The chapter begins with a flashback from one of Urokodaki's lessons, he informs Tanjiro of the first demon who came into existence and his ability to turn humans into demons. Urokodaki mentions that the demon goes by the name Kibutsuji Muzan and that he might hold the answer to turning Nezuko back into a human.
The flashback ends and the scene pans back to the fight between Tanjiro and the Swamp demon. Despite his multiple attempts, Tanjiro's attacks keep missing the demon's vitals allowing it to submerge in the underground bog. During the moment of hesitation, Tanjiro decides to capture the demon and gather intel on Muzan in order to return Nezuko back to normal. The demon then suddenly appears behind Kazumi, in an attempt to rip Satoko out of his arms, but his movements are predicted and Tanjiro successfully blocks the demon's attack.
The demon retreats farther back and curses Tanjiro for having interfered in his kidnapping of the girl. He then proceeds to gloat on his previous successful kidnappings of young girls referring to them at "meaty and quite tasty."
Angered by the demons rhetoric, Kazumi demands the demon to release Satoko whom he had kidnapped two nights before. To his horror, the demon reveals his collection hairpins he had gathered from the girls he had already killed and eaten, including Satoko's hair ribbon.
Tanjiro becomes visibly angered by the demon's response and is momentarily distracted thinking about Nezuko's similarity to those young girls. The demon appears from beneath and begins a number of offensive attacks, throwing Tanjiro off guard, while getting close within striking distance the demon is suddenly kicked in the face and knocked down to the ground.
The demon's one horned form hesitates to attack and is left stunned questioning why a human would be carrying a demon on their back, at this moment Nezuko emerges from the box and heads towards Kazumi and Satoko. She rubs their heads, envisioning a fearful Takeo and Hanako, and comforts them. The scene then cuts to Sakonji explaining how he placed Nezuko under a spell to protect humans and defeat the demons who cause harm to the innocent. The chapter ends with an angered Nezuko moving past Tanjiro to face the demon.
Characters in Order of Appearance
- Sakonji Urokodaki
- Tanjiro Kamado
- Nezuko Kamado
- Muzan Kibutsuji (mentioned)
- Swamp Demon
- Takeo Kamado
- Kie Kamado
- Rokuta Kamado
- Hanako Kamado
- Shigeru Kamado