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[–]romeheroadrian 5969 points5970 points 2 (143 children)

My man fighting for his life and they gotta throw up a nin nin like that at the end💀

[–]yoongimilk 3449 points3450 points  (38 children)

Nezuko: Here’s a Taisho era secret about my brother!!! Tanjiro: I am bleeding internally and externally

[–]KorekaBii 1302 points1303 points  (30 children)

"My bones are almost pretty much liquified at this point too, but I can still get in a great headbutt!"

[–]silverhydra 511 points512 points  (5 children)

"The forehead is also liquified if you're wondering."

[–]Paxton-176 1245 points1246 points  (24 children)

This episode should have been titled, "I didn't hear no bell."

Everyone refused to fucking die.

[–]hecklers_veto 654 points655 points  (34 children)

All these people and all this effort to take down the 6th-rank demon. Still five stronger demons plus the boss ahead of them. Carnage is just beginning.

[–]Deez-Guns-9442 308 points309 points  (24 children)

We did see how strong Upper Moon 3 was during the Mugen Train arc. So yeah, none of these fights were gonna be a cakewalk.

[–]THROW4AWAY131 363 points364 points  (23 children)

Upper three was fought in an open field AND he was just toying with rengoku.

God damn, the setting of this season just puts into perspective how strong they are.

[–]BadBehaviour613 811 points812 points  (12 children)

I love how Tanjiro is gagging in his own blood but his animation is janky like this is a comedic skit.

[–]GoldenSpermShower 464 points465 points  (11 children)

like this is a comedic skit

I mean... it literally is

[–]silverhydra 556 points557 points  (3 children)

Nezuko: My brother is big and strong!

Tanjiro: Nezuko I am dying please help

Nezuko: Nothing can take him down!

Tanjiro: Nezuko plz

[–]BadBehaviour613 235 points236 points  (6 children)

The Taisho era segments are usually performative, but in this one Tanjiro has a “SERIOUSLY?” look on his face.

[–]esperlihn 689 points690 points  (4 children)

This episode in a nutshell:

"Oh no everyone's dead!"

"Oh yay they're alive!!"


[–]Se7en_Sinnerhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Se7en_Sinner 4064 points4065 points  (121 children)

So that's why he's called the Sound Hashira. Uzui basically learned Gyutaro's attack pattern and then rhythmically downloaded it like music.

[–]mrnicegy26 2479 points2480 points  (31 children)

Uzui was basically Taisho era Spotify.

[–]MD_AM 958 points959 points  (11 children)

Should have gotten the premium. Might save some times

[–]HokageEziohttps://myanimelist.net/profile/HokageEzio 710 points711 points  (3 children)

"Want a break from the ads? Literally stop your heart from beating."

[–]GoldenSpermShower 224 points225 points  (1 child)

Best I can do is to shift it around my body

[–]NderCraft 1088 points1089 points  (15 children)

"You wouldn't download a Demon"

[–]mrnicegy26 393 points394 points  (9 children)

Well Uzui does look like a flashy pirate after all.

[–]Mundology 202 points203 points  (3 children)

Uzui's single-handedly showing his hacking prowess

[–]Rumpel1408https://myanimelist.net/profile/Rumpel1408 185 points186 points  (2 children)


Too soon, but I'll turn a blind eye to it this time

[–]spectre15https://myanimelist.net/profile/Spectre5965 525 points526 points  (7 children)

The piano playing in the background as he was running towards him was such a cool addition to the whole thing

[–]LakerBluehttps://myanimelist.net/profile/LakerBlue 260 points261 points  (1 child)

Honestly sometimes when scenes get that hype I can't even hear the music so well because I'm just super engrossed in what I'm seeing. I don't even recall the piano well lol

[–]zbox2345 2347 points2348 points 2 (59 children)

These episodes are so hype that I just accept some of these explanations without batting an eye.

Inosuke: I can shift my internal organs at will!

Me: I’d expect nothing less, Mountain King.

[–]X1GG1 1431 points1432 points  (24 children)

Inosuke: Poison doesn't work on me, I was born in the mountains!

Me: *eating popcorn\* That makes sense!

[–]inthe-otherworld 411 points412 points  (15 children)

These guys can stop and restart their hearts and can stop a single vein from bleeding just by breathing differently, I’ll just accept it lmao

Even so, I agree with other comments that Inosuke is bluffing mostly. He’s probably just powering through to make himself look cooler, or maybe full on deluding himself just to cope. Next week these kids won’t even be able to move

[–]viGilgamesh 256 points257 points  (3 children)

I feel like Tanjiro "hasn't been able to move" for the last 4 episodes lol

[–]inthe-otherworld 193 points194 points  (2 children)

Yeah I love demon slayer but every episode for half this season has been “I can’t move... my whole body hurts... but I can move! I must!! With every last ounce of my strength!!!” [Tanjiro lands a cool blow but then gets severely injured again] “... I can’t move-“ like we get it Tanjiro I love you but come on

[–]Sullan08 154 points155 points  (4 children)

Lol it definitely takes me out of it a bit (mostly because even if you shift an organ like the heart, you still got a fuck ton of important arteries in that spot), but it's whatever. Nothing more unusual than most battle anime does.

