Demon Slayer Season 3 Episode 8 English Dub

Demon Slayer Season 3 Episode 8 English

 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Season 3 Episode 8

 Titled 'Mu in Muichiro', Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Season 3 Episode 8 opens with Tokito escaping from a water prison and removing the numbing needles from his body. He sees an injured Kotetsu and several fish minions approaching him. Feeling weak and unsure if he can stop them, he suddenly sees a man cheering for him and recognizes him as his father.

Demon Slayer Season 3 Episode 8

In a flashback we see that his father is a lumberjack. His mother is sick and he does his best to take care of her while his father forages for herbs in the rain. They died when he was 10 years old, his father fell off a cliff while searching for herbs, his mother succumbed to her illness. But he is not alone because he has a twin brother, Yuichiro.

Muichiro is compassionate and kind like his father, while Yuichiro is a pessimist who does not believe in helping others. He believes his father died a stupid death and left them orphans because no herb would save their mother. Muichiro is shocked at his callousness, but the twin only claims that the "Mu" in Muichiro stands for incompetence and senselessness.

Muichiro realizes that despite having a brother, he has never felt more alone. One day while fetching water, they see a beautiful woman who comes to them with an offer, but Yuichiro rejects her. Muichiro later finds out that she is Amane, the wife of Master Kagaya Ubuyashiki. She addressed them because they came from a long line of demon slayers who used the first breathing technique.

Muichiro wants to save people from demons and be useful, but his brother is furious. He says that Muichiro is like their parents who wanted to save others but couldn't even take care of themselves, and it turns out that the mother got sick after working too hard. Yuichiro is angry that he tried to stop them, but they never obeyed him, leading to their deaths.

He says they are children and since they have no value, Amane must figure out how to use them. After that, they stop talking, but have a big fight when Yuichiro throws water on Amane, who keeps visiting them. They live together quietly and can hardly stand each other. One night they both wake up to see a demon in their house. In the attack, Yuichiro lunges in front of his brother and rips off his arm.

As the demon prepares for the execution and refers to them as worthless lumberjacks, something goes wrong in Muichiro. He sees red, and when he wakes up, he sees that he has hacked the demon to pieces and knocked it to the ground in the forest. The demon is not dead but suffering until the sun burns it, but Muichiro doesn't care. Suddenly feeling weak, he crawls back into the house and sees a mortally wounded Yuichiro praying for someone to save Muichiro.

He claims his brother is kind-hearted and wants to save lives. He tried to stop him, but Muichiro shouldn't be blamed for their selfish lifestyle. If anyone should be punished, it should be him and not Muichiro. Muichiro tears up and reaches for his brother, returning to the present. He suddenly remembers his brother saying that the "Mu" in Muichiro actually stands for "Mugen" which means unlimited.

Two dark marks form on Muichiro's face and he easily kills the fish minions. Kotetsu begs him to go protect Haganezuka and the sword. Inside the lodge, Gyokko is upset that despite the swordsman Haganezuka's serious injury, he still hasn't stopped repairing the sword. He asks if Kanamori's injury will cause him to lose focus, but Muichiro stops him by hurting him.

Gyokko suddenly sees that the marks on the killer's face are the same as Tanjiro's forehead scar. He is also surprised that Muichiro easily overcame the paralysis and released the octopus minions. Octopus grabs him and Gyokko cackles that nothing can cut this minion's flesh. But that doesn't stop Muichiru, who easily cuts the octopus to pieces.

He thanks Kanamori for the sword, who says he was just following the instructions of his previous swordsman, Tetsuida, who is dead. When Muichiro notices how well the blade fits him, he is reminded of Tetsuida, who was worried that no one would understand him. He understands that the swordsman is under pressure because he doesn't have his memories and instead works hard until he vomits blood.

In the present, Muichiro apologizes for upsetting Tetsuido and says that he is better now. He destroys all the vases thrown at him, but Gyokko is relentless. As he fights, he remembers Yuichiro's last words as he apologizes for not being kinder than he thought he couldn't afford to be.

He felt that no one would protect them no matter how righteous they were, so he was selfish to protect Muichiro. He holds his brother's hand as he dies and says that only the chosen can be kind because they have unlimited power and that Muichiro is the chosen one.

