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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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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 1 Review

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 1 Review

Those Who Manifest the Mark

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 1 is the first episode of the fourth season. I know, it’s the fifth arc. But, the Mugen Train Arc isn’t a season. So, this is Season 4, not Season 5.

Now, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the previous two seasons. I thought the Entertainment District Arc was fine. And, I thought the Swordsmith Village Arc was good. But, I didn’t think either was amazing, as most people seem to. But, I do think that this arc is off to a very good start.

One of the things I like about this episode is how it introduces a new, mysterious twist. Previously, Tanjirou, Mitsuri, and Muichirou awoke special markings during combat that enhanced their abilities. Well, now we know a little more about those markings and what they mean.

The Hashira having a meeting from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 1
The Hashira having a meeting

The first swordsman to awaken these markings was the very first breathing technique user. And, when one person awakens these markings, others around them begin to as well. So, it’s thanks to Tanjirou that two of the Hashira had their awakenings. That’s kind of interesting. However, what’s more interesting is the drawback.

We don’t actually know what this drawback is. But, according to Amane Ubuyashiki, something (bad) happens to everyone who awakens the mark. The simple answer would be that they’re guaranteed to die. Though, that’s not very unique. Everyone’s going to die at some point and demon slayers accept that they’ll likely die in battle.

So, my prediction is that anyone who awakens the mark will become a demon. After all, one of the Upper Moons looks exactly like the first breathing technique user. I don’t remember if it’s confirmed that they’re the same person. But, if it’s not, it seems very obvious.

Nezuko Training Arc

Alright, so what’s the Hashira Training Arc all about? Based on the title, I assumed that it was going to be about Tanjirou, Zenitsu, and Inosuke training to become new Hashira. After all, there are only six Hashira now, down from eight at the start of the series.

That may be something that happens in this arc. But, what it’s primarily about is the Hashira training all of the members of the Demon Slayer Corps. The average member of the Demon Slayer Corps isn’t that strong — and that needs to change.

To remedy this, the current and retired Hashira are going to take turns training everyone. Each Hashira — except for Giyuu Tomioka — is going to focus on a different area. For example, Mitsuri is going to teach the demon slayers to be more flexible and Iguro is going to teach them to be faster.

Nezuko Kamado outside during the day from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 1
Nezuko Kamado outside during the day

Okay, so what about Giyuu? Why isn’t he helping out? He said something about “not being like” the other Hashira and left. Sanemi assumed Giyuu meant he thought he was better than them. But, I’m not so sure. I think Giyuu doesn’t want to awaken the marking for some reason.

The demon slayers aren’t the only ones getting training in this arc, though. Nezuko’s getting some training as well — not in combat, but in being a human. She’s learning to speak and act like a normal person again. By the end of the arc, she might be a regular character.

Is that for the best, though? I’ll admit that if Nezuko can think and communicate normally, she’ll be more interesting. But, that also kind of takes away what makes her character unique. Would she still be the Nezuko we know today? Or, would that change her?

To Defeat Muzan Kibutsuji

At the very end of Episode 1, Tamayo gets recruited into the Demon Slayer Corps. This is a big deal because Tamayo is a demon. Though, it might not seem like that big of a deal considering Nezuko’s situation.

Obviously, Tamayo and the Demon Slayer Corps are on the same side. They both want to eradicate demons but in different ways. The Demon Slayer Corps wants to kill them and Tamayo wants to cure them. However, that difference isn’t why they haven’t worked together before now.

The big thing that was stopping them from working together was that, as mentioned, Tamayo is a demon. Before the Demon Slayer Corps was aware of Nezuko, they didn’t believe demons could be “good.” They knew they could be sentient, as is the case with Kibutsuji and the Moons. But, good? No way.

