The importance of taking the time to breathe and appreciate things; how I found my most relatable character of the season

{Spoilers for Kimetsu no Yaiba episode 17}

The summer anime is season is slowly but steadily approaching its mid-point and I, like many others, already have a clear set of on-going anime I chose to watch. Week after week a new episode comes out and I feel some kind of rush to keep up with everything.

Maybe it’s some kind of fear to miss out on something? What if I miss the possible birth of a new meme?
Come to think of it, I have seen a lot of “To be continued” memes and only recently finally understood that it’s from Jojo (excuse my lack of knowledge).
On a more serious note, there is also the fear of being left out. Like you won’t belong or will feel awkward if you don’t know and can talk about everything that is popular.

It, without a doubt, is a valid fear, but is it really worth it?

Let’s hypothetically say it’s possible to keep up with every popular on-going show and that you’ve watched every sequel so you can freely watch that new season 3 that came out etc. How much will you actually remember and will any of it really impact you?

You might remember a scene or a few lines of dialogue, maybe an interesting shot from a scene here and there and that will be all. Why is it important to take the time to appreciate things and think about them?

Thinking about it cements it. You can try and understand where that feeling is coming from or you can just move on to the next big thing and the one after that.

After all, it’s not that all anime are becoming the same, it’s that once you get a particular feeling from something, it becomes ten times harder to replicate it.

Last year we witnessed the pure wonder that is Sora yori mo Tooi Basho (also known as A Place Further Than The Universe) and it was easily anime of the year for me. Like many others, it made me rethink a big chunk of my current life and why I hate my routine, while I haven’t planned any big trip yet, I’ll hold onto the feeling until I eventually will take my own big step.

Point is that, anime can have the power to change your life, but only if you let it.

In no way am I saying that I found an anime character that is Sora yori mo Tooi Basho, cause frankly, it’s quite impossible to squeeze an entire 13 episode anime into a character.
What I did was find something that moved me just like it, even if it came from a mere episode of an anime.

What I’m bit by bit moving on to talk about is Kimetsu no Yaiba episode 17, or how I’d like to call it- The Zenitsu episode.

Zenitsu, just like our main character Tanjiro, is a demon slayer, but unlike our lead is more of a scaredy cat and less of a fighter, or so I thought until episode 17.

We’ve witnessed how absurdly strong he can be and if that doesn’t make sense to you, you’ve clearly ignored my spoiler warning, but in the latest episode we witnessed what truly is the core of Zenitsu.

As it turns out, Zenitsu knows only one move- Thunder Clap Flash, due to his lack of talent. However, what is truly inspiring is the logic and words of his teacher and grandfather:

“That’s all right, Zenitsu. That’s good enough for you. If you can master one, that’s cause for celebration! If you can only do one thing, hone it to perfection. Hone it to the utmost limit! […] It’s all right to cry. It’s all right to run away! Just don’t ever give up! Just believe. You endured all that hellish training! You’ll be rewarded for that without fail! Become the most durable blade of all!”

It’s like that in real life, where there are no demon slayers or spider monsters. It’s pretty obvious, but not everyone is born talented and good at everything. Even the most perfect of people have certain things that they struggle with (unless they’re Sakamoto in disguise). It’s not a weakness to be talent-less or only good at one thing, it just means you have what to work for, even if you’re good at a single part of the thing you want to achieve.

While you can’t change the way you were born, you can always work hard towards your goals, cause that work will, one way or another, surely be rewarded.

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