Demon Slayer Season 3 Episode 3 Review: Hantengu and His Terrifying Doppelgangers

Hello there! Do you like viewing Demon Slayer Season 3? If you do, then you must have watched episode 3 by now. If you haven’t, then you’re in for a delight! You’ll get to see tonnes of thrilling action as the demons become more active in the story. In this episode, two new formidable demons, Gyokko (Upper Rank 5) and Hantengu(Upper moon No.4), make their appearance and prove to be stronger than any adversary before. But there’s more! We also get to meet a new character named Haganezuka who pledges to restore Tanjiro’s legendary sword and much more. So, let’s get begun!

“A Sword from Over 300 Years Ago”

Tanjiro and Kotetsu are getting disappointing after seen "A Sword from Over 300 Years Ago"
Tanjiro and Kotetsu in Demon slayer season 3 episode 3: A Sword from Over 300 Years Ago (source: Crunchyroll)

Tanjiro and Kotetsu are racking their thoughts at the beginning of the show, trying to find out what to do with a famous sword. Although Kotetsu thinks Tanjiro ought to keep it, the latter is being modest and says he is not deserving. But when Tanjiro finally takes the sword out of its scabbard, he finds that it is extremely rusty and foul-smelling, resembling a mouldy sandwich that has been exposed to the sun for a week. And it’s reasonable given that the sword is more than 300 years old.

Haganezuka, Tanjiro and Kotetsu in Demon slayer season 3 episode 3
Haganezuka snatches 300 year old swords in Demon slayer season 3 episode 3 (source: Crunchyroll)

And then Haganezuka entered, the swordsmith with the magic touch. He snatches the rusty sword away and promises to restore it to its former glory. In the meantime, he gives Tanjiro a temporary sword to use for three whole days and nights, because apparently, that’s how long it takes to polish a sword in Demon Slayer Season 3. Who knew?

Hantengu (Upper Moon 4) Approaches to Mist Hashira Muichiro Tokito – Demon slayer S02E03 (source: Crunchyroll)

But wait, things take a dark turn as the Upper Moon demons, Gyokko and Hantengu, crash the party. Gyokko wastes no time in proving what a ruthless baddie he is by crushing an innocent swordsmith to death in his vase. Hantengu takes a more direct approach and tries to take out Tanjiro and his friends. Tanjiro and Nezuko jump into action immediately, and Muichiro Tokito tries to behead Hantengu, but he’s a slippery little devil and manages to escape. Hantengu proves to be a formidable foe and starts doubling his number from the head and the body with two new existing clones.

Genya-Demon slayer S02E03 (source: Crunchyroll)

But never fear, Genya is here! He whips out his trusty gun and starts Shooting towards Hantengu burst his heads clean of. The demon slayers are in a real pickle now, folks. He immediately create more clone of himself with each one has their his own different abilities. One clone sends Muichiro flying into the forest, and yet another stabs poor Genya in the guts.

One of Hantengu’s clones, a bird-like demon named Urogi -Demon slayer S02E03 (source: Crunchyroll)

In Demon slayer season 3 Episode 3, we also see Tanjiro trying his best to be the ultimate demon-slaying warrior by examining his enemies and trying to find their weak spots. But unfortunately, things don’t go as planned when he comes face-to-face with one of Hantengu’s clones, a bird-like demon named Urogi. This demon lifts Tanjiro into the air with his foot, like he’s some kind of featherweight champion. Tanjiro tries to break free with his powerful Hinokami Kagura move, but unfortunately, he’s unable to dodge Urogi’s some kind of supersonic wave attack from his mouth, and BAM! Tanjiro gets a very hard hit, falling to the ground with such force. But he managed to amputate one of Urogi’s legs.

Mist Hashira Muichiro Tokito saving Kotetsu from Demon -Demon slayer S02E03 (source: Crunchyroll)

The episode ends with Muichiro rushing to save Kotetsu from a demon attack. It’s clear that things are about to get even more intense in the upcoming battles, and we can’t wait to see what happens next. So buckle up, folks, because Demon Slayer Season 3 is shaping up to be a wild ride!

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My thoughts on Demon slayer season 3 episode 3

The episode “A Sword from Over 300 Years Ago” serves as an introduction to Gyokko as one of the main threats during the Swordsmith Village Arc. The scene where he eviscerates a vase is particularly successful in making him feel truly scary. The visual of his chattering eyes is unsettling and adds to the show’s already graphic picture of monster violence. However, while Gyokko’s power is emphasized in this episode, it is Hantengu who has the biggest effect on the Demon Slayers. This is due to his power to make clones of himself with each beheading, each with the strength of a proper Upper Rank demon. The heroes are caught off guard by this tactic and struggle to find a plan to beat the clones.

The episode’s second act is filled with exciting and creative writing as the Demon Slayers try to outsmart seemingly invincible monsters. Tanjiro’s key to victory is not yet clear, but Tokito may find success against Gyokko by taking Tanjiro’s sensitive approach instead of depending solely on his physical skills. The heroes must think outside the box to beat their enemies, showing that creativity is just as vital as strength and skill. The action scenes are beautifully chaotic, with the combined use of breathing styles and methods making for stunning visuals. Despite the stress, the audience won’t want to look away from the screen.

The episode also includes failed efforts to assassinate the demons, with Nezuko even getting in on the action. The show continues to surprise with its graphic violence and superb animation, making for a thrilling watching experience.

The episode “A Sword from Over 300 Years Ago” is being hailed as one of the best of the season, despite tough competition from an entry showing a six-armed samurai robot. While the first few episodes of the season give Tanjiro and the audience to heal from the previous season’s brutal events, the show is quick to ramp up the intensity once again. The heroes face major hurdles in this episode, and the stakes feel incredibly high, despite being only three episodes into the season. While it’s clear that the Demon Slayers will eventually win over their enemy Hantengu, who has four different forms, this episode makes that victory seem unlikely. Demon Slayer knows that it can no longer depend solely on villains giving high speeches and uses Hantengu’s attack to show its readiness to dive into more visceral, violent storytelling.

After this episode, we can’t wait to see what’s going to happen in Episode 4. Will Tanjiro be able to bounce back after that brutal beatdown he took from Urogi? Will muchiro be able to return to the village in time? Will Gyokko survive one of Hantengu’s Doppelgänger?

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