Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 5 – My Own Steel was an interesting one as we learned more about the Ninchirin sword and how they’re formed.
After Tanjiro killed that Morphed demon, we got a small flashback of him as a human. I didn’t care much for that scene itself, however it those highlight Tanjiro’s personality as despite feeling rage prior to attacking the demon, he still showed empathy and prayed for him. I wonder just how long that innocence will last until he begins to view these demons as nothing but monsters. When day breaks finally, there were only four swordsmen left standing after the seven-day battle. To be honest, I was kinda expecting at least seven or eight to survive. Must have been one tough exam, shit even the guy that Tanjiro saved died.
The guides who greet Tanjiro and the other survivors explain the Demon Slayer Corps system. There are 10, which seem to be in pairs of -oe’s and -to’s. I thought that was pretty neat. All four are issued uniforms and Kasugai Crows as messengers, after which they must select the ore for their own Nichirin Swords.
Now I don’t know what was up with that angry guy and is obession with swords but the moment he went up to that girl and grabbed her hair, I thought he was dead. Those girls gave off that “I’m OP AF” vibe for a cool minute now so I was surprised the kid didn’t get wiped out. Tanjiro steps in and breaks the guy’s arm just to get him off her. The way the other girl casually kept it moving was funny as hell.
After gazing hard at each lump of ore and using his sense of smell, the one Tanjiro chooses ends up turning black, which hasn’t yet been revealed in the episode. We also learned that Nezuko goes to sleep to regain her strength since she can’t eat humans to sustain her strength. I guess that’s one way to keep her off screen for most of the episode since she can’t talk and would get in Tanjiro’s way.
Right after he got his sword from that strange dude with an obsession for a bright red sword, Tanjiro gets his first mission from a talking Raven. This is where his first job starts. Overall, this episode was pretty OK, a lot of lore building which is good.