Episode 8 – Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc

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When you’re studying this assessment of the season finale of Demon Slayer: Hashira Coaching Arc and also you’re the kind that tends to get unhappy or irritated when people have important issues to say concerning the sequence, I am simply going to warn you proper now that I’ve some ideas about this episode. In reality, simply so we do not find yourself parting on poor phrases, I am going to go forward and begin with some positives! As all the time, on a technical degree, the work that ufotable is placing into Demon Slayer is fairly damned spectacular. Do I’ve some sizzling takes on how the studio is selecting to use all of that technical polish? Oh boy, do I ever. Nonetheless, the present appears to be like and sounds simply as fantastic because it ever has. Additionally, there are a few rattling fantastic cuts of primo, Grade-A motion right here. That is not stunning, at this level, however what? There’s a bit about midway by this finale the place Muzan will get his physique blown into bits and regenerates it layer by layer in grotesque and horrifying element; all of this, solely to have his new physique impaled by a dozen blood spears earlier than his head freaking explodes like that man from Scanners!

That entire half? That was sick as hell. I had enjoyable with it. It is Demon Slayer spectacle at its easiest. There! I feel I’ve supplied a really beneficiant serving to of real and enthusiastic reward of this final episode of the Hashira Coaching Arc. If that is the place we half methods, I want you nothing however the most effective, and hey, there’s going to be a number of motion pictures to shut out the sequence, I hear! Hopefully, these will probably be enjoyable too. Go in peace, my pal.

…are they gone? Alright, good. Now that I’ve gushed concerning the 4 minutes and thirty-five seconds of this overstuffed mess of a finale that really introduced me pleasure, we are able to discuss concerning the different thirty-five minutes and fifty-three seconds. You’ll be able to most likely guess by now how I felt about these.

The place do I even start? Effectively, I suppose I can begin with the literal starting, because it’s only a repeat of the obnoxious and hilarious slow-motion Muzan scene that ended final week’s episode, besides with some new credit spliced in so that somebody on the market can declare that the sequence helps construct up the episode’s ambiance. Between this, the 5 minutes of ending credit, and the ridiculously out-of-place Taisho Period Secrets and techniques skit that comes afterward, it form of does find yourself making for an ideal season finale, thematically talking. In a self-indulgent and wasteful season full of meandering padding, right here now we have a self-indulgent and wasteful season finale that’s itself full of meandering padding (and likewise about 4 minutes of a good motion scenes).

Look, I do not need anybody who is not conversant in my tastes to get the impression that Muzan and Kaguya’s practically fifteen-minute-long dialog is a failure as a result of I merely lack the endurance for dialogue-heavy storytelling. Hell, the final two total episodes of YATAGARASU: The Raven Does Not Choose Its Master have been nothing however a bunch of individuals standing in a circle and speaking at one another—and it is probably the most riveting anime of 2024! No, my downside with this whole opening scene of the finale is that it’s consultant of every part Demon Slayer is dangerous at, multi function helpful exemplar. I’d love this scene if the story had put even a little bit of effort into establishing the characters of both Muzan or Kaguya earlier than this second however that is probably the most significant interplay with one other character that both of those two has ever been given. I’d love this scene if Demon Slayer may give you one thing extra attention-grabbing for these two to speak about for practically the runtime of a daily episode of the present. I’d love this scene if ufotable‘s flashy presentation hadn’t devolved into self-parody prefer it so clearly has (I do know I could not have been the one one that was laughing on the approach that the present handled Kaguya’s murder-suicide of his total household like one thing out of a Zack Snyder motion scene).

Sadly, we dwell in a world the place Demon Slayer has totally dedicated to treating a script that has the entire substance of a middling episode of The A-Group—as whether it is Status Cinema for the Ages. Hell, possibly if this entire season had been edited down right into a single 90-minute characteristic, it actually would really feel status sufficient to earn all of that pomp and circumstance. A single film can get away with much more than 4 hours of chopped-up tv episodes can, in spite of everything! I’m very happy to speak the ear off of anybody who will hear about why James Cameron‘s Avatar motion pictures freaking personal as a result of they’re simply ridiculously costly remakes of Dances With Wolves, and so on. It is all about pacing, tone, and whether or not or not the creators in cost can wrangle the vibe of a narrative in such a approach that they’ll justify the alternatives they make to their viewers.

On this season of Demon Slayer, we spent weeks watching Tanjiro wander round whereas the story often tried to insist that it was constructing to one thing extremely climactic and intense—just for the finale to bungle Muzan’s first (and probably solely) probability to be an actual character as a substitute of the sneering villain on the again of a cereal field. In the meantime, the Hashira spend all the episode working to the scene of the crime and methodically taking the time to introduce themselves and their assaults. Then, the finale ends by pulling probably the most predictable “Psych! The villain is not taking place that simply!” card ever and trapping everybody in Muzan’s Laptop Generated MC-Escher Funland. Is it a lot to ask {that a} season devoted to a whole coaching arc a minimum of provides the principle character of the present the possibility to display something in any respect that he gained from that coaching?

In different phrases, no, I don’t really feel like Demon Slayer has justified its decisions or the story it’s making an attempt to inform. Not on this finale, and, if we’re being trustworthy, not for the final couple of seasons. To inform the reality, I used to be glad once I heard that the present was going to be capping off its run with a trilogy of films. Even a trio of two-hour motion pictures will probably be simpler to take a seat by than this letdown of a season.

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