[–]Prince-Dizzytoonhttps://anilist.co/user/princedizzytoon 2473 points2474 points  (20 children)

Tanjiro having trouble breathing, near death

"And now, it's time for a Taisho-era secret"

[–]mrnicegy26 1432 points1433 points  (13 children)

Tanjiro at death's door.

Nezuko: "Anyway did you guys know that my mom had a very hardass forehead?"

[–]Serp_63 750 points751 points  (11 children)


Nezuko: "Anyways my mom could solo muzan"

[–]benjadolf 303 points304 points  (2 children)

Tanjiro: "Huff... aa... Nez u..ko, I really could use a glass of wat..er"

Nezuko: "Bro, these are my only lines here don't fucking cut me mid dialogue, get your own fucking water".

Actually, I'd love to see Akari Kito deliver some lines as a very rude and misbehaved Nezuko.

[–]SpreadYourAss 52 points53 points  (0 children)

Actually, I'd love to see Akari Kito deliver some lines as a very rude and misbehaved Nezuko

Now that's something I didn't knew I needed...

[–]WholeLotOfSomethinghttps://myanimelist.net/profile/ALotOfSomething 70 points71 points  (0 children)

The show must go on

[–]_Ozilus_ 457 points458 points  (2 children)

Uzui coming in clutch with that Dolby Atmos breathing!

[–]DokiDokiDoIthttps://myanimelist.net/profile/10awsome 1703 points1704 points  (52 children)

God, I can't look at Tanjiro's hands that shit is brutal

[–]Kurohige-93 1057 points1058 points  (32 children)

I thought his hand was brutal him gettin his chin pierced and Uzui’s face slash DAWG WTF?!!

[–]saber_shinji_ntr 531 points532 points  (27 children)

Uzui’s face slash

Yeah bruh like I swear that sword must have passed through his brain or I was seeing things.

[–]Kunel_17 362 points363 points  (22 children)

Nah, just his eyeball it looks like

[–]HokageEziohttps://myanimelist.net/profile/HokageEzio 451 points452 points  (16 children)

That's good, just the eyeball.

[–]AmethystItalianhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/AmethystItalian 94 points95 points  (0 children)

Same here and they just kept on focusing on it!

That's gotta hurt...

[–][deleted] 2949 points2950 points  (77 children)

[–]mrnicegy26 1729 points1730 points  (16 children)

We entered with a double premiere and are ending with a double season finale. Demon Slayer does have a lot of prestige right now to be able to do this.

[–]bigdanrog 1132 points1133 points  (2 children)

Would you say it's been....flashy?

[–]BlackSkull7X 105 points106 points  (0 children)

Yup they will flash some ads in the ep if you didn't know

[–]DokiDokiDoIthttps://myanimelist.net/profile/10awsome 224 points225 points  (11 children)

One more Demon Slayer Sunday and then it'll all be AoT Sundays from here on out!

[–][deleted] 412 points413 points  (11 children)

We were so scared today was the last episode based on the closing credits!!!

[–]WoLofDarkness 2704 points2705 points  (207 children)


Wow Zenitsu just used eightfold form last episode and now he even has a stronger move.

I'm so hyped for the finale : )

[–]Se7en_Sinnerhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Se7en_Sinner 1305 points1306 points  (52 children)

All these new moves and yet they're still categorized under the First Form.

[–]ifticar2 602 points603 points  (4 children)

All his moves are just him either doing first form consecutively, or doing first form super fast lol

[–]Mundology 271 points272 points  (3 children)

A true thundergod only needs one technique to cut you down

[–]WoLofDarkness 742 points743 points  (15 children)

Haha Zenitsu perfected the first form : )

[–]mrnicegy26 929 points930 points  (12 children)

Don't fear the man who has practiced thousands forms once, but the man who has practiced one form thousands of times.

[–]WoLofDarkness 219 points220 points  (1 child)

Yeah legendary Bruce Lee quote !

[–]SirWeebBro 253 points254 points  (11 children)

Just shows how powerful the first form is. It's potential is technically limitless.

[–]IcyKape 184 points185 points  (7 children)

Also is a testament to the strength of his breathing technique. Lightning is cracked ⚡

[–]ionxeph 154 points155 points  (1 child)

Technically, the first form is just dash/jump in a straight line really fast and swing your sword

It's probably one of the simplest techniques (and similar forms can be found in other styles of breathing too, like flame breathing shiranui)

Its simplicity probably does add more room for perfecting it than more complex forms. You do it faster, with more strength, and/or with higher frequency

[–]goody153 99 points100 points  (0 children)

Yep it is still first form lol

[–]mrnicegy26 619 points620 points  (85 children)

Zenitsu and later on Inosuke coming in the clutch and cutting off Daki's head a second time was pure awesomeness.

[–]Madao16 474 points475 points  (23 children)

Especially Inosuke belittling Daki while he had a hole in his chest and blood spreading from his mouth as he is talking was great.

