Nezuko is called ‘The Chosen Demon’ because she is able to walk in sunlight. But why is she the only demon to ever exist with an immunity to sunlight?
Well, it’s most likely because of her lineage.
It’s implied throughout the series that Tanjiro and his family are connected to the first Breath of the Sun user, who is also the first ever breath user. They all wear the same earrings, have a similar scar on their forehead and look similar. Plus, someone like Tanjiro with ‘red hair’ with ‘red eyes’ is said to be a ‘child of brightness’ and this is something considered lucky in families that work in fire, and are consistent traits with those who previously had potential to be a Breath of the Sun user. Because of this connection Nezuko might have a special bodily constitution that allows her to walk in the sun.
However, Nezuko has been burned before by the sun. Why did she only develop this ability as the manga progressed?
Perhaps the reason she can withstand sunlight then is because she protects humans instead of eating them. She got burned in the sun to save Tanjiro, and this act of selflessness and self-sacrifice for her brother is something that has never occurred in another demon – so she might have gained this ability.
Or maybe it’s because she is the only demon to never have consumed human flesh or blood and instead sleeps to restore energy. This would mean that all demons can withstand sunlight, but because of their desire for human flesh and blood they can’t. (How ironic this would be for Muzan.)
Nezuko could be the only demon to not consume human flesh or blood because she is the only known demon who didn’t have a tragic past. Nezuko’s trauma of her family dying occurred when she was turned into a demon, while other demons had something in their past like illness or abusive parents that influenced why Muzan took advantage of them. This difference could be why she maintained human emotions, why she was able to be influenced by Urokodaki during her 2 years of sleep to protect humans, and why could sleep instead of eating humans. Leading to her gaining the ability to walk in the sun.
Does anyone have any of their own theories as to why Nezuko can withstand sunlight? What theory makes the most sense to you?
Midnight is 175cm tall, her blood type is A and she was born in the Saitama Prefecture. Midnight likes ‘vibrant youth’ and thrills.
Her name contains the kanji for ‘fragrance’ (香 ka), ‘mountain’ (山 yama), and ‘sleep’ (睡 nemuri).
Midnight was originally supposed to be Class 1-A’s homeroom teacher but was later replaced with Shota Aizawa. Hirokoshi said this was because he wanted Class 1-A’s teacher to be someone willing to get ‘sharp-tongues’ with the students.
Midnight has stated that her first hero costume was the reason why regulations were made to limit the amount of skin that can be exposed for hero costumes.
Midnight’s stats according to the Ultra Archive Book are: Power 2/5 (D) Speed 3/5 (C) Technique 5/5 (A) Intelligence 3/5 (C) Cooperativeness 3/5 (C) Her stats according to the Ultra Analysis Book are: Power 2/6 (D) Speed 3/6 (C) Technique 5/6 (A) Intelligence (3/6) (C) Sexiness 6/6 (S)
I watched High-Rise Invasion on Netflix. It was a very interesting premise but overall, nothing too spectacular.
While watching its 12 episodes I assume it probably wasn’t a Netflix original story since it seemed to be rushing through material very quickly. Usually, I would assume that a Netflix original anime would be more well-progressed since the creators know they’re building a story from scratch with no confirmed second season.
So, I guessed about two episodes in that it was the anime adaption of a manga. This would make sense – that the anime was trying to rush through source material because they didn’t know if they would get a second season. So why not try to get as much in as possible?
I found out that the High-Rise Invasion manga is completed and contains 149 chapters or 21 volumes.
Before High-Rise Invasion’s anime release sites suggested that due to the large amount of source material available, the anime would cover approximately 94 chapters or 8 volumes. There’s enough here to last for several seasons.
However, the anime ended up finishing at chapter 149 or volume 12. This is over halfway through the manga. By doing this, the High-Rise Invasion creators have allowed themselves to finish the anime in 2 seasons – another 12 episodes should be enough to get through the rest of the manga source material.
