「猪は牙を剥き、善逸は眠る」 (Inoshishi wa Kiba o Muki, Zenitsu wa Nemuru)
“The Boar Bares its Fangs, Zenitsu Sleeps”
The great thing about this show is that is keeps me on the edge of my seat. Last week was a riot. While many of you didn’t enjoy the banter and loud obnoxious wails coming from Zenitsu, I was entertained. Loud, yes. Annoying, yes. But definitely different. I’m used to watching gore centric shows that become so heavy, they drag your mood down. But this show is balancing the perfect mix between humour and darker themes. Adding Zenitsu to the mix just reinforces that idea for me.
It took every ounce of me not to read up on his character. Tremendous power emerges from him as a result of his split personality. What is this Thunderclap and Flash? I’m itching to uncover the trauma behind his darker side. Cowardice makes up his outer shell while bravery and strength make up the part of him that is lodged deep in his psyche. How in the world did this happen? What kind of event triggered such a horrible and twisted fate? And how can he not remember? Shoichi can’t possibly hold onto this secret for long… Can he?
On the other hand, we have Boarhead Boy. He’s wild and ready to attack anything that gets in his way. Tanjirou will have a difficult time adjusting to his impulses, if he does at all. Boarhead Boy’s absolute disregard for human life is making me wonder if he’s human at all. If so, what happened in his past that caused him to lose his humanity? Why show no remorse after stepping all over little Teruko?
It’s really difficult for me to wrap my head around Nezuko, Tanjirou and these two new additions working together but I guess somewhere, somehow, they’ll learn to. Also, Zenitsu’s power hints to something a little larger: elemental techniques. Will he teach Tanjirou to master fire techniques? Could Tanjirou be the next Avatar of their world? His sword might have turned black for this reason. Returning to Nezuko though. Is she sleeping this battle out? If she does decide to get in on the fun, she’s definitely going to have a difficult time making her way around.
This house is reminiscent of Harry Potter’s Triwizard Maze. You’re never too sure what you’ll encounter at the next corner. Demons lurk in every nook and cranny but the most fearsome of all is the excommunicated 6th Kizuki demon, Kyogai, who controls the spaces he’s in using tsuzumi drums embedded in his body. However, he loses one of his drums to Teruko and Shoichi’s kidnapped older brother Kiyoshi. Tanjirou finds Kiyoshi because his blood has a peculiar scent. He then discovers Kiyoshi is a marechi: a human with such rare blood it’s a delicacy. Eating this human is the same as intaking a hundred humans and Kyogai plans on killing him to save face with Kibutsuji.
I’m really excited to see this arc move forward but not because I’m impatient. On the contrary, the series’ pacing has been more than satisfactory. I admire the time it takes to get through each arc. It gives me time to enjoy the artwork, the soundtrack, the characters, but even more it builds anticipation for the adventure we know is coming.