List of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba episodes

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The anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is based on the manga series of the same title, written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotōge. The anime television series adaptation by studio Ufotable was announced in Weekly Shōnen Jump on June 4, 2018.[1] The series premiered on April 6, 2019 on Tokyo MX, GTV, GYT, BS11, and other channels.[2][3] Haruo Sotozaki is 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] LiSA is performing the opening theme "Gurenge" (紅蓮華),[5] while the ending theme is "from the edge" by FictionJunction feat. LiSA.[6] Aniplex of America announced that they have licensed the series,[7] and streaming on Crunchyroll, Hulu, and FunimationNow.[8] AnimeLab is simulcasting the series in Australia and New Zealand.[9] The series will run for 26 episodes.[10]

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).[11] Aniplex of America screened the film at the Aratani Theatre in Los Angeles on March 31, 2019.[12] Madman Entertainment and AnimeLab screened the film in select theatres in Australia on April 2, 2019.[13]

Episode list[edit]

No.Title [14][15]Original air date [16]
1"Cruelty"
Transcription: "Zankoku" (Japanese: 残酷)
April 6, 2019 (2019-04-06)
Tanjiro Kamado, a young man with a gifted sense of smell, leaves his family in their mountain home and carries coal to a nearby town to sell. They have struggled financially since the death of the father but are happy. Tanjiro helps other townspeople and it is late when he leaves. With the sun having set, Saboru, an elder man who has lost his family, tells Tanjiro to spend the night with him. Man-eating demons roam the forest at night. When Tanjiro returns home the following morning, he smells blood and finds his entire family has been massacred by a demon, except for his younger sister Nezuko. Tanjiro tries to take her to the town for medical treatment but she wakes and attacks him, having been contaminated by the demon's blood, now a demon herself. Giyū Tomioka, a demon hunter, arrives and attempts to decapitate Nezuko, only for Tanjiro to pull her out of the way. He pleads with Giyū that Nezuko would never harm anyone, but Giyū knows better. A hungry demon eats anyone, even its parents and siblings. Tanjiro says he'll cure Nezuko, but Giyū states the contamination is irreversible. Tanjiro attempts to attack him but is knocked unconscious. Nezuko runs to Tanjiro and Giyū believes she's going to eat him, only for her to defend him. Surprised, Giyū disables Nezuko instead of killing her. After Tanjiro wakes, he tells him to see a man named Sakonji Urokodaki at the foot of Mt. Sagiri and to say Giyū sent them. He also warns Tanjiro to make sure Nezuko is never exposed to sunlight before vanishing. The Kamado family are buried and Tanjiro and Nezuko leave hand in hand.
2"Trainer Sakonji Urokodaki"
Transcription: "Iku-shu Urokodaki Sakonji" (Japanese: 育手・鱗滝左近次)
April 13, 2019 (2019-04-13)
Tanjiro buys a straw basket, planning to carry Nezuko in it so they can keep heading to Mt. Sagiri during the day and keep her out of the sun. That night they find a temple but Tanjiro smells blood and they burst inside to find a demon feeding on several humans. The demon attacks Tanjiro while Nezuko stares at the human bodies, salivating. Nezuko turns away and kicks the demon's head off. The body attacks Nezuko while the head attacks Tanjiro. After disabling the head he pursues Nezuko and knocks the demon body off a cliff. The demon's body dies when it falls. An old man, Sakonji Urokodaki, prevents Tanjiro from stabbing the pinned head, as that isn't enough to kill it, but Taijiro hesitates to smash it. Urokodaki notices, but thinks Taijiro won't work, no matter what Giyū thinks. The sun rises and the demon is vaporized. Urokodaki berates Tanjiro for his hesitation, stating his resolve is weak. He warns Tanjiro letting Nezuko kill an innocent is the worst possible thing, and tests him to see if he is fit to be a member of the Demon Slayers Corps. After going for a long run, he has Tanjiro leave Nezuko in a cabin and climb a mountain. He tells Tanjiro to make it down before sunrise. The mountain is booby-trapped though. Tanjiro uses his sense of smell to find the bobby traps, which still have the scent of the person who laid them, letting him return in time. Urokodaki recalls the letter he got from Giyū about the siblings, and Giyū's request he train them. He accepts Tanjiro as his student.
