Two years later, the explosive impact of Demon Slayer Episode 19 is still being felt in the anime community.
1- Quick Summary of Demon Slayer Episode 19
In Demon Slayer episode 19, “Hinokami,” Tanjiro gives the fight his all, but Rui is everything Tanjiro knew he’d be as a clearly experienced and seasoned demon. Rui’s raw power, his cleverness, and his cruelty almost matched his arrogance. Nezuko even tried to help, but she had never trained for combat, and it showed. As Rui became impatient and ready to end the encounter, Tanjiro struggled to think of an attack — any attack that would work. Can he figure something out before Rui puts an end to him and Nezuko?
2- Review :
There’s no denying that “God of Fire” is a thrilling showstopper of an episode, showing off ufotable‘s considerable skills as producers of nearly unrivaled action spectacle. Outside of two brief check-ins with Inosuke and Zenitsu that exist primarily to remind us that they aren’t going to die, the entirety of this week’s story is dedicated to the showdown between Tanjiro and Rui, who we learn is the true bearer of the Twelve Moons’ title. Rui has apparently been transforming people into a makeshift demon family with specific roles to play, based on his warped notions of such bonds, but in Nezuko and Tanjiro, he sees real family bonds in action, and he wants them for himself. With his sword broken and his sister being slowly torn to pieces by Rui’s razor-sharp webs, this is without a doubt Tanjiro’s greatest challenge yet.
3- What was your favorite moment?
Without a doubt, it was the fight and rather than tell you more about it, I’m going to show you.
Tanjirou Invokes Flashback Mode
He saw his dad, who was emaciated yet looked a lot like his son. He also wore the earrings that Tanjiro now wears. Through this flashback, we learn that daddy had learned amazing breathing techniques and that he had passed on in particular to his son. It had to do with ritual dancing that could turn him into Hinokami — literally, god of fire.
I have to say that the shots of little Tanjiro watching his father dance in the snow, surrounded by a ring of flaming torches, were beautiful.
So, Nezuko had just saved Tanjiro and then ended up getting caught in Rui’s webs. The strand cut into her flesh as Tanjiro raced forwards, building momentum and finally cutting through the web with the remains of his blade. Then, just as it looked like Tanjiro was getting somewhere Rui increased his power.
Things were looking bleak and as Shinobu said to Zenitsu, your life flashes before your eyes when close to death as you try to resist it. So, Tanjiro saw a memory of his father, reminding him of a family breathing technique – Hinokami.
With the Hinokami technique combined with Water Breathing, Tanjiro’s attacks grew in strength, slicing through the blood webbing. He raced after Rui determined to land a fatal blow, even if it meant getting hurt in the process. The spirit of their mother spoke to Nezuko, waking and begging her to help Tanjiro.
Nezuko blood demon art
We finally learn what Nezuko’s blood demon art is – Exploding Blood. She blows the webbing apart sending flames racing towards Rui, burning up his attacks. Tanjiro charges on when he sees his opening.
4- Conclusion :
What did you think of this week’s episode of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba? Was it the best episode of the season across all anime like I said? What are your thoughts on the demon ranks? And, what other breathing techniques or Blood Demon Arts would you like to see? Let me know in the comments.