With Mugen Train out of the way, it is time to finally begin with the newest arc of Demon Slayer with Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 1. Let’s see how the first episode of the Entertainment District Arc faired in this review!
Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 1 Overview
One of the most popular anime of our time, Demon Slayer, is back on our screens with the Entertainment District Arc. The newest series follows the 7 episode retelling of the Mugen Train Movie, which you can read all about here. The arc follows Tanjirou, Zenitsu, and Inosuke, aided by the Sound Hashira Tengen Uzui. They travel to Yoshiwara red-light district to hunt down a demon terrorizing the town.
Ufotable is the studio behind Demon Slayer’s anime adaptation, and Haruo Sotozaki will direct the series. It is to be noted that the first episode will be a double-length episode, followed by standard episodes in the future. You can read our review of the Mugen Train movie while you’re at it or our review of the last episode of the Mugen Train arc if you’d like. The episode is also known as Kimetsu no Yaiba Yuukaku-hen Episode 1 in original Japanese.
– Demon Slayer Entertainment District Arc Episode 1 Review does not contain spoilers –
Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 1 Review- Plot and Characters
After 6 episodes of digging around the ashes of a successful movie, I can’t begin to describe how exciting the arrival of new episodes in the Demon Slayer saga makes me. The audience has waited almost three years since the release of the first season and about a year since the movie’s release to find out the aftermath of the death of Kyojuro Rengoku. It was a moment for the ages, and people had reasons to believe that the follow-up could be one of the greatest arcs in the show.
So, did the first new outing for Demon Slayer in so long work? Absolutely, very much so. Since it was a double episode, we will have to talk about the two halves separately to make sense of the pacing, and I’ll try to keep it as spoiler-free as I can so as not to ruin your experience if you haven’t watched the episode yet. There might be a few errant statements here and there so that the summary makes sense, but nothing major.
The first half of Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba Season 2 Episode 1 focused on the fallout of Kyojuro’s death and the devastation all the major characters felt because of it. Tanjiro set out to do the task Kyojuro asked of him and to learn more about his Hinokami Kagura technique. Answers aren’t all he got there, and he left the place with a lot of broken bones and spirit, having made a friend along the way.
The first half was all about the emotional side of Demon Slayer, which is something that the show does very well. The meeting with Kyojuro’s father and brother was exactly like one would have imagined, emotional and intense in all the right ways. The answers we did get about the techniques of Tanjiro were enough to hold one over until the next crumbs of information. Kyojuro’s father and Senjuro were both fantastic characters, and I would love it if they had more to do in the show’s future.
The second half of Demon Slayer Red Light District Arc Episode 1 (I don’t know why they changed the name from this to Entertainment District) was about introducing the new character, Sound Hashira Tengen Uzui. I will reserve my judgement upon him until we’ve seen more of him, which will be soon enough. I was more interested in the time leap, which showed our three main characters training and getting stronger, alongside showing them killing demons.
I have always complained about Zenitsu and Inosuke as characters, and if this manages to make them even 10% less annoying, I’m all for it. Demon Slayer Mugen Train went some ways into raising the profile of Inosuke, but poor Zenitsu is just as annoying and painful to watch as ever. I hope they improve in the next arc because they are by far the worst parts of the show. Well, them and the awful comedy scenes that make at least some moments in each episode extremely cringeworthy. I’m afraid to report that things didn’t improve in that regard in Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 1.
Overall, Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 1 was a great outing for the show and did a lot to remove the stain of an obvious cash grab in the form of the Mugen Train anime arc from memory. I just hope that 7 of our precious 25 episodes weren’t wasted in that, although I have a sneaking suspicion that they were. The show’s future is extremely exciting, and the current plotline showcases the tremendous potential of the story.
Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 1 Review- Art and Music
The animation and sound of this episode were tremendous. Did anyone honestly expect anything else? It’s Demon Slayer, one of the most refined and worked upon anime of our times, and these aspects of the show reflect that. There was one surprising thing about these, however. The opening isn’t done by LISA, who has provided the theme songs for all Demon Slayer projects so far. I love her work, so this is a little disappointing, but I’ll reserve my judgement of the music until I’m more familiar with it.
Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 1 was a great way to start a new era for the show. The outing looked and sounded great and had a great emotional core. It feels good to have Demon Slayer back on our screens.
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