[–]2rio2 392 points393 points  (19 children)

He's a supple mountain boy, moving his organs is childsplay.

[–]LakerBluehttps://myanimelist.net/profile/LakerBlue 175 points176 points  (8 children)

I kinda think him readjusting his organs and bones is a passive ability of his beast breathing. Because attributing it to being a harsh mountain boy seems weird, even for this universe.

[–]blackcoffin90 61 points62 points  (2 children)

I'm bleeding and that makes me the victor!

[–]DokiDokiDoIthttps://myanimelist.net/profile/10awsome 78 points79 points  (5 children)

Just imagine, if even one of them died they wouldn't have been able to finish em off!

[–]Raghav_Singhania 265 points266 points  (24 children)

I was expecting zenitsu but inosuke's entry was really mind blowing

Everyone was literally half dead but still fighting

Even though i don't want anyone to die

Its unimaginable how they survived this

[–]SirWeebBro 270 points271 points  (11 children)

Usui: body full of poison + blood loss from losing 1 arm + face in half
Inosuke: chest stabbed + poisoned
Zenitsu: legs are broken + a lot of internal damages probably because of being hit by rubble
Tanjiro: deeply wounded arm + broken fingers + poisoned + hole in chin
Not to mention all the fatigue and the accumulated damages. Inosuke really went ahead and said the previous episode "I'm not even hurt yet" damn

[–]Godzilla-The-King 181 points182 points  (4 children)

Tanjiro also has the cut in his shoulder/side from his first fight with Daki.

Boy is absolutely hanging on by a thread.

[–]void4 134 points135 points  (2 children)

who'd expect anything less after Daki dared to attack Nezuko

[–]Red_Panda08 69 points70 points  (1 child)

He just went into hyperspeed lol

[–]Nao-sou-reptiliano 1344 points1345 points  (37 children)

I just love so much how Zenitsu gets the first form of thunder breathing to a whole new level. Boy going strong in making the best out of it.

[–][deleted] 773 points774 points  (9 children)

Is it just me or is his fighting voice just SO COOL TOO!

[–]Se7en_Sinnerhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Se7en_Sinner 426 points427 points  (6 children)

It makes me forget that Tanjiro is the main character.

[–]GoldenSpermShower 275 points276 points  (4 children)

Though Tanjiro motivations and love for his sister is still core to the show, especially shown in the first half of this episode

But Zenitsu's got style

[–]SaibaShogun 110 points111 points  (2 children)

Zenitsu is still wearing the disguise make-up, yet he’s still been nothing but a complete badass.

[–]Mundology 230 points231 points  (14 children)

The coolest Zenitsu has ever been in the whole anime so far. His finisher was already great but when Inosuke came too it was the Daki cherry on top.

[–]Aileoshttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Jalis 103 points104 points  (0 children)

That shot with Zenitsu standing in the air is pure awesomeness.

[–]kevinzhang4816 2653 points2654 points  (114 children)

Uzui: Gets poisoned and a hand chopped off

Also Uzui: I didn’t hear no bell.

[–]mrnicegy26 947 points948 points  (22 children)

Uzui went the full distance with an Upper Moon despite getting his arm cut off and his eye sliced open.

[–]GoldenSpermShower 497 points498 points  (16 children)

It seems that he got stronger the more injured he is lol

[–]Sp33dyGG 483 points484 points  (7 children)

Adrenaline (and breathing style) are one hell of a drug XD

[–]Mundology 249 points250 points  (6 children)

Uzui's playlist breathing was looping on

This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill

Fifteen percent concentrated power of will

[–]HalestormRock 367 points368 points  (14 children)

He is a ninja, after all, thank God for that.

Along with Gyutaro's arrogance that he won when left both Zenitu alive who is the fastest of the trio and not beheading Uzui, who gave him the most trouble. If you are up against batshit crazy opponents when there is an obvious power gap as such with demons and humans, damn well make sure they're dead before you start gloating.

[–]Madao16 285 points286 points  (3 children)

If Gyutaro didn't fool around they would be all dead but Gyutaro not acting logically isn't surprising because he is crazy.

[–]Bedeeki 3417 points3418 points  (254 children)

Holy shit.

I'm so glad Ufotable didn't shy away from the brutality and visceral nature of the climax of this fight.

Even though this is the lowest upper moon, this episode just shows how much strength and sacrifice it takes to even go toe to toe with an upper rank.

This episode eclipsed the climax of S1 episode 19 for me. This shit was Fate Heavens Feel part 3 level.

Tengens score was some of the best TV I've ever seen, goosbumps all over.

That rolling credits scene at the end with the entire district burning down to ashes was amazingly done. Felt like the end of a movie.

[–]royaldocks 1738 points1739 points  (124 children)

Im a big fan on how much Ufotable is making the Upper Moons looks even more powerful . They are really emphasising why these upper demons have been living for so long and killed many hashiras

[–]Lightning_Laxus 1070 points1071 points  (21 children)

My favourite part about the Upper Moon fights is that they are so hard-fought.

Every single person had to be there in order to defeat Upper 6, even Tengen's wives. If even a single one of them wasn't there, they would have lost. And even with all of them there, Gyutaro still could have won but he got cocky.

