When Tanjirou’s family is killed by a demon, he returns home to discover only his sister Nezuko left alive. While rushing to save her, he realizes that she has become a demon herself! Setting out on a journey to find a cure for Nezuko, Tanjirou works his way toward becoming a demon slayer, though the road is difficult…
Easily one of the best anime from the Spring 2019 season, Kimetsu no Yaiba is an emotional story with great characters and a few surprising laughs along the way. Produced by the infamous ufotable, each episode is gorgeous to behold! This is one of the most beautifully crafted and intense shounen series we have seen in a while, and we wanted to point out just a few of the reasons why you should be keeping up with it this season. And if you don’t believe our points in the end, you can always give it a try anyway—the show speaks for itself!
Tanjirou, as the protagonist of this shounen series, is honestly one of the best main characters we have seen in a long time. He is kind to everyone, even the demons he fights, and really cares about his family. Nezuko is equally as adorable, despite being limited in speech for most of the show. Each of the other characters we have been introduced to also has their own unique trait, making them stand out from many other anime characters that might simply follow along with the standard tropes.
Animation and Coloring
Everything about Kimetsu no Yaiba is beautifully done, from the character design to the soundtrack! While the clothing remains fairly traditional to the time period of the anime, each character has specific colors of clothing that stand out brightly. That is not to say that the background is drab either—even the black, white and gray colors seem more vibrant. The animation is quite fluid and realistic, with Tanjirou’s water-combat style being one of the most beautiful parts of the show. Character design can easily flow from serious and dramatic to a silly, more chibi look, which provides much-needed moments of relief in episodes. And we could go on forever about the music in Kimetsu no Yaiba, which punctuates the different moments in the series well!
Beginning with the murder of Tanjirou’s entire family, Kimetsu no Yaiba starts off right away with one of the most heart-wrenching tales. It does have its funny moments of comedic relief, but for the most part, this story retains its serious and tragic nature throughout. Tanjirou’s struggle to hold on to the family he has left is something we can all identify with, no matter if your family is one important person or twenty! Combining his emotional tale with that of other characters’ stories he meets along the way gives the anime a cohesive world for viewers to be a part of. This is also one of the few shounen we have seen thus far that does not seem to have the intention of including filler episodes, as it has been very focused on the narrative at hand.
Mysteries to Uncover
Some of the best series also have the most mysterious circumstances! Kimetsu no Yaiba has plenty left for us to learn about the world and the characters, with a ton of questions left unanswered. Of course, an anime would not be interesting unless it had some element of suspense to it! Kimetsu no Yaiba does well in this regard, allowing us to wonder about some elements of its setting while trying to provide answers to a few questions at a time.
Historical Setting Blended with Supernatural Forces
While Kimetsu no Yaiba is set in a specific older period of time in Japan, it embraces a few fantastical elements as well. The entire story revolves around Tanjirou’s quest to make his sister human again, and as such, he has a lot of contact with the supernatural. Yet the world feels grounded because of its roots in ancient Japan. The time period is reflected quite well in this adaptation, from the way that the characters dress to how they conduct their everyday lives.
Kimetsu no Yaiba is one of the best anime airing this season, for its gorgeous animation, emotionally-gripping story and interesting characters. All of these elements combined make for a great series, and also make it recognizable as one of the best shounen anime we have seen this year!
We hope you will give Kimetsu no Yaiba a try if you have not watched it already! Let us know your thoughts about the anime in the comments section below!