In Taisho-era Japan, Tanjiro Kamado is a kindhearted boy who makes a living selling charcoal. But his peaceful life is shattered when a demon slaughters his entire family. His little sister Nezuko is the only survivor, but she has been transformed into a demon herself! Tanjiro sets out on a dangerous journey to find a way to return his sister to normal and destroy the demon who ruined his life.
Tanjiro and Nezuko cross paths with two powerful demons who fight with magical weapons. Even help from Tamayo and Yushiro may not be enough to defeat these demons who claim to belong to the Twelve Kizuki that directly serve Kibutsuji, the demon responsible for all of Tanjiro’s woes! But if these demons can be defeated, what secrets can they reveal about Kibutsuji?
Warnings: gore, body horror, violence, beheading, bloodletting
Continuing again from a tense battle the previous volume left us on (is that going to be a trend now with this manga?) Tanjiro, Nezuho and the other two demons have a rough fight with two of Kibutsuji’s henchmen. During and after the battle, we get to know a lot about him, his powers, and the threat he presents, to both humans and demons alike. And moving onto the next mission, Tanjiro comes across one of his fellow inductees, a coward and extremely whiny character in the form of Zenitsu, who seems like he got forced into this business and has a lot of anxiety about it. Both of them then proceed to enter a house where demons have trapped humans, and this was another instance where we get to know a lot about demons and their blood magic. Additionally, it reinforces Tanjiro’s kindness, who is sad to have to kill demons for the sake of protecting humans. And unknown to him, we also see the demon’s backstory (all of them were created from humans after all) and how he got roped into being Kibutsuji’s minion.
Overall, it is an enlightening volume, filled with tense moments, and well-written characterization.
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Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Viz Media, via Edelweiss.