It’s The Inconsistency That Kills
Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 23
Demon Slayer and I are just going to be at odds at times. There are moments where I truly love this show and the characters, and other moments where it annoys me so much I just want to shut the lap top and walk away. Fortunately the overall balance is on episode where the characters shine but this episode, by and large, focused on the aspects of the show that I find either less interesting or irritating and I definitely found myself counting down the minutes.
That doesn’t mean there weren’t any moments within the episode that I enjoyed. For instance, Nezuko’s flashback as she struggled with the temptation of blood felt warranted and seeing her make a clear choice was good, though realising she’s still being influenced by hypnosis makes it less impressive. Actually, every Tanjiro/Nezuko moment in this episode was pretty solid and the end of the episode with Tanjiro talking to Nezuko as she falls asleep was a lovely soft moment.
Unfortunately, these moments are squeezed in around more of what passes for ‘comedy’ in this show, annoying characters, and an attempt to legitimise the demon slayer organisation with a kind of meeting. None of which was particularly entertaining and I wonder when anime is going to realise that one person naming all the people present doesn’t actually mean the audience is going to bother remembering a single one of those names. Assassination Classroom is about the only anime I’ve watched where one person naming everyone else worked beautifully and that’s because of when and where that happened but I won’t spoil it because that’s an awesome moment to watch.
Anyway, Tanjiro does get reunited with Inosuke and Zenitsu and well, these two haven’t changed. When they aren’t in a life threatening situation they are so annoying I want to drop them into one. I think the key to making me not hate Zenitsu is actually put him in a situation that warrants his hysteria and in a situation where he can occasionally do something amazing that makes up for all the rest of it. Him resting is just asking for him to be ridiculously annoying.
Apparently we have three episodes left and I wonder what they intend to finish this series on for the season? Clearly it won’t actually end but it would be nice to end on a high note given when this show is good it is very good.
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Images from: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Dir. H Sotozaki. Ufotable. 2019.