Demon Sayer Corps: Kimetsu no Yaiba Ep13: Cooling down

Sup. I’m alive, yay~

Nah, not really yay, since I’m still not going to do any extra posts(yet), but at least the collab post is still coming out.

And uh, that’s actually about all I want to say before the collab post. Hopefully I’ll actually get the time, energy and drive to finish my own posts sometime, all ye poor people waiting for me to post *good* stuff again.

Anyways, here’s the discussion around episode 13 of Kimetsu no Yaiba!

Legend:
Purple: Scary cat lady[link to blog]
Red: Slightly less scary cat lady  [link to blog]
Blue: The one that won’t stop waifuing people [link to blog]
Green: A stupid that didn’t join the collab for a while due to dying

 

1. What are your general thoughts on this episode?

I think this is the first real so-so episode I’ve encountered. Even if a demon got defeated this episode, stuff I suspected got confirmed and there was a recap – although it was somewhat padded out – for most of the 2nd half of the episode.

I really enjoyed this episode overall, though Tanjiro made some stupid decisions. If plot didn’t favour protagonists, that boy would be long dead. But I’ll save my comments for later. It was great seeing Zenitsu evolve and the failed author backstory was, well, intriguing.

This was a fantastic episode. While I was a bit annoyed at the timing of some of the flashbacks, I loved the depth they gave to Kyougai as a character, both his backstory and his Demon Blood Art. He’s such a cool demon, and I kinda wish he played a bigger part in the overall story. The battle scenes were as epic as expected, though. This show really has nailed it.

Overall just your everyday “wrapping up” episodes that won’t look good when compared to other episodes. Still, it was pretty good.

2. Did the episode fit your expectations, and in which ways did it differ from it? (If it does) 

Pretty much, although I didn’t expect Zenitsu and Inosuke to come to blows so quickly.

I did not expect Kyougai to have a backstory, and certainly didn’t expect him to already have been a demon in it. Unless the timeline was jumbled when the backstory was presented, he already knew Blood Art when his writing was criticized, which means that he went back to human activities in hopes for literary success even as a demon?

Yeah, pretty much. The battle was super cool, but again, they could probably have timed those flashbacks a bit better.

Literally so far ahead that I didn’t remember Kyogai had a whole backstory. Or that Inosuke was kicking the shit out of Zenitsu.

 

Discussion:

 

  • As for what you wanted in ep. 11, Astral…it’s quite hard to pick out what Inosuke says, so if you see the manga page from the Reddit link 2 eps. back, you’ll find out his words should be 猪突猛進 (read chototsu moushin, or “reckless/foolhardy/headlong”). However, it’s a play on the first kanji meaning “boar” so either the translator was completely aware of that and translated with that in mind…or the translator didn’t realise it was a phrase and translated it somewhat literally, because “boar’s sudden frenzied advance” is a bit cumbersome for an exclamation.
  • I still think that “pig assault” makes more sense, since he does wear a boar’s head. Maybe that’s just me being jaded by reading the manga though.

3. What do you expect to happen from here on out?(and why)

More Demon Moons to come in the long run. In the short run, I expect a thorough beating and/or an intense fight for Inosuke.

Next episode sounds like it would be fun. Another mansion! I wonder how Inosuke would get converted by Tanjiro, and I strongly hope it’s not pep talk.

Well, I already know where they’re heading next, so… Exciting things.

I uh, don’t remember. So, stuff is gonna happen I guess.

 

4. Which scene got the most reaction out of you? (If any at all)

Tanjiro’s anger. That is all.

“Use your head, not just spirit!!!” …And then Tanjiro proceeds to trigger an already dangerous demon. Well, it exasperated me just a bit. Though the results seem to have been favourable, it was more plot armor than strategy. And there I was, thinking that he was finally going to use his head.

I keep saying this, but the battle sequence. I love the way they’ve been using CGI and especially camera angles to make the action breathtakingly intense.

