Fans Criticize Studio Ufotable For Making A Filler Demon Slayer Episode!

On the other hand, there are fans who appreciate expanding the story a bit and getting to know Tengen after his retirement as a Hashira.

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

Demon Slayer Hashira Training arc episode 3 titled “Fully Recovered! Tanjiro Joins the Hashira Training!!” is probably the first episode in Demon Slayer that is stirred in controversy for the wrong reasons. Studio Ufotable is actually known for making episodes without wasting time on fillers but this time, they had, for some reason, switched minds with Studio Pierrot.

After watching the episode, Demon Slayer fans were quick to point out that the episode only adapted one and a half page from the manga chapter 132 titled “Full Strength Training” and rest of it was all filler.

Basically, it’s this page:


(Demon Slayer chapter 132)

The fans were pretty annoyed that they spent an entire episode getting nowhere while waiting months for a new season with just 8 episodes. It’s pretty clear that Ufotable just wanted to drag it to accommodate an even number.

On the other hand, there are fans who appreciate for expanding the story a bit and getting to know Tengen post his retirement as a Hashira. Tanjiro training with him actually brought forth interest character interactions, good fights and solid animation sequences.

Plus, we got to see his hot wives again and that is always welcome.

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.

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