Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: Entertainment District Arc: Stay Flashy

This show just finished and it has been burning as red hot as Tanjiro’s sword! After the enjoyable but re-hashed Mugen Train arc, we have now moved into new territory with the next arc in the series and we are back to everything people love. But how much do they love it? After the cut let’s take a dive into the next chapter of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and find out. It’s the Entertainment District Arc!

Demons, Swords, Cleavage, oh my!

If you’ve read my other posts on Demon Slayer, you will know I am a casual but committed fan to the series. I enjoy the show, love the animation, but I’m not creaming my pants or claiming it is the best thing in the anime industry. At its heart, Demon Slayer is a solidly told (but not perfect) shonen story that avoid a lot of the pitfalls of other longer running series. It is also something that has benefited greatly from Ufotable choosing to adapt it. With their golden touch and ‘kitchen sink’ approach to their battles. They have elevated an enjoyable, but what was an under the radar series, into a massive hint. Not a dig at the show at all, but let’s call a spade a spade here. This shows owes ALOT to the studio that is animating it.

All that said, the next chapter of the series is a thankful return to form for the series. I said in my previous posts that the Mugen Train arc was an okay movie that became a better television series. The Entertainment District arc thankfully decides to remain a television series meaning it doesn’t have to rush through its events, and lets some of its characters and moments breathe. While it pretty much consists of a build up to a single fight, and then the fight itself. It keeps its eye on the prize the whole time, and doesn’t get sidetracked by flashback dream moments that dragged down Mugen Train.

Tengen is a great supporting character in this arc, with awesome battle scenes and a good chemistry that feels it has just enough screen time.

Of course the big star this time is the sound Hashira Tengen who scoops up Tanjiro, Zenitsu and Inosuke into a quest to find out what is happening in the Red-Light district of Tokyo. It doesn’t take them long to find the demon responsible, but things get hairy when they realize it is one of the Upper-Moons, the elite soldiers of Muzan, and who no Demon Slayer has killed in centuries. While Tengen will probably not have the staying power (or tragic death) of Rengoku, he is a great character for this arc, a muscular shinobi who does everything flashy and has a damn cool ass pair of blades. His warming up to the main characters over time is good to see, and by the time the battle is over, you can tell that he is fully in Tanjiro’s corner. His three kunoichi wives meanwhile are enjoyable supporting characters, with enough cleavage to make any ecchi fan to nod his head in approval. Out of the three I probably love Makio the best, but all three of them get the job done.

Finally some real sexy ninja! Where was this Naruto?

For the main characters, we are already seeing them getting better and better. Zenitsu is mostly asleep during this arc, so most of his time in the latter half is just him being a badass, but even before he has toned down a lot of his annoying antics a lot. Inosuke remains best-boy, with a extended investigation sequence that helps add more depth to his character and not keeping him a fight-obsessed knucklehead. Tanjiro remains a great main character, void of any of the stupidity or recklessness that other shonen leads often fall into. Survivor’s guilt seems to be his constant companion and the show does a good job displaying how it haunts him, but doesn’t drive the point to death. There has been some grumbling from ‘the discourse’ about Nezuko and her inability to speak, but she remains an adorable ball of adorable who gets a real moment to shine in this arc. There is plenty of story left to tell, and I have no doubt that reasonable detractors should get those feelings addressed. If any characters get the shaft, it would probably be the villains. Daki is a great baddie, with some damn cool abilities, but I feel that her place in the story gets usurped by Gyutaro, even though it makes thematic sense. They both get the job done, but the villains of the Demon Slayer have never been a strong point to me.

Gyutaro and Daki fair better than the Mugen Train villains, but not by much. Great abilities though.

As for the animation, it is again fantastic, but I don’t give this show points for that anymore. It is what I expect from a Ufotable project, and they again deliver in all regards. What I will say though, is that the studio seems to be getting better and better with each new installment. There are more special effects, and the anime is just able to make things jump out far better than the magna can. I can keep my feelings ‘in check’ during amazing animation sequences, but even I was blown away by just how breathtaking those final fights were. Another reviewer called it ‘crack-cocaine’ for the anime fan, and I have to agree. It just scratches the itch that Shonen fans have always wanted.

Ufotable just seems to be flexing here, but it works.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba’s Entertainment District Arc is a great installment to the series. It’s fun to watch, always kept me on edge with its cliffhangers and delivered some of the most memorable anime fights in the last few years (until the next season). I’m sure things are only to get more and more intense as time goes on, and I have no doubt fans will be back here on 2023 going nuts over whatever is on the table. As a causal fan I am impressed, and I can only hope that Ufotable will be able to carry this series going forward. Check it out for yourself and see what you think, but if you are an anime fan on the internet, you probably already have.

Best Waifus.

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