screens as much as possible amongst other things. Unfortunately for the doctor, and myself, I couldn’t stay away. So here I am and here’s my review of this past Saturday’s fourth episode of Kimetsu no Yaiba.

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The result from the battle against the morphed demon is the culmination of Tanjirou’s long and arduous training sessions with Urokodaki, Sabito, and Makomo. He’s mastered techniques and forms of many kinds. He’s even learned to silently name them as he hands out the final blow. I’m glad I’m learning about the techniques he’s using without having him actually yell it out before striking (Inuyasha style). And he’s much more agile now that he’s mastered the scent of the ‘opening thread.’ Although he’s learned so much already, it looks like he’ll have a long way to go. He’s kind and optimistic but has yet to fully believe in his own abilities. I’m sure as he progresses, he’ll build character and confidence. Let’s just hope it’s not detrimental to the traits that make him who he is.

On another note, this world they live in has certainly piqued my curiosity. Spirits still roam the earth and I’m assuming Tanjirou can sense them because of his heightened sense of smell. Demons gets stronger as they intake more humans and they can even develop abilities. I’m wondering if those abilities are limited to physiological traits as we witnessed in this episode or if we’ll be encountering demons with telekinesis, elemental, or other powers of sorts. They also live in a world where the underaged are sent into the wilderness to either brutally kill or be brutally murdered. Yet, there seems to be some kind of balance that exists within this universe. Although demons walk the earth, we discover wisteria flowers can repel demons and there’s an alloy which affects them the same way sunlight would.

In this particular episode, wisteria trees in full bloom act as an unbreachable barrier surrounding the base of the mountain where the Demon Corps Final Selection takes place. Demons are trapped on the mountain awaiting their fate, some for years as we find out. It absolutely broke my heart to discover that Sabito and Makomo were murdered by such a foul creature. Based on a comment last week, I had a hunch they’d never been alive to begin with but it wasn’t satisfying to find out that they were murdered before they could even become full fledged demon slayers. I suppose they (and Urokodaki’s eleven other pupils) have now been avenged. However, their murders, depicted by silhouettes, were horribly gruesome to see. Imagining their final moments as such definitely does not do their characters justice. I’m hoping their connection to Tanjirou will keep them around for a little longer, maybe even to help him for what’s to come.

What is to come though? Prior to the Final Selection, at the foot of the mountain where all the pupils are greeted by some eerie twins, we get quick glimpses of some of the characters we’ve seen in the OP. I wonder if we’ll get to see them fight alongside (or against) Tanjirou during the Final Selection. Seven days in the woods alone is going to make for a pretty slow episode next Saturday so I’m hoping alliances will be created. Will these be for better or for worse? Who knows… Maybe Tanjirou will continue to help the weaker trainees while the strong band together… I’m just throwing a few theories out there in preparation. Oh, and one other theory I’ve had on my mind for a while. Nezuko will only wake when she tastes human blood, and I bet you it’ll be Tanjirou’s. *dramatic drum roll*

I’m taking bets – not really though.

May 1, 2019 at 8:17 pm
11 comments »
  • May 1, 2019 at 9:02 pmzztop

    26 episodes confirmed for Kimetsu.
    https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-04-19/demon-slayer-kimetsu-no-yaiba-anime-to-have-26-episodes/.145926
    The manga is still going strong and is one of WSJ’s red-hot, 1st ranked popular titles.

  • May 2, 2019 at 2:30 ammac65

    I really like how the flow of this story is unfolding.
    We’re not jolted by a bunch of events, but each thing
    that happens fits perfectly with the story and his skills.

    @zztop — yea for the 26 episodes!

    I got a little bump on the head…

    That’s why you have to keep a safe distance from the viewing
    screen and not watch your Anime in a darkened room. And try
    not to have any blunt objects in your hand(s) when you palmface
    after watching some horrible episode of something or other…
    Just sayin’ :) Hope your bump feels better!

  • May 2, 2019 at 10:53 amLia

    I generally liked the episode though I kinda disliked the battle against the demon. 1.) Why would their master give his pupils masks? For “luck”? Didn’t really work, even without the demon taking the masks as symbols of the children he wanted to kill. 2.)”You will not be able to cut my neck! I’m sure of it!” CUT. That was kinda…not very surprising…Well, I hope I can take the next demons more seriously…

    • May 2, 2019 at 1:14 pmKrono

      Why wouldn’t Urokodaki give his pupils masks? He himself wears one, and it’s clear that this particular demon has managed to skip under the radar and become stronger than the parameters of the exam. It’s likely Urokodaki has no idea a demon he captured for the exam decades ago has managed to survive, become too strong for most novices, has a grudge against Urokodaki in particular, and can recognize his students by the masks. Urokodaki just knows his students keep dying in the exams.

      • May 4, 2019 at 7:22 pmyodad

        but I swear Urokodaki can watch these animes on his tablet as well…

    • May 5, 2019 at 1:01 amWorldwidedepp

      He also gave him an “kimono” in his Style. he also represent his “house” name. So this Mask and Kimono is part to show the others he is an pupil of Urokodaki. He took him in and let him wear the “House symbols”

  • May 2, 2019 at 6:29 pmSaco

    The quality of these screen caps drew my attention, they are really nice!

  • May 4, 2019 at 11:19 amWorldwidedepp

    Ep 05:

    - i bet my full experience into this, this special Ore they use to forge their Swords are meteoroids, fallen from the Sky. So in a way metal from another World

    • May 5, 2019 at 12:54 amWorldwidedepp

      after sleep it over, i can say with guarantee that this Anime here is approved from me. It hits all the right buttons and even more. But… (the other side) it is ufotable

      • May 5, 2019 at 12:55 amWorldwidedepp

        to explain (i hit enter to fast). You know BioWare and what you expect from them? same with ufotable.. But they stay to their name

  • May 4, 2019 at 1:24 pmPlayer

    I’m glad they finished this fight in one episode. Satisfying.