Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba, volume 1.jpg
Volume 1 tankōbon cover, featuring Nezuko and Tanjirō Kamado (right)
鬼滅の刃
(Kimetsu no Yaiba)
GenreAdventure,[1] dark fantasy,[2] martial arts[3]
Manga
Written byKoyoharu Gotōge
Published byShueisha
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
ImprintJump Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Jump
Original runFebruary 15, 2016 – present
Volumes18 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byHaruo Sotozaki
Produced by
  • Hikaru Kondo
  • Akifumi Fujio
  • Masanori Miyake
  • Yūma Takahashi
Written byUfotable
Music byYuki Kajiura
Go Shiina
StudioUfotable
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX, GTV, GYT, BS11
English network
Original run April 6, 2019 September 28, 2019
Episodes26 (List of episodes)
Anime film
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train
Directed byHaruo Sotozaki
Music byGo Shiina
StudioUfotable
Released2020 (2020)
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (Japanese: 鬼滅の刃, Hepburn: Kimetsu no Yaiba, lit. Blade of Demon Destruction[4]) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotōge. The story follows Tanjirō Kamado, a young boy who becomes a demon slayer after his entire family was slaughtered by a demon, except for his little sister Nezuko, who was turned into a demon as well, vowing to find a way to make her human again. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since February 2016, with its chapters collected in 17 tankōbon volumes as of October 2019. The series is published in English by Viz Media and simulpublished by Shueisha in English and Spanish on their Manga Plus platform.

An anime television series adaptation by Ufotable aired from April 6 to September 28, 2019. Immediately following the airing of episode 26 of the anime series, a sequel film was announced and is scheduled to premiere in 2020.

The anime series won several awards at the 2019 Newtype Anime Awards, including "best TV anime". As of December 2019, the manga had over 25 million copies in print.

Plot[edit]

In Taishō-era Japan, Tanjirō Kamado is a kindhearted and intelligent boy who lives with his family, he has become his family's sole source of income after the passing of his father. Everything changes when his family is attacked and slaughtered by a demon. Tanjirō and his sister Nezuko are the sole survivors of the incident, with Nezuko being transformed into a demon, but still surprisingly showing signs of human emotion and thought. After an encounter with Giyu Tomioka, a demon slayer, Tanjirō decides to also become a demon slayer to help his sister turn human again and avenge the deaths of the rest of his family.[5]

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotōge, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba started in the 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] Shueisha began simultaneously releasing the series in English on the Manga Plus service in January 2019.

Viz Media published the first three chapters of the series in its digital magazine Weekly Shonen Jump as part of the "Jump Start" program.[8][9] During their panel at San Diego Comic-Con on July 20, 2017, Viz announced that they had licensed the manga for the North American market.[9]

Spin-offs[edit]

Kimetsu no Yaiba: Tomioka Giyū Gaiden, a two-chapter manga spinoff, was published in the 18th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump in 2019. Gotōge is credited with the original work, and Hirano is drawing the manga. The manga follows the character Giyū Tomioka.[10]

Kimetsu no Aima!, a colored 4-koma spinoff by Ryōji Hirano, was serialized between April 7 and September 29, 2019 on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ app and website. The manga featured chibi versions of the characters from the main series.[10][11]

Light novels[edit]

A light novel entitled Demon Slayer: Flower of Happiness (鬼滅の刃 しあわせの花, Kimetsu no Yaiba Shiawase no Hana), by Gotōge and Aya Yajima, was published in Japan on February 4, 2019. It chronicles the lives of Tanjirō and Zenitsu before the start of the main series, as well as glimpses into the lives of Aoi and Kanao.[12] It also features a single chapter of an alternate universe where the characters of the series are attending an ordinary high school.

A second light novel entitled Demon Slayer: One-Winged Butterfly (鬼滅の刃 片羽の蝶, Kimetsu no Yaiba Katahane no Chō), by Gotōge and Yajima was published in Japan on October 4, 2019. It details the lives of Shinobu and Kanae Kocho before and soon after they joined the Demon Slayers after Himejima Gyomei saved their lives.[13][14]