Although that means lots is going to be missed out on and the anime is rushed, I understand why they’d want to get it done in 2 seasons. Netflix is known to drop anime after 2 seasons. Analysis does show that on average, Netflix original series will receive 2 seasons. After all, Netflix is aiming to gain subscribers and they need to make a variety of new content to do so.
Hawks is 172cm tall, his blood type is B and his birthplace is Fukuoka.
Hawks’ first name is made up of the kanji for ‘disclose, open, say’ (啓 kei) and ‘enlightenment, understanding’ (悟 go) and his surname contains the characters for ‘hawk’ (鷹 taka) and ‘see, visible, idea’ (見 mi).
During an interview with Honyasan App, Yoritomi (the series’ current editor) said that Hawks’ backstory is based off Lionel Messi’s own childhood. Yoritomi told the interview, “You might be familiar with the overseas soccer player Lionel Messi, but his backstory is that at a young age he was scouted by Barcelona and joined. His father had lost his job and couldn’t afford the hormone medical treatment Messi needed for his illness, but thanks to his talent for soccer FC Barcelona agreed to cover the medical expenses for them. In exchange for receiving that money, Messi had to agree to live in Spain and only play soccer from a very young age. During the World Cup I told that story to Mr. Horikoshi. The next week, or maybe the week after that, Hawks’ story was born.”
Hawks’ favourite food is chicken.
Hawks currently holds the record for the youngest Pro Hero (he did not attend UA High School, but instead was scouted for private Hero education as a child) and the record for the fastest a Pro Hero has broken into the top 10 Pro Heroes on the Hero Billboard Chart JP.
I’d probably just avoid conflict and walk away. I will death glare them though if they’re annoying me or if I’m in a bad mood. I’ll only talk back if I’m really pissed off.
I don’t particularly like breakfast. I’ll usually just drink something so I’m not hungry until I can eat something later.
Black’s my favourite colour so easy pick!
I do have to study to get actually good grades. I can get decent grades though with not much work. It’s a very bad habit.
Pretty accurate answer.
I am pretty competitive when I get into things but I don’t really cry about loosing. Honestly, I get more of a kick out of the competition in the moment and don’t usually care about winning or loosing outside of competitive nature. If I found myself caring too much about loosing or winning though I tend to remind myself to care less (usually I just remind myself that we’re doing this for fun and enjoy competition and that’s what we’re getting out of it).
This was super hard to decide because crows and owls are my favourite birds. I picked cats because I also like cats and if I had to decide which one I would want as a pet I’d pick a cat. (Unless I was one of those fantastical travelers, then I’d choose a crow. I would want a cat though if I was a witch. And an owl if someone who travels by night. Maybe I should just be a shape-shifter actually).
I am pan so yeah, but also I do confess but not confidently? So idk.
I’d just practise with a set plan that will help me improve a skill.
I feel most productive at night. Recently I’ve been focusing on sleeping at 12am so that I get a decent amount of sleep – especially since I feel most productive starting at about 5/6pm and if left unchecked and in the habit of staying up I’ll work until 3am instead of during the day because my productivity is better.
Honestly was not expecting Kuroo! But yay! This quiz has been fun. Who did you get?
Aoyama is 168cm tall, his blood type is O and his birthplace is France.
Aoyama’s preliminary design was very similar to his final design. The main difference is that the preliminary design had longer hair. His hero name was also going to be ‘Can’t Stop Twinkle’ instead of ‘Can’t Stop Twinkling.’
Aoyama’s favourite thing is himself, and he uses a rose scented fragrance to give himself a ‘romantic tip.’
Aoyama’s surname contains the kanji for ‘blue’ (青 ao) and ‘mountain’ (山 yama). His first name contains the characters for ‘excellent, superior’ (優 yu) and “elegant, graceful, refined’ (雅 ga).
Aoyama’s stats according to the Ultra Archive Book are: Power 2/5 (D) Speed 3/5 (C) Technique 3/5 (C) Intelligence 3/5 (C) Cooperativeness 1/5 (E) His stats then according to the Ultra Analysis Book are: Power 2/6 (D) Speed 3/6 (C) Technique 4/6 (B) Intelligence 3/6 (C) Sparklines 6/6 (S)
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The question has plagued my mind ever since I started watching and reading Demon Slayer: why does Tengen Uzui wear a white headwrap?
