Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (鬼滅の刃, Kimetsu no Yaiba) is the anime adaptation of Koyoharu Gotōge's manga of the same name by Ufotable. It was announced for a 26-episode run in the 27th issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump, on June 4th, 2018, and premiered on April 6th, 2019.
The series is licensed in North America by Aniplex of America, and streams on Crunchyroll, Hulu, and FunimationNow. The series is also licensed in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment and streams on AnimeLab.
After the finale of the series, a film adaptation following the Demon Train Arc of the manga was released in October 16, 2020.
In July 2019, Aniplex of America announced that an English dub of the anime was in production. The English dub, produced by Bang Zoom! Entertainment premiered on October 12th, 2019 on Adult Swim's Toonami programming block in the United States and completed its run on May 2, 2020.
Since ancient times, rumors have abounded of man-eating Demons lurking in the woods. Because of this, the local townsfolk never venture outside at night. Legend has it that a Demon Slayer also roams the night, hunting down these bloodthirsty Demons. For young Tanjiro Kamado, these rumors will soon to become his harsh reality. Ever since the death of his father, Tanjiro has taken it upon himself to support his family. Although their lives may be hardened by tragedy, they've found happiness. But that ephemeral warmth is shattered one day when Tanjiro finds his family slaughtered and the lone survivor, his sister Nezuko Kamado, turned into a Demon. To his surprise, however, Nezuko still shows signs of human emotion and thought. Thus begins Tanjiro's journey to seek out the Demon who killed their family and turn his sister human again.
Why It Rocks
- Breathtaking animation courtesy of Ufotable (Fate/Zero).
- One of the finest examples of sound design in a television series, from elemental sound effects (water, fire, electricity) to the sounds of swords clashing.
- Great voice acting in all languages (Japanese, English, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, and Russian).
- A plethora of lovable and memorable characters such as Tanjiro, Nezuko, Zenitsu, Inosuke, and many more.
- The villains are downright terrifying, from Muzan to the Demon Moons.
- Epic score by Yuki Kajiura and Go Shiina.
- The intro, "Gurenge", and outro, "From the Edge", both sung by LiSA (who also sang a few Sword Art Online openings and endings) are some of the best songs anime has to offer.
- Episode 19 is easily the anime's magnum opus and around the time it aired, it caused Demon Slayer to reach first place on social media trends and made it increase significantly in popularity.
- Spawned a wide array of internet memes, most notably with the characters and Muzan's initial appearance resembling that of Michael Jackson in the "Smooth Criminal" music video.
- It led to a Demon Slayer movie being green-lit after Episode 26's cliffhanger, which will be a direct sequel to the anime.
- Many fans praise it for its unintentional nostalgia factor, reminiscent of older anime such as InuYasha, Bleach, Kekkaishi, and Blue Exorcist.
- The artwork when the characters are using their elemental based attacks are extremely stylized and unique, which helps keep these rather cliche powers engaging.
- The background and character designs are very detailed, compared to the manga.
- Zenitsu and Inosuke can get quite annoying at times, the former with his exaggerated worrying and the latter with his deafening screams and rough voice.
- The Demon Moons are treated as disposable redshirts and get defeated very quickly, making the series almost follow a "villain of the week" formula.
- Some characters only appear in the anime for an episode or two and barely get any worthwhile development, which will be rectified in future episodes.
- Short, only 26 episodes (for now!).
- Makoto Yukimura, creator of Vinland Saga, admitted on Twitter that while his children do not read his own manga, they are huge Demon Slayer fans.
- The anime made the series got so popular in Japan and Taiwan,even regarded as a social phenomena.