After the Mugen train arc, released as the excellent first film in the series demon slayer (but also available in 7 episodes that add new content), the next Red District arc for season 2 had high expectations to fulfill.
The story continues exactly where we left off. This time, a new character (Tengen Uzui) enlists our favorite trio, Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Innosuke, to investigate a suspected demonic presence in the flashy “Entertainment District.”
Of course, it doesn’t take long for things to get complicated. This new installment of episodes makes up the most colorful arc of demon slayer so far, and its execution was spectacular. But let’s go by parts.
Previously, on Demon Slayer…
At a time when the entire community is talking about the anime of the moment (Attack on Titanwhich is broadcasting its last season), we must not forget that demon slayer (Kimetsu No Yaiba) has already become an unprecedented phenomenon in the Japanese industry.
A masterful 26-episode first season aired way back in 2019. From then on, the manga not only had a beastly sales rate during the first half of 2020, but also hit all-time highs afterwards.
The premise is quite classic within the action and fantasy genre to which it belongs. On his way back home, young Tanjiro discovers that his entire family has been killed by demons that populate that world.
The only survivor is her sister Nezuko, who has turned into a bloodthirsty demon. Willing to do anything to find a cure for her (and in the process avenge her family) Tanjiro begins the tortuous path to become the best demon slayer.
Our demons are different
demon slayer It always stood out for presenting exquisite animation (from the unbeatable Ufotable studio) and epic battles. In addition, the series stands out for presenting very different demons than usual. Technically speaking, the enemies in this anime are “Onis”, creatures between vampires and demons with special abilities.
For his part, Tanjiro is a protagonist shonen something special. Although he is the typical “Goku” or “Deku” of noble intentions and high morals, he is also a very kind person who always ends up having a lot of empathy for the very demons he is destined to kill, which makes him a more complex figure. usual.
After the first season we had a movie (Demon Slayer: Mugen Train) which turned out to be more box office than Spirited Awayfrom Hayao Miyazaki. Later the intermediate arch was launched Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-henan adapted version for TV of the film.
There are 7 episodes including a completely new first chapter (Rengoku’s origin story) and around 70 new animation cuts. It represents a great way to remember the events of the movie before diving into the second season.
This is Demon Slayer Season 2
Demon Slayer Season 2 (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Yuukaku-hen) had 11 episodes that progressively unmask a mystery in the so-called “Red District”. The arc introduces a pair of brother demons who suppose the most tragic history that demon slayer has counted so far.
This arc also exposes us to a new Hashira, Tengen Uzui, a master of sound breathing and by far the most powerful assassin we’ve seen thus far. Uzui is a former shinobi turned assassin, wielding Nichirin blades.
The opening is a humorous surveillance of Tanjiro and his friends, each showing off their best personality traits and letting us see how they use their heads to unravel the mystery. However, we all want them to use their swords as soon as possible.
The introduction is a bit long, but everything is in service for the main fight that takes place over several chapters. Once the big battle begins, it’s one intense moment after another.
When the heroes finally discover the true identity of the demon who has been kidnapping women, a slashing rampage ensues that is a feast for the eyes, while also highlighting the enhanced strength of the main characters.
The circle (narrative) closes
What I enjoyed the most Demon Slayer Season 2 -beyond the brilliant fight choreography that peaks in chapter 10- is how the narrative closes a circle in relation to the previous arc. Rengoku’s death echoes through our heroes and the sibling analogy between the pair of demons and Tanjiro and Nezuko carries emotional weight in the story, especially in the arc’s denouement.
There are many twists and turns in the final episodes of this season, and as always, these moments are epic, emotional, and truly spectacular. The narrative style of demon slayer it leads to a sympathetic tone, even for evil within this fantasy world, and this aspect shines through in the Red Light District arc.
Everything is put together in a stellar way, with several moments that overshadow what happened before in the first season and even in the movie of MugenTrain. demon slayer it has made a name for itself with its visual presentation, and that is the case with its second season.
As you’d expect from a denouement, we also get to see some glimpses of where things will go in the future. It quickly becomes clear that another Hashira is out of the picture with Uzui, who has been injured too badly to continue fighting. This begins to create a tense future for the demon hunters, as their numbers continue to dwindle, while the villainous Muzan can always create more demons.
With these episodes now in the rearview mirror, their blistering pace and absolutely stunning animation have cemented demon slayer Season 2 as one of the best ongoing shows among all current anime.