Throughout the time I’ve been reading through the manga and since finishing season 1 and watching the movie, I’ve been thinking about if there’s a reason why he wears his white headwrap.
*PLEASE BE AWARE THERE’S MANGA SPOILERS AHEAD*
The thoughts had crossed my mind that Tengen is canonically a very handsome character. Perhaps the author wanted him to wear a headwrap to suit his flashiness? But this didn’t seem like the right answer since when he wears his hair down in the series, he received more attention. He receives so many compliments about his appearance when he is dressed in civilian clothes. I thought that maybe then it helps to conceal attention from himself but as a trained shinobi, I think he could conceal himself well with or without one so this doesn’t make much sense to me.
I then thought that maybe just wants his hair out of his way then while fighting? Yet during fights the warp is shown to be not that durable and his hair falls out of it, and he already keeps his ponytail out of it anyway. And after his retirement he wears his hair down so his hair seems to not bother him. I had been thinking that maybe the ponytail didn’t bother him but the headwrap helped him to keep hair out of his face but this also didn’t make sense, since his post-retirement hairstyle has his hair not tied back/up at all and in his corps outfit he wears a large headband with gemstones arranged in a line framing his face – so it must not bother him.
And it is not a mandate for demon slayers to wear one. It is also most likely not a part of his clan’s beliefs, since he doesn’t wear it after he retires so it’s most likely not a sign of marital status or something of the like.
This really just made me wonder if what the purpose of his headwrap is.
I then looked to his character facts sheet and found nothing about his headwrap’s purpose. I did find however that in his preliminary design Tengen wore bandages that covered a lot of his face. It’s hard to tell if the bandages are also his headwrap or separate, but I thought that his initial design could support the idea that he wears them to conceal his identity since that is a typical outfit trait of a shinobi.
But while doing some research I found out that shinobi didn’t necessarily wear headwraps. Although the popular image of a shinobi is someone wearing all black with little to no features visible this idea has been proposed to be something that was rooted in artistic convention rather than evidence. There is little evidence for such attire of shinobis, and it was more common for them to be disguised as civilians (or even merchants or workers). It’s been suggested the black they’re typically seen wearing is to artistically convey their ‘invisibility’ – an idea borrowed from the puppet handlers of burraku theatre, who dressed in total black to try to simulate props moving on their own. It’s most likely that what shinobi used were attire similar to a samurai but with loose garments tucked into their trousers that were secured with belts.
Shinobi are also thought to have worn a tenugui. A tenugui is a piece of cloth with many functions shinbo could make use of such as: covering one’s face, forming a belt or assisting in climbing. These cloths are a thin hand towel made from cotton. They are usually 35 x 90cm in size, plain woven and usually dyed with a pattern on them. They are used in a variety of ways by people such as a washcloth, worn as a headband, placed as decoration, and used to wrap bottles. Tenugui are also used in kendo as a head covering to function as a sweatband and to provide extra padding beneath headgear. (If you’re interested in reading more about tenugui I’d suggest checking out this website: https://www.tofugu.com/japan/tenugui/).
So perhaps Tengen’s headwrap is actually a tenugui that can be used in varied ways if needed for slaying demons, help give him some extra protection and minimise sweat!
Additionally, headwraps are usually worn for a variety of purposes such as protection of the head and/or hair from rain, dirt, wind, cold, warm weathers and more. Wearing one therefore could be helpful to Tengen since the demon slayers seem to travel a lot and they do very physical work. So he could just taking precautions to project things like his scalp and hair.
In conclusion, I do think the reason Tengen wears a white headwrap during his time in the Demon Slayer Corps is because it’s most likely a character design choice made by the author. But theoretically, it could be a tenugui which would help help cover his face, form a belt, assist him to climb, and other activities that are useful for shinbo. It would also help give added protection to his head and/or hair from elements while on missions and even help minimise sweat while demon slaying.
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I’ve never quite been a fan of the slice of life genre. I’m unsure why but the pastel colour scheme, character relationships, and plot lines never quite interested me.