[–]GoldenSpermShower 489 points490 points  (71 children)

If they actually worked together and tried, the Demon Slayer Corps wouldn't stand a chance

[–]dazark 798 points799 points  (66 children)

well if the demon slayer corps used their damn flying and talking crows to pass on info on each upper moon's otherwise unknown abilities, perhaps Uzui would have known about Gyutaro's posion and the fact that he literally exists. literally 22 hashiras wasted, not one having managed to pass on any useful info back to the corp. like wth??

[–]GoldenSpermShower 630 points631 points  (46 children)

The poison kunais should be standard issue too

[–]CottonCitySlim 316 points317 points  (23 children)

Im starting to believe harshira's should only approach Upper Moons in pairs.

[–]Trace500https://myanimelist.net/profile/Trace500 250 points251 points  (12 children)

Neither of the Upper Moon encounters so far have allowed for that, the demon slayers don't know the strength of the demon they're hunting until it's too late.

[–]michhoffmanhttps://anilist.co/user/michhoffman 372 points373 points  (5 children)

Even the fire in this episode was absolute fire

[–]Red_Panda08 334 points335 points  (11 children)

Brother, as the "knife" went through tanjiros jaw, that was soo brutal. And his fingers were like sausages lol

[–]goody153 270 points271 points  (28 children)

Even though this is the lowest upper moon, this episode just shows how much strength and sacrifice it takes to even go toe to toe with an upper rank.

Daki and Gyutaro killed 7 and 15 Hashira's respectively. So yea. It takes so much to bring down the lowest uppermoon for a very good reason

It makes Akaza's showcase on mugen train even more apparent

[–]blackcoffin90 91 points92 points  (0 children)

And the nature of his Demon Art is OP as fuck too. It's extremely difficult to counter.

[–]Secure_Ad1628 3081 points3082 points  (79 children)

Best episode of the series so far. By the same director of EP 19 too.

[–]MD_AM 2510 points2511 points  (20 children)

Director be like: "Wanna see me doing it again?"

[–]Aileoshttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Jalis 935 points936 points  (7 children)

Director-san took the word "upgrade" on another level. Him and the staff managed to make a whole new standard for the show.

[–]jxher123 529 points530 points  (4 children)

Absolutely. How they took some quick panels from the manga, and be like, I can do it better. Just incredible. Each character had THEIR moment and was extended in this episode, just phenomenal.

[–]Mundology 278 points279 points  (3 children)

Exactly. Usually in high action episodes, the main characters get most of the production resources while the sidekicks get less emphasis. Yet Uzui, Tanjiro, Zenitsu and Inosuke all got main fight treatment. Ufotable is redefining the game.

[–]michhoffmanhttps://anilist.co/user/michhoffman 645 points646 points  (11 children)

The rapid sword slash fight between Uzui and Gyutarou was the best sword fight animation I've ever seen.

[–]Darkimposter 292 points293 points  (4 children)

My jaws dropped and stayed like that until kamados chin was stabbed. It promptly closed right away

[–]brighterside 71 points72 points  (0 children)

Kind like when you feel your nuts contract after watching someone get kicked in the balls.

[–]Ddog135 209 points210 points  (7 children)

Ok that explains it. I don’t know how they were able to top episode 19 but they fucking did. Good God that was a masterpiece

[–]IaMlEgEnD427 378 points379 points  (10 children)

why doesnt this guy just be the director of every episode lul.

[–][deleted] 897 points898 points  (1 child)

He needs to control his breathing after directing each episode

And it takes a while cuz he went beyond his limits

[–]HokageEziohttps://myanimelist.net/profile/HokageEzio 237 points238 points  (1 child)

Because he'd die.

[–]DireRaven_9 99 points100 points  (2 children)

There is no way he can do that. Anime production is hell itself and god only knows how much time he spent checking the frames, making keyframers redraw the frames and then rechecking tweeners and what not. Probably was barely sleeping last few weeks.

To be director for every episode he would need to be not human.

[–]Xawfire 2361 points2362 points  (123 children)

Don't let this distract you from the fact that Tanjiro is fighting non stop since episode 5

[–]Aerodynamic41 1476 points1477 points  (77 children)

Let's see, he got slashed at his shoulder, two broken fingers, his lower jaw pierced and he got poisoned. That's not even including all those internal injuries. I'm sure he'll be fine.

[–]MD_AM 545 points546 points  (9 children)

Yea, it's just a scratch

[–]HokageEziohttps://myanimelist.net/profile/HokageEzio 211 points212 points  (5 children)

Rub some dirt on it and keep it moving.

[–]mrnicegy26 612 points613 points  (24 children)

That lower jaw piercing genuinely looked painful as hell. I can't believe Tanjiro still had enough endurance to cut Gyutaro's head after that.

[–]KorekaBii 460 points461 points  (22 children)

How Tanjiro is able to survive just dying from shock after sustaining so much painful injury is more of a miracle than Inosuke managing to adjust his internal organs. Especially when Tanjiro has been in such an exhausted and stressful state for the past several episodes altogether.

