Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Review Episode 18


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Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 18

I’d really like it if all the would-be horror anime took a good long look at episode 18 of Kimetsu no Yaiba. Largely because here is how you do a night time episode that legitimately looks dark but still makes the characters and actions clear through nice contrasts. Sure it is dark and intimidating and the features on the spider demon guy aren’t clear, but you can clearly see where he is on the screen and what he’s about to do. Likewise for the other characters. There’s no squinting and peering at darkened blurs and hoping that when the action finishes someone lets you know what happened.

See, no confusion. I can tell that Inosuke is about to die. Nice and clear.

Once again, Demon Slayer is showing off its very shounen roots. While Tanjiro is a more reflective hero than we might normally see in this type of story, this episode is exactly what we are used to seeing. A fight finished last week with the character still injured and awaiting assistance and two other characters mid-fight when one gets blown away and then has to fight someone else before he can go to the aid of his friend. And then the whole thing ends on a cliff-hanger.


However, Demon Slayer is at its best in this type of situation. When Tanjiro is facing down demons and in the midst of battle. The pace, the visuals, the atmosphere all just perfectly synchronise to make for a compelling and fun viewing experience.

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Throw in the fact that Zenitsu is too poisoned at this point to really speak and Inosuke in a life or death battle doesn’t really have time to be overly obnoxious, and we get to see pretty much the best this anime has to offer and it is great. The problem is going to come once they finally finish this and whether either Zenitsu or Inosuke manage to remain interesting and not revert to being an incredibly unnecessary and annoying element in the show.

I’m still wondering if her arrival is a good thing.

The two older demon slayers have however finally arrived and I guess someone is going to go and save Tanjiro next episode. Though the real question would be why Nezuko has remained in her box the entire time. Also, why hasn’t Tanjiro put it down. Surely fighting with the box on his back is an incredible hindrance? Sure, the mountain is dangerous but fighting with a handicap seems really silly right at the moment.

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5 thoughts on “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Review Episode 18

    1. Yes, it has been awhile since she has been relevant. Her last appearance was fleeting and largely pointless and lately she’s just been in the box. It would be very cool to see her jump on out and save Tanjiro but I somehow don’t think that’s going to happen.

    1. It is definitely picking up again. There was a bit of a low point when they first introduced a couple of the characters but now that we’re back to demon slaying this anime is very fun to watch. I’m cautious though because if every time they aren’t in life threatening danger they are annoying me my overall view of the anime isn’t going to be a ringing endorsement. Still, the fight sequences in this are well worth the watch and when the characters are focused on an enemy it definitely brings out the best in them.

      1. Well it will probably be a while before it becomes available for me too, but I will keep my eyes open for it. Look forward to seeing it, as I usually love animes such as these 😊

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