The fight between the Swamp Demon and Tanjiro and Nezuko continues. Now with Nezuko’s help Tanjiro is able to go after the Swamp Demon on his own turf. Tanjiro enters the swamp to confront two the the three selves of the Swamp Demon. The Swamp Demon, thinking he has the upper hand, begins his attack, darting all over the place. Tanjiro keeps his cool and prepares to attack. We come to find out that there are Water Breathing techniques that are more powerful when they are in the water. Tanjiro unleashes one of these and two of the three selves of the Swamp Demon are destroyed.
Nezuko’s fight with the third and final self of the Swamp Demon is starting to go against her. The Swamp Demon is obvious more skilled and experienced at fighting. Just as the Swamp Demon is about to land a damaging blow, Tanjiro arrives and quickly turns the tide. Now missing both of his arms, the Swamp Demon must listen to Tanjiro’s questions. Tanjiro asks the Swamp Demon about Muzan Kibutsuji. The Swamp Demon is so scared of answering that question that he attacks Tanjiro. Tanjiro quickly dispatches the Swamp Demon.
With the matter now resolved Kazumi becomes overcome with grief. He now knows that his fiance was killed by the demon. Kazumi lashes out at Tanjiro only to be met by kindness from Tanjiro. Tanjiro understands the grief of losing the ones you love to the demons so he can easily empathize with Kazumi. Tanjiro and Nezuko part ways with Kazumi and as they depart Kazumi realizes that they too have suffered at the hands of the demons.
Tanjiro is now instructed to go to another city for his next assignment. While there, he catches the scent of the demon who attacked and murdered his family. Overcome by anger, Tanjiro rushes to find the demon only to come face to face with Muzan Kibutsuji disguised as a loving husband and father. Kibutsuji plays the meeting off until he’s able to turn an innocent man into a demon. Tanjiro attention now must be focused on the new demon attacking his wife. The episode closes with Kibutsuji giving Tanjiro an intense glare.
Once again Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba gives us a solid anime episode. I love watching the Water Breathing style. It’s such a unique way to present sword fighting. Considering that my favorite anime is Rurouni Kenshin it’s no wonder I enjoy it so much in Demon Slayer.
What I think this episode does best of all is it’s character development and storytelling. Kazumi is only important for this brief encounter with the Swamp Demon yet he’s presented in a way where it’s easy to understand his emotions. He’s a young man who, in the course of one night, lost the girl he loved and lost any sort of respect he had in society. In his grief he confronts the one person who helped him only to be shown kindness. I’m happy to see that he understood Tanjiro at the end and they parted on good terms.
Tanjiro himself went on quite a roller coaster of emotions in this episode. He goes from being overly protective of his sister to understanding her condition and allowing her to help him, to almost losing complete control when he comes face to face with Muzan Kibutsuji. It’s obvious at this point that Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is setting the stage for more epic confrontations. There’s no way that you could interpret Muzan’s look at the end of the anime episode as anything other than a determined desire to kill Tanjiro. Muzan now knows about Tanjiro, he knows Tanjiro has the ability to find him, and he wants Tanjiro dead.
Is this episode worth watching?
Yes. We get the conclusion of Tanjiro’s first mission and it’s the introduction of the main villain. This episode would be important to watch just for the introduction of Muzan Kibutsuji. Thankfully, we got a good story behind it.
Now go watch some anime!