After an emotional and action-packed debut, Demon Slayer continues with Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 2. Where is the Sound Hashira Tengen Uzui taking our protagonists? Let’s find out in this review!
Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 2 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 first episode of this arc if you’d like. The episode is also known as Kimetsu no Yaiba Yuukaku-hen Episode 2 in original Japanese.
– Demon Slayer Entertainment District Arc Episode 2 Review does not contain spoilers –
Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 2 Review- Plot and Characters
Demon Slayer has a lot of good things going for it. It has an engaging plot with fantastic emotional beats, some great and varied characters, and some phenomenal animation and music to go along with it. However, as it is a shonen anime, it tends to feature a lot of comedy, the comedy that usually ends up being the worst part of the show. Comedy is inherently subjective, but it usually featured a type of comedy that no one over the age of 8 could find funny.
That was, until this time. Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba Season 2 Episode 2 was hilarious. It was a funny setup episode that introduced the audience and the characters to the place that is going to be their playground for a while- the Entertainment District. Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke exploring the district and getting scolded/beat up by Uzui for that was great and made perfect sense for this early in the show.
What was particularly enjoyable about this time around was that the comedy came naturally, instead of the show forcing it in unnatural situations like it did in Season 1. The characters did and said things that made sense in the moment and context they said it in, and the comedy came from that. The situation was naturally weird enough that it all went smoothly, otherwise remember when Tanjiro was fighting for his life inside the haunted house, and Zenitsu was annoying his ears off for the sake of “comedy”?
Speaking of Zenitsu, it seems like the show has grounded his and Inosuke’s characters a lot. What used to be hugely annoying personalities are now just quirky, and I appreciate that. I couldn’t stand them both, especially Zenitsu, in Season 1, and now I liked both of their shenanigans in Demon Slayer Red Light District Arc Episode 2. Tengen Uzui wasn’t as present in this outing as I had hoped, so the judgement on his character is still reserved. Other than that, this was a great and hilarious episode of the show!
Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 2 Review- Art and Music
Other than repeating the usual compliments you would expect Demon Slayer to get, I have a complaint from this outing. You see, character design is a huge part of any show and can make or break certain characters and their fanbases. There must be enough distinction in any show with many characters so that people don’t mistake one character’s actions and motivations for another’s. Demon Slayer is one of the worst shows I’ve seen in that regard.
While some characters do stand out, including the main ones and some side characters like Shinobu and Kyojuro, most of the others blend into one and don’t stand out at all. They all have similar faces, hair, and eyes and look like the show is reusing models with different costumes, even though it might not be. Every one of the miscellaneous characters and some important ones looks the same, which is a problem. Although I don’t think it will be fixed anytime soon, I figured I should put this out there.
Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 2 was funny in a way the show hasn’t ever been before. The comedy came naturally and enhanced this episode by quite a lot.
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