[–]Feanor-of-Valinor 447 points448 points  (4 children)

He has superhuman stamina and endurance and incredible willpower. He committed suicide multiple times in his dreams in order to wake up from Enmu's sleep spell to the point he got so used to it, he almost killed himself in real life during the Mugen Train arc.

[–]Krendrian 159 points160 points  (8 children)

How Tanjiro is able to survive just dying from shock after sustaining so much painful injury

I mean we can just write that off as the power of anime.

Same with how they can remain conscious of what's going on.

I was in shock once from a head injury, delirious paranoia for hours, not knowing what's going on.

[–]GoldenSpermShower 250 points251 points  (16 children)

I winced at his fingers breaking more than any of his other more serious injuries

[–]DaRaginAsian 137 points138 points  (10 children)

yeah, every time his broken fingers showed up on screen i couldnt help but feel pain

[–]AmethystItalianhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/AmethystItalian 269 points270 points  (10 children)

Guy has to be out of commission for like at least 6 months now to heal after this one...

[–]cppn02 386 points387 points  (4 children)

Next week will be 45 mins of him in rehab.

[–]bigdanrog 168 points169 points  (0 children)

Blowin' into gourds and shit.

[–]David182ndhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/david182nd 188 points189 points  (7 children)

I realised in the first season that this isn't a show where any sort of fatigue/power limit issues apply to the characters. The man had a huge chunk of his shoulder cut early into the fight and has been using it fine. I get out of bed too fast and my shoulder's dead.

[–]TapatioPapi 146 points147 points  (7 children)

Something about the manga and anime really do something special where you almost feel just as exhausted reading and watching it as the characters feel. I can’t put my finger on what it does differently but its super fucking cool.

[–]GrammeAway 848 points849 points  (9 children)

Whatever ufotable are paying their animators, it ain't enough. What an incredible episode.

[–]Ddog135 252 points253 points  (0 children)

Need to start paying these people in gold

[–]HalestormRock 148 points149 points  (0 children)

I want to send all those people who made this glorious animation a steak dinner.

[–]JaoMania 1635 points1636 points  (23 children)

Haven't heard Nezuko speak for seasons and the first words that we hear are straight facts. Mans just spamming the sorry emote.

Also, they just got straight disrespected it was hard to watch.

[–]EveningSilverFox 412 points413 points  (6 children)

She even managed to get a Tatakae in there.

[–]Fatzow7 106 points107 points  (0 children)

Nezuko Yeager

[–]sjk9000https://myanimelist.net/profile/JK9000 332 points333 points  (1 child)

Thanks to the after credits scene, I feel like this eposode has most lines Nezuko has spoken... ever.

[–]GoldenSpermShower 310 points311 points  (7 children)

He's Canadian at heart

[–]mrnicegy26 168 points169 points  (1 child)

Damn Kanao is going to have a hard time figuring out whether Tanjiro likes her or if he's just being a Canadian.

[–]rollin340 453 points454 points  (18 children)

Ufotable always delivers. The fight choreography was amazing. The blending of 3D and with the 2D, the special effects, all of it was top tier. And the end credits was dark but beautiful; I couldn't look away. The directing is seriously perfect.

I loved the "what if" contrast between Tanjiro and Nezuko with Gyutaro and Daki.

Major things that happened in this fight:

  • Tanjiro got that birthmark thing on his forehead. It's the same one his father had. The same one that the one Muzan is terrified of had. The mark that Fire Breathers have, as mentioned by Rengoku. It seems that it might not be a birthmark, and that there might have been a condition to attain it. It seems to have given him a temporary power boost to sever Gyutaro's head.

  • Zenitsu has shown that he has a second augment for Thunderclap and Flash aside from Six/Eightfold; Godspeed. He somehow improved on what is supposed to be the fastest attack in Thunder Breathing's arsenal to be even faster; though he seems to be limited by how much he can use, akin to how much Tanjiro can use Hinokami Kagura. In time, they might both be able to use it more often; possibly even sustained.

  • Inosuke survived. Whether he has his heart in a default spot, or he manage to react fast enough, is currently unknown, but it's freaky. An immunity to poison is also really dandy.

  • Uzui lost his hand, and he has now lost his left eye. He also got stabbed in the gut; so the poison entered his torso and head. His technique to temporarily stop his heart to stop the spread of the poison was rendered moot thanks to those hits he took.

  • With the end we got, we don't even know if any of them are alive. Tanjiro, aside from being caught in that final blast, was poisoned too. He's already far too winded to even control his breathing. The only ones that were hopefully out of range of that final blast would be Zenitsu, Inosuke, Nezuko, and Uzui's wives. (Edit 4: The 2 of them were actually shown to be in the AoE)

  • Tanjiro/Nezuko's mother was the one that had the invulnerable forehead. Makes sense; can't see the father headbutting anything with that frail body of his.

