「鬼舞辻 無惨」 (Kibutsuji Muzan)
Lots of excitement in this episode. We finally see Tanjirou and Nezuko fight side by side but this time, their level of strength is comparable. Tanjirou has so many different techniques, I can’t seem to keep count and Nezuko is more powerful than ever after her long nap. However, she does seem to lack variety. She mostly relies on her instinctive strength and agility. Hopefully, she receives some training, perhaps allowing her to gain abilities other than her brute strength. As for Tanjirou, his ability to sustain himself on so little oxygen in the swamp on top of being able to swing his sword at his fullest underwater all seemed a bit far fetched to me, but I’ll roll with the punches. They’ve been good so far.
Aside from that, the episode switches gears really fast after the trio’s demise. Nezuko falls right back to sleep after using up so much energy (will this ever resolve?), Tanjirou fails to find any information about Muzan Kibutsuji from the demon, and he’s given his next mission minutes after stepping away from the scene of the battle – leading him to Asakusa, Tokyo.
A few frames later, Tanjirou is holding Nezuko’s hand as he squeals through a fashionable 1920s Tokyo district. I wasn’t sure how the animation would do in this landscape but it was still perfectly detailed and vibrant. After following Tanjirou for six episode through the Japanese countryside fighting demons head on, this is possibly the first time since his family’s murder that we witness him in a panicked state. The city’s large and bustling crowds make him quite anxious as he strolls around hand in hand with his sleepwalking sister. This country bumpkin can take on the toughest of demons but can’t handle a few extra people and lights? Interesting. It makes him all the more human and relatable.
And even more so when we witness what happens next. I’m besides myself. First, it was quite the introduction to the ultimate foe. Seven episodes in and we get our first whiff of this guy. It was a brief moment but the tension between Tanjirou and his nemesis still lingers into the credits. I did not expect Muzan to be posing as a human and to have a wife and daughter. If he’s thousands of years old, does it mean he’s had multiple families? Does he perhaps use his family as a source of food? Is this really his family or did he use some kind of mind trick just so he could live peacefully in the city as a human while he devours innocent lives? In any case, his daughter sure is adorable. If she dies, my heart will go with her.
This demon doesn’t work like your regular vampire. He simply scratches the surface of a human’s skin to turn them into a demon, no exchange of his own blood necessary. I wonder if he knew he left Nezuko alive and if he could feel her presence? Does he turn humans into demons on purpose or just for sport? I’m quite intrigued by this new character and his motivations.
I’m also looking forward to Nezuko and Tanjirou having a travel companion. It’ll make for very repetitive battles if Tanjirou walks around with a sleeping Nezuko for the rest of the season. And he should really be eating meals like this with a friend. Luckily, we have some more time on our hands this season to watch his friendships and enemies evolve.