Welcome, fellow otaku’s, to How Anime Stuff Works and a recap of the third episode to Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer). So far I have to say that I am really enjoying this anime, and really wondering why I have been putting off watching it for quite some time.
I know that at the moment it may seem like Kimetsu no Yaiba is the only anime that I watch but I assure you that isn’t the case at all. I just haven’t had the time to watch alot of anime at all till now, due to my workplace being pretty quiet my hours have been cut temporarily so I have alot of time to blog and watch anime again till it picks up at work, so expect to see some more content from me in future!
Anyway enough babbling, lets talk about this episode!
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Kimetsu no Yaiba, Episode 3 now streaming on Netflix and Crunchyroll.
This episode seems to pick up after a time skip, a year has past with Tanjiro being trained by Sakanoji to join the Demon Slayer Corps. The first part of the episode mainly consisted of Tanjiro learning the art of Swordmanship.
Everyday he would do various things, like run down the mountain avoiding all the traps that Sakanoji has set, becoming one with the water, sensing his environment to learning the concentration of breathing, and each night he’ll record everything in his journal that he is keeping for Nezuko to read.
After a year of training has passed Sakanoji challenges Tanjiro to slice a huge boulder in half, if he is able to do this then Sakanoji will deem his training complete. Tanjiro does try but fails and realises that he needs more training, so for 6 more months Tanjiro trained while Nezuko slept.
Things do get interesting when a guy in a fox mask named Sabito showed up while Tanjiro was training to slice the boulder, he begins to scold and taunt Tanjiro for being weak and demands Tanjiro to engage in combat.
The fight scene here was very well choreographed with the animation being very clean. After Tanjiro shares his concern for Sabito using a wooden sword, the man decided to show Tanjiro how outclassed he was in comparison. The fight was pretty intense with every blow from the wooden sword feeling so powerful and not a single moment was missed by Sabito.
After getting beaten by Sabito, Tanjiro then meets Makomo, who teaches Tanjiro more lessons and the importance of Sankonji’s Concentration of Breathing. As it turns out that technique helps a Demon Slayer to compete with Demons on an even playing field.
Another six months has gone by and not only was Tanjito able to beat Sabito but was also able to slice the boulder in half too.
This episode just like the last two was excellent with crisp animation and keeping a fluid flow throughout the fight scenes. With the fight scenes themselves it gives me a glimpse into what the combat in the anime will be like. Fights in which speed and power alone aren’t enough.
It also gives us a glimpse into Tanjiro himself alot more, he is more then determined to reach the end goal and really strives to better himself no matter what the cost.
I’m still trying to figure out if Sabito was a ghost/spirit or not. Did he move out the way at the last second and just leave a after image of himself in the process and just who is Makomo?
Those two are pretty mysterious, I wonder if we get to see more of them as the anime processes…
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