Story/Art: Koyoharu Gotouge
Translation: John Werry
What They Say
Tanjiro and his friends accompany the Hashira Tengen Uzui to an entertainment district where Tengen’s female ninja agents were gathering information on a demon, but it suddenly disappeared. In order to investigate, Tanjiro and the others disguise themselves as women to sneak in! As they close in on their target, the demon reaches out for the courtesans of the district!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Uzui, the flashy hashira, basically forces Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke to come along with to the entertainment where he has been tracking a demon. Uzi apparently has three wives, all ninjas, who he had been working with, but has lost contact with. He has Tanjiro and friends made up like women, so they could infiltrate the three places his wives were working, while he looks for the demons. Suma, one of Uzui’s wives, is already gone missing in the house that Tanjiro has been placed. However, Inosuke caught a lead on Makio in the house he is working in. Inosuke gets really close to the demon, but it gets away. Zenitsu also realizes there is a demon in his house and it’s the oiran and the same demon Inosuke was tracking.
Zenitsu is now missing and Uzui wants Tanjiro and Inosuke to leave, as he feels it’s too dangerous for them. Tanjiro and Inosuke agree to wait until night and work together to track the demon down. Before they can meet, Tanjiro runs into the demon first and they battle. Meanwhile, Uzui is able to track down one of his wives and is looking for the demon. Tanjiro switches from water to sun breathing technique. Tanjiro is able to use his attack more than once and is barely holding his own against the demon. Inosuke has figured out that the demon is underground and has found the demon’s obi that has many people trapped in it. He is able to get two of Uzui’s wives out and Zenitsu. Finally, Uzui shows up as well.
Reading this series is looking being on a roller coaster. The build to each arc, whether small or big, swells with intensity and emotions. At the height of the hill is when Tanjiro proves he has improved and his unwavering perseverance along with his friends, and then in some way a victory occurs and you’re sliding down the hill again. Nearly each volume or volume and a half follow this exciting ebb and flow of storytelling. It might seem if this happens all the time, it would get boring, but it never does. The volume ends and you’re always left wanting more.
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 5, 2019