Anime, Demon Slayer, Review

Demon Slayer Entertainment District Arc Episode 11 (Finale):

Here we go, ladies and gents. The finale of the arc. And what a grand one it is! We’ve got a whole half hour of anime to go over!

The battle is over. Unsurprisingly, our heroes have survived, but they’re all in rough shape. Their victory is a rough one, one that will carry dramatic weight for both demons and demon slayers. At long last, the fate of their war is beginning to shift.

This episode makes you feel how rough a victory it really is. Over the last few episodes, we’ve seen our heroes push themselves to their utmost limits. Here, we see the consequences of doing so. Everyone is exhausted, caked in blood from head to toe, and they’re hanging on by a thread. But they’re still alive, and that alone is cause for celebration.

Also, we get Nezuko playing the group medic. Which is equal parts adorable, heartwarming, and hilarious. Tengen’s poor wives thought she was cremating the poor guy!

Most of the episode is spent with our villains, Daki and Gyutaro. As is Demon Slayer tradition, we only get their backstory right as they die. It is a strong backstory, one that introduces one of the biggest villains in the series in a really effective way and shows how strong their relationship is, even if they bicker something fierce. Still, this would have had so much more impact if we had gotten it before they were dead.

I love the scene with the Master near the end of the episode. Seeing the normally calm and reserved man so animated, so excited, really lends weight to the victory of our heroes. Especially when doing so causes him to collapse and vomit blood.

Unfortunately, we don’t get to see anyone else react. We briefly see Akaza as he realizes what happened, but that’s it. We don’t get to see any of the other demon slayers react (save the Snake Hashira, who mocks Tengen while praising him), nor do we see any of the demons. It seems that we won’t be getting any of that until the next season starts. Which is a shame; I would have loved to see a scene of Muzan reacting in mirror to the Master’s.

Still, as an ending to the Entertainment District arc, this episode was really strong. It doesn’t do anything especially amazing, but it does wrap things up in a nice satisfying little bow. It’s a nice and chill ending to an absolutely insane arc.

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