「鼓お屋敷」 (Tsuzumi Oyashiki)
Tanjirou and Nezuko’s party is getting larger.
I’ve been anxiously awaiting the moment Tanjirou and Nezuko meet their new companions. However, I didn’t expect they’d all make an appearance in this episode.
Let’s start with Agatsuma Zenitsu (Shimono Hiro). What a coward. A cute coward though. I’m not sure how I’ll do with the constant panicky state he goes into but I can’t say I’m not entertained. His scenes are very lively which begs me to wonder how he’ll react when he sees Nezuko. He might scare easily because of her demon traits but the more likely scenario is probably one where he’ll crumble to the ground and ask for her hand in marriage. I really admire the matching of characters and personalities in the show so far. There’s a very easygoing, light, and comedic tone to many of the characters who make up Tanjirou and Nezuko’s trusted friends and it blends very well together. Even in what I think is a pretty dark and twisty show, there’s space for characters to be human. Their humanity, their failings, and their complicated nature make them much more relatable especially when they interact with each other. Just one of the many reasons I’m still drinking the Kool-Aid.
We also meet another character (Boarhead Boy until further introduction) who we know, based on the OP, will travel with the siblings. Only a few things about this boy have been revealed: he wears a boar head over his face, he’s extremely agile, and he is a dual wielder of two nichirin blades. Does this mean he’s part of the Demon Slayer Corp? Probably but he isn’t wearing the formal uniform which might mean he’s a veteran and has been doing this much longer than the other two. There was no sign of him at the seven day trial either.
Tanjirou needs other hunters with him if he wants to improve and having companions to fight with might be better than heavily relying on his sister who might fall asleep at any point. Plus, Zenitsu has a particular ability of his own: a heightened sense of hearing. Boarhead Boy is completely different than Zenitsu, brave and running into battle head on, but his wildness and explosive behaviour could either be beneficial or detrimental for the team in the long run. It might take a while for all four to work in unison but I’m hopeful all their abilities working together will result in some pretty out-of-this-world battles.
As for the mansion, the very interesting powers this demons has, and the children, I’ll get into them when I review the next episode. So far though, Tanjirou’s missions and battles have been unique and have kept me on my toes. But one thing I will say after watching this episode, Kimetsu no Yaiba has succeeded in checking all the marks on my list of what makes anime great and why I love it so.