Tamayo being recruited into the Demon Slayer Corps from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 1
Tamayo being recruited into the Demon Slayer Corps

Now, with all the progress Nezuko has made, it’s clear that not all demons are evil. Some still retain their humanity — with Tamayo being a prime example. But, how long before contacting Tamayo did the Demon Slayer Corps know about her? Did they only learn of her after Tanjirou became a demon slayer?

I don’t remember if Tanjirou told the leadership of the Demon Slayer Corps about her. From what we saw in this episode, her existence is still being kept secret from the average member of the organization. But, my assumption is that the Ubuyashiki clan has known about her for some time.

Tamayo hasn’t been killing humans, so there hasn’t been a reason for the demon slayers to target her. But, it does seem like they know a lot about her. And, the fact that they had to track her down implies that Tanjirou didn’t give up her location.

Final Thoughts

What do you think of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc Episode 1? What do you think happens to everyone who awakens the mark? Do you want Nezuko to become a demon who can communicate perfectly? And, do you think Tamayo being recruited into the Demon Slayer Corps is a trap?

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc

New Cast on the Block

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc is the 3rd season of the Demon Slayer anime. No, I’m not considering the Mugen Train Arc as an anime season — that’s an anime movie.

But, there’s a big change that comes with the Swordsmith Village Arc. Some characters we’ve come to know and hate love aren’t around anymore. That’s right, Zenitsu and Inosuke don’t appear in this season after the first episode. And, honestly, that might be the best thing about the arc.

Instead, Tanjirou and Nezuko find themselves with some new allies. Both Mitsuri Kanroji and Muichirou Tokitou are around to help this time. That’s right, not one, but two Hashira. And, Genya Shinazugawa is there too. You know, the loud kid with the mohawk who became a demon slayer alongside Tanjirou.

Mist Hashira Muichirou Tokitou from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc
Mist Hashira Muichirou Tokitou

Unfortunately, we didn’t trade Zenitsu and Inosuke for much better new characters. Muichirou doesn’t have a personality for the majority of the arc. Mitsuri is fine. And while Genya could have been cool, he has the same voice actor as Bakugo from My Hero Academia. I can’t help but see him as Bakugo every time he opens his mouth.

Of course, there are some new villains, as well. Since there are two Hashira in this arc, there are also two Upper Six demons. Gyokko is the Upper Five demon and Hantengu is the Upper Four demon. And, they’re not really anything special.

I’m not sure how Gyokko managed to become one of the Upper Six. And while Hantengu is strong, he’s not nearly as strong as we’ve been led to believe Upper Six demons should be. Or, it could be that the demon slayers are that much stronger than before.

Time to Pick Up the Pace

The first season of Demon Slayer was 26 episodes and our heroes defeated zero Upper Six demons. That makes sense, though since it was setting up the story. Then, there was the Mugen Train Arc, which was a movie that also involved defeating zero Upper Six demons.

The first defeat of an Upper Six demon came in the Entertainment District Arc, which was 11 episodes. This arc included the defeat of a single Upper Six demon, even though it was technically two demons. But, the Swordsmith Village Arc picked up the pace.

Like the previous arc, this one was also 11 episodes. However, it covered the defeat of two Upper Six Demons. This arc literally covered twice as much ground as the previous arc. And it looks like the pace is only going to keep speeding up from here.

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

This increase in pace has led to a few issues. It leaves less time for character and story development. And, to be clear, I’m not saying that the anime’s pacing is what’s increasing. As far as I understand it, this is the pace of the source material. I’m not trying to say this is a poor adaptation.

I’m going to focus on the lack of character development in the next section. But, what about story development? If the pace is increasing, doesn’t that mean the story is developing? Not exactly. We’re speeding through defeating the enemies. But, there’s not actually much story to accompany that.

Most of the plot progression came in the form of flashbacks. That’s how we learned of Tanjirou’s connection to one of the first Sun breathing users. And that’s also how we learned what Muzan Kibutsuji’s goal is. The majority of the present timeline content was fighting the Upper Six demons.

