Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Genre: Adventure, Dark Fantasy
Original Run: April 2019
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is, by far, my favorite anime series of the season. In Demon Slayer, we follow the journey of Tanjiro, a kindhearted and hard-working young man who lives with his family. While away from home, his family is attacked and slaughtered by demons. His sister, Nezuko, is the sole survivor, but has now become a demon. Tanjiro’s journey leads us down the path he must follow to find a cure for his sister and avenge the loss of his family.
As of the date of this review, 22 of the 26 episodes have aired.
I absolutely love the art style they chose to animate with. The fight scenes are top notch and visually appealing. I get sucked into the action in each and every battle. There is a great balance of drama, tension, horror, gore, and even humor. The show is paced fantastically. Not once in the existing 22 episodes have I felt that the story lagged. Every episode, up to this point, has accomplished something in the story line. This is a breath of fresh air, because I have noticed that longer series tend to add filler episodes that don’t really add value to the show. Thankfully, Demon Slayer has not fallen victim to the temptation to stray from the story line.
I absolutely adore Tanjiro. His devotion and tenacity earns him a special place in my heart. You will be introduced to other characters on his journey that are all equally great in their own way.
What I also enjoy about Demon Slayer are the demons. It has been my experience that demon/monster-based anime shows typically keep the antagonists very basic. They’re just a means to an end for our protagonist. They’re sword fodder and nothing more. We aren’t meant to develop any kind of emotional response. However, Demon Slayer does the opposite, and instead, weaves intricate backstories for each demon. In my opinion, this very detail elevates this anime to a new level. Demon Slayer reminds us that humanity is flawed and, sometimes, tragic.
Demon Slayer isn’t all doom and gloom and sadness and hatred. There is quite a bit of humor to break up the tension. Tanjiro’s sister, Nezuko, is absolutely adorable. Mid-season, Tanjiro teams up with two other demon slayers with unique personalities of their own.
I have enjoyed watching Demon Slayer so much, that it is hard for me to believe I have been watching it since April! If you haven’t added Demon Slayer to your watch list, do it. I don’t think you’ll regret it.