「寄せ集めの家族」 (Yose Atsume no Kazoku)
No, no, no-no. No. After all that, Rui managed to beat them to the punch and literally saved his own neck? It’s the damnedest thing.
This whole build up demonstrating the strong connection between Tanjirou and Nezuko amounts to…nothing? I understand it’s not about them defeating the Kizuki demon but surviving his attack. Even so, in the moment, when Rui’s supposed corpse loomed over a defeated Tanjirou, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed.
Until Giyu showed up that is. His level of power is incomparable. Here I was thinking Tanjirou’s Hinokami Kagura ability ranked among the top but Giyu blew me away with his masterful 11th water breathing form. He is an exemplary demon slayer when it comes to using techniques. Unlike Tanjirou, he needs but a split second to move against his enemies. And just like that they meet their doom.
Shinobu is really something too. I underestimated her. I thought she was just a fun loving demon slayer looking to make friends but she’s…twisted and I like it! There’s a small part of her wishing for peace between demons and humans but not without some retribution. Her level of retribution would shoot up the gore tenfold if she got her way with this demon. She clearly gets off on demons ‘paying’ for their sins and she enjoys the taunt. Aside from that, she’s pretty much normal. Just a casual demon slayer who loves alchemy and uses the skills to make up for any lacking strength. I was somewhat baffled as to why she casually pulled out an antidote right when Zenitsu needed it most but it all makes sense now. By the way, if you missed it, the poison coating her thin blade is concocted in the sheath. Pretty cool, huh?
As for the behind-the-trauma backstory, I’m not too sure how that pushed the plot forward. It was a pretty lengthy part of the episode and although well told, I wasn’t necessarily swayed in either Rui’s or his family’s direction. Even if he can’t remember his time as a human, the family ties he created in his past life linger so strongly he yearns for them as a demon. But as we know, demons work alone and the only bond he could create with his fictional family was one of terror. I wasn’t very captivated by the story in all honesty and I thought we could have done without. I did, however, enjoy the sinister morphing scene the demon had to go through to become a family member. Rui sure is hateful, huh.
But now this chapter over, I assume Tanjirou and Nezuko (with the other stooges) will be taken back to the demon slayer main house (or other) in order to rest and heal their wounds. But there’s something amiss here. Giyu probably knows Tanjirou can’t be harbouring a demon, so why would he risk it? Is this where it all goes south?
I’ll have to wait and see.