Tower of Lies?
Once more our heroes find themselves facing a sad reality, Mamako is just too overpowered. In their moment of despair an ad appears to Masato showing a tower where players will need to venture into to gain any wish they want. Despite it sounding like a scam, our hopeful warriors head to the tower and realize something is indeed off about this place. After talking a revived Shirase, we learn this tower event wasn’t something she was informed of! With worries and concerns on their plate, they head into the tower. After some rather hilarious moments involving cute spiders and panels that both help--and widely hinder--our party, our team meets Amante The Betrayer of Mothers.
This strange girl seems focused on leading other kids away from their moms which poses a problem for our team who just so happens to have a mom in their group! After making a quick exit knowing what Amante wants to do, our party of misfits decide on making their own guild to try and get children to join them. Despite the crappy guild they have our heroes seem to have a goal in mind... that is until Amante tells our party an assassin has been sent against Mamako! Can our kids save Mamako before it's too late?! As we wait for that to be revealed in episode 10, we have to say this episode was silly and comedic which is always a strength for Tsuujou Kougeki ga Zentai Kougeki de Ni-kai Kougeki no Okaasan wa Suki Desu ka?
Though Nezuko is tempted to attack Sanemi, memories of her family and of Urokodaki’s words keep her in check. Tanjirou and Nezuko are accepted by the Hashiras, at least for now, and taken to Shinobu’s home to rest up. There they run into Zenitsu and Inosuke, who are healing up after their severe injuries on the mountain. The group is able to finally take a break, even as the Master of the Demon Slayers meets with the nine Pillars to discuss their next options for an assault against Kibutsuji...
After the stress of the last arc, this episode was a much-needed break for all our Demon Slayers, though we are still reminded of the danger waiting for them once they head back out in the world. Though it was right at the beginning of the episode, Nezuko turning away from Sanemi was such an impactful moment! She must have been in so much pain, after being stabbed three times with Sanemi’s sword, and she has been starved for the whole time she’s been a demon, since she’s never ate anyone and only regains strength by sleeping. With just the memories of her family being with her, and her own resolve to protect humanity, she is able stand strong in the face of all this. We are continually impressed by Nezuko, a girl who has taken the unfortunate circumstances in her life and become stronger because of it each time! She truly is different than all the rest – and if you had doubts about her reign as best girl, this scene alone proves you wrong!
From Earth to Astra
After the crew’s discovery that they’re all abandoned clones of their “parents”, the atmosphere aboard the Astra is understandably tense. But the bombshells just keep dropping when Polina finds out that the kids are from a planet called Astra, instead of her native Earth, and that their concept of history is vastly different starting around the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
According to Kanata and the rest of the crew, World War III started in 1962 and led to the formation of a united world government that abolished guns and national boundaries. Polina’s version of history is the same as the real world, but ends with humanity escaping to a new planet in the 2040s to avoid an asteroid that would wipe out all life on Earth. Parts of either of these stories could be massive conspiracy cover-ups or possibly involve alternate universes, but it’s unclear at the moment. All anyone knows is that something big happened, and those in charge don’t want the general public to know about it.
Charce has also been acting suspicious, especially since his relationship with the mysterious “Seira” hasn’t been fully explained yet. So Kanata, Ulgar, and Zack hatch a plan and unmask him as the one controlling the artificial wormhole that stranded them thousands of light years away in the first place (above a frozen husk of what used to be Earth). What could Charce’s motive possibly be?
While Onigasaki is off adventuring with the White Room crew, Yuzu pushes herself to the limit to get him back. Thanks to Yuzu finding out the trick the puzzle in the last episode, all she has left to do is solve it, but after pushing herself for two and a half days she collapses just short of completing the puzzle. With everyone out of the room, the group gets some unexpected help from Paka who finishes the puzzle and leaves the final piece next to Yuzu. After the group frees Onigasaki, he confronts Yuzu about the files and she reveals to him that she has been working with Paka as a recorder for the game. Onigasaki decides to keep the info a secret and forms a truce with Yuzu.
This episode was a wild ride. We finally got to learn exactly what Yuzu's role in the game was and her strange connection to Paka. It was a bit underwhelming and we are still left with many questions, but overall it was nice to get a bit more info on what is going on. The one thing this anime has done so well is building up these intense moments each episode. Even for small things like the conversation between Yuzu and Onigasaki is, there is so much emotional build-up you can't help but get invested in everything that is going on. With only a few episodes left there is so much we still don't know, these last two episodes are sure to be exciting.
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