After finishing season one of That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime earlier this year, I was sure that I had seen the best 2019 had to offer me in terms of new anime. Then I was hanging out at a friend’s house and was introduced to Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. I have nothing but absolute amazement and continued hope for this new series.
The basic premise of the story follows a young Tanjiro in a feudal world where demons hide in every shadow. After delivering some coal to a village far from his mountain home, Tanjiro returns to find a horrid sight. His family lies brutally murdered in front of him, all except his sister Nezuko, who has now been turned into some kind of monster. Tanjiro soon learns of a dismal truth; the demons of children’s horror stories are real and they walk among us everyday.
Tanjiro is able to satiate his sister’s new bloodlust, and together they travel to begin a search for a reversal of Nezuko’s condition. He is sent by a member of the Demon Slaying Corps, a group of powerful fighters who are sworn to rid the Earth of demons, to find Sakonji Urokodaki, an old master who trains him and initiates him into the force. Tanjiro and Nezuko then continue their journey, along the way facing numerous powerful demons and gaining new allies.
Demon Slayer came out of nowhere and it BLEW MY MIND. The story and action start early and delivers the entire way, even the training arcs are great! There are so many actions scenes that are brimming in style and stunning visual beauty and they will make your hair stand on end (in a really good way). You will be introduced to one interesting character after another (allies and enemies) , and then towards the end of the season you are introduced to the Pillars, the strongest members of the corps, and the lore deepens and expands to ridiculous levels.
I have to really point out the exceptional artwork in Demon Slayer. It is beautiful, crisp, and an absolute joy to see in motion. The first time you see Tanjiro use his water breathing techniques, you will straight up freak out. The water flows around the screen in a way I have never seen in an anime, and it will hook you immediately. I can’t brag on it enough, just go to Youtube right now and look it up PLEASE.
Demon Slayer is at times refreshingly wholesome and it will touch your heart. To watch Tanjiro’s love for his sister (and pretty much everyone else he meets along the way) is an added joy in an already perfect concoction. Tanjiro, Inosuke, and Zenitsu’s relationship evolves and develops in a realistic way that never seems forced. To see them together at the end of the season and take note of how far they have come as a team is one of the greatest rewards the series will offer you.
I rattled my brain for something that I can say bad about the show, but all I really have is very well deserved praise and admiration. I did come up with one slight qualm. Around the middle of the season the clashes of personalities between Tanjiro, Inosuke, and Zenitsu results in a few scenes of slightly annoying interchanges (it becomes a tiny bit exhausting) between the team. It slows down the action SLIGHTLY, but really I’m just nitpicking here to try and say anything negative about the anime.
Demon Slayer is a work of art, and I foresee it becoming an anime classic. Now we have been promised a movie before we get a second season, and I am giddy with excitement to watch the series progress. What an amazing first season!