Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (Season 2)| Anime| First Impression| “A mix of emotional damage and excitement.”

Hey guys, how’s it going? Rahul here coming in with a brand new blog. I hope everyone is having a great, safe, and healthy week. I honestly saw the first episode of demon slayer the day it came out but got really busy for a few weeks after that so I wasn’t able to review it. So, I rewatched the episode and decided to give the first impression now. So, let’s begin.

The first episode being a 45 minute episode was a great way to start this season off. Considering that this is another much awaited anime season (almost the same amount as attack on titan), having a long episode to not only refresh our memories but also to set up what to expect in the future episodes or seasons is a great way to get the audience excited once again. We had a long break from season 1 and the movie just wasn’t enough to satisfy everyone’s desire to see some amazing action and plot development. So, the expectations are set very high for a great season in all aspects (of course especially in animation).

The initial part of the first episode starts us off with a recap of what happens at the end of the demon slayer movie. This was a really good recap because it didn’t show so much that it would overwhelm the rest of the episode but it also didn’t show too less that would not let us feel any emotion through the limited scenes. Further through the episode, Tanjiro is shown going to visit Rengoku’s family which has two contrasting characters; the younger brother who looks up to Rengoku and is openly displaying his remorse and the father who expresses emotion more rashly by suppressing his thoughts with the help of alcohol. The whole interaction between Tanjiro and Rengoku’s father was really meaningful despite the fact that it’s childish fighting. At the same time, the father also reveals some secrets about Tanjiro’s power and that got make really excited to see if more will come out throughout the season. Later, we are also given a solo scene of Rengoku’s father’s true emotions when he can no longer hold his emotions back and just breaks down. Honestly, that scene had me in tears and I really give it to the anime to make me feel that way in the very first episode itself.

One of the best scenes of the first episode had to be Muzan acting as a child to hide his identity in a normal family. His interaction with Akaza elevated the potential action and plot development so much. The way they talk so casually about defeating Hashira’s that we believe to be so strong just shows us how the upper moon are really on another level and that the amount of training Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke have to go through is going to be on another level. At the same time, the power up that these characters have to get has to be through the roof for them to even be able to match one of the upper moon let alone Muzan himself. That interaction hoenstly gave me goosebumps and got me so excited to see some more amazing fights in the upcoming episodes as well.

Finally, we are shown our three heroes training very hard to get stronger. They are all lamenting the death of Rengoku and are determined to prove their worth. The introduction of the Sound Hashira was done very lightly but I can see that this is going to be the basis of the plot for season 2. He will probably help the three train to become much stronger and I am excited to see that because he seems to be a very exciting character.

While the plot does seem to be getting better and better, the highlight of the anime is always the animation. I seriously can never get over how smooth and perfect the animation of this anime is. If there’s anything this anime deserves true credit for it’s the aesthetics of the animation. I am really excited to see what this anime has in store for us in terms of plot and character development and the action because they are all truly heightened with the help of amazing animation. Overall, a good start with great potential.

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