Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 9 Review: Temari Demon and Arrow Demon

This week’s episode was another testament to Ufotable’s fantastic animation. Fluid movements, dynamic action and great graphics – fight scenes don’t get much better than this. So while I would usually be a bit miffed about one fight going over a whole episode, it was so enjoyable it’s impossible to complain. So let’s jump right in to see what made this episode so epic.

Japanese Original Episode Title : : 手毬鬼と矢印鬼

Plot

Tanjiro and Nezuko are a great team but so are their foes. The temari and arrow demon seem made for one another, easily overpowering our heroes. As the battle continues, we learn that these demons are part of Kibutsuji’s strongest squad which is called the ‘Twelve Demon Moons’. Tanjiro resolves to take their blood and switches the fight up with Nezuko. With some quick thinking and a bit of luck, Tanjiro manages to take out the arrow demon. A hard-won fight, but it’s only half the battle.

Episode Highlights

Trust in Nezuko: Over the last few episodes we’ve seen a shift in the relationship between Nezuko and Tanjiro. Towards the beginning of the series Tanjiro tended to see his sister as in need of constant protecting, even when it was clear she was very powerful. Now, while he’s still very overprotective, he’s comfortable to fight alongside her and trusts in her ability to defend herself and him. It’s great to see the sibling duo come together, with their bond growing with each fight.

Adapt to Survive: I think almost all anime fans know that ‘pull the trump card out of my ass at the last moment’ in shows. It’s frustrating and ruins the tension of any fight or confrontation. But there are no trump cards in Demon Slayer Merch. Tanjiro makes do with what he has and adapts his abilities to the situation. It’s great to see such a versatile hero!

Themes & Trivia

Kemari: During the fight, the Temari demon makes a comment about ‘kemari’. Kemari (蹴鞠) is a ball game where players aim to keep the ball in the air for as long as possible. The game is still played in Japan today and there’s even a festival dedicated to it, the Tanzan Shrine Kemari Festival, where professional performers play the game. Of course, you can join in for a game too!