Episode One of Demon Slayer 3, starts off where ‘Mugen Train’ ended and the animation is as vibrant as ever. Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke are all shattered by Kyojurou’s death, but instead of being broken by the Flame Hashira’s death, the three boys train harder than ever to overcome their weaknesses and become stronger slayers.

While the first episode is titled ‘Sound Hashira Tengen Uzui’, the senior Demon-Slayer doesn’t make an appearance until almost the end. It’s funny that Tanjiro doesn’t recognise Tenzen, who he has met in the past with the rest of the Hashiras. In episode 22 of Season One, Tengen Uzui was the one who offered to kill our hero in the most ‘flamboyant’ manner for breaking rules of the Demon Slayer Corps. Here’s a still from that episode.

While it’s strange that Tanjiro doesn’t remember the showy Hashira, a major part of the episode is spent in an emotional meet between him and Kyojurou’s younger brother. The sub-plot, even though necessary, is dragged out and slackens the pace. We get only one demon encounter, which was quite disappointing.

Although, in a fascinating twist, we get to see the series’ biggest villain Kibutsuji in a new form, with a whole new intriguing story. And even though Kibutsuji’s cameo is quite brief, it manages to revive your interest into the new chain of events.

Tengen Uzui sweeps into the scene almost last minutes, and ropes in Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke to come with him to the entertainment district of Tokyo, notorious for being home to several demons. So we are left with a fun cliffhanger, which promises an action-packed season three.

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