In Demon Slayer season 3 episode 7, it becomes increasingly evident that the show is grappling with a major issue that demands attention and correction. After a remarkable and explosive start with its season premiere, expectations were set high for the Swordsmith Village Arc. The series made a triumphant return to screens after an 18-month hiatus, captivating viewers with a feature-length first episode that showcased one of its most impressive and memorable scenes to date.
However, as the season progresses, it seems that Demon Slayer may have peaked too early. The subsequent episodes have struggled to match the same level of energy and impact as those key moments, such as the exhilarating Infinity Castle sequence and the awe-inspiring Sun Halo Dragon reveal. The show’s ability to sustain the momentum and intensity that characterized its early episodes has faltered, leaving fans wanting more.
One surprising aspect is how swiftly the season three premise was established. The show hurriedly introduced the Swordsmith Village in its second episode, bringing together the key players for what seemed like an impending series of epic showdowns. Yet, despite this initial setup, five episodes later, it feels as though we have barely scratched the surface of the pivotal Kizuki fights that are meant to drive the core of Demon Slayer’s plot.
These battles against the strongest demons should have unfolded over multiple episodes, allowing for a deep exploration of the characters and their strategies. However, the pacing has been sluggish, with the show slowly building up to these confrontations only to abruptly shift focus to other elements. This approach has led to frustration among fans who have particularly noticed the pacing issues in the last two episodes.
In episode seven, the action is divided between Genya and Tanjiro’s fight against Hantengu’s alter-egos and Tokito’s confrontation with the rampaging Gyokko. Unfortunately, both encounters unfold at an agonizingly slow pace, even by the standards of a show known for its lengthy fight sequences. This sluggishness is most noticeable in the scenes featuring Tokito, the Mist Hashira. He spends a significant portion of episodes six and seven trapped in a large goldfish bowl, contemplating Tanjiro’s teachings about trust and reliance on others.
While some may appreciate the opportunity for introspection and character development, there is a limit to the amount of time audiences are willing to spend on such moments. Even those who crave deeper exploration of the characters find themselves yearning for a better balance between internal reflection and action.
Furthermore, the rhythm of the episodes in Demon Slayer season 3 follows a pattern where the first phase of the Hantengu fight takes an extended period to unfold. While this deliberate pacing might have been acceptable if the season were in its early stages, the fact that we are already over halfway through the season raises concerns. The Swordsmith Village Arc is expected to span 11 episodes, similar to the Entertainment District Arc. With only four 20-minute slots remaining, the pressure is on for the team at Ufotable to deliver a satisfying and cohesive story in a limited time frame.
Considering these factors, it is arguable that Demon Slayer season 3 might have benefited from being compiled into a feature-length project, similar to the Mugen Train movie. By condensing the story and releasing it as a single, more substantial entity, the pacing issues and the struggle to maintain narrative momentum could have been mitigated. The success of the Mugen Train movie, which became the highest-grossing film of 2020, further supports the idea that future Demon Slayer arcs could find success on the big screen.
Looking ahead, once the Swordsmith Village story concludes, there are three more arcs awaiting adaptation: the Hashira Training arc, and the two halves of the Final Battle arc. These arcs contain dense and action-packed sequences that fans are eager to see brought to life. However, given the varying adaptation styles demonstrated throughout the series, it remains uncertain whether Ufotable will make the right choices to effectively translate these arcs onto the screen.
It’s worth noting that the Entertainment District Arc justified its 11-episode length by incorporating a secondary investigation plotline, which initially seemed to be the case with Kanroji in season three. However, she has been conspicuously absent for the past three episodes, leaving fans to wonder about her whereabouts and involvement in the larger narrative.
In conclusion, Demon Slayer season 3 episode 7 exposes a significant issue that demands attention—the struggle to maintain consistent pacing and narrative flow. As the season progresses, the show needs to address these concerns and find a better balance between character development and action. With more arcs awaiting adaptation, including the possibility of future movie releases, it remains to be seen how Demon Slayer will navigate these challenges and deliver a satisfying and captivating story for its dedicated fanbase.
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