Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 11: Tsuzumi Mansion
Since when could Tanjiro talk to birds?
Hooooly crap, Zenitsu. Zenitsu, Zenitsu, Zenitsu…I already knew he would be a cowardly character just from the tiny bit we saw of him before, but this is on a whole other level.
This boy must have tremendous luck somehow surviving Final Selection, or he probably has actual abilities. Well, no, we know he does because the OP shows us his lightning attacks. But oh my god my ears. Apparently Zenitsu is really popular, so I’m guessing he gets some good character development in the manga much later. But as of right now, in this moment, he’s awful. He has a terrible time with girls and wouldn’t stop harassing the nice girl that helped him, and I’m so glad she repeatedly slapped him because he deserved it. But…he didn’t learn his lesson at all. Ick. Thankfully Tanjiro was there to intervene but that disgusted face of his was hilarious. I didn’t find any of Zenitsu’s “comedy” bits to be funny at all, they were just plain annoying. He’s way too over the top and his type of character gets old really fast, and it made the episode very…off. I felt like the seriousness and the comedy wasn’t all too balanced this time around going from a man falling to his death, to then the comedy with Zenitsu not long after. It was very weird and I just wasn’t a fan of this episode or Zenitsu at all. The only times I laughed were when the little boy murdered Zenitsu with harsh (but very true!) words, and Tanjiro’s disgusted reactions.
Zenitsu is a huge coward and extremely pathetic, but I don’t really think he’s a bad person. I mean, that little scene of him sharing half of the riceball with Tanjiro showed that, and he can be cute when he wants to be. But…I don’t know how I’m going to fare with the show if Zenitsu is going to continue being like this because it’s going to drive me crazy quick. And I’m enjoying this show a lot so that would be upsetting.
Also that poor sparrow, though I don’t blame Zenitsu to not listening to it. I mean, it’s not a speaking sparrow like the crows…
So Zenitsu’s story is that he has a large debt on him, wanted to kill himself in the Final Selection, but he somehow managed to survive. He also has very good ears, like Tanjiro has a very good nose. Now he’s a demon slayer. Wow. Tanjiro’s crow takes them to where they have to be, which is a mansion. Outside they see two very shaken children but Tanjiro talks to them sweetly before getting their story. Turns out a demon randomly walked by them and kidnapped their brother and only him and they followed them to the mansion. Once they share their story, we hear the loud echoing sound of a tsuzumi and a man falls out from the balcony of the mansion. He violently crashes in front of them and Tanjiro heads over to him, but he dies shortly after.
Tanjiro is ready to head in and Zenitsu tags along, though scared shitless. Tanjiro leaves Nezuko outside with the kids and the boys go in. Zenitsu has another one of his “I’m going to die!” moments when he finds out that Tanjiro is still healing from broken bones (how is he even walking?), and they find that the kids followed them in because they heard scratching from inside the box. Zenitsu freaks out, accidentally pushes the little girl into a room with his butt, and Tanjiro heads in after her before the room completely changes along with the tsuzumi sound. In an incredibly well done 360 rotated scene, the room continues to change into other ones with each tsuzumi sound until it finally stops. The demon walks in front of them, angry at his prey getting away. Tanjiro is ready to fight it but finds himself standing on the wall of the same room. The demon’s Demon Art ability looks like something that would be the gimmick to a dungeon in a video game to be honest, and it’s really cool. The fight with the demon should get even more exciting as the boar head guy from the OP finally showed up, and he has awesome swords.
Also, that poor kid having to deal with Zenitsu. This episode was a strange one, not my favorite even though it’s setting up for a really cool fight. I’m worried Zenitsu’s shenanigans are going to ruin the show for me, but I hope he gets his growth very soon. He’s not a character type I necessarily like, but maybe I’ll find more entertainment with boar head because he had quite the entrance.