 

Discussion:

  • Zenitsu went back to being sympathetic but annoying, though.
  • Tanjiro does use his head though, Moya…on Inosuke. (see ep. 14…yes, I couldn’t resist making that pun again.)
  • Somebody needs to teach Tanjiro what “use your head” actually means…

 

5. Which character did you like the most this episode? Have they done anything in particular/changed?

Kyogai got fleshed out this episode, so I’ll go with him. I didn’t think he was going to be a writer, but his backstory is very short so it’s easy to recap…

Tamayo’s kitty. Listen, cats in anime are so rarely done properly. They either look like a flat-faced fur clump or purr in distasteful “nyaaa”s. But this one~~~ Pulling an Aria: did I ever mention that I love cats?

Inosuke. I think they’ve really nailed his savage, somewhat insane persona, and I really appreciate that.

Discussion:

  • (Pulling an Aria in this case requires multiple exclamation marks and question marks being alternated like this: ?!?!?)

 

6. What’s the high point of the episode for you and why? 

It’s touching more than anything, but Kyogai’s vanquishing. From this, you learn Tanjiro has not only empathy for his targets, but respect for them too.

Zenitsu protecting the box and declaring that he knew its contents.

I’m gonna agree with Moya here, so i’m not reiterating my rants about the action. The first decent thing Zenitsu’s actually done in this series…

Since this is one of the “lesser” episodes, I enjoyed the opening the most, yes, the opening song.

Discussion:

  • Yes, Tanjiro was a good and sympathetic boy, but I got a bit of a laugh from the fact that Kyougai thought his writing was being appreciated. Speaking of his backstory, wow, somebody can actually make an autobiography of a samurai-loving demon drummer boring? Kyougai should really have focused on being a musician instead (maybe he would have won the fight if he did).
  • I’m sure if you gave it to Ubisoft, they’d do a fine job of that…

 

7. What can be improved in this episode and why? (a.k.a low point) 

The final shot before the ED. Ufotable has started to run out of budget…

I’ve commented on my pet peeves in other sections.

The flashbacks… they were a bit slow, and could have been integrated better, I feel.

Gotta have the highs and lows, but I feel like there’s a lack of cohesion between the 2D and 3D this episode.

 

8. Pick a situation from this episode. If you were put in this situation, how would you have handled it?

Did Tanjiro seriously stand there watching Zenitsu get beaten up for 30 seconds to a minute? I’d pick a better time for processing emotions.

Inosuke woulda been straight deadzo. Nobody messes with Nezuko!

 

9. Most beautiful scene?(screenshot)

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Now this is how you do CGI integration! Also, it’s cool how Tanjiro made the water frame the shot.

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Footsteps like bullets.

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This is the kind of thing Ufotable really knows how to do. Dynamic action shots with tons of depth, and that water animation is just fantastic.

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Since the episode was slower, let’s have some greatness from the opening instead. If you watched carefully, you would see that while other side character’s appearance in the opening are static shots in places, Tomoya and Yushiro’s appearance has the whole “moving” aesthetic. This is likely a reference to how they are hiding from Muzan and moving from place to place while trying in their own way to help.

 

10. In 10 words, summarise what you want to say about this episode. 

Kyogai got to rest

While Tanjiro got a test

Of familial love.

(Fun fact before I forget about it: The Legend of the Eight Samurai Tanjiro refers to in the Taisho Secret appears to be Nansou Satomi Hakkenden…if that name sounds vaguely familiar, that’s because there’s an anime based on it called Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East.)

Amen, the chivalry of a failed author.

Life lesson: Don’t write books.

Respecc creators or you will get the axe instead.

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Demon S(l)ayer Corps Collab Ep 3 is out!

Whoo! I’m late on the promotion because I completely forgot about it but uh, it’s there so go read it!!!

https://animangaspellbook.wordpress.com/2019/05/19/demon-slayer-corps-collab-ep-3-unstoppable-tanjiro-meets-an-immovable-boulder/

Big bright link so you won’t miss it. Click it! Read it! Enjoy it! Then like it! And…possibly read our future posts?

Listen, I know we are late but I’m trying my best to push everything along as fast as possible, Astral’s becoming less and less active probably due to his coming surgeries(EVEN THOUGH HE’S STILL PLAYING GAMES) and yea, hard to push things along when he’s just barely participating >.>

Anyways, hope you enjoy reading this week’s episode, I don’t have time to put a smiling picture so just imagine it yourself this time :>

See you all next episode….probably on Astral’s blog.

