Demon Slayer season 2 episode 8 recap: Sound Hashira Tengen Uzui

‘Demon Slayer’ has returned with the brand new episode ‘Sound Hashira Tengen Uzui’, also referred to as season 3 episode 1 by Netflix, and one that’s not actually just a retelling of the Mugen Train movie. It’s been what, two years since we had new content for the series? Better late than never. The episodes are streaming weekly on Netflix in a number of countries.

Recap

Following on from the absolutely depressing death of the flame hashira Kyojuro Rengoku, which made the Demon Slayer fandom cry in unison, a very sneaky looking child is introduced.

The kid is none other than demon king Muzan, now hiding as a normal boy adopted by a family. He’s given a visit by Akaza, who wants a medal for killing a hashira, but Muzan is far from impressed. He wants the news of every hashira getting eliminated.

Zenitsu, Inosuke and Tanjiro are back to insect hashira Shinobu’s house. Rengoku’s death has hit Tanjiro the hardest, who suddenly disappears. His friends are left worried because he’s still wounded from the Mugen Train fight.

Good old Tanjiro has gone to give Rengoku’s father and brother messages from him, but his father turns out to be a drunk mean man, who gets the brunt of Tanjiro’s infamous headbutt for talking foul about Rengoku, but not before calling Tanjiro the ‘sun breather’, confusing everybody.

Kyojuro’s brother Senjuro is kind of happy that someone stood up to his father, and tries to help Tanjiro by giving him a record of the previous flame hashira, but they’ve been ruined by grumpy Dad.

Senjuro also shares his inability to be a demon slayer and how his disinterest in becoming one would end the family tradition of demon slayers, but Tanjiro is supportive as always.

Senjuro vows to restore the record, and tells his father Rengoku’s last message for him: “Please take care of yourself.” Who’s cutting the onions? Turns out, mean Dad actually loves Kyojuro and his attitude was just tough love. His tears are non-stop at this point.

Tanjiro returns and finds Haganezuka, who is far from happy that Tanjiro broke his sword… again. Tanjiro and gang start training diligently after this.

Four months later, they’ve all been training and completing missions from their crows individually, even Zenitsu. No, really.

One day, when Tanjiro arrives at Shinobu’s house, he finds the sound hashira Tengan Uzui abducting two little girls. Even Tanjiro’s headbutt isn’t enough to take him out, as he dodges it with his ninja skills.

Tengen wants the girls to help him with a mission. When Tanjiro suggests he, Zenitsu and Inosuke can accompany him instead, he takes them up on their offer, officially kicking off the Entertainment District Arc.

Takeaways

  • The new arc is finally here and we don’t have to watch the same story anymore, and not see Rengoku die again. (Yep, still not over it.)
  • Tengen is a really eccentric and funny character. The next arc will surely be hilarious and a welcome break from the dark stuff of Mugen Train.

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