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Demon Slayer Backstories

So, character development. There was definitely some. For example, Tanjirou learned some new tricks, like how to imitate Lightning breathing. Also, Nezuko can exist under the sun now. And, of course, Muichirou got his memories (and personality) back.

There’s one character development area in which Demon Slayer consistently fails, though. Demon Slayer backstories are actually terrible. You can’t convince me otherwise. It’s a fact, not an opinion. Almost every single character’s backstory is boring. The only exception is the Muzan Kibutsuji. We got his backstory at the end of this arc.

So, aside from Muzan’s backstory, which character backstories did we get? We got Muichirou’s, Mitsuri’s, Genya’s, and Hantengu’s. And no, I didn’t miss listing Gyokko’s backstory. Despite being an Upper Six demon, we never got a backstory for Gyokko. Daki/Gyuutarou and Hantengu got backstories, though.

Genya, Tanjirou, Nezuko, Mitsuri, Kotetsu, and Muichirou from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc
Genya, Tanjirou, Nezuko, Mitsuri, Kotetsu, and Muichirou

Muichirou’s backstory is about as generic as it gets. His parents died in a storm and then a demon killed his twin brother. Muichirou killed the demon and was then taken in by the Demon Slayer Corps with amnesia.

Genya’s backstory is very similar. A demon also killed his family (except his older brother). But, the twist here is that the demon was their mother and it was Genya’s brother who killed her.

Both of those backstories are pretty boring. Of course they became demon slayers after demons killed their families. But, Mitsuri’s backstory is extremely boring. Why did she become a demon slayer? Because none of her potential suitors liked her hair color.

And then we have Hantengu’s backstory. He became a demon after being condemned to death for being a career criminal. It wasn’t a terrible backstory. But, when comparing it to Daki/Gyuutarou’s, it doesn’t stand up. Theirs is better.

Conclusion

Despite my complaints, I still gave Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc a 7/10. It’s good. But, I also don’t care about the plot or characters. It’s good in that it has action with animation that’s nice to look at. That’s the main reason I watch the series.

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 11

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 11

Defeating Hantengu of the Upper Six

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 11 was the last episode. The arc is over and both Gyokko and Hantengu are dead. But, Hantengu didn’t die as easily as Gyokko did. It took more than a single Hashira.

Mitsuri, Tanjirou, Nezuko, and Genya all had to work together to take Hantengu down. And, during this fight, we saw the final one of Hantengu’s demons. This was the Resentment demon, which Tanjirou mistook for the Hantengu’s real body. It looks a lot like the real body but isn’t small.

Anyway, there were two key parts to Hantengu’s defeat. The first was when Tanjirou awakened a new ability. Apparently, he can use a Sun breathing version of Lightning breathing. He copies Zenitsu’s attack but performs it with the Sun breathing technique. I’m not sure how that works, but it did.

Mitsuri Kanroji vs. Hantengu's Hatred Demon from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 11
Mitsuri Kanroji vs. Hantengu’s Hatred Demon

I’m also not sure if I prefer this over Tanjirou actually using Lightning breathing. On one hand, I’m glad Tanjirou doesn’t seem to be collecting more breathing techniques. Though, he kind of is. But, on the other, I’d be happy for him to use Lightning breathing if it meant Zenitsu never came back.

The second key part was when Tanjirou had to choose between Nezuko and some villagers. As the sun was rising, Nezuko was out in the open. Unless Tanjirou did something to save her, she’d burn up and die. But, Hantengu was also chasing after some villagers. So, who does Tanjirou save?

Of course, Tanjirou made the wrong choice and tried to save Nezuko. But, luckily, Nezuko knew what the right choice was. She kicked Tanjirou off her and in the direction of the villagers who needed saving. And with that, Nezuko burned up in the sun.

The Demon Who Conquered the Sun

Okay, so Nezuko didn’t actually burn up and die. She definitely burned. But, in the end, she was fine. And now, it looks like she can survive in the sunlight. So, I guess Tanjirou effectively accomplished his goal.

