The Demon Slayer anime uses classical action archetypes to forge an addictive story about the bonds of family and great good vs evil.
There are a whole lot of popular anime out there about demons or slaying of demons, in fact there are almost too many. At this point it’s a little too tiring whenever we get information that a new demon slaying anime is about to be launched, but it’s for this very reason that this series that work is especially effective.
Demon Slayer turns out to be one of the most fascinating and enjoyable anime series out there from the tactical sword-fighting strategies down to the amazing character development in the past few years and it has been a very exciting addition to my personal anime playlist.
Demon Slayer starts off in a very tragic manner that transforms the main protagonist of the story from a young timid boy to a very much vengeful and formidable warrior after the loss of his entire family to the demon king all except his younger sister survived the massacre but was left with a gift/defect depending on how it’s seen, so he ventures out to get revenge for his family and find a cure for his sister’s defect/gift.
Tanjiro’s journey aligns himself with two amusing characters, Zenitsu and Inosuke, the two fellow fighters bonded as time went on and they all went on their journeys together sharing similar experiences fighting demons and honing their skills to the limit. They also tend to be very funny and amusing characters with their weird sense of humor which helps to balance out the anime’s melodramatic moment.
Demon Slayer is the kind of anime that doesn’t go all out in the beginning, showing off the characters abilities making them OP but rather takes them through different harsh hurdles, growing their abilities, learning new skills and giving them time to breathe and not rushing the characters from one battle to the next. In fact many of the battles are spread out through many episode than a need to resolve each fight immediately the credits roll. Demon Slayer is very much concerned about the characterization of both the characters and the demons themselves that you eventually get to find out that not all demons are actually bad but we’re even forced to be, so when battles arise they tend to have more meaning behind them.
Of course it’s important for protagonists to feel real and not just come as some anime stereotypes, but that where demon slayer especially excels with how it makes the demons more humane.The episodes devote a whole lot of time to who these demons were before their corruption, how they got like this, why they act like this, and what they sacrificed as a result. It’s a creative and smart way to unify the heroes and the villains. Still this level of empathy doesn’t stop Tanjiro and his allied friends on their mission to eliminate these demons but every once in a while it gives him a pause as he considers how his sister is in the same condition as they are.
One of my favorite things about this Anime is how compassionate Tanjiro is. He’s still young and has lost so much already. That’s nothing new in anime but Tanjiro’s attitude towards this loss is, unlike most protagonist who would seek revenge right off the bat, Tanjiro’s main concern is helping his younger sister. Yes, killing demons is bound to happen along the way but his goal isn’t to punish any old demon for his misfortune.
Demon Slayer’s attention to world building is yet another reason why the anime works as well as it does. The story establishes powerful groups of characters in both the villainous Twelve Demon Moons as well as the Demon Slayer Corps and the Hashira(The highest ranked demon slayers). It can be common for the villains in an anime to have a team of enemies that they slowly rotate through, but yet this feels different in Demon Slayer even though it’s still technically true. The season offers up enough information on the Twelve Demon Moons and their leader, Muzan Kibutsuji, so that they’re compelling and frightening, but far from being overexposed. Muzan Kibutsuji in particular is a villain that actually feels enigmatic and very unstable. He’s far from the caricature that anime villains can often devolve into just like that.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is one of the biggest anime to come out in the past few years and it’s a series that has something for everyone, fan or not, to enjoy, whether it’s the exhilirating fight sequences, the hordes of disturbing demons, or the breathtaking animation that brings out the demon slaying to life. Demon Slayer is definitely not going anywhere and it’s now the perfect time to jump on board.