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Dated 6 May 2019: I like Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, but there's probably going to be a lot of shounen jive

Hey, wait a minute.

I wasn't originally planning on watching Kimetsu no Yaiba, but it is a ufotable show, so I basically needed to at least give it a try out of general principle. Not that Kimetsu no Yaiba bears much resemblance to the sorts of shows ufotable animated before they started doing all Fate all the time. As it turns out, though, Kimetsu no Yaiba is pretty entertaining, despite containing a fair amount of shounen tropes that I generally dislike. I suppose you could regard my enthusiasm for the series despite my typical disdain for such conventions as an indication that Kimetsu no Yaiba has a lot going for it.

They really missed the boat by not using a harmonica for Nezuko's bit.

I do get the feeling Kimetsu no Yaiba is going to run for a really long time. Based on the sort of progress made in the first five episodes, this is going to take a while. Of course, the source manga is still ongoing, so even a two cours anime is probably going to have a non-ending ending. Still, the series is easily in my top three shows of the Spring 2019 anime season so far. Whether it will remain there will probably depend on how much the coming episodes balance scenes of Nezuko booting deadbeats in the head vice how much the show spotlights various irritable boys being angry.

Dated 1 October 2019: I wish Cop Craft looked as good as Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Literally a still frame with a voice over.

Cop Craft and Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer) didn't really have much in common aside from airing during the same season. As far as their respective stories went, I was more interested in Cop Craft than in Kimetsu no Yaiba, but there is no question the latter was a better show. This despite the fact that Zenitsu (that panicky orange-haired fucker who shouted all his lines) was annoying as all Hell. Frankly, overcoming that is a testament to how good ufotable can be. Kimetsu no Yaiba looked amazing. It's hard to believe some of its sequences were even possible in a TV anime. Conversely, Cop Craft very much looked like television anime, and one that was constantly pressured to meet timelines. Nearly all of its action sequences had an unfinished quality to them pretty much all season long, and there was a recap episode inserted between episodes nine and 10. Based on how these scenes actually played out—with various shortcuts to substitute for missing animation—you get the sense that Millepensee at least had high ambitions, initially. (See also Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter.)

Pretty much anything I tell you about this would be a spoiler.

Would Cop Craft be better than Kimetsu no Yaiba if its animation looked as good? I don't think I can claim that, but I suppose potentially in the eyes of viewers who enjoy police stories with odd-couple crimefighters forced to work together. As far as the Demon Slayer story goes, I'm certainly not intrigued enough to seek out the manga now that the series has ended (although there will be a movie to cover the next arc). The fact I enjoyed it as much as I did is another testament to ufotable's anime adaptation which remained consistently good during its 26-episode run. At a minimum, episode 20 contained probably the best sequence I've seen all year. (I'm referring to the scene that basically everyone else who was watching the show went nuts about.) Unfortunately, the following episode did diminish the impact a bit with what I like to call "bullshit shounen jive," but I'm blaming the source material for that one. ufotable at least kept us astounded for the week.