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Spoiler Warning Regarding This Review of Demon Slayer

Hello fellow readers. I hope you’re all having a wonder day, afternoon, or evening whenever you’re reading this.  Before we start this review, I want to put this warning in.  Originally, I was trying to word this review to not spoil a lot of the episode.  However, this review will go into major spoilers on the newest episode of Demon Slayer.  If you haven’t already, please check out episode twenty-one.  You can watch this episode on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu.  After you’ve seen the episode, fill free to come back to read this review.  Thank you so much for reading this warning and please enjoy the review. 

Families Stick Together No Matter What

When it comes to families, we would do anything for them.  The definition of family can be a multitude of different definitions.  Regardless, a family is supposed to stick together.  Unfortunately, there are times when families don’t always stick together.  Within storytelling, there’s a common trope about families.  In those tropes regardless of how crazy everything got, the family would stick together.  That’s the main concept of what a family is.  People who will stand with you as well as disagree with you.  This element of families sticking together reveals itself in the most recent episode of Demon Slayer. In this episode of Demon Slayer, Tanjiro as well as Rui show how deeply important it is for families sticking together.  In this review, we’re examining how this episode of Demon Slayer expresses that families stick together through story, characters, animation, and music.

Episode Twenty of Demon Slayer Shows the Parallel of Rui and Tanjiro’s Stories

Episode Twenty-One of Demon Slayer is extremely personal.  This is due to the fact that this episode focuses a lot on family.  In fact, we get to learn a lot more about Rui’s family.  Additionally, the audience gets to see what Tanjiro is willing to do to help Nezuko.  Following from episode twenty, this episode is the final conclusion of the spider demon saga.  The audience gets to see how Rui came to be. Commonly with Demon Slayer, there’s one episode that Because of this, the audience gets a chance to build a connection with Rui.  After we learn about Rui, the story follows Tanjiro.  Soon enough, the other Demon Slayers figure out that Tanjiro is sheltering a demon.  As Tanjiro protects Nezuko, this underlines the theme again. 

That is the fact that families stick together no matter what.  The fact that Tanjiro is willing to put all of his training on the line to protect his sister. That’s what families are suppose to do.  Even Giyu sees this willingness in Tanjiro.  So much so to the point of Giyu protecting Tanjiro from Shinobu.  Granted, this is probably due to Giyu seeing that Nezuko was different.  Regardless, one of the things that this episode does effectively is show the parallel lives between Rui and Tanjiro. 

Demon Slayer Shows Rui’s Sad Yet Misunderstood Story

This newest episode of Demon Slayer focuses on Rui and Tanjiro.  Firstly, I want to discuss the story we see from Rui.  Within this episode, we get to understand why Rui is the way he is.  Unsurprisingly, the audience also gets to see the leader of the demons, Muzan.  To be honest, it’s good to see how he selects his demons. With that said, Rui proves to be a very sad as well as interesting story.  As a child, we see Rui as a sick child.  That’s when Muzan comes to Rui and tells him he can be stronger.  Essentially, Rui is selling his soul to the devil.  Unfortunately, his parents don’t approve of the ordeal.  From what we witness in the episode, Rui has one viewpoint of what family is. Which at first is his parents want him dead.  At his last moments, Rui sees his family. 

Without a doubt, this story really tugs at the heart strings.  Rui actually shows emotions when for so long he was emotionless.  When he made the decision to become a demon, he thought it would help his family.  However, like I state previously, Rui finally sees his family.  Rui as well as the audience gets to see his chapter close.  He might have seen them as negative at first.  However, Rui fully learns about this family’s intensions. In fact, his family follows him to where he’s going in the afterlife.  Rui’s character conclusion is extremely satisfying almost to the point of emotional.  Additionally, this teaches the audience that some demons have baggage.  This message also teaches that families can still stick together even with nonideal choices.  It’s the old saying of never judge a book by its cover.  This episode also focuses on Tanjiro viewpoint of families sticking together. 

