「自分ではない誰かを前へ」 (Jibunde Wanai Dareka o Mae e)
“Letting Someone Else Go First”
We still have no new OP or ED. Blaspheme! Moving on…
That was probably one of the most beautiful demon deaths I’ve seen so far in the series. It’s unfortunate Tanjirou didn’t rip her to shreds for what she did but it’s a sign of his inner strength in the face of anger. Somehow, even after watching his fellow demon slayers perish at the hands of this Spider Mom (Koshimizu Ami), he chooses at the very last second to give her a swift and peaceful release. I do wonder, however, what will one day drive Tanjirou over the brink. Will it be Kibutsuji himself, or perhaps, this upcoming lackey of his?
There were definitely a few things in this episode I appreciated more than others. First, I liked seeing Tanjirou and Inosuke work together. That was quite a little trick they concocted off the top of their heads, and that swift blade technique Tanjirou performed on his head was quite something. As a yogi, I was definitely impressed and I’m taking on the challenge – Inosuke style. Aside from the danger I’m about to put myself in, another thing I was really impressed with was the soundtrack. I’m not too sure why I felt more captivated by the soundtrack in this episode but perhaps it was the setting of the forest. One of the most memorable moments I experienced with the soundtrack was when Tanjirou trekked through the snowy forest with Nezuko on his back in the first episode. And the other was during the battle of the Final Selection. It seems that having a forest as a setting gives more depth to the soundtrack, or at least, I become much more attentive to it.
Now that I think about it, the story’s progression is quite slow. We’re at the sixteenth episode and still have yet to see Nezuko fight alongside the other three. Plus, our promised reunion with Giyu is stunted until the next episode and who knows if he’ll show up at the beginning or the end of it. For those who have read the source material, you’re part of the lucky ones. You know what comes next and when it comes. As for me, I need to live in this endless void of uncertainty week after week. At this point, it’ll be years until Tanjirou meets Kibutsuji again.
As long as Tanjirou fights the one of the Twelve Kizuki next, I’m happy. Also, is Rui (Uchiyama Kouki) the Kizuki demon or is his ‘father’? I have a feeling it might be Rui who controls his father. But what do I know? I’m not one of the lucky ones.
Bring on the next episode! I’m anxiously awaiting.