After clearing the house controlled by a demon with drums, Tanjiro and Zenitus come across another strange demon slayer, Inosuke, who likes to wear a warthog mask. Inosuke has an extremely hard head, both physically and metaphorically, and he can’t stand anyone doing anything better than him. Zenitsu reveals he knew Tanjiro was hiding a demon in his backpack, but trusts that Tanjiro needs to protect her. The growing group travel to a mountain to face an unknown demon threat, and they find other demon slayers caught up in a deadly web. They find a whole family of spider-type demons all over the mountain with many kinds of traps set for the slayers. The group, including hard-headed Inosuke, must work together to overcome the demons.
Something I appreciate, and may contribute to this seres' popularity, is how different all of the slayers really are that we've met so far. Tanjiro is noble, Zenitsu is a coward but can be extremely powerful, and now we have Inosuke, who seems fairly crazy but makes everything a little more interesting with his hot-headedness. There is someone here for everyone to get behind and root for. There is a bit of a shift in volume four, however. Until this point, the main reason to caution buying this title for younger audiences was the amount of blood and violence against demons. This volume adds creepy spiders and some mildly shocking violence against people. Several other slayers get caught up in the spider webs and have their bones broken from being moved in ways a human body cannot move, and there are quite a few human deaths in this volume.
Sara’s Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Grades 9-12
Reviews of previous volumes in the series: vol 1, vol 2,vol 3
Publisher: VIZ Media
Publication Date: January 1, 2019
ISBN: 9781974700554 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Demons, Action Adventure
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