3"Sabito and Makomo"
Transcription: "Sabito to Makomo" (Japanese: 錆兎と真菰)
April 20, 2019 (2019-04-20)
Over the next year, Tanjiro trains with Urokodaki, improving his physical form and learning the Water Style swordsmanship. Nezuko has fallen into a deep sleep that has lasted for six months, though there doesn't appear to be anything wrong with her. One day Urokodaki declares he has taught Tanjiro all he can and leads him to a boulder. He tells him if he can slice it with his sword he will let him enter the Final Selection - only those who survive the Final Selection can become official members of the Demon Slayers Corps. Urokodaki leaves, never to teach him another lesson. Tanjiro tries for six months but cannot damage the rock, all while Nezuko continues to sleep. As he begins to give up, a young man in a fox mask, Sabito, appears and attacks him. The two fight and Tanjiro is at a severe disadvantage despite having a real sword and his opponent a wooden one. Sabito scolds him for forgetting his lessons before knocking him out. A girl with a fox mask, Makomo, is with Tanjiro when he wakes up and helps hone his techniques, like Total Concentration Breathing, which increases the wielder's physical strength. She tells him she and Sabito were both orphans raised by Urokodaki. Sabito occasionally returns and fights him but Tanjiro loses every time. After six months of this, Sabito and Tanjiro fight again and this time Sabito has a real sword. Tanjiro's blade finally reaches Sabito first. The adopted siblings smile and vanish. Tanjiro realizes his sword, which he thought cut through Sabito's mask, has actually sliced the boulder in two.
4"Final Selection"
Transcription: "Saishū Senbetsu" (Japanese: 最終選別)
April 27, 2019 (2019-04-27)
Urokodaki returns and, two years after Nezuko's transformation, Tanjiro leaves for the Final Selection, the still sleeping Nezuko staying with Urokodaki. Before he leaves, he warns Tanjiro older demons who have eaten more develop new powers powers and gives him a fox mask with a spell to protect him. Tanjiro tells Urokodaki to say hello to Sabito and Makomo for him, startling Urokodaki, who wonders how he knows the names of those dead children. Upon reaching Mt. Fujikasane, Tanjiro sees wisteria blooming and a number of other teenagers. The group is greeted by a pair of girls, who tell them many demons are imprisoned on the mountain, unable to leave because the wisteria they hate blooms year-round at the base. From this point on there is no wisteria and only those who survive for seven days will pass. Tanjiro is soon ambushed by two hungry demons but uses Water Style to kill them with a special "Nichirin sword" Urokodaki gave him. He detects a rotten smell and sees another applicant being chased by a massive demon. The applicant is caught but Tanjiro saves him. The demon asks Tanjiro for the year and is enraged when he learns he has been trapped here so long it has passed into another era. He curses Urokodaki for capturing him. The applicant can't believe the demon is so old as there should only be young ones who have only killed two or three here, but this one has eaten at least fifty applicants. The demon says Tanjiro will be the 14th student of Urokodaki he's eaten, recognizing him by the style of mask. The demon recalls eating Sabito and Makomo and Tanjiro attack him, enraged. Sabito and Makomo's ghosts sit on the slashed boulder, wondering if Tanjiro can defeat their killer. The applicant Tanjiro saved flees. Tanjiro goes for the demon's neck, his weakspot, but the demon thinks his neck is too strong to break as Sabito broke his sword trying to cut it. Tanjiro's strike however, severs the head.