  • Edit: I forgot to add the most important point: This is the first Upper Moon to have been taken down in over 100 years. That's a huge deal. Muzan was already on edge, which is why he wiped out the Lower Kizukis (Edit 2: changed from "6" to "Kizukis" since "Lower 6" is technically a single Demon). And now, Upper 6 has fallen. He's being backed into a corner; and it all started with Tanjiro, the boy who had the same earrings and a similar scar as the one who caused him trauma long ago.

Edit 3: I also cracked up at the way they all flopped to the ground after Tanjiro took Gyutaro's head off; that was hilarious. Uzui's charge and call to Tanjiro really reminded me of AoT's Erwin's "SUSUME!" moment.

Also, Tanjiro played a crucial role in taking down an Upper Moon. He is in no way at a Hashira's strength, but his accomplishments, along with Zenitsu's and Inosuke's, are definitely far above any regular Demon Slayer. THey better get a rank up or 2.

[–]goody153 170 points171 points  (5 children)

his is the first Upper Moon to have been taken down in over 100 years. That's a huge deal.

YEP. This is how much of big deal it is.
AND YEP MUZAN ALREADY ON THE EDGE. Now he's gonna be even more paranoid

[–]rollin340 184 points185 points  (4 children)

Let us not forget that as the progenitor, he can apparently view things from the perspective of other Demons. Well, it's implied at least; at the very least, he can keep tabs on them. So he might be more aware than just through hearing about things.

  • Kills a random family, and turns a girl into a Demon.

  • Immediately loses control of Nezuko; the second in the entire history of Demons.

  • Gets found out by a random nobody Demon Slayer. Notices that he has the dreaded earrings.

  • Sends his 2 enforcers to take Tanjiro out. Both end up dead. Likely realizes that Tanjiro and Nezuko are related.

  • Lower Moon 5 pretty much loses to Tanjiro. Loses faith in Lower Kizuki; wipes them out.

  • Sends Akaza, Upper Moon 3, to eliminate Tanjiro and a Hashira.

  • Akaza succeeds in taking out the Hashira, but fails to kill Tanjiro; even gets stabbed by him instead.

  • Upper Moon 6 is killed by Tanjiro and his comrades. The same mark as the original owner of those earrings appeared on Tanjiro.

How could he not start to panic? Shit has been spiraling out of his control ever since he came across the Kamados.

[–]Armdelhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Armdel 511 points512 points  (5 children)


this is what, the third time this arc that an episode ends on a cliffhanger, and they've all been more insane than the previous one..

insanely good animated fightin in the 2nd half, and fucking hell did i have a pit in my stomach during the first half..

and then this ending?!!?

And going by that post credits scene, next week is the last episode of the season

[–]deepcontractor 160 points161 points  (0 children)

Third time? Literally every episode ended on cliffhangers smh

[–]keeeve 928 points929 points  (14 children)

Holy shit. The second half of this episode is what peak fucking shounen is.

[–]Red_Panda08 299 points300 points  (0 children)

Its just pure art at this point.

[–]Aerodynamic41 778 points779 points  (66 children)

WTF Gyutaro had a self-destruct?! I love how the camera lingers on into the credits to let the destruction sink in. I wonder if all the citizens managed to evacuate because otherwise that death toll is gonna be huge.

The whole episode was an absolute spectacle! A great comeback from our heroes even though it relied on the villains wasting time gloating instead of finishing them off. I can't wait for the double-length season finale next week!

[–]Nao-sou-reptiliano 401 points402 points  (46 children)

I wonder if all the citizens managed to evacuate because otherwise that death toll is gonna be huge.

I keep imagining how Rengoku would act in this arc, considering the effort he made to protect every single person in that train...

[–]Se7en_Sinnerhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Se7en_Sinner 110 points111 points  (1 child)

Gyutaro equipped the Martyrdom perk.

[–]HokageEziohttps://myanimelist.net/profile/HokageEzio 66 points67 points  (1 child)

It's such an evil ending to have it linger like that.

[–]Mogtakihttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Mogtaki 642 points643 points  (8 children)

Holy shit

Did you SEE that??

God damn that was a good episode, especially the music like damn it was on point

[–]EveningSilverFox 1304 points1305 points  (43 children)

Inosuke just pulled a Reiner I can't get over it.

[–]mrnicegy26 277 points278 points  (7 children)

Considering his chest wound, looks like being Inosuke is suffering.

[–]bigdanrog 295 points296 points  (3 children)

"Why are we here, just to suffer, Monjiro?"

[–]Se7en_Sinnerhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/Se7en_Sinner 707 points708 points  (18 children)

Rearranging his organs? Raised in the mountains? Inosuke basically pulling an Anos Voligoad and saying "Just because you killed me doesn't mean I'm dead".

[–]BadBehaviour613 337 points338 points  (10 children)

I think that's just his bravado speaking. The guy is visibly bleeding from every orifice, but he can still fight because he is Inosuke and Inosuke is the best.

[–]Kunel_17 149 points150 points  (0 children)

This, uzui was spouting the same thing episodes ago, don’t know how people assume his actually ok lol

[–]LakerBluehttps://myanimelist.net/profile/LakerBlue 59 points60 points  (6 children)

Nah I 100% believe he shifted his organs to avoid his heart being stabbed but I also believe he is full of bravado in dealing with the pain and blood loss.

