- Title: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ( 鬼滅の刃 )
- Genres: Action, Demons, Supernatural, Historical, Shounen
- Studios: ufotable
- Episodes: 26 – 24min (Completed)
- Date: 6 April 2019 — 28 September 2019
- Source: Manga
Tanjirou Kamado is a good-natured boy who lives with his family of seven on a remote mountain in the woods. Though living impoverished, they enjoy a relatively peaceful and happy life. Tanjirou, as the eldest, earns money for the family by selling charcoal to the nearby village. But on his way back, as the skies grew darker, a mysterious man stops him from returning home, warning him of flesh-eating demons that roam in the night.
When he returned home the next day, what he sees is beyond his belief — the horrifying sight of his family slaughtered. Fortunately, his younger sister Nezuko appeared to have barely survived the attack. However, things took a turn for the worse when he realises that his sister had been turned into a bloodthirsty demon. The arrival of a member of the Demon Slayer Corps makes things even more complicated, as Tanjirou fights to protect his demon sister from the Corps and the demons alike. Thus, Tanjirou makes it his mission to find a cure for his sister and seek vengeance for his family.
2019 has given birth to some pretty impressive anime thus far, and it isn’t an exaggeration to say that Kimetsu no Yaiba is among the very best. What the anime offers is an ancient oriental-like world, where demons aren’t mere legends, and battles are fought with the sword. Well, if you’re a part of the Demon Slayer Corps at least. Demons exist, bringing terror to the realm of ordinary humans and feasting on them as they see fit. But the best part? Kimetsu no Yaiba entertains with style, gracing us with a visual spectacle and a shounen blueprint that’s engaging. Let’s get to the nitty-gritty.
Simply put, the characters in the anime are a breath of fresh air. You have villains that can look intense or horrendous, but aren’t your convenient villains that hate the world for no reason. Then you have the protagonist and his pals whose chemistry alleviates the underlying tension of the story. And the group wouldn’t be complete without the contender for the cutest imouto in the world — Nezuko. I love a story with a vibrant cast, and Kimetsu no Yaiba delivers with its uniquely sculptured individuals, each having an aura of their own that we can identify them by. I mean, just look at those elite Hashiras. They each have their own unique dominating aura that commands respect. Personality quirks aside, they’re even uniquely designed.
But what makes everything even more special, is the studio’s willingness to explore different art styles. For me personally, Kimetsu no Yaiba is a visual spectacle. From the very fine details and lines on the characters, to the decent CGI that brought life to the pictures, everything was intricately planned out to deliver a stronger visual impact. Especially that final episode. You could feel the passion and effort of the studio from its delivery of such amazing scenes. This dedication to the delicate details is what gave birth to the anime as a whole — beautiful, immersive and wonderfully spectacular.
Finally, let’s talk about music and the sounds. The Opening soundtrack “Gurenge” by LiSa is honestly so lovely. It’s just the kind of music that awes you with its sentimentality, then excites you with its raw spirit. Yes, it’s catchy and exciting, but it also delivers a certain wave of emotions. Have you heard some of Tokyo Ghoul’s multiple songs? They’re of a similar style, and can really deliver the exciting and the melancholic. Moving on to the sounds, the anime uses a myriad of different sounds amply and with good effect. The scenes are never really quiet. When it matters, the anime delivers with its sometimes oriental and sometimes mystical soundtracks, layering the world of Kimetsu no Yaiba with more depth.
As a whole, Kimetsu no Yaiba offers an immersive and engaging world that draws the audience in. Its many qualities work hand in hand to add depth and bring life to an amazingly written story. Its simply an entertaining and exciting shounen that I’m sure you wouldn’t want to miss.
Should I watch Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba?
If you’ve seen Naruto or perhaps even Bleach, and you’ve enjoyed those shows, then Kimetsu no Yaiba would be right up your alley. The biggest difference would probably be its own style of art. But apart from that, it comprises of a lot of shounen tropes and is definitely a must watch of any such fans.
If I were to put myself into the shoes of a naysayer, then being a show filled with stereotype shounen tropes could also be a bad thing for some. While its a different world with exciting new characters, the story in its essence is an overused concept (somewhat like isekai), albeit it is still spectacular in its own way. So you might not like it if you didn’t enjoy your doses of Naruto, Bleach and Fairy Tail. But, I’m willing to bet you still would.