5"My Own Steel"
Transcription: "Onore no Hagane" (Japanese: 己の鋼)
May 4, 2019 (2019-05-04)
The demon's body dissolves and the souls of Urokodaki's students he killed depart to the afterlife. Tanjiro continues to survive, asking the demons who attack him if they know how he can turn Nezuko back into a human, though none answer him. At the end of the Final Selection, Tanjiro and three others return to the wisteria and the twins greet them as the only survivors. The twins tell them there are ten ranks in the Corps and the four are now Mizunoto, the lowest rank. New, stronger color-changing swords will be made for them after they pick the ore, though they will take time to complete. Each are assigned a Kaugai crow to help in communication and given new uniforms. One applicant with a scar across his face angrily demands the sword now but Tanjiro stops him from harming the twins by nearly breaking his arm. Tanjiro returns to Urokodaki's and happily finds Nezuko awake after a year and a half long slumber. Urokodaki is relieved he's alive. He tells Tanjiro Nezuko is likely recovering her strength by sleeping instead of eating humans. 15 days later, Tanjiro's new sword is delivered to him by Haganezuka, the swordsmith. It changes to black when he draws it, a rare color. A Kaugai crow flies in and tells him he has orders to go to a town to the northwest where young girls have been vanishing and kill the responsible demon, his first assignment as a Demon Hunter.
6"Swordsman Accompanying a Demon"
Transcription: "Oni o Tsureta Kenshi" (Japanese: 鬼を連れた剣士)
May 11, 2019 (2019-05-11)

Placing Nezuko in a box he carries on his back, Tanjiro travels with her to the town where young girls are vanishing at night. There he meets Kazumi, whose fiancee Satoko vanished the previous night. Kazumi takes him to where his girlfriend was last seen and Tanjiro begins to track the demon's scent. Kazumi recalls how he was beaten by Satoko's parents, who did not believe Satoko had simply vanished and assumed he had done something to her. He realizes Tanjiro is a member of the Demon Slayer Corps and that's why he believed him. Night falls as Tanjiro continues to track the demon. A young girl is abducted from her bed by a demon who can take a liquid form to pass through floors, which Tanjiro notices. He can smell the demon and girl but can't see them, realizing they are traveling underground. He stabs into the ground and wounds the demon, letting him retrieve the girl. The demon comes aboveground. It has morphed and become capable of "Blood Demon Art" spells to move through solid ground. The demon breaks into three beings, and between that and their high rate of regeneration, Tanjiro finds himself overwhelmed. The wounded demons taunt the humans, telling Kazumi they already devoured Satoko. Nezuko comes out of her box to help, evening the odds.

Urokodaki tells Tanjiro there is only one demon still alive who has the special blood needed to turn a human into a demon, and thus was the one who attacked the Kamado household. He is also the only one who may know how to turn Nezuko back into a human. He is over a thousand years old and the progenitor of all demons: Kibutsuji Muzan.
7"Muzan Kibutsuji"
Transcription: "Kibutsuji Muzan" (Japanese: 鬼舞辻 無惨)
May 18, 2019 (2019-05-18)
Tanjiro leaves Nezuko to protect Kazumi and the human girl from one of the three while he jumps inside their black hole to deal with the other two. Inside it is like a black swamp, but his Water Style shows its true power when underwater, letting him create a whirlpool that eviscerates the two. Nezuko physically beats back the remaining demon, who thinks she must have gotten a huge amount of blood from "him" to be so powerful. However, her lack of experience makes her attacks easy to read and the demon begins to regain the advantage when Tanjiro surfaces and disables him. Tanjiro orders the demon to tell him what he knows about Kibutsuji Muzan but the name terrifies the demon so much he commits a suicide attack rather then speak and is killed. Nezuko falls asleep and Tanjiro returns her to the box. Kazumi is in shock and shouts at Tanjiro when he tries to tell him to move on after his fiancee's death, though realizes after Tanjiro gives him Satoko's hairpin, smiling gently, that he's been through something similar and apologizes, promising to take care of the girl. Tanjiro leaves, vowing to defeat Kibutsuji for the suffering he has caused. A Kaugai crow lands on his shoulder and directs him to Asakusa, Tokyo for his next mission, but Tanjiro finds Tokyo's size and electricity overwhelming. While resting in a park he catches Kibutsuji's scent and chases it down, in such a rush he leaves Nezuko behind. He locates Kibutsuji as he walks down a busy street and is about to draw his sword when Tanjiro realizes he's holding a girl who calls him "daddy." A woman walks up and asks what's going on and the girl in Kibutsuji's arms calls her "mommy." Tanjiro can smell the girl and woman are human - Kibutsuji is pretending to be one as well. To distract Tanjiro, Kibutsuji digs his fingernails into his palm to bloody them and casually slices the neck of a man passing by, turning him into a demon.
