10 Best Demon Slayer Episodes, Ranked
Demon Slayer isn't coming back anytime soon, so here are the 10 best episodes you can re-watch while you wait for any news on Season 3.
Ufotable has blessed the anime community by giving us two spectacular seasons of Demon Slayer. The anime premiered in 2019, and each episode of the first season had everyone awestruck with its beautiful animation, background music, and of course, voice acting. The Japanese studio then came back in 2021 with the anime’s much-awaited Season 2, which surpassed the first season and the Mugen Train movie in terms of quality.
Every episode of the second season is a work of art, and we can’t wait to see what Ufotable is cooking for Demon Slayer Season 3: Swordsmith Village arc. However, there were some masterful Demon Slayer episodes that we can’t stop thinking about. So, while you wait for the anime’s return, here are the ten best episodes you can watch to remind yourself of Demon Slayer’s beauty.
10. You Must Master a Single Thing (S1E17)
The episode features an intense battle between Zenitsu and the son of the Spider family. As usual, Zenitsu got injured in the fight, and he was scared for his life more than ever. Also, after getting bitten by the demon, Zenitsu wonders if he’ll become the demon’s slave in a few minutes.
But thanks to a flashback, Zenitsu goes to his unconscious state and surprises the Spider with the “Thunder Breathing, First Form.” We learn that Zenitsu hated being dependent only on a single form of attack, but his trainer asked him to “Master” this single thing, so he never loses in a fight. However, against the Spider Demon, Zenitsu blesses us by going Sixfold with his “Thunder Breathing, First Form: Thunderclap and Flash.”
Besides the jaw-dropping animation and voice acting, this episode gave us more insight into Zenitsu’s character. So, it’s no wonder that Zenitsu fans hold this episode of the first season close to their hearts.
9. No Matter How Many Lives (S2E18)
It was the final episode of Season 2, and it showed us the aftermath of Demon Slayers’ battle against the Upper-Rank Six. After watching Rengoku’s demise in the Mugen Train arc, fans were worried if Tengen would also go down a similar path. However, the episode ended on a good note after Nezuko uses her abilities to cure Tengen and Inosuke, saving their lives.
The finale shows us a flashback of Gyutaro and Daki’s previous life, explaining why the duo decided to become demons. On top of that, what made it one of the best Demon Slayer episodes was the introduction of Doma, who transformed the siblings into demons.
8. A Forged Bond (S1E18)
It was one of those rare Demon Slayer episodes where we saw Tanjiro and Inosuke teaming up to fight a powerful enemy. Before learning about Rui, Tanjiro thought that the Father was the leading member of the Spider Demon family. After Tanjiro frees the Mother Spider from the cursed life, the Father attacks the Demon Slayer duo. Tanjiro and Inosuke struggle against the Father, but surprisingly, Giyu kills the demon in one strike.
The episode was beautiful yet heartbreaking because it finally revealed the origin of the Spider family. Rui, one of the members of Twelve Demon Moons, forged this fake family to fill the void in his heart. Besides Giyu’s spectacular entry, it was Rui’s emotional backstory that made “A Forged Bond” one of the best episodes of Demon Slayer.
7. Transformation (S2E14)
At first, we thought that Daki was the Upper Rank Six demon who was killing people in the Entertainment District. She was too powerful for Tanjiro, and the Demon Slayer gave his best to fight the demon alone. However, Daki dominates Tanjiro in the fight, so Nezuko steps in to help her brother.
The episode was special for some fans because it showed us the dark side of Nezuko. However, it was one of the best Demon Slayer episodes because of Gyutaro’s first appearance. Several fans didn’t read the Demon Slayer manga, so watching Gyutaro coming out of Daki’s neck caught the community off-guard.
6. Gathering (S2E15)
In this episode, Tengen Uzui, the Sound Hashira, fights the Demon siblings with the help of Tanjiro. Gyutaro thought that the Sound Hashira wouldn’t be able to fight because of the poison in his body. However, Tengen shocks Gyutaro by dealing with his poison flamboyantly, which obviously frustrates the demons. On the other hand, Inosuke and Zenitsu team up to deal with Daki. The fight choreography and animation in the episode are nothing short of spectacular, making the episode’s quality similar to the Mugen Train movie.
