Demon Slayer makes some extent of explaining why the Sound Hashira has three wives in Season 2, Episode 12.
WARNING: The next accommodates spoilers for Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Season 2, Episode 12, “Issues Are Gonna Get Actual Flashy!!,” now streaming on Funimation, Hulu and Crunchyroll.
The brand new “Leisure Arc” of the Demon Slayer: Kimsetsu no Yaiba anime incorporates a model new Hashira: Tengen Uzui, the Sound Hashira. Apart from his uniquely enticing appears and funky Nichirin Cleavers that he dual-wields, Tengen additionally has three extremely stunning wives — Makio, Suma and Hinatsuru. Even to Tanjiro, Inosuke and Zenitsu, having three wives comes as a shock after they first hear about it. Nonetheless, on the finish of Season 2, Episode 12, there is a tiny scene that explains why Tengen can have three wives.
Tanjiro tells the viewers that Tengen’s household practices polygamy, which is the act of marrying multiple partner at a time. Supposedly, on the age of 15, the pinnacle of the household picks out three compatible wives for the son, however that is not all the time the case. In Tengen’s state of affairs, his spouse Suma initially approached him as a substitute of being picked by his father.
Demon Slayer: Kimsetsu no Yaibatakes place during the Taisho period of Japan, which spans between 1912 and 1926. Tengen additionally grew up in a shinobi household — a household of ninjas. It subsequently goes with out saying that after centuries of household custom, Tengen’s shinobi household might have held onto some customs that turned outdated because the years went on. The anime depicts Tengen’s polygamous marriage principally in optimistic methods, though they do rapidly change into damsels in misery fairly early on.
Regardless of being captured by the demon within the leisure district, Tengen’s three wives are depicted by means of Tengen’s description of them early on in Season 2. The best way he describes them is stuffed with respect and admiration that’s shared equally between the three of them. Throughout Season 2, Episode 12, there is a flashback scene the place Makio remembers what Tengen tells them earlier than sending them into the leisure district. He instructs them to place their lives earlier than the mission as a result of they’re his primary precedence, even above the harmless residents.
Nonetheless, bringing a polygamous relationship into a up to date anime has its dangers. The wives are all kunoichi (feminine ninjas), but are depicted in lewd methods in each scene, with very revealing outfits that undermine whatever physical abilities they may have. Some might even name it an affront to fashionable feminism in that it nonetheless locations Tengen because the one in cost and signifies an influence dynamic that falls within the male’s favor. Nonetheless, in a shonen anime, this depiction of wives, kunoichi or not, is commonly acquainted and virtually to be anticipated.
After all, shonen anime is geared towards primarily younger minds, and depicting ladies like this may very well be a destructive factor. Fortunately, the anime is beginning to present extra of what these wives are made of and that they will stand on their very own with none man. In truth, it is changing into barely much less of a threat to debate the subject of polygamy in present instances as extra folks dabble with the approach to life, no matter spiritual or political thought.
Though Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba touches on this delicate and generally offensive topic, it does so with as a lot grace as a shonen anime can muster. It tries to offer the ladies respect regardless of their revealing outfits, and it frames their relationship with Tengen as solely equal and optimistic. At instances, their three-way marriage virtually appears healthful. Tengen sees his wives as the warriors that they are — and as a shinobi, he ought to be the very best choose of all.
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