「幻惑の血の香り」 (Genwaku no Chi no Kaori)
“The Smell of Enchanting Blood”
One of the biggest and possibly the only thing that left me disappointed since the beginning of the season was seeing the delicious bowl of ramen clatter to the ground, untouched. So you can bet I let out a sigh of relief when, a week later, the issue has been resolved. I would have carried that with me through to the end as an unresolved plot point. How could we go on not having avenged that bowl of freshly made artisanal-street udon? Seems the writers have a serious soft spot for food, udon, and maybe even fan service.
Alright! Onto the important things. Muzan Kibutsuji is a dark and twisted man. What amazing voice acting from Toshihiko Seiki. The repetitive line “Wrong, wrong, wrong” sent shivers down my spine. You can hear his disdain for human life, which explains his brutal murder of the drunken trio. If he’s resolving all of his problems with murder, the world has got a serious problem. But there’s still something amiss here. He’s the Janus of demons. Which of the two sides of the coin is his true nature? The caring father-husband or the thousand year old demon who responds a little too aggressively to obnoxious drunks? I had questioned his method of turning humans into demons because I hadn’t seen him exchange blood with the victim, however, that’s very clearly resolved here. He uses his blooded pumped demon claws to transfer his ‘virus’ and/or ‘curse’ into his victims. What I hadn’t foreseen though is that a large quantity of his blood disintegrates the human body. This is a nice and unexpected twist. This forces me to consider that he was well aware when he turned Nezuko into a demon. It is looking a lot less like a mistake he made in the heat of the moment and more of a planned event. I’ll get back to this later.
I’m not quite certain how Tamayo’s (Sakamoto Maaya) blood enchants people and her surrounding. And her eyes make me wonder if she can see anything at all. I’m open to having one of you lovely readers help me out here. She’s lived for two hundred years, maybe more, and has learned a great deal about demons but only now, with Tanjirou’s help, can she really make strides forward to finding a cure. I wonder what she’s alluding to when she said she removed the curse from herself, as well as her right hand man Yushiro (Yamashita Daiki).
That aside, Tanjirou is going to have his hands full from now on. As we know, he came to Tokyo in order to fight off a demon. He had a mission and I assume his mission had nothing to do with the impromptu demon Muzan created. Now that Tamayo has requested his help, will he cast aside his role as demon slayer to help her help demons? The two aren’t exactly complimentary jobs. Technically, with Tanji’s feelings about wanting to help all demons, he probably won’t be defeating the new pair outright.
After learning about Muzan’s ability to turn humans to demons, I wonder what about Nezuko made her special. What about the Kamado family made it so Nezuko would learn to satiate or dispel her demon traits and instincts, and what aspect of their heritage allowed Tanji to have such a keen sense of smell? We get only a flash of Muzan’s memory where a man wearing the same earrings as Tanjirou stands above him, about to strike. A demon slayer? Was Tanjirou’s missing father a demon slayer who fell at the hands of Muzan? Or could his father still be alive somewhere as the true puppet master of the Demon Slayers Corps? If he’d defeated Muzan and went into hiding to protect his family, it could explain why the Kamados were targeted in the first place. Perhaps turning Nezuko into a demon was the ultimate price, knowing she’d be hunted for the remainder of her life. I’m just throwing some ideas out there, but I’m sure if we learn more about Tanji’s father, we’ll learn more about his scar, and the ‘legend’ that was referred to by Giyuu back in the first episode.
The show so far has yet to disappoint. I know I sound like a broken record but I can’t find anything that irks me enough to pull away. Not that I’m looking. No series from recent seasons has kept me on my toes and built anticipation as much as this one has. Kimetsu no Yaiba is covered in dark and twisted tones but it knows when to lighten up the mood which usually happens around Tanjirou and Nezuko’s cute quirks. It’s created a balance that never feels out of place and it’s this same tone that reminds us of the delicate balance within Tanji’s pure and honest nature. No matter who he meets, he tries to go in with a clear head. Whether human or demon, Tanjirou sees life as something to be protected. It’s this trait and his loyalty that will probably create strong bonds with characters like Yushiro or even turn his enemies into comrades.