Has the second season ruined the image of a great anime? – Reviewer of Troyes

Despite having a few big hits over the past decade, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood remains the undisputed champion of anime for beginners, perfect for newbies and veterans alike. When Demon Slayer premiered, the explosive positive response raised questions about whether Ufotable’s production would become one of the greatest anime ever – especially after the financial success of Mugen Train.

However, the second season of Demon Slayer saw a trend that deviated from the first season’s safety formula and could ultimately cost the series ratings. While the introduction of Hashira was a good way to expand the cast – especially when they each have such strong personalities – knocking them out so quickly makes their appearance almost meaningless, as if it was entirely meant to be a tragedy. This, among other things, raises the question of whether Demon Slayer remains the perfect starter anime like Fullmetal Alchemist.

What makes a good anime for beginners? A structured story helps viewers stay engaged and follow the story just like the stories they learned as children, with heroes and villains and a clear end goal. Secondly, anime that avoids excessive references to Japanese culture is easier to understand and understand for someone who is foreign to that culture. Finally, when things like fan service are kept to a minimum, it becomes easier for many to enjoy the show.

Looking at these standards, it becomes clear why some anime have been so successful. FMA:B has a clear goal – to allow Edward and Alphonse Elric to find their bodies. The story takes place in the land of Amestris based on a vaguely European culture. Aside from Lust embodying her sin in a way that makes sense in the story, there are only minimal instances of fan service where Winry Rockwell briefly exposes parts of her chest. The FMA:B winning formula earned him #1 on MyAnimeList and a 9.15 rating that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon.

Like the Elrics, Tanjiro and Nezuko, the Kamado Demon Slayer brothers, intended to transform Nezuko from a demon into a human and kill Kibutsuji Muzan to avenge their family. Although the series is set in historical Japan, the fact that Tanjiro is just as baffled by the Taishō era as everyone else balances the playing field. The first season didn’t have a lot of fan service, it mostly arrived with Kanroji Mitsuri – Love Hashira .

Demon Slayer has a shock factor when it comes to gore – but nothing is more emotionally overwhelming than Fullmetal Alchemist’s Nina Tucker’s spell – and even gets ridiculous by the second episode when Tanjiro begins his training. Since the series features stylish villains and funny allies, the similarities to the FMA:B progression, which features homunculi and a possible Elric team, are obvious. At the conclusion of the first season, the fact that Demon Slayer’s current rating is 8.56 and is ranked 84th on MyAnimeList is no surprise.

The assassination of Rengoku Kyojuro and the retirement of Tengen Uzui in such quick succession would parallel Fullmetal Alchemist incapacitating Roy Mustang in the season following the death of Mace Hughes; it’s too much, too fast. On top of that, the fan service for the second season of Demon Slayer has increased significantly. One of the main antagonists, Daki, spends most of her time in an incredibly revealing outfit, while all of Tengen’s women also wear very revealing outfits.

Demon Nezuko’s growth spurts practically push her out of the kimono meant for a young girl. The official artwork for the Blacksmith Village arc only promises worse fan service as Mitsuri’s skirt flutters as she looks over her shoulder. This sexualization was completely unnecessary in the first season, as evidenced by its popularity, and every single instance takes the series further from the recipe for a great starter anime.

Of course, the manga is partly responsible for character design, but it’s up to Ufotable to decide how to animate the scene and what elements to focus on. There could be little changes to the outfit so that it stretches with Nezuko’s body instead of exposing her legs and cleavage, or less close-ups of Daki when she fights. It’s a conscious choice on the part of the team to make women’s bodies sexier, which wasn’t the case in the first season, and how Mitsuri was brought in to promote the Blacksmith Village arc is entirely up to Ufotable.

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