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Demon Slayer Season 3 Episode 5 Review: Bright Red Sword

The flames burn in front of Tanjiro's face.
Tanjiro holds his flaming sword.

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Overall: 8.4/10

Story 7.9/10

The fifth episode, for Demon Slayer's Season 3, picks up with two Upper Moon demons continuing to lay waste to the Swordsmith village. Tokito seeks out Kozo Kanamori, so he can obtain a new sword. But he finds more than he bargains for.

Meanwhile, Mitsuri unleashes her love on many of the village's enemies as Tanjiro and Nezuko face off against several difficult foes.

The tempo for this episode moves at lightning speed. The writers take the audience into and out of one fight after another. And they manage to keep the audience riveted by dramatizing each one with raised stakes and the peeled-back layers of the characters that they reveal, even through their fighting styles.

Flames surround Tanjiro.
Flames of the Hinokami Kagura

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Character 8.2/10

Tanjiro is backed into the corner. As usual, he wants to save everyone. He has to come to the realization that he doesn't shoulder everything himself. Everyone who has ever helped him has given him their desire to protect humans from demons. It gives him strength and sharpens his focus on his Sun Breathing

Nezuko is brilliant. She obviously wants to protect her brother. She shows Tanjiro that he can rely on her not just for her battle acumen. As her steel sharpens his, she opens the gateway for her brother's monstrous demon-slaying technique.

Tokito, the Mist Hashira, is starting to regain some of his memories. And his humanity seems to have followed them. Instead of taking calculated risks, based on the importance of the lives he is meant to save, he is attempting to save everyone—even those whose lives he would have deemed worthless in the past. What effect will his returned memories that rise from the mist of his mind have on Tokito's fight?

Mitsuri Kanroji leans forward and brandishes her blade whip.
Mitsuri readies herself for her first form of Love Breathing: Shivers of First Love.

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Animation 9.1/10

The animation is insane. The beauty and unique quality of Mitsuri Kanroji’s swordsmanship are captured as only the artists and animators of Demon Slayer can.

By the same token, Tanjiro’s swordsmanship is on display as well. They showcase his power and the visually stunning elements of his sword strokes. The talents of the artists and animators for this show know no bounds.

Final Thoughts

It should come as no surprise at this point. Demon Slayer is the gold standard for action anime. So far, season 3 continues that tradition.


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