Tears and Tantrums Won’t Get The Job Done
Demon Slayer Episode 11
They aren’t going to let this broken leg thing go. In point of fact they are going to double down and deliberately bring it back up with Tanjiro explaining to Zenitsu that he won’t be able to fight at full strength because he has a broken leg. Points to Demon Slayer for having conviction but we’re going to have to deduct a few points for logic and common sense. Even in a fantasy about demon slaying I draw the line at seeing a character running around who claims to have a broken leg.
However, outside of the ongoing blunder that is the way this anime is choosing to deal with character injuries, the birds are utterly adorable. I kind of fell in love with Zenitsu’s sparrow, which is kind of a good thing given Zenitsu himself is an irritant on every level.
I don’t know. He’s one of those characters that from the minute they are introduced I loathe and just want him to die quickly and quietly off screen, but I kind of already know, given his presence in the OP and ED that he’s just not planning to go away. The crying and screaming, blubbering and instant turns to despair are all just hard to take and even if they are playing it for laughs it is missing the mark for me and just pushing me out of my comfortable enjoyment I was having with this show prior to now.
But, so it isn’t all doom and gloom, Tanjiro and Zenitsu go on a mission together and find a house with a demon inside where a boy was apparently dragged in. The younger brother and sister waiting outside implore Tanjiro to rescue him and being a soft touch he agrees. However, even before we step foot inside the house we’re exposed to the horror within as a bleeding man leaps to his death from an upstairs window. It isn’t pretty but it is very effective at setting the tone for what is to come.
All and all this makes this episode very imbalanced as we swing between moments that are pretty awesome and then moments that threaten to break the immersion within the story. Hopefully Kimetsu no Yaiba can weather this rough patch and find its feet again because so far there’s been plenty to enjoy in this anime.
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Images from: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Dir. H Sotozaki. Ufotable. 2019.