「隊律違反」 (Tairitsu Ihan)
“Against Corps Rules”
After Tanjirou’s first kill, I thought his blade was the reason demons rekindled with their past lives as humans. But turns out, it doesn’t matter who slays the demon. Giyu cuts down Rui who, in his final moments, remembers his human life. Kimetsu no Yaiba is so good at creating complex enemies. As a viewer, my perception of Rui is conflicted. I spent most of this arc hating him. It didn’t matter if his search for a ‘true bond’ was legitimate or not, I didn’t think he should get a swift death after what he did to Nezuko. The audacity to knick at my girl! But then, a third of this episode depicts his life as a child and suddenly I’m ready to forgive and forget. I mean he lived such a tortured life and he’s just a young boy with low self-esteem. Screw it. I have. I’ve forgiven and forgotten. I’m happy he finally found his happiness even if it means going to hell with his parents. Everybody wins.
Moving on, Giyu recognizes Tanjirou. I’d forgotten how much time had passed. Obviously his thoughts weren’t focused on the pair he led to Urokodaki two years ago but I thought perhaps he’d have inquired about them. It wasn’t the reunion I expected but it was nice to watch him defend the siblings from Shinobu, who by the way has a thirst for killing demons as strong as the one demons have for human flesh. Nothing will soften her, will it?
And is this her sister? Who is she? Don’t tell me. I know she survived the Final Selection alongside Tanjirou but how has she already been employed by the head of the organization? She has to be related to Shinobu. It’s taking every inch of me to resist looking it up. Also, small theory here: Tanjirou and anonymous knock-out end up together in their late twenties.
Aside from that, I don’t have much to say about this episode aside that it cleaned up the arc nicely. We’re in for a whirlwind in the next episode. I can only guess what will happen to Nezuko and Tanjirou now that they’ve been brought to the main house. We have 5 episodes left and only now is the Demon Slayer world truly expanding. This is so unfair. We need more!