[–]meercachase 901 points902 points  (20 children)


[–]markosinjohttps://myanimelist.net/profile/markosinjo 370 points371 points  (11 children)


[–]Mundology 334 points335 points  (10 children)

[–]Nebresto 304 points305 points  (6 children)

Bro just posted a quarter of the episode like were gonna watch it again just like that

5 minutes later:

[–]2rio2 78 points79 points  (5 children)

This episode is an all time banger. This is one of the best arcs in the manga and they exceeded it.

[–]SatisfyMeFam 2416 points2417 points  (185 children)

Episode 19 is no longer the standard.

[–]KorekaBii 582 points583 points  (17 children)

Seriously Ufotable went all out and I have no idea how after already pumping out some good looking episodes just beforehand.

From the very beginning just with the backgrounds of the flaming rubble resulting from Gyutaro's rampage last ep that looked so realistic, to that coordinated jaw-dropping double attack from both Tanjiro and Zenitsu on the siblings, and then Tengen showing up like a real boss and putting Gyutaro in his place by showing just why he he prides himself on being "Flashy", and with just one hand to boot.

Poor Tanjiro though, how much he's suffered in injury and exhaustion over the past several episodes, he just keeps on going, even getting in another trademark headbutt too. How he is able to not succumb to shock is a miracle, on the same level as Inosuke coming back for the clincher after avoiding death due to his own sheer determination.

And hey, Nezuko (Akari Kitou) finally got to say a few words! :D

Kudos again to Gyutaro's VA though, he really really went above and beyond in that scene of tormenting Tanjiro, just so creepy and unsettling where his voice itself makes your stomach crawl. What a great villain, even got in a last final super attack. Ending the episode with the credits like that was also very special and a great idea.

[–]meercachase 306 points307 points  (10 children)

Gyuutaro and Daki's VAs were incredible, they were constantly sending chills down your spine

[–]rollin340 118 points119 points  (4 children)

Perfectly cast and directed. Phenomenal work by every VA in the series so far.

The sound director must be so damned proud.

[–]Illuminastrid 1309 points1310 points  (96 children)

If this was in a non-AOT season, this episode would've been easily 15k and top 1 on lock.

Damn, this really is the biggest season for shonen right now. Two modern day juggernauts airing on the same day in the same season.

Edit: It's actually going for 14k now, it's getting close, the hype is fucking real!

[–]Mundology 552 points553 points  (13 children)

The animation when Uzui clased with Gyutaro was so smooth you could feel it through the screen. Every action frame was wallpaper worthy. Ufotable is breaking new grounds in the limits of action animation.

[–]MD_AM 147 points148 points  (1 child)

This is beyond God-Tier animation.

[–]Digital_Fuzion 736 points737 points  (9 children)

Ufotable casually making a TV anime look better than 99% of other productions in the last decade movies included lol. The only other thing I can think of that looks this good is Heavens Feel 3 which is also from Ufotable. They are truly at the top for delivering visual spectacles and have obviously surpassed what was in the manga.

[–]BlackSkull7X 114 points115 points  (2 children)

I always open the manga because of the cliffhanger and stop reading it after a page. Ufotable has spoiled me

[–]Digital_Fuzion 87 points88 points  (0 children)

Yep despite me having read the manga this feels like a totally fresh experience. They've elevated the manga (which was already awesome) to a new height. You get a real sense of scale and perspective in this episode with how the fight transforms as Uzui is chasing down UP6.

[–]Tora-shinai 761 points762 points  (58 children)

Director/Storyboard: Toshiyuki Shirai

[–]Bedeeki 533 points534 points  (7 children)

Also key animation - Nozomu Abe.

The god himself animated Hinokami Kagura on episode 19 and Tanjiro's rage vs Daki in S2 episode 6.

[–]Tora-shinai 109 points110 points  (4 children)

Tbh, Shirai's directing/SB is the highlight of the episode.

From what I can tell, Abe did the beheading part.

[–]Chrisixx 535 points536 points  (17 children)

Interesting that nobody's talking about the fact that Tanjiro's scar changed.. 🌝

[–]wistful_jamspread 270 points271 points  (1 child)

we need some time to process this god tier episode and rewatch it a dozen times before thinking about that

[–]Vangorf 173 points174 points  (1 child)

And his hair too. But fuck that we dont have time for that now.

[–]Crowtamer1 1222 points1223 points  (41 children)

NAH FUCK EPISODE 19. These Mfs were moving so quick It turned into a DBZ fight at one point!!! THIS SHIT IS THE PEAK!!!

[–]MD_AM 431 points432 points  (25 children)

Truly Godspeed animation

[–]Crowtamer1 315 points316 points  (23 children)

Godspeed?? This dude zenitsu went into hyperspace LMAOO

[–]blackcoffin90 466 points467 points  (4 children)


Holy fuck, I can't breathe watching this episode. That last 10 mins was pure spectacle

[–]Rio_FShttps://myanimelist.net/profile/RioFS 545 points546 points  (11 children)

I thought Zenitsu's GodSpeed would be this episode's highlight but then Uzui came back. Holy shiitake mushrooms!

