The Battle of the Screamers Begins
Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 14
I think I preferred it when Tanjiro was alone. Zenitsu and the boar headed guy (who’s name I’ve forgotten almost instantly) are really, insufferably, hard to take as they scream and antagonise their way through every scene this week. Admittedly, with the injuries all the characters were carrying, some down time was needed, but with the absence of a demonic threat to fight that just put their personalities on full display and wow are they annoying.
Maybe they’ll find some balance further down the line but for now my enjoyment of Demon Slayer is decreasing in direct proportion to the screen time those two characters are getting and as we had no scenes of Tanjiro alone or even quiet respites from the others, there was very little that was really enjoyable this week.
Admittedly, watching Tanjiro clobber the boar headed guy in the face with a head butt was pretty entertaining in its own way but that doesn’t make up for a whole episode.
But, to be fair, they did put the boar guy’s fighting style on full display in his bout with Tanjiro and he’s got some great moves. It was a really interesting fight. Now if only he’d stop speaking.
The animation remains fantastic. I’ve gained more and more respect for Tanjiro as a character the series has gone on. Nezuko is still the cutest demon ever, though Latina over on Uchi no Musume may be giving her a run for her money this season.
However, they are going to have to balance these characters out soon or I just don’t think I’ll be having all that much fun with Demon Slayer if it continues like this.
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Images from: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Dir. H Sotozaki. Ufotable. 2019.