I asked and you voted - it is time to reveal the reader's choice for 2019's Anime of the Year. This one was definitely surprising.
This was an anime that I really loved early on but Demon Slayer has some tonal inconsistencies and pacing issues that certainly hinder truly just enjoying this ride.
Episode 26 gives our long absent villain some much needed screen time and also sends Tanjiro and co back out and onto their next mission. Not exactly an episode that ties up loose ends so much as one deliberately ensuring that viewers come back for the movie and I guess the inevitable second season.
Recovery and Training Kimetsu no Yaiba Episodes 24 + 25 We are almost at the end of the first season of Demon Slayer and it seems we have a theme of Tanjiro training to get stronger. Nezuko sleeps through the whole two episodes, Zenitsu and Inosuke flee from the training until later in the piece, … Continue reading Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Review Episodes 24 + 25
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. … Continue reading Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Review Episode 23
As our first real look inside the demon slaying corps this wasn't really an impressive showing. More like the tropes of every other weird organisation with 'eccentric' personalities thrown together and acting fairly irrationally which just kind of undermines the credibility of the organisation continuing. That isn't to say there was nothing to like this week in Demon Slayer, more that I kind of wanted more.
The problem with weekly viewing is it makes some sections feel like they take forever. For instance, we've now been watching Rui die for nearly three weeks and while it actually amounts to about 30 minutes of actual run-time, spread over three episodes as it has been I get the distinct impression I'm not the only viewer who feels a little over it.
Tanjiro put up a brave fight but determination alone isn't going to be enough. Finally, after many episodes watching the new demon slayers struggling, the older generation are finally swooping in to wrap up this fight. And it was absolutely spectacular to watch.
Well, we get a reveal that the enemy isn't what we thought and then not one, but two spontaneous hero power ups based on a mid-battle flash back. Gotta love the diligence with which they pile in the shonen cliches, but much like the earlier part of the season, this week Demon Slayer shows us how to use these standard tropes and still deliver a stand out episode.
"Don't die" is Tanjiro's advice to Inosuke as he sails through the air this week. However this advice will prove easier said than done for all three of the young demon slayers as their battle on the mountain against the spider family continues. Demon Slayer continues to pick itself back up with an excellent episode leaving us once again on a cliff-hanger.