Starting a new anime is always an experience for me, because I always end up putting it off until I end up saying, “FUCK IT”, and end up watching. Kimetsu no Yaiba is no exception. Like The Promised Neverland before it, I didn’t know anything about the source material, other than the fact it ran in Weekly Shonen Jump, the same one Dragon Ball, Bleach, One Piece, Naruto, My Hero, Black Clover, etc. run in.
While the beginning of the episode shows off Tanjiro’s family, and how they rely on him, and he’s known in town for being a reliable charcoal salesman, helping out a man who got in major trouble with someone for breaking a dish by determining that it was a cat that broke it, and helping a man move around some luggage. What a good boy!
Then night falls, and his Grandfather ends up taking in Tanjiro for the night, because at night is when the Demons come around. After day comes, Tanjiro smells blood, and he finds his entire family has been brutally murdered.. This was the work of a demon. But, for some reason, his sister, Nezuko, is the only one still alive, yet barely. However, because she was exposed to Demon Blood, she becomes a Demon herself. And because her newfound Demon Blood, she wants to feast on her brother. Tanjirou begs her to stop, and that she needs to see that she is about to kill her brother.
And so, she begins to cry. She cries because she realizes what she is going to do, because she’s regained a piece of her morality.
Until a Demon Slayer, Giyu Tomioka, comes on to the scene, expressing regret that he couldn’t save Tanjiro’s family, and as he prepares to kill Nezuko, Tanjiro begs him not to, and Giy chastises him for begging so pathetically.
Just as Giyu is about kill Nezuko, Tanjiro charges at him with his hatchet, throwing a rock at him, and Giyu takes him down effortlessly. However, as Tanjiro is in the snow, knocked out, realizing his hatchet is gone, he dodges the hatchet, in which Tanjiro launched in the air. Nezuko breaks Giyu’s grip, and protects her brother, before Giyu knocks her out effortlessly. He is left standing alone, astonished by the amount of resolve Tanjiro showed just now.
I loved this first episode, because, even though it’s a precursor of what’s to come, it is still an interesting setup for the first episode. Tanjiro is a mere boy, yet he still has a lot of resolve to heal his sister, but as he is now, he’s still weak. And as we all know, no Shonen protag is a Platet buster day 1. Excited to see where this goes.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is available for streaming on Crunchyroll and FunimationNow.
Until Next time, I’ve been Aze, and I hope you come I see you in my Vault again.