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 4, 2018, and premiered on April 6, 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 12, 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's a Demon Slayer (In a Good Way)
- Beautiful, breathtaking, and sharp animation courtesy of Ufotable (Fate/Zero).
- Despite being a horror anime, it clearly isn't pure shock value in the slightest, as it has a robustly genuine plot, lore, and message.
- 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, Latin Spanish, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, and Russian).
- A plethora of lovable and memorable characters such as Tanjiro, Nezuko, Zenitsu (who has the personality of Naruto from the Naruto series and even though he becomes lovesick with womens), Inosuke, Tomioka (who is has the personality Byakuya from Bleach) and many more.
- Fantastic and scary villains, like Susamaru, Kyogai, Rui, Enmu, Daki, Gyutaro, and naturally, Muzan!
- 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 is 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.
- The demons' backstories, especially those of Daki and Gyutaro, are very well-executed and play the demons in a sympathetic light.
- A bit of toilet humor, like Zenitsu's snot gags, a Kasugai Crow vomit an anti-demon little bag on a boy's hands, and Muzan's arm belching after devouring a demon in the season one's final episode.
- While the anime's animation style is amazing, the CGI effects are not as good, especially for the first season.
- The CGI from the second season, while its much better than the first and looks more realistic and fantastic, it barely mixes with anime style models.
- Zenitsu and Inosuke, although they are not hateful, can get rather annoying at times, the former with his exaggerated worrying and the latter with his deafening screams and rough voice.
- On this subject, this anime has many unsympathetic, sadistic, and grumpy characters, such as the Hashiras (pre-development) themselves. Tengen's wives are also very annoying amd one-dimensional characters who receive no character development.
- Additionally, the comedic moments, while lighthearted and hilarious, can feel out of place and come across as little annoying and cringeworthy.
- The Lower Demon Moons, except for Enmu, are treated as disposable redshirts and get defeated very quickly, making the series almost follow a "villain of the week" formula.
- If you want to see major characters who have the same voices as Wakuraba, Mukago and Kamanue, YouTube user Jetix Chick does a better job by making 3 new demon slayers: Akinori, Akiko and Akira — the Takeuchi siblings. The siblings' voices would be provided by Soichiro Hoshi/Todd Haberkorn, Kana Ueda/Cristina Vee and Kenichiro "KENN" Ohashi/Vic Mignogna.
- 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.
- Some illogical and nonsensical scenes:
- How will being struck by lightning make your hair yellow forever?
- At the end of episode 17, Tanjiro and Inosuke hear the sound of a thunder (caused by Zenitsu to deliver the killing blow to Rui's brother) and Tanjiro states that it's strange because he doesn't smell a nearby storm. Yes, because storms have a smell, it seems logical!
- Staying on the subject of our hero's nose, how was Tanjiro able to identify the smell of Urokodaki's hidden traps during his training? These should have the same smell as the forest of the mountain (also because they are made from natural elements such as wood or stone). The same scene becomes even more illogical when you consider that there is thin air, in a forest, on a small mountain!
- 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 so popular in Japan and Taiwan, that it is even regarded as a social phenomenon there.