Are We All Over Rui Yet?
Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 21
We have a pacing issue here. After the last wo episodes were just nicely done, with the exception of Rui’s flashback sequence, this episode starts with nearly ten minutes of Rui dying and flash back. The character is already dead. We’ve already had flash backs. While this does give us a bit of a reminder about Muzan it isn’t enough to justify the time given to it and the whole sequence isn’t emotional enough given we’ve already ceased to be invested in the character who is slowly disintegrating. This flashback would have worked better about two weeks ago when we might have still cared.
However, while half the episode feels like down time, the rest of the episode moves along nicely with Tomioka Giyuu recognising Tanjiro and then defending Tanjiro and Nezuko from Kocho’s attack. It is a tense moment because we’ve always kind of wondered about the logistics of a demon slayer travelling with a demon and Kocho is pretty adamant that she’s going to kill Nezuko and that Giyuu is breaking the rules by getting in her way.
There’s also confirmation of something someone told me about Nezuko actually being able to change size, which makes her fitting in the backpack make more sense, given Nezuko shrinks to avoid being killed by another demon slayer. Why it has taken 21 episodes for this fact to actually be clearly presented in the anime I do not know. This might have made a lot of things make more sense if it had been made obvious earlier. Given how many times they remind us Tanjiro has a great sense of smell, surely they could have slipped in a ‘by the way, did Nezuko shrink?’ comment just to actually clarify.
Meanwhile, the demon slayer corps have really taken charge and all three of the characters we’ve been following have been taken into their charge. Zenitsu is wrapped like a mummy as part of ‘treatment’. Inosuke has realised he might not be that strong afterall. And Tanjiro… well I guess we’ll find out next week how things are going to work out for him and Nezuko.
So a mixed bag of an episode. It wraps up the events on the mountain nicely and transitions us to the next thing with a wonderful moment with the sun rising on the characters. Hard to believe everything happened in just one night but we’ve been jumping between characters so it kind of makes sense. Looking forward to what is coming, and again, if binge watching, this episode probably wouldn’t be a problem as there wouldn’t be a week gap between Rui’s head being removed and his flashback.
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