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Character Perception Can Change in an Instant
Within storytelling, perception of characters can consistently change. For instance, one event might happen to either make an audience love or hate a character. This is especially true with television shows. Since television shows are consistent, the audience sees the same characters once to several times a week. Furthermore, television shows have more episodes to completely express a character’s backstory. For some viewers, character development slows the progress of a series. On the other hand, there’s so much potential that can come from having character focus episodes. In the most recent episode of the growing popular anime Demon Slayer, there are several instances where perception of characters change. In this review, we’re examining how episode thirteen of Demon Slayer shows a change in character’s perception through the story, characters, animation, and story.
Demon Slayer Encourages Dialogue Rich Stories
The story of this episode moves more slowly. Episode thirteen continues from the previous two episodes. Tanjiro and Zenitsu are still in the clutches of a demon whose name is Kyogai. There aren’t so many stories in this episode in comparison to episode twelve. However, this episode focuses more on the background of the characters. There’s a lot of moments where the characters are talking to each other. In fact, there’s several scenes in this episode that are either inner dialogue or flashbacks. Dialogue episodes are just as important as action pack episodes. With that being said, there is good amount of action in this episode. More specifically, there are events that happen with four of the main characters. Additionally, this episode focuses on three particular characters. Without going into too much spoilers, this episode changes the perception of several characters.
Changing the Perception of Characters
There are particular characters that this episode changes perceptions. Both for the better, as well as, for the worst. For example, one of these characters is demons. Within this series, there has been an establishment that demons can be complex. We can see this concept in episode eight when the series introduces the villain Muzan Kibutsuji, as well as, another power demon Tamayo. This concept is fully expressive in this episode through the demon, Kyogai. Each character in this episode get character development. This is especially true for Zenitsu. Honestly, there are several times in this episode where I feel emotion for these characters. I wasn’t expecting to feel such a deep connection to some of these characters. Episode thirteen pushes these characters into the three dimensions. Where as, you can relate to the characteristics of the characters. Just as character show a new perspective, the animation softly highlights this.
Animation Tells a Softer Story
Within episode thirteen, the animation reflects the changes in the characters. The past few episodes contain high amounts of action. Just to be clear, this episode does contain action scenes. With that being said, most of the animation focuses on storytelling. Specifically, the animation focuses on showing character expressions. This is vital because the audience can see how the characters are starting to come out as who they are. Just like in real life, it’s common to create biases. The same can be said for characters in stories. Like I state previously, this episode contains quite a number of flashbacks and inner dialogue. The animation reflects this as we see soft transitions and deep emotion on the character’s faces. Personally, I have to praise this episode simply at the amount of emotion that the audience can feel. Even though the animation assists the character’s changes, the music ties everything together.