Yasss! “Demon Slayer Swordsmith Village” has got its gritty groove back with episode 10, the penultimate edition before the finale. It is action-packed, with the right amount of humor, and features a flashback that reveals how Mitsuri Kanroji became a slayer. Slight spoiler alert: her past is not as heart-rending or tragic as Genya and Muichiro’s origin stories, but instead, it provides an amusing break from the tense face-off. Also, like all the other throwback timelines, Kanroji’s past is revealed just when you think somebody is going to die!

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Titled “Love Hashira Mitsuri Kanroji,” episode 10 picks up right where the previous episode left off. Kanroji arrives mid-battle as rank 4 demon Hantengu is on the verge of beating her juniors Tanjiro and Genya to death. Not like Nezuko is doing any better despite her demonic powers. With her bright pink hair and her bizarre bendy pink sword, Kanroji is a killer Hashira. Fans will undoubtedly be cheering for her, just like Tanjiro and his team, as she comes to their rescue.

While the team spirit of the demon slayers is heartening, Hantengu’s ominous demonic form, appearing as a young angry boy beating a drum and unleashing powerful attacks, adds a significant amount of drama and excitement to the tale. The action animation is the first few minutes was fantastic, even though the rest of the edition isn’t as bloody and nerve-wracking as some of the earlier fight sequences.

Thanks to the relentless spirit of Mist Hashira Muichiro, half of the battle in Swordsmith Village is already won. However, can the Love Hashira also prove to be formidable against a demon who holds an even higher rank than the one Muichiro defeated? We will soon find definitive answers in the season finale. Until then, episode ten was a worthy build-up to the last episode!

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