Posted by Lenlo on 15 July 2019 with categories: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Another week, the start of another arc in Kimetsu no Yaiba. This week our trio start to grow, we meet some new villains and some old characters make a return. Hope your not afraid of spiders, cause we have whole host to get through. Lets go!

As far as production goes, I think this was one of Yaiba’s weakest weeks. Part of that is just that there wasn’t really any combat. There was some basic sword swinging, but no true fights. So there wasn’t anything for Yaiba to really go all in on. This isn’t to say it was bad, I still enjoy Yaiba’s artstyle. The thick black lines is right up my alley, helps make things pop and make it clear between objects. Yaiba also had some interesting CGI segments. From the first person walking through the mountain to Inosuke’s Beast Breathing. These were both interesting, thought obviously CGI, but Yaiba did a good job here I feel. CGI works well for detailed environments, its just character models that anime still seems to be lagging on. Still, enough about boring production. Lets get onto the actual story.

As for the actual story, I stand by what I said last week. That the new team members work better in a trio than individually. Each of them brought out different sides to each other. However, that doesn’t mean they are perfect. A lot of the comedy/interactions were hit or miss. For instance, this week I found Inosuke to be a lot better, where as Zenitsu had reverted a bit. Going back to whining and womanizing. I understand character development takes time, I am not expecting him to be perfect immediately. However that doesn’t change the fact that his initial character was rather… annoying. Inosuke on the other hand actually seemed like more of a character this week. Showing more personality than “I want to fight”.

For me, Inosuke was the highlight of the episode actually. His interactions with civilization forcing him to learn and confront new things. Such as civility, praise and dare I say it, friendship. Seeing him preen at the old woman or Tanjiro’s praise. Or ask questions about why the old woman was praying, because he doesn’t understand. Even taking jabs at the dead Slayers, laughing that they don’t know Demon Slayers aren’t allowed to fight each other. It paints a very different picture for his backstory than previously thought. I am sure Inosuke is at least a bit of a dick, but he also has absolutely no idea how to interact with society. And I found this a little endearing. At least more so than Zenitsu this week. Now I just need his voice to be a tad less grating and we will be good to go.

Moving on from our lead party, it looks like we will also be seeing the return of Giyu. The Demon Slayer from the start of the series who let Nezuko go. Sending Tanjiro to Urokodaki to train. I like this, this is a reunion I was hoping for but didn’t expect to see this season. I assumed that would happen far later. But getting to have Giyu see Tanjiro’s progress, that the decision he made wasn’t wrong? I just love seeing the consequences of a characters actions earlier in the series and having them react to them. On top of that, it looks like we get a new girl, Shinobu, as well. Someone who shares Tanjiro’s care for the Demons and doesn’t hate/want to kill them all. There’s a chance its all setup and shes actually a psycho. But right now, I am hoping for another loveable character.

Aside from them, it also looks like we are about to meet 5 new demons. The perfect number for our trio/2 new Slayers to fight. 1 for each. A veritable family of spider themed Demons! Ill be honest, this is going to be a little sketchy for me, because of my irrational dislike of spiders. They have far to many legs for my taste. As an enemy design though, I think it could work well. The number of enemies is enough to ensure a longer format arc than what we have gotten until now. The abilities seem to run counter to our various members. Preying on Tanjiro’s kindness and Inosuke’s straight-forwardness. No doubt one will prey on Zenitu;s womanizing, with our two more experienced Slayers coming in to save the day. Regardless, I am looking forward to this arc.

So all in all, how was the episode? Not exactly a high-point for the series, but I wouldn’t call it bad. Yaiba continues to be a very competent Shounen. Not breaking the mold like HunterxHunter often did, nor embracing its tropes to the extreme in the way One Punch Man does. It’s just a very competent, well crafted Shounen with maybe a slight pacing problem. As it burns through arcs like no ones business. Sometimes this works really well, skipping some boring aspects of early training arcs. However other times, like last arc, it leads to rushed villains and rushed plot lines. As a whole I still enjoy it. I think it’s a flawed yet fun series, and I love Shounen. I just hope this and the ending arc give us a solid place to close its first season.

2 Responses

  1. Avatar Jimtim says:

    Good observations on inosuke. I liked his character from the go but they really do well in showing how his upbringing impacted his personality. The music was greats in this episode and I think next week will have good animation since shit is about to go down

    • Avatar Lenlo says:

      The music was good, yeah. Music is one of those things that outside of a few select tracks, you generally dont notice when its done well. Cause it augments the scene instead of taking it over. I need to pay more attention to that.

      Next week is looking like a good time fight wise though. 5 Demons, 5 Slayers, and a bunch of interesting powers/concepts. I can’t wait. Yaiba has done good with powers and fight choreography so far. So this is another good chance to stretch that muscle.

      For Inosuke, and Zenitsu a bit to, I think the issue is Yaiba dialed them up to 11. Like it does a lot of things. Its going to make their growth clear, and it makes them memorable. I am just not sure coming on so strong was necessarily the best choice. But Inosuke is definitely moving up for me with these small character moments. I think Yaiba is doin him well.

Leave a Reply

Star Crossed Anime Blog

13 User(s) Online Join Server

Featured Posts

Fire Force 12 – Eve of Hostilities in Asakusa

Welcome back to Beni town!  After a two week break, Fire Force has awkwardly picked back up with its penultimate episode (for the first cour).  Missed Shinra and the gang?  Unfortunately, there’s some Catgirl this week, but aside from that, we have another solid effort all around.  Let’s get into it!