Tanjiro Puts His Training on the Line to Stick With His Sister

This episode of Demon Slayer also focuses on Tanjiro.  In fact, Tanjiro is a parallel character to Rui.  While Rui’s family at first didn’t accept Rui, Tanjiro accepts his demon sister, Nezuko.  In fact, he’s willing to put everything on the line to save Nezuko.  So much so to the point of Tanjiro and Nezuko getting sent to Demon Slayer Corps headquarters.  From the very beginning of the series, Tanjiro always shows an extreme soft spot for family.  This is no exception with him learning more about Rui.  When Tanjiro and Nezuko are trying to escape, Tanjiro has a moment where if he would be losing his rank as a Demon Slayer.  Just the fact that Tanjiro is willing to put all of his years of training on the line says something about his character.  Without a doubt, Tanjiro absolutely shows in this episode the fact that families stick together.

Both Tanjiro and Rui show their own versions of families sticking together.  In the same instance, the animation in this episode shows the characters inner struggle. 

Demon Slayer Expresses Emotion Through Facial Expressions

The animation in this episode focuses a lot on the emotion of the characters.  To clarify, there’s a lot of scenes with inner dialogue, crying, and facial expressions.  The audience can see what the characters are feeling.  For instance, we can see the moment when Rui realizes his parents love him.  The amount of emotion on his face can make it clear that he realizes that families stick together.  Not to mention, Tanjiro shows similar animations.  Granted, there’s a couple of scenes that fill with action as the Demon Slayers try to hunt Nezuko.  However, Tanjiro shows human emotion.  Throughout his missions, he’s seen demons with such pain.  Even when Tanjiro protects Nezuko, it’s clear that Tanjiro is in pain.  However, the animation shows that Tanjiro is willing to stick with his sister no matter what.  Not only the animation helps this theme shine through, the music assists as well.

The Music in Episode Twenty-One of Demon Slayer Expresses the Power of Families Sticking Together

Without a doubt, the music in Demon Slayer expresses as much emotion from the characters as the animation.  Interestingly enough, the music in this episode significantly ranges.  The range is from complete silence to action scenes with intense choir music.  First, let’s start with the silence. Within this episode, there’s a large number of scenes that have silence.  Personally, I think having silence in scenes is a good idea.  This is due to the fact that having silence makes you focus on the characters.  Additionally, these moments help the audience really get inside the character’s head.  The next type of music we see in this episode is sorrowful music.  This type of music shows itself in both Tanjiro and Rui’s scenes.  With that said, most of the sorrowful music is with Rui. 

This is due to the fact that not only does Rui have more powerful scenes.  Rui has a lot of internal conflict that he’s reliving as he’s dying.  The sorrowful music is actually quite beautiful.  It’s filled with deep voice choirs and violins for instance.  Unsurprisingly, the music causes a lot of emotion as it’s very powerful.  Tanjiro has his own sorrowful music when he talks about Nezuko. However, some of his music is in relation to him feeling sorrow for Rui’s pain.  As the scenes become more intense, the music picks up as well.  This is when Tanjiro is putting everything on the line to protect his sister.  Furthermore, the music in this episode plays a role in portraying the theme of families sticking together no matter what. 

The Theme of Families Will Continue as an Ongoing Theme

In this review, we’ve thoroughly analyze how Demon Slayer portrays the theme that families stick together.  Firstly, we took a look at the story.  Within this story, both characters Tanjiro and Rui express their own families.  Both of these characters came to there own realization that families stick together.  In fact, we examine how episode twenty-one focuses on both Tanjiro and Rui.  Without a doubt, both of these characters grow as a result of this episode.  Additionally, the animation in this episode greatly expresses what the characters are feeling.  Since this episode does contain a lot of inner thoughts, the animation reflects that.  Last but certainly not least, the music in this episode of Demon Slayer finalizes how the characters feel about this topic. 

More than likely, this theme will continue to make itself known throughout the series.  This is due to Tanjiro and Nezuko’s situation.  Regardless, Tanjiro as well as Nezuko’s bond can’t be broken by anyone.  Due to the fact that families stick together no matter what. 

Discussion Time

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