Akihabara News (Tokyo) – In the second episode of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Tanjiro follows the guidance of demon slayer Giyu Tomioka, beginning his journey into his new life.
The story picks up as Tanjiro and Nezuko are on the road to Mt. Sagiri.
Tanjiro makes a large covered basket, mounted like a backpack, that the demon Nezuko can ride in during the daytime, without being exposed to sunlight.
While traveling by night, with Nezuko now walking at Tanjiro’s side, the pair come across a temple and their first demon (other than Nezuko, of course). They discover that demons are remarkably quick, very strong, and their wounds begin regenerating within seconds. The siblings prevail in the fight against the demon with great difficulty.
The trainer Sakonji Urokodaki makes his appearance at this time, wearing a tengu mask. He immediately has doubts that Tanjiro is truly demon slayer material because of the boy’s kind spirit and empathy, even towards demons. Tanjiro is spared having to kill the defeated demon, as the sun rises and immediately burns it into ashes.
Urokodaki is soon revealed to be quite a hard character, telling Tanjiro that if he insists on sparing his demon sister Nezuko and she one day eats a human, then it will be his duty to kill his sister and then, in penance, kill himself.
Despite his doubts, Urokodaki begins Tanjiro’s training. With a letter from Tomioka advocating on behalf of the siblings and the boy’s passing of initial endurance tests, Urokodaki accepts Tanjiro as a demon slayer candidate student.