Well, Nezuko is still a demon, so he didn’t really accomplish his goal of turning her human again. But, a demon who can exist in the sunlight and also talk is pretty much a human. And yes, Nezuko can talk now. Though, she can’t speak very well and only says short phrases.

My main question about Nezuko is, was she always able to go out in the sunlight? Is that an inherent ability Nezuko has as a demon? Or was this something she developed over time? We don’t know since she had never been exposed to sunlight before.

Nezuko in the sunlight from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 11
Nezuko in the sunlight

We also know from Lady Tamayo that Nezuko’s blood can manage demon symptoms. Demons injected with her blood are able to live relatively normal lives. Though, I don’t remember Tamayo mentioning anything about them being able to go out during the day. Still, Nezuko’s blood has some special quality to it that helps demons retain their sense of self.

That’s a bit odd considering Nezuko’s sense of self still isn’t all there. She acts like a child much younger than she actually is. And, by comparison, the 12 Demon Moons all have much more defined senses of self. So, it’s not like having a sense of self is unique to “good” demons.

But, I’m curious to see how this is going to affect the story going forward. Is Nezuko going to play a larger role than she had been? It’s not like other demons are active during the day. So, we won’t see her fighting in the sunlight.

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Muzan Kibutsuji’s Curse

The most interesting part of Episode 11 was when we got to see Muzan’s backstory. It turns out, demons actually have a disease. And, that makes sense based on everything we already knew about them. Demons are people with a bloodborne disease.

That’s why people become demons when exposed to the blood of other demons. And that’s why Nezuko’s blood can help with demon symptoms — she has some kind of antibody. It doesn’t eradicate the disease. It’s like how there’s no cure for HIV, but there are treatments to control it.

So, 1,000 years ago, Muzan was a normal human. Well, he was a very wealthy human. And as a human, Muzan had a disease that kept him mostly confined to his room. Though, at that point, he could still be in the sunlight. And that’s thanks to a doctor he had at the time.

Muzan Kibutsuji in the Edo period from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 11
Muzan Kibutsuji 1,000 years ago

Muzan’s doctor gave him a medicine called blue tiger lily, which used a flower by the same name. However, since Muzan never got better, he assumed the doctor was a quack and killed him. But, after killing the doctor, he realized that the doctor was actually saving him.

You see, without the medicine, Muzan’s symptoms only got worse. Eventually, he became the demon we know him as today. And, it turns out that Muzan’s ultimate goal is to cure his demon disease — at least to an extent. He’s searching for the blue tiger lily so he can make more medicine.

But, that’s not the only thing he was searching for. You see, he actually likes the power he received from being a demon. The thing he doesn’t like is being confined to the night. So, he was searching for a demon who can withstand sunlight.

Conclusion

What do you think of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 11? Do you want to see Tanjirou master more breathing techniques? How do you feel about Nezuko being able to talk now? And did you like Muzan’s backstory? Let me know in the comments.

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 10

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 10

Love Hashira Mitsuri Kanroji

It’s finally Mitsuri Kanroji’s time to shine. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 10 was all about her. And, the biggest takeaway from this episode is that Mitsuri is very strong. Like, she might actually be the strongest of the Hashira.

Before this episode, I never would have guessed Mitsuri was so strong. I assumed that she was going to struggle to defeat Hantengu. Surely, she couldn’t beat him as easily as Muichirou beat Gyokko, right? Well, it’s looking like she’s going to have an even more decisive victory.

So, what makes Mitsuri so strong? There are a few factors that go into her strength. But, the first one is that she’s literally built different. Despite her appearance, Mitsuri has insane physical strength. And that’s due to her muscles being far denser than those of the average person (anime logic).

Love Hashira Mitsuri Kanroji from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 10
Love Hashira Mitsuri Kanroji

This unique musculature has multiple benefits. For starters, it likely helps when she needs to decapitate a strong demon. But, it also means she can tank hits that would kill the average person. And, it allows her to move much faster than normal. She has no problem keeping up with Hantengu’s attacks.

