Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 7

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 7

Demon or Combining Robot?

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 7 wasn’t the greatest. It went by quickly, which is usually a sign that an episode was exciting. However, exciting isn’t a word I would use to describe this episode. I’d call it boring.

Not much actually happened in Episode 7. But, the biggest thing to happen was the introduction of a “new” demon. It’s not exactly a new demon, though. It’s another one of Hantengu’s personalities — the sixth distinct personality we’ve seen. Previously, we saw Anger, Sorrow, Joy, Pleasure, and Fear.

This new personality is Hatred. But, it’s also not the same as the other personalities. So, how exactly do the different personalities of Hantengu work? And what inferences can we make about Hantengu based on the information we have now? Well, for starters, Fear is the primary Hantengu personality (body).

Hantengu's Hatred Demon from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 7
Hantengu’s Hatred Demon

Fear was the original Hantengu body. When it got decapitated, it spawned Anger and Pleasure. And when those bodies got decapitated, they spawned Joy and Sorrow. But, despite Joy and Sorrow coming from Anger and Pleasure, these four appear to be on the same level. And as Tanjirou found out, decapitating these four doesn’t actually do anything.

So, how did Hatred spawn? Well, Hatred is actually the product of Anger, Pleasure, Joy, and Sorrow combining. Notably, Fear isn’t included in this combination. So, you could view Hatred as being Hantengu without Fear. If this is your interpretation, Hatred is the “perfect form” Hantengu.

However, Genya mentioned something interesting. He said Hatred spawned when Anger absorbed the other three. So, it could be that Hatred is like a powered-up Anger. If Sorrow was the one to absorb the other three, perhaps it would result in a Despair personality. We don’t have enough information yet.

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Oh No, Haganezuka Is Hot

After the introduction of the Hatred Demon, the rest of the episode was pretty boring. But, I need to write more for this review, so I’m still going to cover it. Next up, we have Hanagezuka’s face reveal.

When Tokitou ran into Gyokko, Gyokko was near a shack in the forest. And, that’s the very shack Tokitou was heading to. So, Tokitou not only had to try to defeat Gyokko, but also protect the shack in the process. This piqued Gyokko’s interest and made him wonder what was so important within the shack.

So, after trapping Tokitou in a water jar. Gyokko makes his way into the shack. And there, he finds Haganezuka hard at work restoring Tanjirou’s new blade. In case you don’t remember, this is the sword Tanjirou and Kotetsu found within the Yoriichi Type Zero. It’s over 300 years old, or something.

Gyokko getting mad at Haganezuka from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 7
Gyokko getting mad at Haganezuka

Apparently, this is an exceptional sword. Haganezuka was so invested in restoring it that he didn’t even notice Gyokko open the door to the shack. And he continued working on the sword even as Gyokko whipped his back with water attacks. Nothing was going to break Haganezuka’s concentration.

Of course, Gyokko could easily kill Haganezuka. But, as a fellow artist, he got mad that Haganezuka was concentrating more than he ever had on his own work. So, before killing Haganezuka, Gyokko becomes determined to break his concentration. Surely, that will prove that Gyokko is the best artist around.

Anyway, one of Gyokko’s attacks breaks Haganezuka’s mask and we get to see his face for the first time. I was expecting Haganezuka’s face to look the same as his mask. But, that wasn’t the case. Haganezuka is actually attractive beneath the mask. He’s more attractive than Inosuke, who looks more feminine.

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Tanjirou Is Literally Tokitou’s Dad

We now know why Muichirou Tokitou cared so much about the things Tanjirou said. Tanjirou reminds Tokitou of his father — whom Tokitou forgot on account of his amnesia. We still don’t know how Tokitou got amnesia, though.

Well, Tanjirou doesn’t look that much like Tokitou’s dad. The main physical similarity between the two is the color of their eyes — red. But, I think we can also assume that Tanjirou acts the same as Tokitou’s dad, as well. The things Tanjirou says are likely things Tokitou could imagine his dad saying.

And, for the first time, I’m now thinking about where Tokitou’s family is. In the ED for this season, we see Tokitou living with his family in the mountains. And according to his crow, he’s a descendant of the first Sun Breathing technique users. But, we know he uses Mist Breathing, instead.

Muichirou breaking out of Gyokko's water jar from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 7
Muichirou breaking out of Gyokko’s water jar

In my review of Episode 4, I was questioning when Tokitou lost his memories in relation to when he became a Hashira. It now seems likely that he lost his memories before becoming a Hashira. Specifically, I’m thinking he lost his memories at the same time he lost his family.

Tanjirou and Genya/Sanemi, Tokitou’s family probably got attacked by a demon. And my assumption is that this attack is what caused Tokitou to lose his memories. He may have lost them due to his physical injuries. Or, he may have lost them due to the psychological trauma of the event.

In either case, it seems to me like this is how his journey as a Demon Slayer began. And his reason for becoming a Demon Slayer is that he believes it will help him recover those lost memories. Now, thanks to Tanjirou, he’s one step closer.

Conclusion

What do you think of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 7? Do you think Hantengu has additional forms based on how his emotions combine? Is Haganezuka the hottest male character in the series? And do you think Tokitou will call Tanjirou “dad?” Let me know in the comments.

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