Unsurprisingly behind we are. A reminder of who’s who and updates from everyone:
- Purple = Aria (Works ahead on all the episodes and is actually on track. Good job!)
- Green = Plyasm (“Life is the same as always,” “nothing noteworthy.” Guess we can’t expect much from that…)
- Blue = Astral (Fresh out of the surgery room, let’s slice him some hospital patient apples)
- Red = Me (Graduated and feeling empty, procrastinates from everything)
1. What are your general thoughts on this episode?[Mandatory]
After the high, the show has to come down somewhere…and it went down about here. Not to say that Kimetsu no Yaiba is bad – after all, it’s consistently great, so its lows are still comparatively high compared to what I’ve seen of most of its competition.
It conveyed the plot that it should and did so in a satisfactory way.
Another fantastic episode. The animation just keeps blowing my mind every time I see it, but the story is great as well.
Pretty good interlude type episode, we are getting to know more about the context of Kimetsu no Yaiba, and at the same time more characters introduced and character development, yay!
2. Did the episode fit your expectations, and in which ways did it differ from it?(If it does) [Mandatory]
For some reason, I expected Haganezuka to pop out of the next-ep preview panels. Otherwise, I guess I didn’t really have any expectations outside the continuation of Final Selection.
I was surprised by the amount of ranks there are. Wow, this series sure is setting itself up to be a long-running shounen.
Yeah pretty much. Again, after catching up on the manga, the story itself doesn’t surprise me much.
Expectations fulfilled. However, there seems to be many more fleshed out scenes that were brought past quickly in the manga. I like it, it’s better this way.
3. What do you expect to happen from here on out?(and why) [Mandatory]
Tanjiro gets to slay a girl-kidnapping demon…Hopefully he actually gets to talk to it this time.
Two-episode demon-hunting arc that leads to critical piece of info.
I completely forgot about Tanjirou’s first assignment by now so uh, iunno. There’s gonna be cool fights though.
4. Which scene got the most reaction out of you? (If any at all)
The scene where Tanjiro grabs the Hand Monster’s…uh, hand. I can forgive the fact Tanjiro happens to look exactly like this demon’s (previous…?) brother because the scene shows empathy is what shonen protagonists need, even above friendship, hard work and victory. (I’m thinking about that mostly in relation to what I’ve argued in this post of mine.)
That scene of Tanjiro and Nezuko finally being reunited… so good.
Tanjirou getting wrestled by the sword maker. I really like him.
5. Which character did you like the most this episode? Have they done anything in particular/changed?
Zenitsu was a better attempt at comedy than what’s been previously done. He seems to be a sort of character who might be less entertaining over time, due to the repeated “why am I here???” or “why am I the damsel in distress instead of [insert girl’s name here]???” hinted at in the OP, but at the moment he’s tolerable.
Tanjiro was very sensible and not talkative at all, so I’m proud of him. He did wail a bit, but as a shounen protagonist, he is entitled to do that sometimes.
Tanjiro has really grown an exceptional amount over the past few episodes. It was nice to see him reunite with Nezuko, but it was also nice to see just how much he’s grown.
Sensei was great. He shed tears when he hugged Tanjirou and Nezuko.
- The Demon Slayer girl was really vacant and mysterious (and playing around with a butterfly, if not the Kasugai crow)…I wonder if it was out of tiredness or the “girls should be seen and not heard” mentality. (Also, I get a sneaking suspicion that Ply and Astral will favour her the same way they’ve done with Nezuko and Makomo so far. As of typing this comment, I know from reading Crow’s and Irina’s coverage of this episode the girl’s name is Kanao…I’ll mention that so Ply knows who I’m talking about.)
- Quiet loli is definitely a trope – one that I adore myself, I can’t help but admit. For three of them to show up in just five episodes…Gotouge-sensei must be an enthusiast.
- Kanao ain’t a loli though…
- Don’t lump me together with Astral. Kanao is a whole different beast.
- (I wasn’t talking about lolis, though…? That was a thing Moya introduced.)
- She looks like one from that glimpse I got. Let’s not get into this…only fools argue about how to define a loli when it comes to anime…
6. What’s the high point of the episode for you and why? [Mandatory]
(Basically my answer to question 4…again.)
Nothing stood out too much this time. Possibly the crow’s entrance *cue epic music*.
Gonna pull an aria here and refer back to question 4.
The sword sounds. I have to commend them, all the sword sounds are very satisfying in this series, and it was the most noticeable in this episode. My ears enjoyed it.
- Seriously, people? Why is “pull an Aria” a Thing now…?
7. What can be improved in this episode and why? (a.k.a low point) [Mandatory]
I’m kinda grumpy at how they didn’t explain the significance of the black sword. I mean, symbolically Tanjiro has to be associated with black – it’s the colour of charcoal – but that doesn’t make much sense in the context of swords.
The finishing off of the morphed demon bored me, though I didn’t mind the inclusion of a sentimental flashback. Half of it was recap anyway, and the demon lacked any memorable lines or design. I guess I just really hate fights, and recapped ones make them worse.
Not much for me, honestly. I think the anime is actually nicely improving on the manga itself, so that’s pretty satisfying right there.
*angry Nezuko noises*
8. Pick a situation from this episode. If you were put in this situation, how would you have handled it?
I think I’d be slightly more social than Tanjiro. A girl who seems good with animals! How interesting (and useful) is that? And the traumatized kid…he’s probably the only one who thinks deeply about things in the Selection. Even that swordsmith monk guy seems to have so many cool things to say! I’m a shy person by nature, but I think I’d at least give these people a chance…
I dunno. Knowing myself and my propensity for accidents, I’d probably have kicked the bucket long before this point anyways.
- “[P]ropensity for accidents,” eh…? (sarcastic voice)
- Astral probably wouldn’t even appear in the actual series because he got eaten in the backstory of some beginner demon…
9. Most beautiful scene?(screenshot) [Mandatory]
The wisteria has previously been shown to be pink (even within this episode), so seeing the blue wisteria really was alluring (in an aesthetic sense). Also, if I could get away with it, I’d be showing you pictures of nice scenery every collab post, but…I managed to get this nice shot of Tanjiro, so I changed my mind.
Classic composition for emotional weight?
I’m a big fan of the framing here. The lighting, the darkness of their faces, and their expressions tell a lot about what each went through during the test.
Nice. And the frame right after this shows sensei’s tears.
- To think I almost got a shot of the girl (the one with the butterfly, aka Kanao) framed by the blue wisteria instead…*shakes head* That’s not my style.
- She’s gorgeous tho. And very cool…
- I think Astral’s screenshot is the winner here, and I’m going to use it as the image of the post.
10. In 10 words, summarise what you want to say about this episode. (A good joke question?) [Could also be a haiku or other things of that creative nature, Mandatory]
Tanjiro’s first test –
Talk to demons re: his sis…
Not happening right now.
Boundary between humans, demons (and also birds) now in question.
Best imouto get! *insert zelda treasure sound here*
Dun dun dun dun, dun dun, dun dun dun ~
- I think I got a bit snarky with this haiku…heh heh.
- Are you ever not snarky?
- I’m actually a lot less snarky than you think I am. In fact, most of the time I’m honest and not snarky…Also, I had to specifically ask Ply and Astral for what they were referencing (since I didn’t get either of their references), so here’s Astral’s sound reference and here’s Ply’s.
Thanks for reading *bows*. Please expect more frequent episode discussions from now on.