「機能回復訓練」 (Kinō Kaifuku Kunren)
Someone put a muzzle on the boy before I ring his neck myself. I’m surprised no one has had the impulse to do it. Will he ever mature in the coming future? Or am I to expect this level of tantrums on a regular? Not that Zenitsu’s tirades ruin things for me, but they kind of almost definitely do. If they were just a little shorter, I feel as though I would want to get to know him better. But right now, every time he appears on screen, I automatically flinch in response to what’s about to come. It’d be nice to feel excited when I see him for a change.
But don’t let my rant about Zenitsu fool you. The rest of the episode was more than satisfactory. I’m impressed with Kanao, who we’re going to learn more about in the next episode. Her training has gone much farther than Tanjirou’s but is that only because she’s been chosen to be Shinobu’s heir? Or was her teacher someone even better than Urokodaki?
I’d never considered there would be characters of the same age who would be stronger than Tanjirou but Kanao has proven me wrong. I’m looking forward to seeing how he fares next time he goes up against her, or at least, how he’s improved, even if that means he loses again. Next time, he might even get her to utter a few words or perhaps spark a reaction out of her. She might be a tough cookie on the outside but maybe not so much on the inside. And Tanjirou has his ways.
Which reminds me about his conversation with Shinobu. What a wound he went to dig in and what a story we got. It’s a sad tale of two sisters and one I don’t want to spoil for anyone who might not have watched just yet. It’s better to just experience the moment with the characters rather than read my antics about it. I will however say that after their encounter, I’m almost 100% convinced that Shinobu will perish. Will it be this season or next? I can’t confirm but there’s no way a character doesn’t disappear or die off after saying: “I know my dream can live on with you.”
Let’s hope I’m wrong though because I am thoroughly enjoying peeling the layers off of Shinobu’s tough exterior. No spoilers please.
With that, I just want to conclude by saying: No Kimetsu no Yaiba episode is complete without Nezuko. Even if she’s asleep, we deserve a clear shot of her adorable chibi state.