Demon Slayer: A Forged Bond

Akihabara News (Tokyo) – In the eighteenth episode of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Tanjiro battles the spider demon boy, Rui, as Inosuke faces the father demon. Zenitsu is saved by a Hashira.

The episode begins with two demon slayers of the Hashira rank, which is the highest rank, Giyu Tomioka and Shinobu Kocho, arriving at the mountain to help defeat the demons. They split up to cover more ground.

Tanjiro and Inosuke are trying to battle the father demon whom they suspect is one of the Twelve Kizukis. Their Nichirin Blades barely penetrate the demon’s skin. During a strike the demon hurls a tree trunk at Tanjiro. The sheer force from the impact sends him flying across the mountain. He warns Inosuke to not die until he manages to find his way back.

Zenitsu breathes as slowly as he can in an attempt to slow down the poison. As he takes his final breath, he sees a girl with butterfly wings fly towards him. It is Shinobu Kocho, one of the Hashira. She tells him she is going to save him.

Tanjiro lands far away in the middle of the forest. He sees the boy demon from before torturing another female demon whom he claims is his sister. This riles him up as he confronts the demon boy, Rui, and his twisted concept of how siblings should act.

Another demon slayer arrives on the scene, and is immediately slashed into pieces by Rui’s spiderwebs. Tanjiro is shocked by the sheer effortlessness by which the Rui killed the other demon slayer.

He then launches an attack on Tanjiro, and he struggles to block them. The spiderwebs manage to slash Tanjiro in a few places, including his face.

Meanwhile, Inosuke tries his best to not die by running away from the father demon. He realizes that it is out of character for him to run from a fight, so he turns back to attack the demon. He manages to slash its arm off, and the demon runs away from him.

Inosuke runs in pursuit. The demon perches in a tree and seems to be shedding his skin. As Inosuke yells at him to continue the fight, he stops when he notices the demon is emerging as a larger version of itself.

Inosuke attacks the demon, only to have his blade snapped in half. The demon picks him up by his neck and almost crushes him. Just as he was about to give up, Giyu Tomioka, the Hashira, saves him. With a swift blow he kills the demon, and Inosuke is left speechless.

The episode ends with Tanjiro aiming for the Rui’s neck. Rui unleashes his spiderwebs, and the webs snap Tanjiro’s blade in half, heading directly towards his face.

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