Never give up on your family
- Episodes : 26
- Genre : Action, Demons, Historical, Shounen, Supernatural
- Airing Date : April, 2019 – September, 2019
- Producers : ufotable
Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
In the Taisho Era, nights are very dangerous. Man-eating demons roam the roads around villages and forests, devouring any human they find. Tanjiro Kamado learned this in the worst possible way when he was 13 years old and came home after selling charcoal in the nearby village to find his mother, and four of his five siblings massacred. The only survivor, his sister Nezuko, was on the brink of death but before he could take her to a doctor, she transformed into a demon herself, ready to eat him. When a demon slayer named Giyuu saves him, Tanjiro begs Giyuu not to kill Nezuko as he is determined to find a way to return his sister’s humanity. Amazed at the way Nezuko protected Tanjiro, Giyuu agrees and lets Tanjiro know who can train him to become a demon slayer.
As he joins the Demon Slayer Corps, Tanjiro is originally berated because he is compassionate and empathic, even to demons, but this proves to be a great advantage as he and Nezuko keep facing more and more powerful demons as well as the First Demon himself, a creature known as Muzan Kibutsuji.
1. Tanjiro and Nezuko Are Easy to Love
Tanjiro and Nezuko are adorable, there’s no other way to describe them. And it’s not just that Nezuko is asleep in her basket looking like a stray kitten most of the time, or that Tanjiro seems to find it in himself to feel sorry even for demons. It’s that their sibling relationship is so strong that it lets both of them perform amazing feats, and the viewers want to see them succeed in their quest.
2. The Fights Are Very Exciting
As demons are supernaturally strong and can’t be killed even by beheading unless it’s with a special sword, it’s obvious that demon slayers must be strong and agile too, which means that ufotable gets to show off all their talent when animating the fights and powers of everyone involved. From heads sprouting arms to elemental powers created by swords, every fight is an epic event for the action lovers.
3. The Mythology of The Series Is Very Diverse
Besides demons, the world of Kimetsu no Yaiba is filled with magic and different kinds of supernatural creatures, which make it feel more real. Not only that, but since demons were originally human, each has a different, sometimes very tragic, backstory that makes Tanjiro’s habit of feeling sorry for them more logical and the battles more interesting as you really hope a cure can be found.
1. Kimetsu no Yaiba Doesn’t Shy Away from Gore
Because Kimetsu no Yaiba’s main villains are man-eating demons, there are a lot of scenes with dismembered people and blood all around. More importantly, demons don’t have any compassion for humans, so children and babies are among their victims. While the gore is still PG-13, some people may find it a bit too much for their taste.
2. Nezuko Is Absent From a Lot of Episodes
If you want to watch Kimetsu no Yaiba just because you’ve seen Nezuko fanart or screencaps, or even her action in the opening, you’re going to be a bit disappointed. While she is an important part of the series and has great scenes, because of her vulnerability to sunlight and lack of food, she spends a lot of time either asleep or in her box. So if she’s the only thing that really calls your attention, the series itself won’t be good enough for you.
3. It Ends on a Cliffhanger
Because the manga is still ongoing, it's not really a surprise that the anime ended without Tanjiro having found a cure for Nezuko. So an ending where we know the adventure will continue is to be expected. However, the anime literally ends as Muzan kills most of his low-powered followers and Tanjiro and his friends board a train infected by a demon. While there’s going to be a second season and a movie coming soon, if you dislike open endings, you may want to wait before watching this.
Kimetsu no Kaiba has become one of the most talked-about anime of the summer season for very good reasons: The animation is dynamic and, as expected from ufotable, really shines in the battles, the music is atmospheric and memorable, and the characters are equally hard to forget. If you haven’t watched it, we suggest you give it a chance, especially if you enjoy learning about Japanese mythology. And once you do, please come back and let us know what you thought of the series in the comments below