The series looks to be finally back in form as we head towards Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 8. With the Daki reveal of the last episode, will the combined forces of Uzui and our three musketeers be able to defeat them? Let’s find out in this review!
Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 8 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 terrorising 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 only the first episode was 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 seventh episode of this arc if you’d like. The episode is also known as Kimetsu no Yaiba Yuukaku-hen Episode 8 in original Japanese.
– Demon Slayer Entertainment District Arc Episode 8 Review does not contain spoilers –
Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba Season 2 Episode 8 Review- Action Packed
Demon Slayer is a shounen battle anime. A characteristic of anime such as this one is that there will often be episodes that focus solely on a single battle with a lot of discussion and context strategically placed between the action scenes to even out the episode’s flow. The quality of these episodes is based heavily on the kind of strategy and action used in the battle. Demon Slayer has always been great in that aspect of storytelling, and this outing was no different.
All the cards were finally put on the table in the last episode, as we finally learned the truth about Daki’s powers and how a weakling such as her came to be a member of the upper moons. The ugly yet strong guy with an inferiority complex is a trope done to death in anime such as this, but the show handled it as good as it could have in this episode. The duo of Daki and her brother is just weak enough to be killed by our heroes while being strong enough to pose a serious threat. They are the perfect kind of enemy for an episode such as this.
The action in Demon Slayer Red Light District Arc Episode 8 was spectacular and breathtaking (pun intended). The episode was chock-full with small details that you might miss on a single watch and would have to return for repeat viewings. The animation was smooth as butter and moved so quickly that it became hard to appreciate all the hard work that went into it. The soundtrack remained as good as it always has, as this episode marked the continuation of the high quality of this portion of the anime.
The only thing that brought it down somewhat was the writing of the dialogue. It felt strangely weightless as the dialogues failed to do justice to the situation’s tension. The characters all sounded generic, and they spouted common shounen dialogue such as “He got hurt because I’m weak”, “Apologise to the one insignificant character the you hurt and not to the several hundred that you killed”, and “You are already dead -No I’m not, I just have to kill you before your poison kills me”.
Please note that I realise that the dialogue criticism is nitpicking and not a real gripe one should have with a series. It just came about because, in a series as good and high quality as Demon Slayer, the slight errors and mistakes jump out even more than they would in a lesser series. Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 8 was very good overall and extremely fun to watch, but dialogues such as those take one out of the immersion, even for a tiny bit.
Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 8 also featured a bunch of symbolism, as we saw the duo who defeated opponents due to their numerical superiority finally be outnumbered for the first time. Uzui’s backstory was fine, although there should be more to come in future episodes, so I’ll reserve my opinion until then. Tanjiro showed a lot of weakness after impressing in the rest of the season, and Inosuke continues to improve every episode. Even Zenitsu wasn’t completely unbearable to watch this time, which can only be a plus!
Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 8 was a barn-burner of an episode that was filled with fantastic action to the brim. The season is turning out to be extremely fun, even though it won’t be given as much time as anything else going on right now.
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