Story/Art: Koyoharu Gotouge
Translation: John Werry
What They Say
Despite some comic misunderstandings that almost blow their cover, Tanjiro, Inosuke and Zenitsu smoke out Daki, a demon that has been devouring the residents of the entertainment district for years. The Hashira Tengen Uzui and his ninja companions engage Daki, but if they cannot handle her, will Tanjiro and his friends are able to take on one of Kibutsuji’s Upper-Ranked demons by themselves?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
With Tengen on his way to Tanjiro to assist against Daki, Tanjiro evolves into a form that he has never experienced. Daki recognizes this form through Lord Mugen’s memories. Tanjiro moves instinctually, getting so close to killing Daki, but when the moment counts, Tanjiro surpasses his limit. Nezuko jumps in to protect her brother. It’s then revealed that Nezuko is a demon, like Tamayo, that escaped him. Daki desperately tries to kill Nezuko, but Nezuko regenerates too quickly. Suddenly, Nezuko breaks free from the bamboo in her mouth and also evolves. Nezuko rampages and is able to use a blood demon art form that only burns demons. Tanjiro awakens in time to stop Nezuko from going after humans.
Tengen shows up and beheads Daki in an instant, but Daki doesn’t die. Another demon, Gyutaro, appears from her back is just as strong if not stronger than Daki. Gyutaro is Daki’s older brother, and he is ready to destroy anyone that messed with his sister. Inosuke and Zenitsu arrive and Tanjiro directs them to help Tengen. With Nezuko asleep and safely back in her box, Tanjiro rejoins that fight.
Every single volume of this series I read, I think it’s better than the last, and this volume is no exception. I was wowed as plowed through this volume and was so disappointed when I read the last page. The first thing I thought was I want to read more. So very rarely do I feel this way, it makes feel excited about a story. There are many series I like out there, but I usually finish the book and it feels nice, but that’s about it. The intense pace and action of this story are not only amazing to read, but it engages the mind daring it to consider the story on a broader level. When is the rest of the anime coming out again? I need 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: January 7th, 2020