Episode Of The Year Contender?! Fans Hype Up Demon Slayer Hashira Training Arc Finale As The Series’ Best One Yet!

However, this arc got the lowest rating on MAL compared to the others LOL.

KIMETSU NO YAIBA © 2016 by Koyoharu Gotouge/SHUEISHA Inc.

The final episode of Demon Slayer Hashira Training arc “The Hashira Unite”, which came out on June 30, 2024, took social media by storm by its stellar animation and cinematography, causing Crunchyroll to crash once again and trend #1 worldwide on Twitter!

The Muzan entrance confronting Kagaya Ubuyashiki and the destruction of his mansion garnered so much praise from fans, let alone the beautiful sequence of the Demon Slayers dropping into the Infinity Castle, courtesy of Muzan.

Prior to that, the Hashiras rushed towards the mansion in an attempt to save their master but by the time they reached, it was too late. They attacked Muzan, unleashing the various forms of their breathing techniques. Watching that alone gave goosebumps like NO OTHER!

Despite the Hashira Training arc being mediocre, Ufotable doesn’t miss with the arc’s ending, just like all the others. The production quality was so high that fans couldn’t help but hype Demon Slayer on social media, while some of them began to wonder whether this would be the EPISODE OF THE YEAR!

And it’s not just Twitter. More than 3000 fans rated the episode a 9.9 over at IMDB and over 90,000 users at MyAnimeList gave the whole Hashira Training arc, an 8.17/10!

However, this arc got the lowest rating on MAL compared to the others LOL.

Nevertheless, fans over at MAL couldn’t help but praise the finale’s animation quality with every frame being wallpaper-worthy, commending the staff for their hard work and speculating whether this could very well be the BEST EPISODE OF 2024, just like those on Twitter.

  • FMmatron: Tense finale which only fueled the anticipation for the upcoming arc. Once we got the Infinity Castle trilogy the crying over this season will be forgotten…hopefully.
  • izanami204: I’m not a demon slayer fan , and i don’t see it as a top20 best animes either , But this episde is one of the best of the series and the year in anime as a whole , THE HYPE IS REAL.
  • WilfredJohnson: Surely this is the best episode of demon slayer, if not the best episode of any anime
  • Phantom_373:Even being a manga reader and knowing this was coming this was probably the greatest ending to any Shonen I’ve ever watched (Yes I’m heavily bias to demon slayer stfu). the entire episode was directed incredibly in particular that sequence with Gyomei and Muzan fighting was animated arguably better than anything the shows produced so far.
  • thebrentinator24: Yea yea this season wasn’t the best, that’s no surprise, and it being a separate season in the first place was questionable, but despite its ups and downs, this episode alone brought my hype back. Hope all the complaining subsides now that this arc and season are behind us. If the movies are as good as most of us expect them to be then I’m sure this season and all of the complaints and misgivings that came with it will be forgotten. Sure it sucks we’re going to have wait god knows how long for just the first movie, let alone the following two, but I WILL be seated 🫡 I know they’ve got a feast cooking and we’ll all be eating good, hopefully sooner rather than later.

Keeping recency bias aside, is it really the episode of the year? Sure, the Crunchyroll popularity awards would give it an award or two. But in the hearts of fans like me, there’s more that await this year, such as Re:Zero, Blue Lock, Dandadan, Dragon Ball Daima, or any of the future episodes of One Piece and so on.

Nevertheless, Demon Slayer Season 4 Episode 8 is no doubt one of the best animated episodes I’ve seen this year by far!

About Demon Slayer:

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotouge. It was serialized in Shueisha’s shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from February 2016 to May 2020, with its chapters collected in 23 tankōbon volumes.

In April 2019, Ufotable launched a gripping 26-episode anime TV series based on Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, captivating audiences until September of the same year. The franchise’s momentum surged with the release of a follow-up film, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train, in October 2020, breaking records as the highest-grossing anime film and Japanese film ever.

Riding on this success, an 18-episode second season graced screens from October 2021 to February 2022, complemented by a compilation film titled Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – To the Swordsmith Village in February 2023. Keeping fans on the edge of their seats, an 11-episode third season aired from April to June 2023, accompanied by another compilation film, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – To the Hashira Training, in February 2024.

As the saga continues to captivate hearts, a highly anticipated fourth season called “Demon Slayer: Hashira Training arc” premiered in May 2024, promising more thrilling adventures ahead.

Crunchyroll describes the overall plot of Demon Slayer as follows:

It is the Taisho Period in Japan. Tanjiro, a kindhearted boy who sells charcoal for a living, finds his family slaughtered by a demon.

To make matters worse, his younger sister Nezuko, the sole survivor, has been transformed into a demon herself.

Though devastated by this grim reality, Tanjiro resolves to become a “demon slayer” so that he can turn his sister back into a human, and kill the demon that massacred his family.

Source: Twitter