Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 7 Review

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 7 Review

Gyoumei Has the Best Hashira Backstory

It’s not a big accomplishment, but Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 7 was the best episode of the season. At least so far. It’s always possible that the final episode of the season will be even better.

In fact, I have a feeling that this final episode is going to have more action than any of the others. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be the best episode. This week’s episode almost had no action, and it was still good.

What made this episode good was Gyoumei Himejima’s backstory. I think he has the best backstory of all the Hashira (whose backstories we know). As far as I remember, we don’t know Obanai’s backstory. However, I’m pretty sure we have the backstories for everyone else. So, let’s rank the Hashira backstories.

Gyoumei Himejima and Sayo from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 7
Gyoumei Himejima and Sayo

From best to worst, my ranking of the Hashira backstories (excluding Obanai) is:

  1. Gyoumei Himejima
  2. Kyoujurou Rengoku
  3. Giyu Tomioka
  4. Shinobu Kochou
  5. Sanemi Shinazubawa
  6. Muichirou Tokitou
  7. Tengen Uzui
  8. Mitsuri Kanroji

Mitsuri wanted to find a strong husband. Tengen wanted to escape from his shinobi past. Muichirou and Sanemi both had their families killed by demons. Shinobu’s sister was killed by a demon. Giyu became his childhood friend’s replacement. Kyoujurou wanted to emulate his father and be a hero. And then there’s Gyoumei.

Gyoumei became a demon slayer after he was unable to save most of the orphans who lived with him from a demon attack. There was only one survivor who ended up telling police that Gyoumei killed everyone else, a crime for which he was sentenced to death.

But even so, Gyoumei doesn’t blame the child (Sayo). He understands that she had no malicious intent and was scared and confused. Suddenly, I think he’s one of my favorite Hashira.

What Did Zenitsu’s Letter Say?

In Episode 7, Zenitsu received a letter from someone saying something. We don’t know who sent the letter or what was written in it, but what we do know is that it affected Zenitsu. After reading the letter, he became serious and distant.

So, what did the letter say? My prediction is that the letter informed him of his master’s impending death. Jigoro Kuwajima is the former Thunder Hashira who trained Zenitsu. He’s an old man, so it wouldn’t be all that surprising if his health began failing.

Why do I think this is the case, though? I don’t remember if Zenitsu has a family that we’ve met. I feel like he does and that we might have met them at some point. But the person in his life who stands out the most to me is Jigoro. So, if something bad happened to someone Zenitsu cared about, it would be to Jigoro.

Zenitsu looking serious from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 7
Zenitsu looking serious

Why don’t I think Jigoro already died, though? Couldn’t the letter have said that a demon killed him? It’s possible. But if that was the case, I feel like Zenitsu would have left his training to avenge his master.

The fact that Zenitsu didn’t leave and instead appears to be taking his training more seriously seems important. It could be that, with his master’s health failing, Zenitsu feels like he needs to achieve something before it’s too late. He wants to be able to show his master that he’s a worthy student.

Right now, there’s no Thunder Hashira. His master’s failing health could be the push Zenitsu needed to strive for a goal he never imagined he could reach.

Or, you know, my prediction could be entirely wrong. Maybe the letter said one of Zenitsu’s siblings is getting married, and he’s jealous.

The Demon Slayers Have Been Infiltrated

At the end of Episode 7, Sanemi discovers that the Demon Slayer Corp has been infiltrated by the demons. Throughout the season, we’ve seen tiny eyeball demons crawling around, and its one of these that Sanemi finds.

I don’t remember the name of the demon who the eyeballs belong to. But she’s the one who plays the shamisen in Kibutsuji’s castle. And I believe she counts as one of the Upper Moons. Though, it doesn’t seem like she’s a combat-oriented demon. Maybe she is. We’ll have to wait and see.

Then, at the very end of the episode, Kibutsuji himself appears before Ubayashiki. I would say that this is the worst-case scenario. However, I’m not sure that it actually is. Yes, Ubayashiki is the leader of the Demon Slayers, but he’s already on his deathbed.

Sanemi crushing a demon eye in his hand from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 7
Sanemi crushing a demon eye in his hand

Unless I’m forgetting something, Kibutsuji doesn’t gain anything by killing Ubayashiki. He only wants to kill Ubayashiki because of Ubayashiki’s role and their family history. I’m pretty confident that in the previous season, Ubayashiki said Kibutsuji is from the same family. Or, maybe it was just that his family has a history with Kibutsuji.

Anyway, Kibutsuji killing Ubayashiki shouldn’t change anything. The Hashira still exist and can hunt down Kibutsuji without Ubayashiki. And I highly doubt Ubayashiki or anyone in his family would give up Nezuko’s location. Even if Kibutsuji tortures them, they know that letting him get Nezuko is the one thing they can’t do.

I guess it’s technically possible that Kibutsuji could turn one of Ubayashiki’s family members into a demon. Then, he might be able to command them to tell him where Nezuko is. However, they must have thought of that, right? Surely, there are very few people who know her location.

Final Thoughts

What do you think of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 7? How would you rank the Hashira backstories? What do you think the letter Zenitsu received said? And do you think Kibutsuji is going to kill Ubayashiki in the next episode?

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My review of Episode 8 is available now.

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