Demon Sayer Corps(collab)[And announcements]: Kimetsu no Yaiba Ep2: Obligatory training arc

Hello my lovely people! Obviously, before I officially start the post, I need to address some things.

First would be the fact that my blog got to 100 followers! Whoo!

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Obligatory himouto gif.

I’m honestly very thankful to all of you, and I never thought this would happen, really. Someone like me, who takes ages to get even one post out still have people who want to read what I write. I hope I’ll continue to write enjoyable posts for you to read.
*It’s also the 2nd year anniversary of the blog, mini-celeberation whoo…
**If you were expecting more from the celebrations, I’m sorry. I really can’t think of anything unique to write for now. When I think of it, I’ll make a seperate post for you all to enjoy.

And second, is going to be addressing the collab. I know, we are late and yada yada, but it really can’t be helped. Just trying to get a collab with Astral going alone is tough, imagine doing it with 4 people. The situation this time is–Astral is still in a bad condition due to his neck, and Moya went to a certain place for a vacation and didn’t get wifi……and then she got an eye surgery as well, which is why she is not participating in this particular episode.
If you were me you would be shouting “WHY THE HECK IS HALF THE COLLAB GETTING SURGERIES AND SHIT” But well we pushed this out in the end so eh, forgive us please?
And yes, if you are reading the actual collaboration contents after this, Astral did not participate in the discussions at all. ;/

Anyways, that’s about all the stuff out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff already, geez.

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PLEASE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT US, EVEN IF WE ARE BEHIND!

Legend:
Purple: Aria/Magicconan [link to blog]
Red: Moya Haha good joke she’s not here amirite hehe…kill me  [link to blog]
Blue: That one Astral boy [link to blog]
Green: Me, of course
Black: Also me, but right now instead of in the past.

1. What are your general thoughts on this episode?[Mandatory]

Very nice ~ ufotable is doing god’s work again, and I am thoroughly impressed and entertained. And of course, all the events that happened in this episode felt like ages ago…(maybe because it was ages ago?)

Same thoughts as last time, really…good job for a good source material, but the CGI is still kinda obvious. Zooming out doesn’t fool me, Ufotable…!

I thought it was a great episode. As always, the visuals are fantastic, the OST is great, very reminiscent of Fate and Kara no Kyoukai. The CGI was pretty well done this episode, though, as always, Ufotable are masters of disguising CGI.

Discussion:

  • I think Aria is alone this time. Heh. プライアジムさん大勝利!
  • (I’ll have you know I pride myself on my uniqueness of opinion, thanks.)

2. Did the episode fit your expectations, and in which ways did it differ from it?(If it does) [Mandatory]

Definitely. First, the use of 3DCGI was much less obvious this time, as expected, seems snow scenes are definitely the culprit. Second, the OST was a really awesome blend between traditional instruments and modern music styles, as I would have wanted, and finally, the camera angle, ways action scenes worked, how the general flow went, all definitely reminds me of Fate no matter whichever we look at. Of course, it’s still Kimetsu no Yaiba, but the general good vibes and amazement you would feel from watching Fate is present.

Pretty much. Again, this is stuff I’ve seen in the manga, with the addition of cool angles on the dodging of the traps, the wisps to visually convey the smells and better conveying of Nezuko’s size-changing ability (that’s 3 differences…which is, admittedly, more than episode 1’s 2 differences).

So good. I came into this series really hoping for a great action shounen show, and this definitely doesn’t disappoint. The little fun, comedic moments interspersed throughout the episode help break up some of the darker tones, and the story, while seemingly progressing pretty quickly, flows really well so far. Really looking forward to what’s next.

Discussion:

  • Aria actually reminded me, I don’t actually remember too many details of the front chapters anymore, mostly because of how deep I am in, but seeing her compare the differences just made me appreciate the episode more. And Astral’s comments were good as well, reminded me of when I first started reading the manga.

3. What do you expect to happen from here on out?(and why) [Mandatory]

Oh, after this it’s going to be *spoiler* and then *more spoilers* and Tanjiro is going to *does this remind you of Endgame spoilers perhaps?* and *bleep* is going to *bleep*. Overall, there’s going to be much more of *bleep* and you might just *I’ll get mobbed if I show this*.

