Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 2: Running down the mountain

Tanjirou insists on paying

I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about this series, but I think there's enough going on to make me want to keep watching. Mostly, the main negative is more of a nagging feeling, since I can somewhat feel tropes lurking in the background. However, I greatly enjoy the action scenes throughout the episode, and I'm actually happen with what the series did with Nezuko.

Nezuko hides from the light

I'm just going to get this out of the way. I really liked what the series did with Nezuko. I thought that she would just be the emotionless mute that Tanjirou drags around, but she's actually incredibly expressive. There also seems to be some layers to her expressions. For example, she could have been hiding in the hole here simply because of her demonic side's fear of sunlight. But for all we know, her human side is showing a hint of remorse for what she's causing Tanjirou to do. I have absolutely no issue with turning her into a moeblob.

Nezuko kicks a demon's head off

Additionally, the episode seems to properly build into Tanjirou's fight against the demon. It starts by showing how obsessively nice he is, only to have him hesitate to kill a demon. He has every reason to resent demons for what they've done to him, but his sister's condition forces him to rethink things. It's a conclusion that's dripping with the typical overly sensitive protagonist mentality, but it at least makes some sense.

Sakonji tries to test Tanjirou

Sakonji's introduction is where I start to feel the nagging sensation I mentioned before. This brief mention of the Demon Slayer Corps hints at an organization to train Tanjirou. We've seen in the opening that he'll eventually wield a katana, so it just seems like a stock reason to get him up to speed. It still remains to be seen, but my initial impression is that it's a fairly typical progression for this type of show.

Tanjirou braves the mountain

The ridiculous nature of the test aside, I thought it was awesome to watch Tanjirou go through Sakonji's test. His reactions to the traps generally seemed clear and easy to follow, which is strangely uncommon in these kinds of shows. I just like these kinds of action sequences, okay?

Tanjirou resembles Sakonji

This series seems to be doing a lot to make Tanjirou's keen sense of smell relevant. Oh boy...

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