Story/Art: Kyoharu Gotouge
Translation: John Werry
What They Say
Tanjiro and Nezuko cross paths with two powerful demons who fight with magical weapons. Even help from Tamayo and Yushiro may not be enough to defeat these demons who claim to belong to the Twelve Kizuki that directly serve Kibutsuji, the demon responsible for all of Tanjiro’s woes! But if these demons can be defeated, what secrets can they reveal about Kibutsuji?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
After successfully dealing with the two demons, Tamayo informs him that the demons were not a member of the Kizuki Twelve. Tamayo does gather some blood for her research and both her and Yushiro decide to move on. They invite Nezuko to stay with them, but they Tanjiro and Nezuko decide to stick together. Immediately, the crow is telling them to move on.
On the way, they meet Zenitsu, a fellow demon corp member, who cries a lot and is infatuated with girls. He was also in the same final selection as Tanjiro. They end up going together to their next mission. While Tanjiro has a keen sense of smell, Zenitsu has excellent hearing. They approach a house that smells of blood and finds two children outside claiming monsters took their brother and returned inside the house. With a host of injuries, Tanjiro goes to look for the missing brother, and Zenitsu reluctantly goes along.
The children follow them inside and Tanjiro and one child and Zenitsu and the other child get separated. What they don’t expect is the house is constantly changing. There is a demon rotating the rooms by beating on drums embedded into his body. Meanwhile, Zenitsu runs into something that has a boar head, but a human body. Tanjiro finds the missing brother and begins to figure out how the demon is moving the rooms. Zenitsu takes the sibling outside but is screaming and crying most of the time, which accelerates when a demon comes from under the house. He faints, which is when Zenitsu works best, and he defeats the demon. The boar headed man defeats the third demon. Tanjiro is left to defeat the drum demon who was once in the Kizuki Twelve.
The characters in this story are wonderful. All are very different and unique with a slightly different sense of justice. Though I watched the anime, I noticed it more in the manga, how respectful Tanjiro is. He’s not just respectful to humans, but to demons and the dead as well. It makes his nice guy, hero image very humble. I appreciate that, and that endears Tanjiro to the reader. These particular scenes were stellar in the anime, and it was a joy to read them all over again.
Content Grade: A
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: C
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Shonen Jump (Viz Media)
Release Date: November 6, 2018