Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Review

While discussing the quality of this anime with a friend of mine (who happens to be a veteran anime consumer such as myself), he described this show as “possibly decade defining”. I agree with that description to its fullest extent. Everything about this show is amazing. In my personal opinion, I believe Demon Slayer is a great starter anime because it’s plot is great and it’s sheer quality is unmatched.

Demon Slayer is about the journey of a young man named Tanjiro Kamado and his younger sister named Nezuko. Tanjiro treks to a town down the mountain he and his family live on to sell charcoal, but begins his return up the mountain too late and is forced to spend the night in the village. He returns home the next morning to find his entire family except for Nezuko dead; they’d been murdered by a demon during the night. While attempting to find the wounded Nezuko medical attention, he finds she has turned into a demon from the attack. However, unlike other demons, she has not fully lost her human psyche and does not crave human flesh. After discovering this Tanjiro sets off to become a demon slayer and to find a way to turn his sister back into a human. By the way, this is not a spoiler, you learn all of this in the first episode.

The sheer quality of the animation this show possesses is awe inspiring. Not only is the animation overall stunning, but the animation studio, Ufotable, blends 2D and 3D animation during the fight scenes and the results are absolutely breathtaking. The animation is only one piece of what makes Demon Slayer so amazing. Not only is the story riveting, but the show is simply beautiful.

The relationship between Tanjiro and Nezuko is truly beautiful, and after all the hardship they’ve faced this is no shocker. Despite Nezuko being a demon, the bond between the two siblings seems almost unbreakable. I absolutely love the characters individually. I think Tanjiro is an amazing person with a great moral compass and Nezuko is probably the cutest thing in the universe, but the pairing of the two makes me like them 100 times more.

My one and only real critique is that Zenitsu is REALLY annoying at first. I understand that it’s part of his character to be always afraid and winy, but I think it’s a bit over the top at times and they kept it going far too long. That being said, I don’t dislike his character. I still think he’s cool and pretty funny, I just wish they toned him down a tad. If you haven’t finished the show, don’t worry; he gets much less annoying. I can’t wait to see the growth of Tanjiro and Inosuke, but I’m really excited to see who Zenitsu will become in later seasons.

While I don’t really consider this to be criticism, it could be considered a minor critique to some; I really wish Inosuke got more screen time. Especially with his mask off. I really liked his character and it was fun to see him grow to be more than just an idiot who likes to fight. I thought he was really cool and his fighting style was awesome, I just wish there was more of it. I thought he was really funny and added quite a bit to the show as well. I’m interested to see how the rivalry between him and Tanjiro will strengthen them and how Zenitsu will catch up.

Overall, I think Demon Slayer is a genuine masterpiece. I’ve seen a lot of anime and this one really stands out amongst the rest. It is an incredibly well made anime. In terms of sheer quality, Demon Slayer is very nearly unrivaled. Even if you aren’t really into anime you should definitely give this show a watch, you’ll probably enjoy yourself.

Published by SFjello

Bay Area nerd with an overactive brain and too much free time...

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