Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba, volume 1.jpg
The cover of the first volume.
鬼滅の刃
(Kimetsu no Yaiba)
GenreAdventure,[1] dark fantasy[2]
Manga
Written byKoyoharu Gotōge
Published byShueisha
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Jump
Original runFebruary 15, 2016 – present
Volumes14 (List of volumes)
Anime film
Kimetsu no Yaiba: Kyōdai no Kizuna
Directed byHaruo Sotozaki
Produced byHikaru Kondo
Written byUfotable
Music byYuki Kajiura
Go Shiina
StudioUfotable
Licensed by
ReleasedMarch 29, 2019
Anime television series
Directed byHaruo Sotozaki
Produced byHikaru Kondo
Written byUfotable
Music byYuki Kajiura
Go Shiina
StudioUfotable
Licensed by
Aniplex of America
Original networkTokyo MX, GTV, GYT, BS11
Original run April 6, 2019 scheduled
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (Japanese: 鬼滅の刃, Hepburn: Kimetsu no Yaiba) is a Japanese manga series by Koyoharu Gotōge. The series is published in English by Viz Media. An anime television series adaptation by Ufotable will premiere in April 6, 2019.

Plot[edit]

Tanjiro Kamado is a kindhearted, intelligent boy who lives with his family and makes money by selling charcoal. Everything changes when his family is attacked and slaughtered by demons (oni). Tanjiro and his sister Nezuko are the sole survivors of the incident, though Nezuko is now a demon, but surprisingly still shows signs of human emotion and thought. Tanjiro becomes a demon slayer to help his sister turn human again, and to avenge the loss of his family.

Characters[edit]

Tanjirō Kamado
Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae[3]
Nezuko Kamado
Voiced by: Akari Kitō[3]
Zenitsu Agatsuma
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono[4]
Inosuke Hashibira
Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka[4]
Giyū Tomioka
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai[4]
Sakonji Urokodaki
Voiced by: Hōchū Ōtsuka[5]
Sabito
Voiced by: Yūki Kaji[5]
Makomo
Voiced by: Ai Kakuma[5]
Genya
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto[5]
Kagaya Ubuyashiki
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa[5]
Guide (White-Haired)
Voiced by: Shiori Izawa[5]
Guide (Black-Haired)
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki[5]
Haganezuka
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa[5]
Kasugaigarasu
Voiced by: Takumi Yamazaki[5]
Odō no Oni
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa[5]
Teoni
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu[5]

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Koyoharu Gotōge launched the manga in 2016's 11th issue of Shueisha's shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump on February 15, 2016.[6] A side story for the manga was published in the first issue of Shonen Jump GIGA on July 20, 2016.[7]

Viz Media published the first three chapters of the series in its digital magazine Weekly Shonen Jump as part of the "Jump Start" program, but did not pick the series up for continued serialization.[8][9] Viz announced their license to the series during their panel at San Diego Comic-Con on July 20, 2017.[9]

Volume list[edit]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 June 3, 2016[10]ISBN 978-4-08-880723-2July 3, 2018[11]ISBN 978-1-9747-0052-3
  1. "Cruelty" (残酷, Zankoku)
  2. "The Stranger" (見知らぬ誰か, Mishiranu Dareka)
  3. "To Return by Dawn Without Fail"
  4. "Tanjiro's Journal, Part 1"
  1. "Tanjiro's Journal, Part 2"
  2. "A Mountain of Hands"
  3. "Spirits of the Deceased"
2 August 4, 2016[12]ISBN 978-4-08-880755-3September 4, 2018[13]ISBN 978-1-9747-0053-0
  1. "Big Brother"
  2. "Welcome Back"
  3. "Kidnapper's Bog"
  4. "Suggestion"
  5. "I Can't Tell You"
  1. "It Was You"
  2. "Kibutsuji's Wrath / The Smell of Enchanting Blood"
  3. "The Doctor's Opinion"
  4. "Playing Temari"
3 October 4, 2016[14]ISBN 978-4-08-880795-9November 6, 2018[15]ISBN 978-1-9747-0054-7
  1. "The Arrow Pattern Demon
  2. "Curse-Bound"
  3. "Always Together"
  4. "Agatsuma Zenitsu"
  5. "Drum House"
  1. "The Sudden Appearance of a Pig"
  2. "The Pig Bares Its Tusks - Zenitsu Sleeps"
  3. "Ex-Twelve Demon Moon"
  4. "Self Inspiration"
4 December 2, 2016[16]ISBN 978-4-08-880826-0January 1, 2019[17]ISBN 978-1-9747-0055-4
  1. "Bare Handed Fight
  2. "Hashibira Inosuke"
  3. "Emergency Summon"
  4. "Natagumo Mountain"
  5. "Puppet Dolls"
  1. "Who's going to step forward if I don't step forward myself?"
  2. "Sharp Stench"
  3. "Pain, going forward while writhing"
  4. "The Strongest Blade"
5 March 3, 2017[18]ISBN 978-4-08-881026-3March 5, 2019[19]ISBN 978-1-9747-0056-1
  1. "Scattered"
  2. "This is bad"
  3. "Broken Sword"
  4. "Genuine and Fake"
  5. "While life flashes before one's eyes"
  1. "God of Fire"
  2. "Kochou Shinobu"
  3. "Behind"
  4. "To Hell"
6 May 2, 2017[20]ISBN 978-4-08-881076-8May 7, 2019[21]ISBN 978-1-9747-0057-8
7 August 4, 2017[22]ISBN 978-4-08-881193-2July 2, 2019[23]ISBN 978-1-9747-0441-5
8 October 4, 2017[24]ISBN 978-4-08-881212-0
9 December 4, 2017[25]ISBN 978-4-08-881283-0
10 March 2, 2018[26]ISBN 978-4-08-881355-4
11 June 4, 2018[27]ISBN 978-4-08-881399-8
12 August 3, 2018[28]ISBN 978-4-08-881540-4
13 November 2, 2018[29]ISBN 978-4-08-881626-5
14 January 4, 2019[30]ISBN 978-4-08-881695-1

