Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 2 Review

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 2 Review

The Fake Water Hashira

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 2 focused on Giyuu Tomioka — the Water Hashira. As we saw in Episode 1, Giyuu opted out of training the other demon slayers. But, at the time, we didn’t really know why he did this.

Apparently, Giyuu doesn’t believe that he’s worthy of being one of the Hashira. This hasn’t stopped him from serving as a Hashira until now, though. So, what changed? Now, there’s this whole business surrounding awakening special marks. That’s the thing that Giyuu is now taking issue with.

In my previous review, I suggested that perhaps Giyuu didn’t want to awaken the mark. Amane mentioned that there was some inevitable downside to doing so. We don’t know what that downside is for sure. But, I theorized that, whatever it was, Giyuu wasn’t interested in going through it.

Giyuu Tomioka from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 2
Giyuu Tomioka

We now know that the issue isn’t with Giyuu not wanting to awaken the mark. The issue is that Giyuu doesn’t believe he can awaken the mark. And, he thinks this way because he’s under the impression that he’s not good enough to be a Hashira anyway.

When he went through the Final Selection to become a demon slayer, he passed on a technicality. Sure, he survived in the wisteria forest for seven days. But, he didn’t slay a single demon in that time. In fact, he got hurt early on and was unconscious for the rest of the test period.

The only person who died during this Final Selection was Giyuu’s friend, Sabito, who also trained under Sakonji Urokodaki. If Sabito had survived, he would have gone on to be the next Water Hashira, not Giyuu. So, that’s why Giyuu doesn’t think he can awaken the mark. He sees himself as a replacement.

Giyuu Has a Good Character Design

Let’s talk about Giyuu’s character design for a bit. It’s good. I’ve always liked Giyuu’s design, primarily due to the design of his haori. The right side is a solid maroon color. And, the left side is a cube pattern of various greens and yellows.

I’m sure someone smarter than me and with an art degree could say more about why this looks good. But, all I have to say about it is that I like the asymmetrical nature of it. Giyuu’s design just wouldn’t look as good if his haori was symmetrical.

The reason I wanted to discuss this now, though, is that we learned more about Giyuu’s haori. The maroon half actually comes from his sister, who was killed by a demon. And, the patterned half comes from Sabito, Giyuu’s childhood friend.

Sabito, Sakonji, and Giyuu from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 2
Sabito, Sakonji, and Giyuu

This knowledge makes Giyuu’s design even better. It’s always cool to see a good design have a good story behind it. But, what’s the story here? Is it just that Giyuu’s wearing a haori that honors important people in his life who died? No. Something we have to keep in mind is how both his sister and Sabito died.

Both of them died protecting others (including Giyuu) from demons. Giyuu’s sister hid him from the demon that ended up killing her. Then, Sabito died while protecting Giyuu and the other demon slayer trainees during the Final Selection. That’s important. These aren’t only people Giyuu cared about — they’re people who saved him.

Based on that, we can infer some extra significance of Giyuu’s custom haori. When he wears it he’s carrying on their memory. He’s reminding himself to protect others in his role as a Hashira as they protected him. And, he might be wearing it as a “protective charm” of sorts.

Today Is Kanao’s Birthday

Did you know that today, May 19th is Kanao Tsuyuri’s birthday? Well, now you do. And it’s pretty neat that she actually made an appearance in the episode that aired on her birthday. But, that’s all I actually have to say about Kanao.

Let’s move on to talking about someone more important: Shinobu. Something I completely missed in the previous episode is that Shinobu isn’t participating in training. Instead, she has another job. She’s going to be working with Tamayo to figure out the science behind Nezuko’s ability to withstand the sun.

However, it appears that something isn’t quite right. Shinobu is mad about something. And, at the end of the episode, she begins telling Kanao something interesting. She’s going to tell Kanao about the demon who killed her (Shinobu’s) older sister. Why is she going to tell Kanao this now? So she can also tell Kanao how to kill this particular demon.

Kanao Tsuyuri from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 2
Kanao Tsuyuri

Alright, so, right away, there’s some important information in there. The demon that killed Shinobu’s sister is still alive. Shinobu also knows how to kill this demon. But, she obviously hasn’t had the chance to do so for some reason.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Tamayo is that demon. Tamayo has been in hiding for a long time. Until now, not even the Ubuyashiki clan has been able to find her. That would explain why Shinobu hasn’t been able to kill her.

Also, the Demon Slayer Corps recruiting Tamayo to work with her would explain why Shinobu’s mad. Now, did Tamayo mean to kill Shinobu’s sister? I doubt it. That probably happened before she “regained her humanity.” And, I doubt Shinobu will try to kill her. But, she’s preparing Kanao to do so just in case.

Final Thoughts

What do you think of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 2? Did you predict why Giyuu didn’t want to participate in the training? How do you feel about Giyuu’s character design? And, do you agree with my prediction that Tamayo is the demon who killed Shinobu’s sister?

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My review of Episode 3 is available now.

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