Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a monster of an anime. In 2016, it debuted in Shounen Jump, and by 2019 it sold more than other manga that year, except One Piece. The anime took off, and in 2020, the Japan release of the new Demon Slayer movie broke that country's national box office record, previously held by the 2001 release of Spirited Away.
With such a broad fan base, it is no surprise that Demon Slayer delivers on many levels. The story begins with a tale of tragedy as Tanjirou returns home to find his family murdered, except his sister, who has turned into a Demon. There is excellent character building, as Tanjirou trains and Nezuko sleeps while fighting and keeping her resolve. Another great aspect are the choices made in animation, with regard to how beautiful some of the parts are. So today, we'll highlight the most striking moments in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba!
The Falling Snow
Admiring the fallen snow in Japan is nothing new, but the way it falls in Demon Slayer is something to admire. The snow is depicted in a way that makes it look like some snow falls closer to the camera and translucent, which shows more physical depth in the overall scene. In the opening to episode one, when Tanjirou carries his sister through the mountains, and this is one of the places when this happens. With the snow seeming to fall closer between you and the characters, you can almost feel the chill in the mountains. Check the clip below to see parts of this effect we're referencing.
Wisteria at the Final Selection
The mountain where aspiring Demon Slayers take their Final Selection is crawling with low-level demons. These demons are intentionally contained by groves of wisteria, which they cannot bring themselves to pass. The wisteria hangs still, and its bright hue seems to light the area where Final Selection applicants gather. Even though horror and death await many of the applicants, the purple wisteria's luminosity appears to invite a stillness to the time spent waiting for it to begin.
The Water-Breathing Sword Technique
The falling snow and the wisteria were delightful surprises that were not present in the manga. The last moment we are going to take the time to appreciate here is right from the mangaka (author), and that is the water breathing technique. When the water breathing technique is used, sword strike is accompanied by waves that are entirely out of the art animation style up until that point. The water breathing technique lays right over the top of the scene in bright flashes.
Demon Slayer has become favorite shounen anime in just a few years, and with the long pause since the season one release, the anticipation has built up! While we are waiting for the new Demon Slayer movie to be more widely released, we hope you found something new to look out for on your next watch! Was there another moment we should have included here? Let us know in the comments!
As a special note, Aniplex is airing several Valentine's day episodes, called Kimetsu Gakuen (Tales from Demon Slayer Academy). Keep an eye out for it!