8"The Smell of Enchanting Blood"
Transcription: "Genwaku no Chi no Kaori" (Japanese: 幻惑の血の香り)
May 25, 2019 (2019-05-25)[a]
The bystander Kibutsuji strikes turns and bites his wife he was walking with, forcing Tanjiro to leave Kibutsuji to subdue him, and Kibutsuji takes advantage of the chance to leave with his "family." Police arrive and try to pull Tanjiro off the demon, but he won't move as this will let the demon escape. A nearby demon, Tamayo, uses a Blood Art spell to blind the police, having noticed Tanjiro was still trying to save the demon and wants to help. She confirms she and her companion Yushiro are demons to a shocked Tanjiro, but she is also a doctor who wants to kill Kibutsuji. Kibutsuji meanwhile, sends his family ahead to their home and orders two demons to bring him Tanjiro's head. Tanjiro retrieves Nezuko and Yushiro leads him to Tamayo's cloaked house, where she is treating the bitten woman, her husband restrained in the basement. Tamayo tells Tanjiro she can treat the woman without being overcome by hunger because she has tweaked her body and removed Kibutsuji's curse so she and Yushiro can live without eating humans, needing only a bit of human blood. She also reveals she turned Yushiro into a demon, despite the general belief only Kibutsuji can do so, as she developed the ability after two hundred years. She clarifies she's not trying to make more demons, and only turns humans who agree to it when it is clear they will otherwise die. Tamayo is also searching for a way to return a demon to a human and asks Tanjiro to let her study Nezuko's blood, she is special for being able to sleep long periods of time without eating and freeing herself from the bloodlust, and bring more blood from other powerful demons for her to study. Tanjiro agrees to help. The two demons Kibutsuji sent, Susamaru with temari balls, and Yahaba, with eyes with arrows for pupils on his palms, find and attack the house.
9"Temari Demon and Arrow Demon"
Transcription: "Temari Oni to Yajirushi Oni" (Japanese: 手毬鬼と矢印鬼)
June 1, 2019 (2019-06-01)
Susamaru uses two temari balls to destroy the protective barrier of the house, which she begins to pummel. Nezuko takes the wounded human woman to the basement while Tanjiro faces them, having learned he is their target from Susamaru's taunting. Susamaru states she and her companion are two of the Twelve Kizuki (Demon Moons), powerful generals who serve directly under Kibutsuji. Susamaru grows two more sets of arms and her temari multiply so she now has six. Tanjiro struggles to dodge all of them as they have the ability to swerve in midair. Yushiro tells Tanjiro to dodge the arrows and puts a Blood Art spell on him when Tanjiro states he can't see any. He can then see Yahaba is using arrows to telekinetically control the trajectory of the temari balls and the siblings go outside. Nezuko attacks Yahaba, which makes him lose concentration and weakens the temari balls, letting Tanjiro destroy them and cut off Susamaru's arms. Susamaru regrows her arms and creates six more Temari balls. Yahaba uses his telekinesis to knock Nezuko into Tanjiro and both siblings land in a heap. Tanjiro focuses on Yahaba while Nezuko, Tamayo, and Yushiro fight Susamaru. Yahaba uses his telekinesis to throw Tanjiro around the courtyard, who can't get close. Yushiro uses his Blood Art to turn invisible and pummel Susamaru. The demons then recognize Tamayo as "the fugitive" and start to go after her too, while Nezuko loses a leg when she tries to kick a temari. Yahaba uses his arrows to alter Tanjiro's trajectory even if he gets close and Tanjiro struggles to dodge the arrows, which he can't cut. Touching them results in his sword moving in the direction of the arrow. Tanjiro finally uses the whirlpool form to move the arrows without touching them and decapitates Yahaba.
