「隊律違反」 (Tairitsu Ihan)
“Against Corps Rules”
This episode was built just to dump information, introduce characters, set some ground rules, and kill some time. That said, I’ll be writing this entry as a list format. The first list will be a Hashira (the Pillars) breakdown and the second list will be a breakdown of everything we know so far about the Demon Slayer Corps.
Hashiras and their quirks
- Kanrojo Mitsuri (Hanazawa Kana) | The Love Pillar: Literally loves everything about everyone.
- Himejima Gyomei (Sugita Tomokazu) | The Stone Pillar: Continuous tears and lack of irises have been noted.
- Tokito Muichiro (Kawanashi Kengo) | The Mist Pillar: Always with his head in the clouds it seems.
- Iguro Obanai (Suzumura Kenichi) | The Snake Pillar: A stickler for rules who carries a snake.
- Shinazugawa Sanemi (Seki Tomokazu) | The Wind Pillar: Really aggressive and right now hated by viewers (me) far more than Kibutsuji.
- Rengoku Kyojuro (Hino Satoshi) | The Flame Pillar: Gives off the scent of a generic hero with good morals.
- Uzui Tengen (Konishi Katsuyuki) | The Sound Pillar: Wants to do everything ‘flamboyantly.’ If you ask me, he’s a little extra.
- Kocho Shinobu | The Insect Pillar: A two-faced demon slayer. One kind, the other is sinister.
- Tomioka Giyu | The Water Pillar: Super strong and seems to keep his distance from people.
It’s an interesting dynamic they have going on. I wonder how a team of air-headed, lovestruck, and impulsive people can lead the Demon Slayer Corps. I won’t doubt their combined power especially after seeing Giyu and Shinobu battle individually, but I do doubt their ability to work towards a common goal: a cure. I’m not saying this is their goal, but it could be if their Master deemed it appropriate. However, I can also understand their apprehension towards Nezuko and the possibility of demons living without human blood. They’ve spent the larger part of their lives watching their comrades, loved ones, and people of this world fall at the hands of demons. It can’t be helped that they feel strongly about Nezuko. It’s really conflicting but this is why I love this series. What I disliked though is how drawn out the debate and conversation were. I was pulling my hair out when I noticed there was a minute left. Anyway, let’s move onto what we know about the Demon Slayer Corps so far, just as a refresher.
Demon Slayer Corps
- There’s said to be nine Hashiras (Pillars), all of whom take their role in the Demon Slayer Corps very seriously.
- They’ve each mastered breathing techniques making them as strong if not stronger than demons.
- The head of the organization is a blind leader the Pillars refer to as “Oyakata-sama.” He looks frail and sickly.
- It is forbidden to defend a demon, let alone go up against another slayer to protect a demon.
- It is forbidden to raise a hand against a fellow demon slayer.
- The Demon Slayer Corps has informants everywhere because they know about Tanjirou meeting Kibutsuji.
- They are aware that Kibutsuji has sent demons after Tanjirou because he knows his true identity.
- Apparently the Pillars have no idea what Kibutsuji looks like.
- Urokodaki used to be the former Water Pillar and still communicates with the Corps’ headquarters.
Overall, even though the episode seemed like a filler, it had a big and heavy role to play. Tanjirou had to watch as his sister was stabbed over and over by Sanemi and it felt like he was being bullied by his superiors. Tanjirou is so sweet though I doubt he’ll hold a grudge against anyone who has caused him hurt. But if I were Nezuko, I’d slice Sanemi to bits. The pressure is coming down on the Kamado siblings and they’ll have to fight back by proving how strong they are together.