Uzui has managed to put Tanjiro, Zenitsu and Inosuke in cover as we head into Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 3. What horrors lie within the shadows inside the shady establishments? There’s only one way to find out. Let’s get right to the review!
Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 3 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 second episode of this arc if you’d like. The episode is also known as Kimetsu no Yaiba Yuukaku-hen Episode 3 in original Japanese.
– Demon Slayer Entertainment District Arc Episode 3 Review does not contain spoilers –
Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba Season 2 Episode 3 Review- Plot and Characters
After you finish watching this episode of Demon Slayer, the first thing you notice is that it is largely missing both of the main characters of this arc- Tanjiro and Uzui. For an episode that is just the third of a new series, that is quite a bold move by the showrunners to assume that what used to be the most annoying characters of the show can carry the whole episode. The second thing you notice is that everything happening is way too convenient.
Seriously, think about it. Uzui was able to get three Demon Slayers admitted into the three exact places he lost communication with his wives in. All three of them then found traces of demons at almost the exact same time, only two episodes into the show. That raises many questions about the writing of the show that might not be answered in later instalments of the series, including “why is the pacing so weird?”
Demon Slayer Red Light District Arc Episode 3 begins right where the last episode left off, with Inosuke finding the Demon’s location inside his particular establishment. The story then switches to Zenitsu and his dealings with what appears to be the same Demon, alongside revealing who that Demon is and their connection with Kibutsuji Muzan. All that is well and good, but everything happened way too fast in this episode.
While Zenitsu and Inosuke have shown definite improvements in their characters, the change is still far too recent and sudden to have truly sunk in. It is hard to not still see Zenitsu as the whining annoyance when the show hasn’t really given him any time to do anything between these two presentations. Maybe the adventures the trio went into between the Mugen train and Entertainment District arcs should have been televised instead of being relegated to lip service.
However, the overall plot and events of Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 3 weren’t bad at all, and the series has a very interesting new villain to look out for. Strong opponents are always welcome, and the opening and ending both seem to indicate Uzui’s having more to his character than his outspoken and creepy self. The series has never been more interesting than it is right now.
Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 3 Review- Art and Music
There is a certain nuance to Demon Slayer‘s animation style, which mixes 2D and 3D animation to great success. The show looks like no other in anime right now. The soundtrack is also unique, mixing some traditional Japanese music with current instrumentals to create some fantastic OSTs that seem to go very well with the great action and emotional scenes. Aimer also looks to be a great addition to the team, providing this season of Demon Slayer with great opening and ending themes. All good stuff!
Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 3 showed that there are still some chinks in the show’s armour, as it can still mess up a little from time to time. The pacing and characterization were slightly off in this outing, but the rest of the show did somewhat make up for them.
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