Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba), by Koyoharu Gotouge, is currently the most talked-about Japanese anime among all anime lovers. Especially in Asia, a whole heap of merch, food, events and video games are created based on Demon Slayer characters.
After finishing the manga and with Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train premiering in New Zealand, I decided to watch the anime on Netflix to compare it with the books and to prepare myself for the upcoming film.
With tears shed only an episode in, I was instantly hooked with watching these manga characters come to life before my eyes. The first season has 26 episodes, making the upcoming movie, the finale.
The anime takes the win in comparison with the manga (which rarely happens in my opinion). The anime did an amazing job of making the fighting scenes a spectacle. Plus, the outstanding voice actors really made the manga look like a mere WIP.
The story revolves around a boy named Tanjiro Kamado. His family was killed by a demon on one tragic night, leaving one younger sister, demonised. Tanjiro then starts his journey and joined the Demon Slayer corps to find a cure for his sister and avenge his loved ones. The main plot is really just slaying different types of demons but the anime focused on perfecting the details and with top-notch background music, it would urge you for more after each episode.
Throughout the season, you’ll share laughs and tears as you see the growth of Tanjiro and his friends, Zenitsu Agatsuma and Inosuke Hashibira, as they work together to overcome each challenge. The movie Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train will also revolve around the three demon slayers and Flame Hashira: Kyojuro Rengoku*.
*There are nine Hashira’s in the Demon Slayer corp – they are the strongest and the pillars of the corp.
Watch the movie trailer below: