Tanjiro is, once again, in need of a new nichirin sword, but his sword smith refuses to make another sword for him. Instead, Tanjiro gets permission to travel to the village of the sword smiths, which is in a secret location. Once there, he finds the Love Hashira, Mitsubishi Kanroji, who is also waiting for her sword. The village happens to have healing hot springs, which helps with Tanjiro’s slow recovery after his taxing fight with Gyutaro and Daki. Tanjiro also finds the Mist Hashira, Muchiro Tokito, who is bugging a young sword smith named Kotetsu. Kotetsu has access to a special training doll that has been passed down in his family for generations and it is supposedly one of the best training tools for Demon Slayers, but no one knows how to fix it if it breaks.
After many volumes of solid fighting, it's nice to have a bit of repireve and get a volume dedicated to building some more of the world. Gotouge clearly knows how to build characters, as we have had plenty of that mixed in with all of the fighting, but I have been very interested in knowing more about the Demon Slayer society behind all of these creatures running around. I hope to see and learn more about the sword smith society itself because, although we are in their village, this volume still focused mostly on the slayers and the Hashira that are in the village presently. There is some fan service in this volume as Kanroji nakedly exists the hot springs, but her thick braids are well placed to cover her lady bits.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Reviews of previous volumes in the series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, vol 4, vol 5, vol 6, vol 7, vol 8, vol 9, vol 10, vol 11
Publisher: VIZ Media
Publication Date: May 5, 2020
ISBN: 9781974711123 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Demons, Action Adventure, VIZ Media
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