I have to tell you this, and I’m not sure if anyone else has said this about Demon Slayer, but you will get tired of hearing Inosuke Hashibira and Zenitsu Agatsuma screaming at the top of their lungs.
At one point between episodes 14 and 18, I almost turned it off. Zenitsu cries at every turn, no matter what. But then a point comes where he reads the viewer’s mind and explains why he’s a coward and how he doesn’t want to be a coward. He’s the best when he faints or gets knocked out because that’s when his inner power comes out. It’s great to watch, especially after the brief backstory we’re shown around episode 17.
Inosuke is always loud and obnoxious, but you learn to live with it. He’s full of brute strength, and you have to give him credit. He’s a great slayer, but he has no sense of the rules to being apart of the Demon Slayer Core. That’s why, even though he’s still super high energy, when he meets Tanjiro, he becomes a character you can understand.
The best part of this anime is its several arcs that managed to build trust and bond with Tanjiro while not having a slew of filler episodes. Between Tanjiro’s training arc, his first battle as a slayer meeting Inosuke and Zenitsu, all the way to his battles with Teoni, Kyogai, and Rui (lower five – a part of Muzan Kibutsuji group). You begin to see Tanjiro as a worthy hero that uplifts his friends and deserves your trust.
Even though he’s growing through his experiences, he still has room to grow. So we, as a viewer, continue to look forward to their growth. For instance, during the fight with Rui, he and Inosuke were saved by Giyu Tomioka despite having poured their heart into the fight. Honestly, I think Zenitsu was the only one without help during that arc because he joined the battle late.
By the time I finished the rehabilitation segment, I was fully invested in Tanjiro as the compassionate hero and his two traveling companions who are talented in their own right. Like any good anime, in the end, you want to know what’s next for your protagonists. Which why I was excited to see the next arc Mugen (Infinity) Train is next.
It seems like it will be a while before Tanjiro reaches Muzan Kibutsuji (the demon that murdered his family). Still, Muzan set up the next big enemy before the season was over by empowering Enmu after dismantling the rest of the lower moons. So this next segment will give Tanjiro and his group along with Kyojuro Rengoku of the Hashira Demon Slayers something to grow through.
I’m specifically looking forward to seeing Tanjiro’s flame training with Kyojuro because he’s a specialist. There’s no announced date for Demon Slayer: Infinity Train yet, but I’d catch up with the season if you haven’t already.
View the trailer for the new movie below: