Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Review Episode 8

Not All Demons Are Created Equal

Episode 8

After the dramatic conclusion to the last episode this episode hit the brakes pretty hard but that actually works out well. Rather than forcing a confrontation between Kibutsuji and Tanjiro 8 episodes in Tanjiro is held up holding down the newly turned demon and Kibutsuji walks away with his family. However, both know that isn’t the end of things.

I do find his family man act to be more chilling than when he is actually being a vicious demon and killing people.

The majority of the rest of the episode is Tanjiro collecting Nezuko from the udon shop and then sitting down for a talk with a demon who is apparently also a doctor and discussing the possibility of finding a cure provided Tanjiro is willing to help her collect demon blood. That could have been pretty dull except for the fact that prior to this we saw Kibutsuji losing his cool and slaughtering three humans who just happened to be walking along in an alley before he sends two demons after Tanjiro.

Also, the conversation was kept fairly interesting because of Nezuko. And no, she didn’t join in the conversation at all but throughout it she was lying on her back and kicking her legs in the air or holding tightly to Tanjiro’s hand. She was so adorable it was almost easy to forget she’s a demon who may have been brainwashed.

Cutest demon ever.

There were a few questions that I ended up with though. For instance, how does the demon doctor know that Nezuko slept for two years? It wasn’t really raised in the conversation and she didn’t indicate that she had any other information source so her pointing out Nezuko’s unique traits as a demon didn’t make a lot of sense prior to having a chance to actually examine her.

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That one might just end up being a hole in the story but the other question I had was about Kibutsuji’s flashback to an exorcist wearing the same earrings as Tanjiro. We hadn’t been given any indication prior that his earrings were anything significant but it now seems like maybe there’s some history. In which case, wouldn’t Tanjiro have known more about demons? Or maybe there’s a bunch of stuff we’re missing at the moment.

Oh yes, these two.

Anyway, the episode ends again on a cliff-hanger which is pretty standard for Demon Slayer at this point and fairly standard for shounen in general so I guess we’ll see what happens next week with the demons who’ve shown up to attack. Then again, if the doctor lady wants demon blood it looks like two donors have literally just dropped in to her house.


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6 thoughts on “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Review Episode 8

      1. Lisa Leslie used to play in the WNBA. She’s was a great basketball player. I was comparing her to the ball throwing demon and—
        *Bang!*
        Oh, looks like I killed the joke. Oh well, they all can’t be winners.

  1. Kibutsuji has certainly had one of the more dramatic and intimidating villain introductions I’ve seen in a while. I’m genuinely looking forward to his next appearance. I also spotted that plot hole with the Doctor, which hopefully will get some explanation next time, though, personally, what I’m hoping for more is something from Nezuko other than cuteness or action because the way this show uses her is quickly becoming the only problem I have with Demon Slayer.

    1. I’m not minding Nezuko but I haven’t really seen her as a character. She’s more a cute mascot at this point. It would be nice if she did develop into a character at some point though.

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