Continuing from last volume, our main trio is assigned a new mission by Hashira Tengen Uzui to investigate disappearances of his wives in the entertainment district of Yoshiwara. Tengen sent his three wives the entertainment district to investigate the disappearances of people and the possibility of a demon being behind it.
The group masquerade as women and infiltrate three different courtesans’ houses. Tanjiro is assigned House Tokito. Tanjiro finds out that one of Tengens wives, Suma, served House Tokito, that he was assigned to. He meets the head woman Koinatsu eventually, is very warm and kind. Inosuke finds out that Makio, another other wife of Tengen, served at his assigned residence House Ogimoto. It revealed that a demon is in that very residence and it is holding Makio hostage. Inosuke hears the demon’s voice nearby and furiously yet unsuccessfully to tries to track it down.
Elsewhere Zenitsu notices a crying girl in house and tries to calm her. Suddenly he senses a dark presence behind him. The culprit is revealed to be Warabihime (really named Daki) his house mistress. She displays further cruelty upon the crying girl who she’s been abusing already and Zenitsu intervenes and asks her to stop.
At the beginning of the next chapter we learn a little more about Daki’s past with Muzan. She is no kind leader of her house but she in fact has tortured, bullied and killed some of her servants. Muzan strengthened her at a point as the Demon Slayer Corps got closer to discovering her and her location. Back in the present she flattens Zenitsu but does no further damage to the girl that she was beating on. She also senses that he is in the Demon Slayer Corps and starts to prepare herself for a future encounter with our main trio.
The next chapter we find out that Zenitsu has gone missing. Inosuke and Tanjiro find this out after reporting to Tengen. Tengen feeling that he has been reckless bringing his underlings into his personal mission tries to disband the group and see the two home, Of course they both refuse to abandon the mission, but Tengen tells them to retreat once more before vanishing. Inosuke and Tanjiro pull together a scheme to kill their demonic target.
Tanjiro reveals himself to Koinatsu and thanks her for her hospitality and kindness towards him. He also informs her of his mission to recover the lost people that have gone missing. After he leaves Koinatsu is taken by Daki. Tanjiro senses a strange aura nearby. Elsewhere Inosuke prepares to hunt the Demon Mistress down, with the help of buff mice. Yup it’s exactly how it sounds. Uzui infiltrates the house where Zenitsu went missing and interrogates one of the servants. He’s given the location of Daki’s room, but she isn’t there.
Back with Tanjiro he investigates the strong presents that he felt earlier, leading to a fight with Daki. He drops his sister off his back and orders her to not come out unless her own life would be in danger. During combat Tanjiro takes notice of the strange cloth that Daki has around her body. He notices that it not only swallows people whole but she Daki can also hide inside and use it for transportation. He cuts off a piece that contained the recently devoured Koinatsu.
Elsewhere recovers his wife Hinatsuru in the nearby area of Kirimise. She is sick from taking poison that allowed her to keep her cover with Daki. He gives her the antidote and leaves. Using his unique abilities, he finds an opening to Daki’s demon nest.
Back with Tanjiro he banters and battles fiercely with Daki using not just water breathing, but the kagura style simultaneously. He fights well but slowly starts to get tired. Elsewhere Inosuke locates an entry to the Demon Nest in the house that he was serving, but only after tearing up the place. He enters and sees many of the people ensnared in Daki’s cloths. Of course, the loud boar-headed hero is found out by a piece of Daki’s possessed cloth.
An enraged Inosuke pursues her with wild precision, cutting through strands of the cloth as he tries to reach the possessed piece. It turns out however that the possessed piece cannot be cut. Also, it is revealed that the pieces of cloth that he cut were withholding disappeared people and he protects them. He is joined by Tengens two wives now freed and the sleep fighting Zenitsu. The group receive even more help from above as Tengen enters the fray from the very entrance he found earlier as the volume ends, bring a great explosion of sound with him.
Demon Slayer continues to be one of my favorite manga series of late. The series continues to give some interesting character development, and with this trio we see them use their brains out in the field. They had to figure out how Daki was operating and then formulate a solid plan but seeing how their strategy was outwitted was satisfying as well. Tengen is an interesting character and I hope that we get to know a little bit more about his backstory as well as Daki’s.
Goutouge’s artwork continues to be a joy. There aren’t as many experiment panels in this one as previous volume, but it is still solid and consistent. The Daki V. Tanjiro fight had fun acrobatic panels, but I wanted more.
Demon Slayer continues to be an awesome series and I highly recommend this volume.