10"Together Forever"
Transcription: "Zutto Isshoni" (Japanese: ずっと一緒に)
June 8, 2019 (2019-06-08)
As Yahaba starts to disintegrate, he pummels Tanjiro with his arrows, trying to take him with him, forcing Tanjiro to unleash move after move to soften the impact. Yahaba finally dies but Tanjiro is left so exhausted he can only crawl to where Nezuko and the others are fighting. Thanks to medicine given to her by Tamayo, Nezuko rejoins the fight against Susamaru and Nezuko's will sharpens her strength, letting her kick Susamaru's temari back without being hurt. She and Susamaru get into a furious kicking battle with a temari until Nezuko kicks it away. Susamaru materializes six temari at once to attack her but Tamayo asks her if she knows her cowardly Kibutsuji is, as he programmed his demons with the instinct to kill each other so they won't band together and kill them, leaving Susamaru enraged as he isn't so petty. She doesn't notice Tamayo is casting a Spell - Magical Aroma of Daylight, which weakens a person's brain function. Susamaru says Kibutsuji's name, triggering a curse (as the demons aren't supposed to say his name) and is killed when giant arms burst from her body and crush her as Tanjiro watches. Tamayo states she wasn't one of the Twelve Kizuki as they have numbers engraved on their eyeballs. Susamaru and Yahaba are simply too weak as well. Tamayo takes some of Susamaru's blood promises. Tanjiro returns to the house and finds Nezuko in the basement away from the sunlight, where she hugs Tamayo and rubs Yushiro's head, seeing the two demons as humans, why she protected them. Tamayo begins to cry at that and thanks Nezuko. Tamayo and Yushiro make plans to leave the area as they're too close to Kibutsuji. A Kaugai crow appears to Tanjiro after he leaves, directing him to the south-east. While Tanjiro tries to quiet the crow, he sees a young blonde man, one of the other three who completed the Final Selection with him, begging a distressed woman to marry him.
11"Tsuzumi Mansion"
Transcription: "Tsuzumi Oyashiki" (Japanese: 鼓お屋敷)
June 15, 2019 (2019-06-15)
12"The Boar Bares its Fangs, Zenitsu Sleeps"
Transcription: "Inoshishi wa Kiba o Muki, Zenitsu wa Nemuru" (Japanese: 猪は牙を剥き、善逸は眠る)
June 22, 2019 (2019-06-22)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Episode 8 premiered prior to television airing at Madman Anime Festival Brisbane, Australia at 1:00 pm AEST (12:00 pm JST).[17]

References[edit]

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  7. ^ 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.
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  9. ^ "Demon Slayer - In Cinemas April 2". Madman Entertainment. Retrieved March 21, 2019. Be among the first in Australia to feast on a smorgasbord of Demon Slayer episodes, before it heads to AnimeLab for its weekly simulcast season.
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  13. ^ Madman Entertainment [@Madman] (March 21, 2019). "Presented by @AnimeLab, feast your eyes on a special feature-length premiere of Demon Slayer. Devour an exclusive five-episode presentation, before it begins its weekly simulcast season. At select cinemas across Australia on April 2 for ONE NIGHT ONLY 😈Demonslayer.com.au" (Tweet). Retrieved March 21, 2019 – via Twitter.
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