I know what I know of the source material is going to run out sooner or later, so lemme talk about my expectations in the long run…Urokodaki trains Tanjiro, we run into Giyu Tomioka again and those guys from the OP appear (because let’s face it, this OP probably spoils a bunch of stuff). I mean, I already know from ANN the pig-headed guy’s name is Inosuke, so if we’re not all like Ply and censoring everything (which is no fun), I’m going to learn spoilers just from seeing these characters animated.

I’d love to see Tanjiro and Nezuko learning and growing as the series progresses. I’m already a fan of these characters, so i’m looking forward to what abilities they learn, and the growth they experience over the course of the series.

Discussion:

  • Look, if I didn’t censor the stuff you probably would have killed me, along with a bunch of other anime-onlys. As for your comments on the OP Aria, that applies to almost every opening, haha.

4. Which scene got the most reaction out of you? (If any at all)

Nezuko kicking the demon’s head off. If J-League is looking for more star players they know who to look for 😉

The next-ep preview. I skipped it last time, so I didn’t expect it to be voiced manga panels like a 2.5D manga.

Chibi Nezuko!! So adorable!!!

Discussion:

  • Yes, the next-ep preview was amazing this time.

5. Which character did you like the most this episode? Have they done anything in particular/changed?

Our boy Tanjirou. He’s such a good boy. I just want to pet him sometimes.

For some reason, I interpret the entire demon fight from this episode as comedic (even when I read the manga), so…Weird Head Demon it is. I mean, the entire scenario is kinda stupid because his head has arms and yet when he needed them, he didn’t use them…and that’s what got him stuck.

Urokodaki (is that his name?) was cool. Very mysterious, and leaves me wondering at the reason behind his mask. That said, he seems pretty brutally competent and generally awesome, so i’m looking forward to seeing more of him.

Discussion:

  • The demon essentially grew arms but he needed to use them to walk, hence why he used his hair instead. And I assume when he controlled his hair he ceased to to able to uh…control his arms properly? It’s like how if you use your right arm to do something enough you won’t think to use your left arm to do the same thing if you can’t use your right arm. Maybe.

6. What’s the high point of the episode for you and why? [Mandatory]

This might be a weird choice but Nezuko popping her head out of the ground at the start instantly got my mind into overdrive thinking about how that is the perfect image for a discord emote. She’s so cute. Oh, and I forgot to mention this earlier, but we got to take a look at the ending. It’s great! Unique aesthetics as well as a good song, and honestly more Fate vibes. And of course, the preview section was really well done as well with the Taisho secrets being mixed into it.(Taisho secrets is a section in the bonus chapters of the manga where they deliver some interesting but out of main plot stuff)

Again, demon fight. It gave me a gem of a comment in my notes: “When all you have is a hatchet…use your head. (LOL)”

I’m gonna say either the shy Nezuko hiding in the hole, or the trap scene. On one hand, nezuko is just so cute. On the other hand, though, I loved the animation and cinematics used in that trap scene, it was just so epic looking.

Discussion:

  • *cough* Astral copied me again *cough* Also, I like how fixated Aria is on Tanjirou’s head…has she discovered a new fetish?
  • Hey! A few questions back, it was the demon’s head. This is the first time I’ve mentioned Tanjiro’s (I went and checked with Ctrl + F).
  • So it’s true…you like heads.
  • Talking about heads doesn’t necessarily mean you have a fetish for them. In this case, I don’t, at least.

7. What can be improved in this episode and why? (a.k.a low point) [Mandatory]

Could use more action but eh, we’re just at the start, no rush for that yet. I’ll wait for when the action picks up.

This ep is very much set-up. I know it’s not “entire training arcs” bad, but it’s the worst you can get for 2 eps’ worth of content…(then again, it comes with the territory.)

The one thing i didn’t really understand is why Nezuko suddenly passed out and was unconscious at the end of the episode. She went from climbing back in the basket to being asleep, and it doesn’t seem to make much sense…

Discussion:

  • …you’ll see Astral, you’ll see.