In the epilogue, Tanjiro and Nezuko wish Mitsuri a happy birthday and the swordsmen throw a huge feast for her. They wonder if she can ask for a refill and are shocked by her huge appetite. Tanjiro then reveals that her favorite foods are pork chops, omelets, and the fancy western foods that are part of the birthday feast.

 Demon Slayer Season 3 Episode 8

“You can't take the word of a man who died trying to save someone else.

At its core, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a story about the power of a family that is able to overcome any breathing technique or art of a blood demon. The anime typically represents this unity through Tanjiro and Nezuko. However, Demon Slayer decides it's finally time for Muichiro Tokito to break free from his water prison and do something this season. This rise to action on the coattails of ambivalence matches the episode's title, which questions the etymology of Muichiro's name. 

The melodramatic flashbacks for both Hashira and the demons have become one of the most prominent tropes of Demon Slayer. In that sense, the hefty look back at Muichiro's childhood feels more like Demon Slayer is just checking some boxes rather than presenting a story that needs to be told. There's no disputing that it's tragic for Muichiro to have to bury both his parents and ultimately his own brother, but at this point in Demon Slayer's run, it almost plays as predictable padding. There's nothing revelatory here that couldn't necessarily be derived from a more nuanced narrative. This story could have played better if it had been pared down to a few minutes of frantic flashbacks, but "The 'Mu' in Muichiro" takes up three-quarters of the episode, which really feels overwhelming and a testament to the obstacles this season faces.

Tragedy can unite broken relationships between siblings. However, Muichiro and Yuichiro only become more aware of how different their perceptions of the same man were. Yuichiro accuses their father of not being realistic enough about their mother's condition and berates him for their losses, while Muichiro sees the compassion and understanding his father tried to cultivate to keep their family together. 

Neither of the siblings is wrong, but their conflicting views testify to their fate. "The 'Mu' in Muichiro" raises some compelling questions throughout its flashbacks. However, it's a bit surprising that the episode doesn't provide any crumbs as to what was going on between Tanjiro and Muichiro's father. “The ‘Mu’ in Muichiro” would at least seem a bit more substantial if it provided some answers on that front instead of ignoring them entirely.

There are some effective moments during Muichiro's flashback (the stylized use of red and minimalism during Muichiro's bloody breakdown is especially effective), but they come to the absolute worst point this season and completely kill the momentum that was trying to build over several episodes. All of this material would probably be much more effective if it happened earlier in the season and before Muichiro is incapacitated by Gyokko rather than after. The whole point of this extended flashback is to prove that Muichiro can surpass the expectations of himself and others and prove that he can do anything he puts his mind to. These themes are still effective as they culminate in what appears to be Muichiro gaining the upper hand over Gyokko. However, it's easy to imagine Muichiro's past struggles reminding him of his inner strength and that this is the catalyst to break him out of Gyokko's trap.

The "Mu" in Muichiro struggles a bit to reach this larger point of Muichiro's empowerment, but when he gets there, it really works. Muichiro re-appropriates the meaning of his name, only to discover that it actually means "Mugen" - unlimited - a quality that Muichiro never lacks. The transition between Muichiro learning this lesson in the past while burning it into the demon's throat in the present is beautifully handled. It encapsulates the Demon Slayer's ability to put these heroes on powerful pedestals just before they go berserker and become true legends.

The "Mu" in Muichiro finally allows Muichiro to do something substantial and prove why he is fit to be a demon slayer. That alone gives this installment an edge over last weeks entries, but now it's Mitsuri Kanroji who is mysteriously MIA. Love Hashira has bravely pledged to lend a blade in battle, but has been missing for several episodes. It's still likely that the season of Demon Slayers ends with this group of Demon Slayers working together to wipe out these top tier terrors, but it's frustrating that this fight is so poorly paced and balanced. The season finale will undoubtedly be a thrilling affair, but the way Hanteng and Gyokk's defeats have dragged on makes these events inevitable rather than rewarding. It's weird to say, but the best episode in a season that largely consists of endless battles is a filler-style training robot escapade.