Demon Slayer Appreciation Time

Demon Slayer Appreciation Time


I did not like Demon Slayer at first, in fact
I was losing interest in anime for these last few years. Only a few titles that were able to restore
my faith, they are Made in Abyss, Land of Lustrous and Promised Neverland. These are easy picks. Promised Neverland has amazing hook from the
very first episode and I always like mystery thriller, so I was instantly on board. For Made in Abyss, as soon as that sunrise
scene and the song played, I was completely on board. Demon Slayer was different, the first few
episodes didn’t hook me right away. I felt that it had too many monologue, which
slowed down the pace and the demon infected sister seemed like a trope from zombie movies. But I was so wrong, and I’m very glad I
stick with Demon Slayer. I won’t say it’s the Best anime or Anime
of the year, but I can say for certain, Demon Slayer is refreshingly sincere and kind. For every larger than life characters, we
also see the humble and vulnerable side of them. No one can escape their imperfection, I really
appreciate this genuine approach, it goes a long way. The best character to exhibit these traits
is none other than, the main protagonist. Tanjiro His story is the classic hero’s
journey, immensely determined to save his sister and 100% lawful good. What separates him from other protagonists
is his compassion, We see how he elevates those around him and
even shows kindness to the enemy. i invest and care for his character because
of his sympathy and gratitude, he doesn’t take anything or anyone for granted, he simply
cares for others. The other main character is Tanjiro’s sister,
Nezuko, At first I was really worried about her, not because of the death and suffering,
but is she gonna be the usual little sister trope? In the back of my mind, I was sure they’re
gonna put maid outfit on her. Then comes beach episode? I don’t care if it’s feudal japan, that’s
not a guarantee. Luckily none of that happened, the anime treated
her with respect. Still we are constantly reminded that Nezuko
is on the verge of losing or sacrificing herself. The anime doesn’t shy away from putting
her in physical or mental ordeal either and it creates tension just from this simple setup, This doesn’t mean she’s a damsel in distress,
she had a nice a back and forth relationship with Tanjiro even though she cannot speak. I think the highest praise I can give is it
reminds me of Edward and Alphonse Elric when watching full metal alchemist. I also find myself liking zenitsu. This is another aspect that I didn’t except
to like, he seemed like the comic relief at first. In contrast to Tanjiro, he doesn’t have
a high goal and doesn’t even value himself that highly. We soon learn more about him, the limitations
he has and even though he tries to overcome them, they make him doubt himself. Not everyone can master everything after a
training montage, no other character shows as much fear as Zenitsu yet he still stood
his ground when faced with adversity and he has some of the best moments in anime. I want to talk about one specific moment,
spoiler ahead for manga. Please kindly skip 30 seconds or so, this
won’t take long. In one scene Zenitsu is severely wounded and
he passed out, there he has a dreamlike vision. He’s standing on the side of river and his
teacher on the other side. He cries his heart out, he apologized for
being so weak and he couldn’t live up to his expectation. His teacher only says one line in reply “you’re
my pride and joy” This fricking hit me hard, I had to pause
for a minute. It was not the first time, and definitely
not the last. I don’t usually get attached to characters
from anime, movie or game, but Demon Slayer won me over time after time again. Everytime there’s flashback, it’s sad
story time, the author gonna hit me with feels. I have not found a character that I don’t
like. However, before I got to know the characters,
the animation was the first thing that convinced me. Back in earlier episode Tanjiro had his training
in mountain, they use one fluid animation, it’s a brief sequence but I enjoy it and
it has only gotten better from there. Subsequently, it also showed multitude of
gorgeous sceneries, I particularly like the scene in the city where old Japanese tradition
meets modern nightlife. The fights are excellent, every enemy has
specific trait and there’s always strategy involved while still maintaining good flow
of action. There’s a good sense of progression beyond
just bigger power level. At latter battles, the anime puts out one
of the best action scenes in recent years. With all these good features, Demon Slayer
is not without flaws. The comedy part are repetitive, it would do
the same joke repeatedly. The monologue still get in the way sometimes,
I think it’d be better to let the scenes play out, but some fights might need explanation. The pace would slow down at some points, especially
towards end of season, although it’s most likely to set up a new arc. These are just minor drawbacks, of course. I still enjoy my time with the anime, it’s
such a warm and kind story and I find myself caring for the characters. and one episode stood out for me. It’s the introduction of the Hashira or
the Pillars. There’s no fight or spectacular animation,
although it still had the same intensity. I realize if action shounen can immerse me
that much just from dialogues, I’m completely one hundred percent on board… That’s it from me, thank you for watching,
please leave a like, comment, and subsribce. I make 3 videos every week, have a good day
I’ll see you in the next one.

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