Vinland Saga – 14 [The Light of Dawn]

This is a big week for Vinland. One of the best episodes, not just of the season, but the year for me. So many things just came together to really nail it. As this week Askeladd makes us question who we are rooting for, and really throws the brutality of war in our face. Let’s […]

Mononoke – 10 [Goblin Cat, Part 1] – Throwback Thursday

Hello all, apologies for the delay, and welcome to the final arc of Mononoke! This is perhaps the most unique one yet. As we skip forward to a modern era, set the entire thing in a single location, and have ourselves a murder mystery. So, lets dive in! Right off the bat, as always, I […]

Vinland Saga – 12/13 [The Land on the Far Bank/Child of a Hero]

Hello again everyone and welcome to a double feature for Vinland Saga. Apologies for the missed week, but even I am not totally immune to sickness. So this week we cover episodes 12 and 13. Where we learn quite a bit about Askeladd, Canute finds his voice and winter starts to turn. In we go! […]

Dr.STONE – 14 [Master of Flame]

And so begins the 2nd cour of Dr.STONE, complete with a whole new OP and everything. However for us, we are just picking up right where we left off. With Kinro’s fight, Senku’s science and an old friend returned. Let’s dive in! In general I think this week was better than the last. Yes, the […]

Mononoke – 9 [Japanese Chimera, Part 2] – Throwback Thursday

And so ends another arc of Mononoke, in a way I never would have expected. As this week we solve a murder mystery, once again question our perceptions of the world, and get another new “favorite arc”. Apologies for the wait, sickness waits for no man, but let’s dive in. Starting off, as always, the […]

Lord El-Melloi II Sei no Jikenbo: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note – 13 [FINAL]

I can’t help but feel disappointed when the epilogue of  Lord El-M skips the entirety of the epic use of Rhongomyniad, and Hecatic Wheel smashing into each other. It doesn’t make for an exciting climax when the antagonist just simply teleports away before those two noble phantasm meet each other in a violent explosion. I […]

DanMachi2 – 12 [ Goddess/Child (Song of Love) ] FINAL

DanMachi2 is the kid in class who everyone knows is smarter than their grades reflect.  If only they would get it together and take things seriously.  In the finale of this mess of a second season, DanMachi finally rouses itself and delivers an episode worth watching.

Dr.STONE – 13 [Masked Warrior]

This is a difficult week for Dr.STONE, with what it has to follow up. Everything from production to the story just couldn’t seem to meet the same highs. As we start the Grand Bout, progress the cure-all and Kinro learns a thing or two about science. Let’s dive in! Starting off, I hate to do […]

Latest Reviews

Mix: Meisei Story Review – 75/100

Mix is, by my count, the eighth Mitsuru Adachi work to be adapted to animation. I’ve only seen one of the other seven, so it may not be my place to say this, but Mix probably ranks around the middle of those eight. Its main cast is complex, but the non-baseball players among them slip […]

DanMachi2 Anime Review – 40/100

“Is it Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon” burst onto the anime scene as something of a B-tier cult classic.  2015 saw Season 1 massively outperform expectations  – ignoring the occasionally shoddy animation – to bring excitement and mostly fan service (and the cosplayer favorite: the Hestia ribbon).  Now, four years later, the […]

Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime Review – 80/100

It’s hard to find a more ubiquitous genre in anime than Shounen. Maybe romance/moe-blobs, but it’s a close race. With series like One Piece and until recently Naruto, being a constant presence each season/year. Often this makes it difficult for newer series to break into the anime market in a meaningful way. With the recent […]

Youjo Senki Movie Review – 85/100

Outside of a very few exceptions, I have come to despise the isekai genre with its predominantly self-inserted overpowered male protagonists, massive harems, fan-service bait and overused fantasy settings. Youjo Senki is none of those things and it has gained a very special place in my heart where it features the combined arms of a […]

Fate/Stay Night Heaven’s Feel – II Lost Butterfly Anime Review – 91/100

Long time no see and strap in cause this is going to be a long one. I will preface this review with the assumption that you have seen the first movie of this trilogy and this movie as well as the assumption that whomever is reading this knows what a command spell is. So basically […]

Serial Experiments Lain Anime Review – 78/100 – Throwback Thursday

Serial Experiments Lain is weird. It is a series unlike any other, wholly unique in anime, both modern and historical. Every aspect of it, from presentation to narrative, is best described as an experience. It is because of this that I believe Lain is a must watch, if only to experience a piece of anime […]

Penguin Highway (2018) Movie Review – 89/100

You’re walking along in your neighborhood, going about your daily routine. It’s a fine morning. The sun is shining brightly. But suddenly, you see something strange. You squint your eyes; even rub them, to make sure it isn’t a mirage before exclaiming with excitement, “Oh, look. It’s a bird. No, it’s a plane! No no. […]

One Punch Man Season 2 Anime Review – 34/100

Often at the start of one of these reviews, I will wax philosophical about a series. Attempting to slowly draw you, the reader, in to whatever topic or anime I am discussing in that review. This time, none of that. This time, I have to come out and say from the beginning, that One Punch […]

Dororo Anime Review – 55/100

In the modern anime sphere, getting a complete story, start to finish, is a rare thing. As is getting an adaptation for an older work. Dororo however has, through the grace of Twin Engine, managed to get both of these. Based on the 1967 manga of the same name by legendary Mangaka Osamu Tezuka, Dororo […]