「柱合会議」 (Chūgō Kaigi)
Even though the pace is moving at a slow crawl, things are in fact progressing. The Kamado siblings have been accepted into the Demon Slayer Corps and the Hashiras are tasked with training the next generation of demon slayers.
It’s no surprise that the Hashiras and their master are concerned with training the new recruits. The poor souls were wiped out on Mt. Natagumo before they could even make a dent. Only Tanjirou, Inosuke, and Zenitsu could hold their ground, if only just. Even so, their efforts did not go unnoticed. The issue of Nezuko now resolved, Shinobu decides to host all four members of their party in her home, the Kocho mansion.
After Tanjirou’s obnoxious request to take out Sanemi with a few headbutts was dismissed by not-so-aloof-in-the-end Muichiro, he’s carried to the mansion where he meets Tsuyuri Kanao (Ueda Reina). She’s revealed to be Shinobu’s pupil, her Tsuguko. She’s next in line to become the insect pillar, taking over Shinobu’s position. She must have shown a great deal of strength and potential to have been chosen as her Tsuguko. I wonder what events led to their paths (Shinobu’s and hers) crossing. But why is Tsuyuri being introduced as Shinobu’s possible heir? Should I be concerned here?
Moving on, Tanjirou reunites with a shrunken Zenitsu and a very emotionally, mentally, and physically damaged Inosuke in the infirmary of the mansion. Even with all the pain he’s going through, you can tell he’s relieved, even happy to be by their sides again. It’ll take a long time for them to recuperate their energy but it looks like the next episode might jump forward in time because it’ll be about their first training with the Hashiras.
The Hashiras are an enigma to me. Will we ever learn more about their backstories or will they remain one-note characters as we dive deeper into the series? Aside from Shinobu, Giyu, perhaps Sanemi, and Muichiro, the other Hashiras don’t inspire much confidence. This is to be determined of course. For the time being though, I’m not really entertained. Hopefully this upcoming episode will showcase some of their skills and have me sway their way.
With only three episodes left though, will Tanjirou and Nezuko have enough time to train and slay their first Kizuki demon? Can this series pull it all off? If you can’t tell yet, I’m unable to decipher whatever it is this episode was meant to foreshadow.