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Why Demon Slayer Japan Fans Are Worried After Entertainment District 8

Japanese fans are worried the Demon Slayer anime's staff might be pushing themselves too hard

January 25, 2022

Every fan of Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba has already seen Entertainment District episode 8 by now, and the amazing animation quality of the ongoing fight with Tengen & Tanjiro vs Gyutaro, however, part of the Japanese fanbase is worried about the animators on the series.

Demon Slayer season 2 is slowly reaching its climax with the introduction of Daki’s brother Gyutaro. Now Tanjiro and Tengen Uzui are locked in a battle with the praying mantis-like demon. Meanwhile, Zenitsu and Inosuke are fighting Daki too. And while the episode was heavily praised by Japanese fans, some of them also shared their worries about the staff.

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Demon Slayer Japanese fans are worried the animators overworked themselves on the series

Several Japanese fans noted Demon Slayer Entertainment District has been showing us “movie-level” animation quality despite being a TV series. With the animators at Ufotable putting a stratospheric amount of work on the table. Properly showing the amazing abilities of each character. Most notably the vertical side of the fight between Tengen and Gyutaro. My personal favorite remark is a fan who stated “I forgot to breath when watching the fight just like Tanjiro”.

However, after episode 8 was released, several Japanese fans on Twitter also explained the Ufotable staff must have worked so hard, perhaps too hard, to reach that quality. You can find several tweets from fans on the subject by searching “鬼滅 スタッフ 心配 / Kimetsu staff worried”.

Needless to say, the bigger part of the work on Demon Slayer season 2 has long been finished. Nonetheless, while a TV series only airs for a few months, it can take sometimes take a year or more for the animators to work on it before release. As such certain fans are worried that the animators could have crunched for several weeks to reach that quality.

As a side note, Ufotable, when compared to a studio like Mappa, doesn’t have a particularly bad reputation when it comes to overworking. However, it’s important to note that overworking is one of the problems inherent to the Japanese anime industry in the first place. Along with incredibly low wages. And all these problems have been aggravated with the pandemic since 2020. So the worried fans definitely aren’t exaggerating in my opinion. What do you all think? Tell us in the comments!

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Iyane Agossah
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Living near Paris, Iyane (He/Him) is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been loving anime and Japanese games for over 25 years and plays Genshin Impact for its story and exploration. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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