「藤の花の家紋の家」 (Fuji no Hana no Kamon no Ie)
“The House with the Wisteria Family Crest”
Apologies for the delay folks! Since mid-May I’ve had a mix of bad luck (health issues) and now I’m travelling through Europe (in spite of health issues) so I’m sure many of you have noticed my posts are always delayed by a few days. Bare with me. As soon as everything is back to normal, I’ll be posting on time.
That aside, this episode’s review is going to be pretty short since, in my opinion, it was essentially a filler.
Aside from Boarhead Boy’s official introduction as Hashibira Inosuke (Matsuoka Yoshitsugu), the episode was relatively easygoing. The boys weren’t thrown into a new mission and there were no impromptu encounters with demons. Actually, for a whole episode it seemed as though Tanjirou, Inosuke, and Zenitsu were fifteen year-old boys. They fought for what seemed to be no reason at all, they bickered like teenagers do, and they travelled together in spite of their differences. I think it was a nice way to introduce the dynamic. They were a tad bit annoying, as they should be at fifteen years old, but fun to watch. They’ve already settled into their distinct roles and their actions and words stay true to their distinct personalities.
Inosuke is quite the character. He’s a pretty boy and wild child always up for a challenge. He’s a little explosive though and doesn’t necessarily think things through so this might become a hurdle Tanjirou, Nezuko, and Zenitsu will have to overcome together. One challenge he won’t win though is the beauty challenge. When Chibi Nezuko came out of the box, my heart melted. Inosuke is pretty but he just can’t compare.
I’m not convinced Tanjirou is clueless when it comes to Inosuke. I know everyone assumed he misunderstood why Inosuke didn’t want to bury the dead but I think Tanjirou was using reverse psychology. Boarhead Boy is simple minded, very much like a toddler around the age of four or five. Tanjirou’s experience with being the eldest sibling might have helped him ‘manipulate’ Inosuke into contributing. After all, Inosuke does have a competitive side, and like me, if someone tells me I can’t do it because I’m a little tired, I rise to the challenge. Even if I’m wrong, Tanjirou’s cluelessness will be the weapon that keeps Inosuke’s wildness in check. If not, he’s always got the head-butting.
Well, that’s it folks! Can’t wait for next episode. Nezuko has finally shown her face and thank goodness too because I missed her.