Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 5

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 5

Mitsuri Kanroji’s Nichirin Blade

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 5 was a big episode for a few reasons. The first of these reasons I’m going to discuss today is the debut of Mitsuri Kanroji’s Nichirin blade. This is the first time we’ve seen it in action.

That said, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen it overall. The ED for this season features her sword quite a bit. So, even before Episode 5, we knew it was a very unique blade. It’s effectively a sword combined with a whip — very on-brand for the Love Hashira.

But, even though it’s obvious that Mitsuri’s blade is unique, I didn’t really realize how unique it is. Even among the Hashira (whose swords we’ve seen), Mitsuri’s is the most unique. It’s the only one that physically doesn’t make sense. Like, how does she have a sword that’s also a whip?

Love Hashira Mitsuri Kanroji from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 5
Love Hashira Mitsuri Kanroji

Giyuu Tomioka, Kyoujurou Rengoku, and Muichirou Tokitou all use(d) normal swords. Shinobu Kochou was the first Hashira we met with a unique sword. The blade on her sword has been modified to deliver poison to demons since she can’t behead them.

Then, there are Tengen Uzui’s dual swords, which are also unique. His swords have wider blades with a cutout in each one. And, they’re connected at the hilts with a chain. They’re unique, but at least they still make sense and could exist in reality. That’s not the case for Mitsuri’s sword.

And, one hint we get in this episode regarding the origin of her sword is that the Swordsmith Village chief made it. He’s the most-skilled swordsmith in the village. But, why didn’t he forge all the Hashira’s swords? The answer is likely that he came out of retirement for Mitsuri, a cute girl.

Mist Breathing and Teleportation

While Mitsuri was saving the village chief, Tokitou was facing off against Gyokko. And it’s during this brief fight that we first get to see some of Gyokko’s special abilities. And, most important of all, we get to see how he moves around.

Unfortunately, Gyokko doesn’t crawl around on his hands. That’s what I was hoping for. Instead, his vases roll around with him in them. Oh, and he can, apparently, teleport between vases. However, exactly how his teleportation works isn’t yet known. We don’t know how he can create vases in new locations.

But, we do know that he can produce new vases from his own body. And the vases he produces have a variety of abilities — all of which seem to have to do with fish. Of course, this connection to fish makes sense when you consider his name. Gyo (漁 / ぎょ) is a word for fish.

Muichirou Tokitou using Mist Breathing from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 5
Muichirou Tokitou using Mist Breathing

My prediction is that Gyokko can’t produce new vases that are away from his main body. So, how does he create new vases to teleport to, then? He probably creates them beforehand somehow. Maybe he creates a small fish demon that he can turn into a vase later on.

Anyway, over the course of their short interaction, Tokitou gained valuable information. Because Gyokko teleported away from Tokitou’s attack, it likely means decapitation will work. That’s not the case for Hantengu. But, even if Tokitou has this information, how is he supposed to catch Gyokko?

That’s where I’m guessing Tokitou’s Mist Breathing is going to come in. He may be able to use the mist to mask where he’s striking from. If Tokitou can catch Gyokko off guard, he may be able to cut Gyokko’s neck before he teleports. Or, he’ll work together with Tanjirou.

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Sun Breathing vs. Hantengu

In the last part of the episode, we see Nezuko infuse Tanjirou’s sword with her burning blood. This helps Tanjirou channel his Sun Breathing better. And this brings him closer to the original Sun Breather — or whoever he has past memories of.

Interestingly, we also see that the demons share Muzan’s past memories. I don’t remember which of Hantengu’s personalities it was. But, one of them sees this legendary swordsman in those memories when Tanjirou faces them. And, by using this technique, Tanjirou is able to decapitate three of the four demons at once.

Of course, we know that decapitating these demons doesn’t do too much. It makes them a bit weaker, but it also causes them to multiply. Luckily, Genya also happened to use his hand cannon to decapitate the fourth demon. But, were these decapitations close enough in time?