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation by studio Ufotable was announced in Weekly Shōnen Jump on June 4, 2018.[31] The series will premiere in April 6, 2019 on Tokyo MX, GTV, GYT, BS11, and other channels.[32][33] Haruo Sotozaki will be directing the anime with scripts by the Ufotable staff. Yuki Kajiura and Go Shiina are composing the music, and Akira Matsushima is the character designer. Hikaru Kondo is the producer.[4] Aniplex of America announced that they have licensed the series.[34]

Prior to airing, the first five episodes will screen theatrically in Japan for two weeks from March 29, 2019, under the title Kimetsu no Yaiba: Kyōdai no Kizuna (鬼滅の刃 兄妹の絆).[35] Aniplex of America will screen the film at the Aratani Theatre in Los Angeles on March 31, 2019.[36]

Reception[edit]

The series ranked 14th on a list of manga recommended by Japanese bookstore employees in 2017,[37] and 19th on a list of the top manga of 2018 for male readers put together by Kono Manga ga Sugoi!.[38] As of June 4, 2018, the series had 2.5 million copies in print worldwide.[39]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Official Website for Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba". Viz Media. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  2. ^ "「鬼滅の刃」4巻帯コメントは冨樫義博!LINEスタンプもリリース". Natalie (in Japanese). December 2, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Pineda, Rafael Antonio (October 5, 2018). "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime Stars Natsuki Hanae, Akari Kitō". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
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  7. ^ Ressler, Karen (May 27, 2018). "My Hero Academia Gets 'Vigilante' Spinoff Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  8. ^ Ressler, Karen (February 18, 2016). "Viz's Shonen Jump Previews Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Ressler, Karen (July 20, 2017). "Viz Media to Release Black Torch, Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga in English". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  10. ^ "鬼滅の刃  1". Shueisha (in Japanese). Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  11. ^ "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 1". Viz Media. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  12. ^ "鬼滅の刃  2". Shueisha (in Japanese). Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  13. ^ "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 2". Viz Media. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  14. ^ "鬼滅の刃  3". Shueisha (in Japanese). Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  15. ^ "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 3". Viz Media. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  16. ^ "鬼滅の刃  4". Shueisha (in Japanese). Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  17. ^ "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 4". Viz Media. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  18. ^ "鬼滅の刃  5". Shueisha (in Japanese). Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  19. ^ "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 5". Viz Media. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  20. ^ "鬼滅の刃  6". Shueisha (in Japanese). Retrieved May 27, 2018.
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  22. ^ "鬼滅の刃  7". Shueisha (in Japanese). Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  23. ^ "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 7". Amazon. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
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  27. ^ "鬼滅の刃  11". Shueisha (in Japanese). Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  28. ^ "鬼滅の刃  12". Shueisha (in Japanese). Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  29. ^ "鬼滅の刃  13". Shueisha (in Japanese). Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  30. ^ "鬼滅の刃  14". Shueisha (in Japanese). Retrieved December 5, 2018.
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  32. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (August 3, 2018). "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime Premieres in Spring". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  33. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (February 28, 2019). "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime Premieres on April 6". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  34. ^ Aniplex USA [@aniplexUSA] (February 14, 2019). "Enter the realm of the demons as Demon Slayer premieres April 2019! Don't miss this melancholy tale of humans and demons from studio ufotable and based on the popular manga by Koyoharu Gotouge serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine" (Tweet). Retrieved March 20, 2019 – via Twitter.
  35. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (February 15, 2019). "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime's New Videos Reveal Theatrical Debut Before TV Airing". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  36. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (March 7, 2019). "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime's Theatrical Version Gets U.S. Premiere on March 31". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  37. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (February 2, 2017). "Japanese Bookstores Recommend 15 Top Manga for 2017". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  38. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (December 8, 2017). "Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Reveals 2018's Series Ranking for Male Readers". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  39. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (June 9, 2018). "Roundup of Newly Revealed Print Counts for Manga, Light Novel Series (May-June 2018)". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 9, 2018.

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