Story/Art: Koyoharu Gotouge
Translation: John Werry
What They Say
After a fierce battle with a demon inside a maddening house of ever-changing rooms, Tanjiro has a chance to find out about the fighter in the boar-head mask. Who is this passionate swordsman and what does he want? Later, a new mission has Tanjiro and his compatriots heading for Mt. Natagumo and a confrontation with a mysterious and horrifying threat…
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Tanjiro headbutts the boar-headed man, whose name is Inosuke, and is also from the Demon Corps. They all descend the mountain and rest with a family that takes care of members of the Demon Corps. While their injuries and broken ribs heal, Nezuko emerges from her box and Zenitsu is enamored by Tanjiro’s little sister.
When they are better, they are given a mission to help out at Mt. Natagumo. When they are at the base of the mountain, Zenitsu is already cowering in fear and Inosuke is ready to battle. They see a fellow Demon Corp member crawling out of the forest begging for help and is suddenly pulled back into the forest. When they enter the forest, it’s full of webs and spiders. They run into a fellow Demon Corp member and were informed that when their group entered the forest, suddenly they all started killing each other. Tanjiro figures out a demon are controlling the spiders and the threads from those spiders are controlling the Demon Corps actions.
Tanjiro sends Inosuke to look for the demon controlling the spiders, but another demon shows up telling Tanjiro to leave his peaceful family alone. When Inosuke and Tanjiro go after the demons they meet with yet another group from the Demon Corps that are fighting each other. Tanjiro figures a way to keep them occupied without hurting each other, but just as he thinks they are in the clear, they run into a large headless demon. They work together to defeat it and then go after the one pulling all the spider threads. Tanjiro gives that demon a merciful death.
Zenitsu finally decides to go after Tanjiro and Inosuke, but he meets with a different demon who has several other Demon Corp members. There is a small flashback about Zenitsu’s training, and he passes out, he takes on this other demon, but ends up alone and poisoned himself.
In this volume, in particular, I’ve noticed that while the manga and anime line up nearly perfectly, the added bonus of reading the manga is a better insight into the characters’ thoughts that are not spelled out as well in the anime. In the anime, Zenitsu is basically a screaming and crying idiot, or so seemed, but there’s a lot of inner monologue in the volume and a lot of it is from Zenitsu. I feel like I appreciate him better than I had previously. This story continues to be wonderfully fast-paced and intriguing.
Content Grade: A
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: C
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Shonen Jump (Viz Media)
Release Date: January 1, 2019