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation by studio Ufotable was announced in the 27th issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump on June 4, 2018.[15] The series aired from April 6 to September 28, 2019, on Tokyo MX, GTV, GYT, BS11, and other channels.[16][17] The anime is directed by Haruo Sotozaki, with scripts by the Ufotable staff. Yuki Kajiura and Go Shiina are the anime's composers, and Akira Matsushima is the character designer. Hikaru Kondo is the producer.[18] LiSA performed the opening theme "Gurenge" (紅蓮華),[19] while the ending theme is "from the edge" by FictionJunction feat. LiSA.[20] The ending theme for episode 19 is "Kamado Tanjirō no Uta" (竈門炭治郎のうた) by Go Shiina featuring Nami Nakagawa. The series ran for 26 episodes.[21] Aniplex of America announced the license to the series.[22] It has been streamed on Crunchyroll, Hulu, and FunimationNow.[23] AnimeLab simulcasted the series in Australia and New Zealand.[24]

Prior to airing, the first five episodes screened 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).[25] Aniplex of America screened the film at the Aratani Theatre in Los Angeles on March 31, 2019.[26] Madman Entertainment screened the film in select theatres in Australia on April 2, 2019.[27]

In July 2019, it was announced that the English dub would premiere on Adult Swim's Toonami block.[28] It premiered on October 13, 2019, at 1:30 am.[29]

On September 28, 2019, immediately following the airing of episode 26, an anime film titled Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train (鬼滅の刃 無限列車編, Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-hen) was announced, with the staff and cast reprising their roles.[30] The film will be a direct sequel of the first season based on the "Infinite Train" story arc from the manga series,[31] and is scheduled to premiere in Japan in 2020.[32]

Other[edit]

Demon Slayer: Official Fanbook was released in July 2019.[33] It features background information on several characters from the series.

Reception[edit]

Manga[edit]

The series ranked 14th on a list of manga recommended by Japanese bookstore employees in 2017,[34] and 19th on a list of the top manga of 2018 for male readers put together by Kono Manga ga Sugoi!.[35] As of February 2019, the series had 3.5 million copies in print worldwide,[36] over 10 million copies as of September 2019,[2] over 20 million copies world wide as of November 2019,[37] and over 25 million copies as of December 2019.[38] The manga has been one of the top-selling in 2019.[39] In November 2019, Shueisha stated that Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba was their 2nd best selling manga in the period from November 2018 to November 2019, with 10.8 million volumes sold, second only to Eiichiro Oda's One Piece, with 12.7 million volumes sold in the same time period.[40] Nevertheless, the series ranked #1 in 2019 Oricon's annual comic ranking chart, with over 12 million copies sold, while One Piece ranked at #2, with over 10.1 million copies sold in the same time period from November 2018 to November 2019.[41] Oda wrote a message regarding Gotōge's manga achievement.[42] In 2019, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ranked 10th on the 19th "Book of the Year" list by Da Vinci magazine.[43]

Light novels[edit]

In 2019, Demon Slayer: Flower of Happines had about 210,966 copies sold and Demon Slayer: One-Winged Butterfly had about 196,674 copies sold. Both novels ranked 3rd and 4th respectively in Oricon's overall bunko ranking chart.[44] Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba overall novelization was the 10th best selling light novel in 2019, with 407,640 copies sold.[45]

Anime[edit]

The anime won the 2019 Newtype Anime Awards in the fields of "best TV anime", "best male character" (Tanjirō Kamado), "best female character" (Nezuko Kamado), "best theme song", "best director", "best character design", "best voice actor" (Natsuki Hanae), and "best voice actress" (Akari Kitō).[46]

Writing for Monsters and Critics, Patrick Frye wrote that the anime adaptation is "praised [for] the animation quality and flowing battle scenes that integrate digital effects seamlessly" while noting that "some fans have complained about weird story pacing issues thanks to flashbacks and some slow moments, but everyone agrees that once the action picks up, it’s amazing."[47] Writing for Anime News Network, James Beckett highlighted Episode 19 by noting it was "a thrilling showstopper of an episode, showing off ufotable's considerable skills as producers of nearly unrivaled action spectacle."[48]

The anime series has been considered one of the best anime of the 2010s. Polygon staff did it and writer Austen Goslin wrote that "Few shows over the last 10 years have so clearly or unabashedly made fights their focus, and absolutely none of them have done it as well as Demon Slayer".[49] Crunchyroll listed it in their "Top 25 best anime of the 2010s", with reviewer Daniel Dockery commenting, "From the top notch action choreography, to the understated (and sometimes not so understated) emotional moments, to the infinitely meme-able Inosuke, Demon Slayer can be a wonder to behold".[50][51] Writing for Comic Book Resources, Sage Ashford ranked it second on his list, praising its animation and protagonists, whom he called "the most likable male and female leads of the decade".[52]

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