Such progress, much growth. That episode was amazing.
There weren’t any gory demon attacks or life threatening battles, that episode solely showcased Tanjiro’s growth from regular person to a full fledged demon slayer, and I loved how it approach it.
We got to see the growth of a character, Tanjiro, through his improvement in his training but also in meeting people who helped him reach his goal, becoming a demon slayer. Tanjiro didn’t suddenly become an adept fighter that can rival super strong demons, we saw him climb all the echelons and rightfully earn the power he sought, as opposed to getting it from plot armor or some other by passing method.
I enjoyed his personal take on his training, throughout it all, he was writing to Nezuko what it felt like to train during that year under Mr. Urokodaki, and noted his own strengths, weaknesses and improvements. The little commentaries he made were funny, but it made his character a lot more personal and opened him up to us a little and I think that was great.
Also, I liked how the story is keeping us in the dark about the remainder of the demon slayers and its leader(s). It creates a mysterious atmosphere that makes you wonder and will keep you coming back. Mr. Urokodaki also told Tanjiro about how the life of a demon slayer isn’t just looking cool while slaying demons, he described all of the dark truths about putting your mortal life on line and such, and really set the tone for what Tanjiro needs to know going forward and for us as well.
Now, let’s talk about Sabito and Makomo. Although they appeared for about 10 secs, I loved them. Makomo was so sweet, no wonder Tanjiro was blushing. Sabito had a tough front at first, but once the mask was off, you could see a face and a smile just as sweet as Makomo. These two may not have had much screen time, but their input was certainly felt by Tanjiro and me as well. I thought using them as a way to hone Tanjiro skill and have his final showdown with Sabito merged with slicing the boulder was simply awesome. I hope these characters come back in the future.
I liked this anime ever since the first episode, but I like it a lot more now. Even though I’m so used to this particular trope, the story is appealing and its characters are interesting enough to keep me coming back. Looking forward to more.