Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Ep. 11 Review

Recap

Zenitsu
Zenitsu

Tanjiro runs into another demon slayer, Zenitsu, on his way to the next mission. Zenitsu is harassing a girl, asking her to marry him. Zenitsu is obviously a coward. Tanjiro intervenes and the girl ends up slapping Zenitsu for all the trouble he’s caused. Tanjiro and Zenitsu travel together toward their next mission. The two demon slayers come across a young boy and girl. Apparently their older brother was taken by a monster and dragged into the mansion that they now find themselves in front of. Just as Tanjiro promises to get their brother back a man falls from the second story to the ground. The man is mortally wounded and dies shortly after Tanjiro comes to his aid.

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Children outside the mansion
Children outside the mansion

The man was not the older brother of the two children so Tanjiro surmises that there are more people in the mansion that need help and he drags Zenitsu in with him. Tanjiro left Nezuko there to protect the children but the boy and girl run into the mansion after Tanjiro and Zenitsu. Tanjiro and the young girl get separated from Zenitsu and the girls brother after Zenitsu accidentally bumps the two into a different room and they all hear the sound of a tsuzumi drum. Apparently the mansion changes form when the drum gets played. Zenitsu and the boy end up running into a man wearing a boar’s head as a mask. The man with the boar’s head runs off, pursuing something. Meanwhile, Tanjiro and the girl come across the demon with the tsuzumi. Just when Tanjiro is about to fight the demon the man with the boar’s head crashes into the room.

Review

Where this episode does things right is in the buildup for the fight between Tanjiro and the tsuzumi demon. The mansion is mysterious. Something is not right with it and we don’t find out what until the very end. There’s just a sense that something is very off about the entire mansion and it’s only a matter of time before we find out. Add in the fact that Tanjiro is injured and there are two additional people that have to be protected, I’m sure this will be a tense fight. We also get our first look at the guy with the boar’s head on. I’ve already watched season 1 of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba so I obviously know who he is but it must’ve been unnerving for both Tanjiro and Zenitsu to run into a guy this strange.

Tanjiro and the girl separated from Zenitsu and the girl's brother
Tanjiro and the girl separated from Zenitsu and the girl’s brother

Zenitsu is annoying. There’s no other way to put it. I’m not a huge fan of characters like him. I know that there will be further character development later but it’s hard to sit there and watch his antics. I hate it when people constantly whine and complain and that’s all Zenitsu does. Apparently his “sparrow” feels the same as it’s completely flustered with his behavior. This anime character trope is one of the two, the other being the lecherous old man, that i’d be happy to see disappear from anime completely.

Is this episode worth watching?

Yes. Even though it’s not packed full of action this episode is still worth watching. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba episode 11 does a good job constructing a dark and foreboding atmosphere. I can’t wait to see this anime really pick up the action in the next action.

Tanjiro attacking
Tanjiro attacking

Now go watch some anime!

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