A Blade Forged By Compassion | Kimetsu no Yaiba | Episode 5 Review
Oh. Well. That was fast.
No, seriously. I expected that to take way longer. Like… a full arc’s worth of time. Wow. This anime’s pace is blazing, and yet it doesn’t suffer for it. Unlike certain… other Shounen Jump anime in recent memory. That being said, I liked this episode. I think it brings an appropriate end to things and does deliver some fitting closure for what it’d established so far. But I think the best part was seeing the kind of hero we can expect Tanjiro to be. This is the most compassionate protagonist I’ve seen in a while. A far better man than I, for certain. I dunno if I’d have the mental faculties to wish that demon well after what it did. Of course, it’s also a case of the show trying to paint the demons as sympathetic, which… yeah, okay. Sure. Then you picked a hell of a demon to pull that on. But in any event, I liked seeing it. I think, as Shounen protagonists go, Tanjiro has room to really stand out, being that he’s not the typical hotblooded idiot we’re no doubt used to.
I especially liked his desperately trying to talk to the other demons while taking on his trial. Just another example of the truly compassionate soul he is. And then there’s the end of the trial, which I also really liked. Him standing up to the one jerk was nice. Dude looked real prepared to break that guy’s arm like a toothpick. Though the twins still reeeally creep me the hell out. But I also like them. Their designs are cool, anyway. Though that other girl. The one in the pink. She also kinda weirds me out. And it has everything to do with the editing and framing of her character. She doesn’t do or say anything. But the way she’s just standing there and this almost dissonantly serene expression she had the whole time created this air of mystery, which is inherently unsettling. It’s probably nothing. Just some tricks to let you know she’s gonna be important. But still.
The best thing, to me, was the reunion with Urokodaki and Nezuko. That was just so touching and sweet. Nezuko’s first reaction being to hug her brother was wonderful. And Urokodaki’s crying behind that mask in utter disbelief after all he’d suffered was wonderful. You can tell exactly how much he cares for these two. Mind you, he didn’t just hug Tanjiro. He hugged Nezuko too. He very well could’ve waited for her to be off him. So I’m glad we got to see that out of him.
Tanjiro getting his sword after that was pretty… weird. I’m really interested in figuring out what the significance of the sword colors is. Especially after the jerk at the trial grounds made such a big deal out of it. Also, who else was bugged out upon learning the crows could talk? That came completely outta nowhere, but I like it. Overall, a really Super Effective episode.
What’d you guys think of the episode, this week. Everything you hoped and more? Let me know, down below. As always, thanks for reading, folks. Keep up the Awesome!