‘Slice of life’ is defined as, “A realistic representation of everyday experience in a film, play, or book.” Notable slice of life anime include: Fruits Basket, Toradora!, Clannad, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Anohana: The Flower we Saw that Day, K-On!, Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions!, Hyouka and 5 Centimeters Per Second.
Slice of life anime is considered to be more like melodrama than drama, and usually makes use of a large number of dramatic and comedic moments in a short span of time. They are usually plotless and non-directional, which goes against what are considered fundamentals of engaging storytelling. Instead, they focus upon interpersonal relationships and how characters react to their surroundings and events. At the narrative centre of slice of life, there tends to an uneventful mundaneness.
Perhaps slice of life is too similar to the avant-garde style in the regards that there needs to be a certain appreciation, understanding and acceptance of it before one can really enjoy the medium. What I tend to find to be a lack of flow in narrative, mundane character chemistry and an unfulfilling repetitive lack of insight into characters’ psyches – another might love for a variety of reasons.
Slice of life is well adored for the relaxation it can provide viewers. The atmosphere itself of the series needs to be woven into an overall relaxing mood. There tends to be a lack of high stakes in this genre to achieve this feeling. No-one has to save the world or fight their way through an apocalypse, but rather there should be a lack of conflict to focus upon characters interpersonal relationships. As much as I appreciate a good character insight as much as the next person, I think I find character analysis to be much more engaging. While Hyouka I assume is, for many, a relaxing show to watch, I found it rather boring since the mysterious weren’t that complicated and the pace was too slow. These added a boring factor to the series for me, purposely then (I theorise) to highlight the main characters’ apathetic and ‘lazy’ attitude. I didn’t enjoy it until over halfway through the series, and even then, it was only for a few episodes where I found myself able to watch more than one in a row.
Incorporated into this relaxing atmosphere is usually also a simplistic colour scheme, limited animation, a rather basic score and simple character designs. For someone who’s favourite art style in an anime is something like Dorohedoro, you can probably tell my tastes don’t exactly tend to align much with the Fruits Basket aesthetic. Scores are important to me in anime as well – impressive musical accompaniment for anything heightens experiences for me. Grand plot points in series like Attack on Titan and Guilty Crown are elevated by Hiroyuki Sawano’s incredible compositions of epic pieces, and Akira’s heavily percussion-based soundtrack delivers a cold and chilling sound that enhances the sense of dystopia for viewers while watching. Without a noticeable soundtrack in slice of life anime and without a progressing plot, I can tend to get quite bored.
Finally, slice of life characters are the focus of their stories. Everything is centred around their personalities, motivations, dreams, hopes, choices and relationships. They are the ones who drive the story. The plot of a slice of life anime is considered secondary to how a character will deal with it. With such a major focus being on characters it’s important that they are relatable and that by extension, their struggles, thoughts and reactions are relatable. They are mostly put in situations where viewers can connect with them via universal experiences such as growing friendships. For me though, the few slice of life series I have watched contained very limited relatable characters. Hyouka only allowed me to relate to a maximum of one- or two-characters’ personality traits, and even then, it wasn’t much. Anohana though I did not enjoy at all. I watched it out of pure stubbornness. I did not cry. I see its appeal, but to be honest it is one of the worst pieces of media I had watched in a while when I saw it. How I was meant to cry in scenes poorly set up and executed due to bland writing, character development and personalities filled with a lack of either self-awareness, sensibleness or common sense from characters made me dislike the series and characters even more (I also don’t like when characters have overabundance of naivety – it annoys me too much and I can’t pinpoint why). But my experiences have been most likely skewed by my own personality so that’s on me.
This begs the question then, what do I like about the slice of life genre for my personal viewing? Well, I don’t know. Maybe these shows are actually more exciting than I realise, and I just haven’t been shown the right clips to pique my interest. Maybe there’s more plot than pitched in minute long trailers. Maybe I just haven’t watched the right series for me.
As a result of all of this I’m asking you now… please recommend me slice of life anime that I might like.