Where To Next?
Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 26
As this episode opened I could not help but lament what might have been if this series had stuck with the dark and ominous tone that seems to permeate any scene where we actually get Kibutsuji. I’d have loved this anime so much more if that tone had been more consistent because it is in those moments, and in the moments of extreme action, that I love Demon Slayer the most. The rest of the anime is a little… well I’m going to be honest, I find a lot of it quite irritating.
However, the opening sequence here with the demons of the lower six, the five left at least, being terrified in a strange space that amusingly reminded me of David Bowie in the Labyrinth though I guess they were going for M.C. Escher, with the new appearance of Kibutsuji as he mercilessly whittled them down just worked. Throw in a sound track that perfectly fit the tone of the sequence and you have a scene that will be one of my favourites from the whole series.
I do have to wonder though if Kibutsuji kills off his own demons is there any need for demon slayers. And if he’s literally the only one who can make demons then do they only exist in Japan? Also, why kill off arguable the second strongest group of demons rather than killing off demons that haven’t even made it into his little club? Okay, the organisation of the demons is at least as confusing and non-nonsensical as the demon slayers so I’m just going to admit that I shouldn’t think too hard about Kimetsu no Yaiba as very little really holds up to much scrutiny.
However, all good things must come to an end and soon we are back with the idiot trio preparing to head off on their next mission. Actually, Tanjiro isn’t a total idiot, but when he’s sandwiched between Zenitsu and Inosuke the end result is something that continues to leave a sour taste in my mouth and I can’t help but want the other two to be unceremoniously run over by the train or picked off by the next demon they encounter. Seems unlikely as for whatever reason they have stuck in this story, but they really do bring the whole tone of the show crashing down.
And that’s where we end. The three board a train with Nezuko still strapped to Tanjiro’s back and they are off. Given the movie announcement I guess we’ll find out what happens next and I don’t doubt this one will get a season two. Honestly, I’m very mixed though in my reaction to that. There are parts of this anime I’ve truly loved but other parts where I’ve just wanted to walk away. I guess I’ll see what my mood is when it comes out and then decide.
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Images from: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Dir. H Sotozaki. Ufotable. 2019.