「最終選別」 (Saishū Senbetsu)
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.
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.