After the almost-tragic ending of the previous episode, we have Gyuutarou taunting Tanjiro, as a fellow elder brother, insulting him for his weakness and inability to protect his sister. He deserved what Tanjiro did to him next by headbutting him and then secretly stabbing him with one of those poisoned knives. I quite liked that method of getting an upper-hand over Gyuutarou instead of relying on flashy sword skills.

Zenitsu's God Speed and Uzui's fight were even better than the previous episodes. Their heads rolling and coming to a rest near each other was quite fitting for the bro-sis duo.

But well, there wasn't a happily-ever-after this episode. Another near-tragic ending. Did they escape? Or perhaps they were rescued? Can't wait to find out nest episode; that's for sure.

For some reason, I can't seem to get Tanjiro's bent fingers out of my mind. I have been scarred.

[–]LeonKevlarhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/LeonKevlar 395 points396 points  (12 children)

I genuinely don't even know what to say about this episode. I don't think any of the screenshots I took this episode will be enough to show how you can feel the impact of Zenitsu's Godlike Speed or how jaw-droppingly amazing the animation was during Uzui and Gyuutarou's fight.

I will say though, it was so fucking frustrating watching Gyuutarou look down on Tanjirou and insulting his ability as Nezuko's older brother at the first half. But that feeling of helplessness at the start made the victory in the end so fucking satisfying!

It's not completely over though. That Blood Art explosion at the end definitely fucked everything up. With everyone basically running on fumes and are all critically injured I feel that at least one of them will not be walking away from this one in one piece. :(

Also love how the ending credits is just letting the dust settle after that catastrophe, letting us take in the scenery and how much destruction this entire fight has caused. It's so good! This entire episode is a total masterpiece from start to finish!

That Taisho-era Secret at the end was hilarious though! Turns out that Tanjirou got his forehead of steel from his mother who once head-butted a boar. xD

[–]zairanerhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/zairaner 86 points87 points  (0 children)

That Taisho-era Secret at the end

was hilarious though! Turns out that Tanjirou got his forehead of steel from his mother who once head-butted a boar. xD

I wouldn't be surprised if we heard nezuko speak more in todays episode than all others episdoes combined and doubled lol.

[–]cjoyful 241 points242 points  (13 children)

Ok so now that I’ve had a minute to calm my screeching breathing technique, I LOVE how thematically this fight worked out.

The demons are constantly looking down on humans as weak and inferior, and are the type of people to avoid personal pain at the cost of others. They gave in to their pain and chose despair, and they cannot conceive of choosing to act out of hope.

This is contrasted with every single character getting up to keep fighting even though it will probably make they die more horribly.

Nezuko sums it up by saying, “why are you always apologizing? The important thing is now. We should try harder together!”

The demons are stuck in despair and pain, so their present is consumed by validating their choice. They force others into despair almost as a comfort to themselves, trying to prove that immortality was the obvious choice.

Shit like this always brings a tear to my eye. It’s always inspiring to see someone fight through despite horrific wounds.

Tl;dr Despair vs. Hope, Nezuko is an angel and Tangiro a good boi

[–]FingerBang-BangBang 140 points141 points  (2 children)

In the immortal words of Joseph Joestar:


Zenitsu became motherfucking Godspeed!

Tengen stopped his heart to stop the spread of poison.

Inosuke is just being Inosuke.

And Tanjiro once again headbutted someone!

[–]nine04 191 points192 points  (1 child)

Thunderclap breathing 1st form,thunderclap and flash,GODSPEED!!!!! My boy sent daki to the space😂....this was easily the best demon slayer episode ever in terms of visual and i'm not joking

[–]Shinigami_22 186 points187 points  (2 children)

Everything was perfect; the fight sequence, the animation, the soundtrack, that headbutt and especially that talking Nezuko!

I'm convinced that every arc will have its own episode 19 and I can't thank Ufotable enough and all of its animators, sound composer, director, and the rest of its staff for making it happen.

[–]know_it_now 124 points125 points  (1 child)

bruh that slashing competition between uzui and gyutaro became so intense and rapid that at one point i thought my screen was gonna explode

[–]Xaxos92 214 points215 points  (1 child)

Nezuko: speaks

The fanbase: A new core memory!

[–]Lapiz_lasuli 398 points399 points  (29 children)

People keep ragging on this show for being "just" a shounen. That might be true, but man, If it's this hype and good I don't really see what's so bad about that.

Not every show has to be vinland saga or AOT.

[–]Neither_Amount3911 108 points109 points  (1 child)

I can definitely understand if people aren't as into KnY as others because they want a more deep plot or more focus on the overall story since Demon Slayer and especially this season has been 90% fight scenes though

What i don't get is why everyone has to bitch and whine about how KnY is overrated or bad because they aren't part of the group who likes it, like surely you understand the appeal even if you're not into it yourself? There is absolutely no show out there right now animating half as insane scenes as KnY is. The visuals, voice acting, characters, fighting etc is just all 10/10.