「己の鋼」 (Onore no Hagane)
“My Own Steel”
The gears are slowly turning. It’s taken a few episodes to set everything up but looks like this was the final one before we really get into the nitty gritty of Kimetsu no Yaiba. Nezuko is awake, upcoming companions have all made a brief appearance, and Tanjirou has received his demon steel finalizing his initiation into the Demon Slayer Corps.
Tanjirou is a complex character. Two years prior to the Final Selection, he’d already demonstrated a great level of maturity and caring towards family and strangers alike. Even now, after experiencing a traumatic loss and watching his beloved sister turn into an unrecognizable creature, he still finds it in him to be compassionate. Part of him doesn’t see the world of slayers and demons as white and black. With his sister now living as a demon, he’s been thrown into this part of the world with a sense of curiosity, understanding, and empathy. He showed indiscriminate kindness towards a demon who murdered his thirteen predecessors without a second thought. It seemed as though the swell of emotion he felt watching the demon perish helped the creature reconnect to its human roots and find peace.
Tanjirou’s main objective is to do exactly that: turn a demon back into a human, and in this case, his own sister. His search for a cure and his love for his sister are what drive him to fight, to get stronger, and to never give up. His return to Urokodaki’s hut was extremely moving. With things moving so quickly, I hadn’t noticed how much of a family he’d built for himself there.
Nezuko also seems to be on an interesting track. If Urokodaki is right in saying she needs long, deep sleeps to replenish her demonic energy, it means we won’t be seeing much of her. I can’t imagine us watching a series where one of the main characters is fast asleep for a year or two after every arduous encounter with an enemy. It’d make for a long series as well… I wonder what kind of solution Tanjirou will come up with to keep his sister awake long enough to travel with him. He figured out a way to carry her in broad daylight, so I assume he’ll be planning to keep her awake somehow. Can demons in this world feed off of animals? For now though, I have a feeling she’ll be joining Tanjirou in his first mission whether he wants her to or not which will force the situation to come up.
It’s highly unlikely that the Demon Slayer Corps will give Nezuko a free pass to stay by her brother’s side. Both Tanjirou and Urokodaki omit to tell Haganezuka, the sword forger, about Nezuko. No doubt they’ll try to keep the information hidden from the Corps as long as they can. I imagine if the information gets out, Tanjirou will be fighting more than just demons.
I’m throwing lots of theories out there based on what I’ve seen so far but that doesn’t mean I’m right. I’m looking forward to how it all plays out, especially now that we’ve gotten a glimpse of the head of the Corps, the three other (very particular) demon slayer trainees, and the invitation for Tanjirou to complete his first mission. Can’t wait!