Anime Review: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba

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Introduction:

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, also known as Demon Slayer for short is a dark fantasy Manga by Koyoharu Gotouge. It ran from 2016 to 2020 in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine. It received an animated adaptation in 2019. The first season ran for 26 episodes, adopting the first 7 volumes of the manga. The second season began in the late 2021, re-doing the movie, and then adapting the further story. The second season ran for 18 episodes, making the total episode count 44.

Plot:

The story takes place in Taishō-era Japan, where a secret society, known as the Demon Slayer Corps, has been waging a secret war against demons for centuries. The demons are former humans who were turned into demons by Muzan injecting them with his own blood, and they feed on humans and possess supernatural abilities such as super strength, powers that demons can obtain called “Blood Demon Art “, and regeneration.

Tanjiro Kamado is a kind-hearted and intelligent boy who lives with his family in the mountains. He became his family’s breadwinner after his father’s death, making trips to the nearby village to sell charcoal. Everything changed when he came home one day to discover that his family was attacked and slaughtered by a demon. Tanjiro and his sister Nezuko were the sole survivors of the incident, with Nezuko being transformed into a demon, but still surprisingly showing signs of human emotion and thought. After an encounter with Giyū Tomioka, a demon slayer, Tanjiro is recruited by Giyū and sent to his retired master Sakonji Urokodaki for training to also become a demon slayer, beginning his quest to help his sister turn into human again and avenge the death of his family.

My review:

The anime community has been heavily recommending me to review this one, so I finally decided to listen to them.

Okay, it is a big fat lie. The anime community hates me. no one recommends anything to me, aside from my cousin. I just wrote that to make myself feel better, and the only reason why I’m reviewing this anime is because it is popular on the internet, and I hope to attract some traffic.

Now that the real reasons are exposed, let’s start the review. First, I really like the setting. Though the character is young, I’m glad that the description of plot does not begin “Is a normal high school student”. Seriously. I’m sick of those.

The first episode does not pull any punches. The life of Tanjiro turns upside down as his family is killed, and his sister is turned into a demon, who grunts and screams like a zombie. Though later, we see other demons who are much smarter than zombies.

I think I should confess here. When a Demon Slayer finds Tanjiro and his sister, he was about to kill her. It was a very powerful and emotional scene.

And I was screaming in my head, “Kill her. Kill her. Don’t listen to the boy, kill her!” what’s wrong with me?

The anime is full of emotional and dark moments, as well as great and awesome fights, which are amplified by the nice soundtrack. But it does not mean that it doesn’t have any funny moments. Just look at the scene when Tanjiro received his sword as an example.

Though Tanjiro is the main character, the other characters also get decent amount of screen time, and thus, they also get a lot of development. This isn’t a one-man show.

The music was bound to be awesome, given the composers are both legendary and have left their mark. Yuki Kajiura is well known in the anime community to compose some great soundtracks, while Goshiina worked for Namco, composed the soundtrack for Tekken 5, and now creates soundtracks for anime. given both of them are working at the soundtrack, I didn’t have any expectations of failures. And let me tell you, the music delivers. Each emotional moment has a perfect piece of music to accompany it, and to make it just that much more impactful.

All those things combine makes for an awesome anime, which has exploded in Japan, and later, outside of the world. After watching it, I understand why did this become so popular. And thus, I can say without any hesitation, that I recommend this anime. you should watch it, like right now.

Having said that, I’m rather split regarding the season 2 starting with re-adapting the movie. I mean we already have the movie, why did you need to do that again? Same thing happened with Dragon Ball Super, and I didn’t like it then either. Though in that case, they just stretched it out for way too long. at least here, it is only just seven episodes.

The manga is complete. The second season has just concluded at the beginning of 2022. The trailer for season 3 has been just released, though a release date is not given yet.

But of course, when it comes out, I’ll be here to review it. my final verdict is, you should definitely give it a chance. The anime is not that weird, it won’t leave you with a strange feeling like, “The hell am I watching?” like so many anime does, especially if you’re a first-time watcher.

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Published by Tanish Shrivastava

I'm a guy who likes programming, chess, and writing.

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