What happens when you send a group of young boys on a mission in the entertainment district? Weirdly entertaining moments. I always forget that Tanjiro is just a simple country boy, and Inosuke literally just lived on the mountains. So neither of them really know what an entertainment/red light district really is, and I’m surprised that we didn’t get a scene where they asked a bunch of questions. Either way, they were in for a ride when they arrived in the Yoshiwara District.
Seeing some reactions to this episode, I’m not surprised by it. For people it was a mixed bag, mainly because of the comedy that is always either a hit or miss in this series. I’ve always had issues with the comedy, sometimes it would butt in into moments that didn’t need it, or it was just simply not funny to me. I know the whole yelling thing is very commonplace in shounen manga/anime and I’ve accepted that this is just the comedy type in Demon Slayer, and I really do like Zenitsu, but his over the top reactions really can get grating. It’s not bad if it happens here and there, but I do get a little tired when it happens over and over and they usually last for longer than they should. There were still some pretty funny moments with him, some of his interactions with Uzui were pretty funny, but also repetitive with the whole jealousy of his wives. I get that Zenitsu is mostly the comedic bone of this team/show but I wish they could downplay it a little bit more.
Even so, this episode was pretty entertaining. The plot didn’t really move all that much in this episode as, again, it was mostly a set up for whatever this season is going to give us. Based on the ending, it seems like we’ll get into the action soon.
With their mission in the Yoshiwara Entertainment District, Uzui reveals to Team Tanjiro that he tried looking for a demon as this would be the perfect environment for one. Not being able to get much info himself as a customer, he sent his three wives into three particular houses to gain some intel. He’s sending the boys into those houses so they can find his wives and get information out of them. And so, Uzui wanting to bring girls with him makes much more sense as the boys now have to dress and disguise themselves as girls. And my god they looked horrible. Uzui sure likes to look flashy and attractive himself, but he did a terrible job with their makeup. It was hilariously awful, and most of the jokes that I laughed at were the boys trying to get used to being girls and not messing up their disguises, and the fact that none of the owners of the brothels could figure out that they were actually boys. Normally the owners would look the girls over before hiring them, but I guess we’ll just ignore that. Tanjiro can pull it off because he can act more feminine if he wanted to, though he regressed to his regular voice. Tanjiro is just cute basically. The fact that he can’t lie with a straight face is hilarious as well. Zenitsu…well, he has talent. And I find it hilarious that Inosuke didn’t really need that clown makeup because he’s naturally a pretty boy and all he really needed was some light lipstick. Of course with how gruff his voice is, he can’t even talk. Honestly, I’m shocked that out of all the guys, he didn’t make any complaints about this mission. He does complain about the clothes and not being able to speak, but he is taking things seriously. Especially when he hears about Makio, he’s ready to make his move.
Uzui on the other hand is still scouting things out in the district but it continues to be quiet. With how crafty she is, it looks like we really are dealing with another Upper Rank demon. And with what happened with Rengoku recently, that makes things really nerve wracking. Rengoku was already really strong, and I’m guessing that Uzui would be the same level of strength. And just four months of training I don’t think is enough to aid Uzui in a fight with an Upper Rank demon, so that is a scary thought. And like in the end with Makio, for her to threaten Makio during the day without her presence being known should say a lot.
While this episode had its ups and downs when it came to the comedy elements, I still had a good time with this one. This setting is really different than what I expected so I’m excited to see what will happen in this arc. How long will the boys last in these houses before their identities are found out, and before the demon finds them? We’ll see!