Tanjirou emulating the first Sun Breathing user from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 5
Tanjirou emulating the first Sun Breathing user

Based on what we saw, I don’t think the timing of the decapitations matters much. Although he decapitated the final one of the four demons, Genya himself has become a demon. But, I have a feeling that he’s not a demon in the same sense as most demons in the series.

We know Genya is going to be one of the main characters in this arc. So, surely he’s not actually a demon now. Instead, my guess is that Genya becoming a demon somehow has to do with Hantengu’s ability. Hantengu may have somehow taken over Genya’s body.

That doesn’t make too much sense, though. Genya appears to be a mindless demon, not a sentient one like the Upper and Lower ranks. So, I guess he might actually be a demon. And if he is, could his apparent immortality save him after Tanjirou decapitates him? That would be wild.


What do you think of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 5? Do you think any of the other Hashira are going to have Nichirin blades more unique than Mitsuri’s? How do you think Gyokko’s teleportation works? And, how are you expecting Genya’s demonification to be resolved? Let me know in the comments.

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7 Replies to “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 5”

  1. That scar on Tanjiro’s head grows when he uses the Hinokami Kagura, er… what has been revealed to be Sun Breathing, to its fullest extent. It also seems to exactly match Yoriichi’s scar when he used Sun Breathing too. What comes to mind is that Tanjiro is either Yoriichi’s reincarnation or has the essence of Yoriichi in his body. If that is the case, then Kokushibo must not be Yoriichi since there’s no way what I described could happen if Kokushibo was him, so Kokushibo must be a close relative of Yoriichi’s rather than being Yoriichi himself.

    I don’t think it’s possible to have a Nichirin blade more unique than Mitsuri’s, so I’m guessing no, it won’t happen.

    I have 0 clue how Gyokko’s teleportation works.

    I think Genya’s demonification doesn’t have anything to do with Hantengu. Last episode had Genya chanting after he was down for the count and getting back up again, so maybe the chant is what turns him into a demon. I have no idea how he’ll turn back human though. Maybe when the sun comes back, it’ll burn away the demon, and he’ll be human again.

    1. I guess Genya having the ability to turn into a demon would explain how he doesn’t die when suffering fatal injuries. I just kind of assumed the chanting had to do with him strengthening his body somehow.

  2. I just had some inspiration now. Maybe the reason Zenitsu can fight better and more confidently when he sleeps is that he also has the essence of a dead person in his body who takes over when he is asleep.

    That would explain Genya’s situation as well. Genya has the essence of a formerly dead demon, and that is why he can transform into that demon. Whether or not the transformation requires a chant still remains to be seen though.

    I find it odd that Nezuko can set Tanjiro’s blade ablaze though. If my essence theory has merit, maybe Nezuko has the essence of Yoriichi’s original swordsmith. What runs counter to this theory is that there doesn’t seem to be female swordsmiths in Kimetsu no Yaiba, but maybe that person was special.

    1. I would prefer if the characters weren’t reincarnations of other people. That’s a pretty overused trope in shounen battle series. Naruto did it, One Piece did it, others I’m sure have done it.

      1. It wouldn’t be reincarnation though, as Tanjirou, if he possesses the essence of Yoriichi, lost that essence after his close brush with death against Gyutaro. He only regained it after another near fatal encounter. If they were straight up reincarnations, they wouldn’t be able to lose their special powers.

        1. Having the “essence” of a character from the past is still effectively the same as being a reincarnation of that person from my perspective. It’s not different enough to be unique.

  3. And if you’re wondering where I got the essence theory from, I came up with it last episode after seeing Genya not die and connecting it to a previous episode when Tanjiro nearly got killed by the mechanical swordsman doll. He picked up a shiny blue rock and regained his special smell sensing that allows him to see scents visually, and see the opening thread as a result of that. I speculated that certain characters either had divine powers or special essences.

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