The second factor that goes into Mitsuri’s strength as a Hashira is her Nichirin blade. In Episode 5, we learned that the Swordsmith Village chief is the one who forged it for her. And being the chief, he’s the most skilled swordsmith in the village. So, she has a superior blade.

And, the third factor is that Mitsuri has the special mark of the Love Breathing technique. At this point, we still don’t know how one acquires a breathing technique mark. We don’t even know what it means. But, what’s clear is that it enhances the bearer’s capabilities.

Mitsuri Will Never Find Love

What’s interesting about Mitsuri’s backstory in this episode is what it doesn’t tell us. It doesn’t tell us why she decided to become a demon slayer. But, that’s because we already know why. She told us back in Episode 1.

In case you forgot, Mitsuri joined the demon slayer corps to find a husband. She wants to marry someone stronger than she is. And the strongest people she knows of are the Hashira. So, she joined the demon slayers and worked her way up to Hashira just to meet strong men.

But, before becoming a demon slayer, Mitsuri never had much luck with romance. And it’s not because she couldn’t find a man strong enough to protect her. It’s because no men wanted to be with her once they met her. Her hair is a weird color, she has superhuman strength, and she eats a lot.

Mitsuri Kanroji with her hair dyed black from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 10
Mitsuri Kanroji with her hair dyed black

In an attempt to finally find a husband, Mitsuri decided to change herself. She dyed her hair black, started eating less, and didn’t show off her strength. But, in the end, she realized that she didn’t want to have to hide who she was.

The part where we saw Mitsuri dying her hair black really surprised me. We see this black-haired Mitsuri crying and running away in the ED. Because of that, I thought that was her natural hair color. I figured she dyed it pink and green. But, apparently, it’s the other way around.

As a demon slayer, Mitsuri finally found people (other than her family) who accept her. And, it looks like Iguro, the Serpent Hashira, might actually love her. He gave her socks and said he’d give her a new pair if they get torn. If that isn’t love, I don’t know what is.

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Snacking on Demons

While Mitsuri being super strong was the biggest surprise of the episode, it wasn’t the only one. We finally know how Genya Shinazugawa can turn himself into a demon. All he has to do is eat the flesh of a demon.

The stronger the demon he eats, the stronger he becomes and the longer the effect lasts. The first time we saw Genya’s demon form was right after he ate part of Hantengu’s Sorrow body. And in Episode 10, we see him eat part of the wood created by Hantengu’s Hatred body.

Of course, there are still a lot of things we don’t know about this ability Genya has. For example, how was he able to survive multiple fatal wounds before transforming? Did that have something to do with his demon ability? Or, is he just a sturdy guy?

Genya Shinazugawa eating demon flesh (wood) from the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 10
Genya Shinazugawa eating demon flesh (wood)

Another question I have is, how does Genya normally use this ability? Does he go into every fight with a demon trying to take a bite of it? Does he seek out a weaker demon first to eat before fighting stronger demons? Or, does he carry around a supply of demon parts to eat when he needs to?

Actually, teaming up with Nezuko seems like it would be a huge buff to Genya’s abilities. She could give him some of her blood to drink or a body part to eat. Since Nezuko can recover from her injuries, Genya will get a stat boost and Nezuko loses nothing.

I wonder if we’re actually going to see that happen in the season finale. Considering the timing of the reveal about Genya’s ability, that could be what happens. He’s with Nezuko (and Tanjirou) right now. And with Nezuko’s power, Genya may be able to decapitate Hantengu.

Conclusion

What do you think of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Episode 10? Do you think Mitsuri is the strongest of the Hashira? Did you think Mitsuri’s natural hair color was black or pink? And, do you expect Genya’s demon transformation to be unique to him? Or can anyone do it? Let me know in the comments.

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