Tanjiro, Inosuke, and Zenitsu are all healed up and have fully practice their Total Concentration skill at Shinobu’s mansion, so it’s time to be on their way. Tanjiro asked Shinobu about the “Hinokami Kagura”, a special breathing style his father used to use that might incorporate fire, but Shinobu, being the Insect Hashira, doesn’t know much about flame breathing. She recommends he ask Rengoku, the Flame Hashira. Rengoku is aboard a steam train, so the three meet up with him despite Inosuke and Tanjiro being mystified by the train and mistaking it for a demon. Once aboard, Rengoku takes a liking to all of them, but they quickly fall asleep and each have their own vivid dream. These dreams are not to be trusted, as humans working for the demon Enmu have infiltrated and are trying to destroy the spiritual core of each demon slayer.
This is the beginning of the lauded Mugen Train arc, which is the storyline of the movie that came out in 2021 and made a boatload of money, so students are really keen on reading this volume and volume eight. I enjoyed seeing each of the dreams of the slayers had because it was a different way to provide character development. Not all the dreams are happy - Rengoku relives the moment he told his father he obtained Hashira status to his father’s indifference, which was a clever way to give us Rengoku's backstory and still have it be something driving the plot forward.
The illustrations are getting better with every volume. I remember first opening up volume one and thinking the style was supremely rough, but characters are polished, and backgrounds are more detailed. The battle scenes are much easier to follow now than in previous volumes.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 9-12
Reviews of previous volumes in the series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, vol 4, vol 5, vol 6
Publisher: VIZ Media
Publication Date: July 2, 2019
ISBN: 9781974704415 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Demons, Action Adventure, VIZ Media
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