I seldom use curse words but holy SHIT.
I wish I could have recorded my reaction to this episode, an episode I believe could be crowned the best of 2019. At the very least, the godlike sequence should be named the best animated action sequence of the year (so far).
How is ufotable going to one-up themselves now they’ve set the bar so high? Fans across the world are raving very loudly about the depth and strength this episode created for the series as a whole.
I’m flabbergasted by what I witnessed. If I’m not mistaken, back in the first episode when Giyu first met Tanjirou and Nezuko in the woods, he alluded to them being the fated siblings. Is this what he meant?
Before I get into their distinct new abilities, let’s address the elephant in the room. Nezuko has a voice! Only extremely well animated facial expressions and random muffled sounds have taught us who Nezuko is as a demon, but as of yet, she’s had little to no dialogue whatsoever. When she called out her demon blood art, shivers ran down my spine. I’m all for hearing more of her thoughts with the goal of hearing her voice a little more, which by the way Kito Akari does so well! What a great show of strength and desperation. It left a really strong impression.
But that’s not all that left an impression. Tanjirou unleashes Hinokami Kagura creating one of the most beautifully animated action sequence I’ve seen in a long while! ufotable’s work in unmistakable. One of my favourite things about the sequence though is the facial expressions of both Tanjirou and the Fifth Kizuki demon. The fear, the rage, the hatred, the determination, you can read it all with just a glimpse of their eyes. I was surprised to see Tanjirou’s unleash so much so soon. We hadn’t even seen him use the water breath technique’s tenth and final form, yet there he was, not only using it, but transforming it into a flaming breath of fire.
The quick flashback to his childhood confused me a little. Remember, I haven’t read the source material so I was holding onto the theory that his father was still alive, somewhere in hiding as to protect them. But watching this, he had no reason to walk away and didn’t seem to carry enough strength for him to desert those he loved so dearly. It’s looking more as though he passed surrounded by his children and wife which is why Tanjirou inherited his earrings. But even after his passing, Muzan managed to figure out where they were located. Is it because of this fated legend that the Kamados became Muzan’s target?
Alright, now comes Nezuko’s power. Holy mother of powers. She can make blood explode? Is this what I gather from what I just saw? Can she make all blood explode or only other demons’ blood art? Either way, it’s like the ultimate blood art can have, right? I can’t imagine anything better. Also, the fact that she can make blood explode makes me wonder if the Kamado bloodline is one of fire. The red hair, the Hinokami dance being passed through generations, etc. all allude to this. Although Tanjirou was trained by Urokodaki with water techniques, he’s probably destined to be a strong, if not the strongest, fire breath user.
I’m a little hung up by the fact that I haven’t seen Giyu and Tanjirou meet yet but given the events I just witnessed, I’ll let it pass. Something I’ve learned with Kimetsu no Yaiba is that the longer the build up, the better the reward.
ED2: (Kamado Tanjiro no Uta) by (Go Shiina ft. Nami Nakagawa)