8. Pick a situation from this episode. If you were put in this situation, how would you have handled it?

If I were in Urokodaki’s place, since I don’t know what training Giyu’s been put through and thus trust the guy less than the real Urokodaki would, I’d probably disregard the letter and mind my own business. I know that’s a bit of a copout since we’ll probably see Giyu’s training later, but that’s my answer at this stage.

Discussion:

  • I didn’t really think of anything this time so I left it blank, but look, Aria answered! Yay! And she wanted to not care about something that happened? :think:
  • Well, not doing something is a choice as well.

9. Most beautiful scene?(screenshot) [Mandatory]

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I have found another desktop wallpaper. This is beautiful. (There’s another one for when they come back from mid-episode break)

(Cue snark:
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Anyways, the real answer would be this:
ooyt9saI just really like how the moon is framed by the trees.

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Gotta be this scene. Watching Nezuko just kick the dude’s head off weas equal parts hilarious and epic.

Discussion:

  • *For context, that is my discord avatar.
  • I was laughing real hard when I gave Tatsumaki the command to make that meme ( t!beautiful Plyasm ). Can you tell?

10. In 10 words, summarise what you want to say about this episode. (A good joke question?) [Could also be a haiku or other things of that creative nature, Mandatory]

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Tanjirou is indecisive,

And I am t-wait, should I really do this joke? Maybe I should have just stuck with the 10 words summary, hmmm.

Long path to slaying

Starts with trip down the mountain –

“Don’t lose your way, boy!”

(…this haiku’s syllables seems a bit more forced in comparison to the last one, huh?)

The only thing better than an imouto is an imouto you can fit into a backpack…

Discussion:

  • I don’t understand how haikus work so I’ll just say my poem was better this time than Aria’s haiku.
  • *shrugs shoulders* English in a Japanese artform is kinda unwieldy, especially considering “Tanjiro” is 3 syllables, “Urokodaki” is 5 (“Sakonji” is 3), “Kamado” is 3 (so “the Kamado siblings” is a 5 syllable line) and “Nezuko” is 3 – basically, I’m listing these to prove you end up forcing words to work. “Giyu” is 2 though, so that’s kinda easier to use…
  • …Also, I wanted to make a Kill la Kill pun here somewhere, but I haven’t watched KlK (blame licensing for that) and the passerby’s line doesn’t really match the KlK line anyway, so my joke was rendered moot.

And that’s about it for this episode of Kimetsu no Yaiba. I hope you enjoyed reading, and I’m really out of time(because I’m writing this post last minute because I was busy), so…

See y’all next(soon)! The next one will probably be posted by Aria.

Collaboration on Kimetsu no Yaiba!

Hello everyone! I know all of us are late here, but we’ve managed to put out our first post on Kimetsu no Yaiba. The person that is posting for episode 1 is Moya! Read it via the link here.
[Collaboration members: Me, Moya, Astral, Aria/Magicconan]

Now, the reason why our collaboration took so long to come out(Kimetsu no Yaiba is already on episode 3 ain’t it…) is because of many different reasons, mostly to do with our real life. Aria had to go on a trip to Japan that she had scheduled(she was originally meant to be the poster for episode 1) and the idiot of a man who is named Astral has managed to get himself a health issue. Again. [Please pray for his recovery though]

Either way, at least we managed to get it out right? Sorry that I’m the only one promoting it for now, given I’m the least followed(and probably least liked ;< ) one out of all of us, but Aria is currently probably in or en route to Japan and Astral is…hopefully not dying. I do expect them to put out promotional posts sometime.

The collaboration this time is a vastly modified and probably enhanced version of the current collaborations between me and Astral, in that we still have common questions, but they are different and we get to discuss about it right after we respond to the questions! Yay! So it’s more like a “state your opinion and discuss” forum type. Hopefully, Kimetsu no Yaiba is popular enough to grab all y’all’s attentions and entertain you.

That’s it for the promotional post this time! I’ll leave you all with a smiling screenshot(as is the tradition for promotional posts) and PLEASE GIVE US ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT THIS TIME AS WELL!

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Our precious boy.

 

*Side information no one needs to know: I’m so happy this came through, Kimetsu no Yaiba is such a good series. I’m the only one out of all 4 of us to have read the manga.