Demon Slayer Episode 10

Demon Slayer Episode 10

Together Forever

I don’t really think there’s all that much to discuss about this week’s episode of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, but here we are anyway. Don’t get me wrong, there was some interesting information revealed during this episode, but not all that much actually happened.

This episode concludes the fights against Yahaba and Susamaru, but there wasn’t all that much left to conclude anyway. The fight against Yahaba was effectively finished in the previous episode. And as we’ll see, the fight against Susamaru is almost nonexistent.

At least a few of the gaps in this series’ plot and world building are filled in somewhat, but none of it really seems to matter anyway.

Before I get into the actual events of this episode, let me start off with what happens at the very end, we see the electric guy from the OP. Last time we saw him was the Final Selection exam results, and he doesn’t seem to have gotten any braver since then.

While I’m typically a fan of characters who use electric type abilities, and I think it looks cool in this series, I don’t know how much I’m going to like this character. From what I can tell he’s like a coward version of Sanji from One Piece. And by that I mean he’s a blonde womanizer.

At the end of this episode we see him begging some random girl to marry him, and in the ED we see him fawning over Nezuko. My assumption is that he’ll be to Nezuko as Sanji is to Nami, and I don’t find that to be a particularly interesting character attribute.

Yahaba’s Last Stand

Previously on Demon Slayer, Yahaba was decapitated by Tanjirou, thus effectively ending the fight. But, because anime, the fight didn’t actually end there. Instead, while dying, Yahaba finally decides to get serious and reveals the true nature of his power.

I don’t know about you, but I think I would have tried using the full strength of my ability before losing. So what exactly is this new power Yahaba reveals, and is it actually any better than his original power?

Originally he was able to shoot vector arrows out of the eyes on his palms. He could freely control these arrows, and whatever they came in contact with got forced in the direction they were pointing. These vector arrows don’t do damage themselves, but can be used to throw objects, or people, which deals damage.

Yahaba's eyes from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Yahaba’s eyes

The upgraded version of his power works a bit differently in a number of ways. First, his eyes don’t appear to be limited to one vector arrow each at a time. This in itself is already a substantial upgrade, but what really takes it over the top is that he can now make these vector arrows appear on his opponent.

Essentially, he no longer has to try to hit his opponent with the vector arrows, he can spawn them directly on his opponent so they can’t dodge them. For example, we see him spawn at least three different vector arrows on Tanjirou at a time, giving him no choice but to try to lessen the blows.

But this upgraded ability isn’t actually as good as I first assumed it would be when it was revealed. I assumed the different vector arrows would all pull Tanjirou in different directions simultaneously, but this isn’t the case. Rather than ripping him apart, the vector arrows activate one at a time, making them far less deadly.

Kibutsuji’s Curse

Alright, so Yahaba eventually disintegrates from having his head cut off by Tanjirou, but what about Susamaru? Tanjirou is in no shape to fight against her, so it’s up to Nezuko, Tamayo, and Yushiro to bring this second demon down.

However, we’re informed that demons can’t actually kill other demons, which is yet another plot inconsistency. We’ve already been told that demons frequently turn on and eat each other, so doesn’t that imply that they can kill each other? Or does the devoured demon just live inside the one which ate it?

Anyway, demons apparently can’t kill each other with the exception of Kibutsuji. It was previously revealed that Kibutsuji implants some sort of curse into the demons he creates, and this is how he controls them. Also recall that Tamayo was able to break free from this curse and Yushiro never had it to begin with.

Susamaru being affected by Kibutsuji's curse from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Susamaru being affected by Kibutsuji’s curse

If a demon inflicted with the curse so much as utters Kibutsuji’s name, they will be ripped apart from the inside. That alone isn’t enough to kill them, but this is where Kibutsuji’s blood comes into play. His blood, which is in their body, attacks demon cells and breaks them down, thus killing the demon.

Also we’re told that the reason Kibutsuji uses this curse on the demons he creates is so that they don’t group up together and attempt to bring him down. This also implies that his underlings are theoretically able to kill him, which again goes against the idea that demons can’t kill each other.

I think we’re getting to the point at which I have to start lowering my rating of this series due to all of its plot inconsistencies. Despite looking great and having a decent story, these inconsistencies are really adding up.

Filling in the Gaps

And now let’s just clean up some of the extra things that were revealed in this episode that don’t really seem to matter all that much. And the first of these things is the fact that Nezuko is just really, really physically strong. We don’t know why, but it’s confirmed that this is the case.

Next up we have the fact that demon blood no longer disintegrates (I’m sure that we saw it disintegrate earlier on in the series). This means that there’s now a way for Tanjirou to collect the blood for Tamayo to study. Also, Yahaba’s blood was never collected as far as I saw.

Then there’s the fact that Nezuko sees Tamayo and Yushiro as humans despite the fact that they’re demons. I brought this up in my review of last week’s episode, but it was actually brought up in this week’s episode. So why does Nezuko see them as human? Because she just does.

It’s then revealed that Tamayo and Yushiro are going to be leaving the city soon, and they offer to take Nezuko with them. Tanjirou decides to keep Nezuko by his side, but I think the real important part of these scene is that it informs us these two characters won’t be sticking around.

Sure, they’ll likely show up again later on in the series, but perhaps “good” demons won’t be as common as they seem to be.

And, finally, there’s the revelation that Yahaba and Susamaru weren’t actually members of the Twelve Demon Moons. Apparently the real Twelve Demon Moons are much stronger (as they should be) and have numbers tattooed onto their eyes (though I don’t know how Tamayo would know that).


That’s all for this week’s episode of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. So what did you think of the episode? Was it good? Was it bad? Do you think there are a bit too many inconsistencies with the plot and world building? Let me know in the comments.

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