5. Layered Memories (S2E12)
It was the first Demon Slayer episode where Tanjiro went berserk against a Demon. After Daki kills the innocent people of the Entertainment District, Tanjiro awakens his rage to overwhelm the Upper-Rank Six. Tanjiro’s speech and movement were too similar to Yoriichi’s, so it was thrilling to see Muzan’s cells getting terrified during the fight.
Tanjiro gets extremely close to severing Daki’s head, but at the last moment, he coughs up blood and falls down on his knees. Daki thinks of using this opportunity to kill Tanjiro, and that’s when we see Nezuko appearing in her demon form to beat the hell out of the Upper-Rank Six.
4. Defeating an Upper-Rank Demon (S2E13)
In this episode, we saw Tangen fighting Gyutaro with the help of Tanjiro. Meanwhile, Inosuke and Zenitsu deal with the other demon sibling. Watching Tengen use the Rotating Circular Slashes against Gyutaro’s Flying Blood Sickles was a treat for Demon Slayer fans.
On the other hand, Tanjiro joins Zenitsu and Inosuke in their fight against Daki, and the trio attacks simultaneously to severe the demon’s head. However, the episode ends with Gyutaro stabbing Inosuke from the back, making us think that it’s the end of the road for the hot-headed Demon Slayer.
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3. Hinokami (S1E19)
In the first season, it’s the only episode where we saw Tanjiro performing the Hinokami Kagura dance. While Giyu and Shibobu help Inosuke and Zenitsu, Rui reveals that he is the Lower Moon Five, and he overwhelms Tanjiro. Rui first gets enranged at the Daughter for going against his wishes, and then he uses his threads to contain Nezuko. Rui wondered why a demon was fighting for a human, especially when he saw Nezuko harming herself to save her brother. Seeing this, Rui realizes that he desires a similar type of bond, but Tanjiro refuses to give up on his sister.
Tanjiro knew that his tenth form wasn’t enough to defeat Rui, so the Demon Slayer surpassed his limits and performed the ceremonial Kagura dance. Finally, he overwhelms the demon and cuts off his head, giving us one of the most spectacular moments in Season 1 of Demon Slayer.
2. Set Your Heart Ablaze(S2E7)
In the episode, we saw Rengoku’s final stand against Akaza, the Upper-Rank Three of the Twelve Kizuki. The Mugen Train arc introduced us to the Flame Hashira, and we instantly fell in love with this character. When Akaza was sent to kill Tanjiro, Rengoku stepped forward to fight the demon. Obviously, Akaza was dominating throughout the fight, but the Hashira burned his heart and left everyone speechless by his sheer will. The Demon Slayer held onto his last breath so he could kill Akaza, but the demon survived the whole ordeal.
Every frame of Rengoku and Akaza’s fight was unlike anything we’ve seen on the television. It was clearly one of the best moments in anime history, and it was this fight that made Mugen Train a special arc for Demon Slayer fans.
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1. I Will Never Give Up (S2E17)
This was definitely the best Demon Slayer episode that Ufotable has offered us. The extended-length episode featured Tanjiro and Tengen’s fight stand against Gyutaro. Initially, we saw Tanjiro fighting Gyutaro alone, and there was a moment when the young member of the Demon Slayer corps sympathized with the demon siblings.
In the penultimate episode of Season 2, Tanjiro surpasses his limits to behead Gyutaro with the help of Tengen. Zenitsu, on the other hand, uses the Thunderclap and Lightning: Godspeed to defeat Daki. Finally, Insouke joins the fight, and the group successfully defeats the Demon Siblings. Every frame of the episode was a sight to behold for the Demon Slayer fans. On top of that, the voice acting in the episode’s last few minutes got most fans on the edge of their seats, making it truly a masterful episode of the series.