Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba) is one of the standout anime of this and last season. The simple tale of a young man's family being killed by demons, his sister turning into a demon, and then proceeding to join the Demon Slaying Corps after learning special breathing techniques from a reclusive master, all in an effort to defeat the Twelve Demon Moons and their leader, has captivated the minds of many. Okay, maybe it's not so simple, but it's one of the best recent anime regardless.
Though, like any good thing in the internet age, we must mercilessly make memes out of it. So here are some of the best memes from fans of the franchise.
10 One Talented Boar
Unlike many of the other members of the Demon Slayer Corps, Inosuke learned a special breathing technique all by himself. Beast Breathing is a technique he developed and refined while growing up all alone in the mountains. A skill that already enhances his amazing sense of touch, it has helped him survive encounters with demons up to this point. It's just a shame that's about all he managed to develop.
A recluse by nature, Inosuke has trouble interacting with other people and only thinks of himself. This often prompts him to think he's the strongest and smartest guy in the room despite typically not being either of those things. At the very least, he has to be admired for his tenacity and his talent in developing a breathing technique all on his own.
9 Good Boy vs Yandere
Just like how beauty is in the eye of the beholder, words tend to change their meaning when it comes to who says them. When someone of good and upstanding nature like Tanjiro says that he will be together with you from now on, it gives a sense of devotion and protection. On the other hand, when someone likes Yuno Gasai says it... it only manages to give someone the heebie-jeebies.
Yuno Gasai is the main heroine and an antagonist of Future Diary. She can be most aptly described as the picture that should be shown next to the definition of Yandere. When someone like her proclaims that you'll be together from then on, it means that there's no possible way to escape her. She would probably even go so far as to kill everyone you know and render you handicapped to keep you with her.
8 Precious Nezuko
The darling demon of the series, it is not a stretch to say that Nezuko is one of the most popular girls of this anime season and the previous one. She is an adorable ball of loveliness despite being a demon with the potential to suck your blood dry.
Her mannerisms and the way she squeaks out her emotions through her bamboo muzzle are a prime reason why she is so darn cute. Those who watch the show want to treat her just as precious as her own brother Tanjiro does.
7 Netflix Adaptation
Transferring anime to another medium is a hard thing to do. It more often leads to failure than any measure of success for the series that tried to make the jump to live-action. It results in a wake of disappointed fans and a more general distaste for the series.
Netflix's Death Note is one example of an adaptation gone wrong. Among the laundry list of reasons why the adaptation failed, one that stands out is the questionable choice of actors that they used to fill the roles of the characters. This meme an example of how that could go wrong for Demon Slayer.
6 Michael Jackson Isekai
Let's get this out of the way — the main antagonist of Demon Slayer straight up looks like Michael Jackson. This is not only based on how he looks but also on how he dresses. His outfit is almost an inverted version of one of the pop idol's most iconic numbers.
That isn't to say that Muzan Kibutsuji is not a threat in the series; being the first demon gives him many powerful abilities that would make him a hassle for anyone to deal with, including one that lets him turn humans into demons. Though despite all his fearsome abilities, it's still easy to confuse the leader of the Twelve Demon Moons for the King of Pop.
5 No One Messes With Onii-chan
It has already been covered that Nezuko is as cute as a button, but this demon cutie can throw up some hands. It's pretty amazing how well she can fight other demons despite having no formal training or much time to get used to her demonic powers. She only becomes all the more proficient in the demon butt-kicking department when she learns to use her blood flames.
As the image insinuates, Nezuko often demonstrates her fighting ability when her brother is in trouble. She has shown time and again how far she is willing to go to protect Tanjiro. The young man is as precious to her as she is to him. They often make quite the team in most of the early episodes of the anime, and a few recent ones too. The girl is more than just a damsel in distress.
4 Who Wants To Be A Demon Slayer?
It's a running joke in the series, but it is a favorite. Inosuke can't quite get Tanjiro Kamado's name down. Despite having worked together on several missions and spent most of their waking moments together since meeting each other, he seems to confuse his name with other several others that end in "ro."
These include names like Kamaboko Gonpachiro, Itadaki Tontaro, and Shakakiri Gengoro. All of which only manage to get the last syllable right. Though we hear that it's a Taisho secret that he can get it right once out of every seven times — so there is still hope for him yet.
3 Giyu's Friends
As another demon-slaying Pillar, Shinobu Kocho, so blatantly pointed out, Giyu isn't well-liked by many people. This is a fact that even surprises Giyu to the point of denial when she tells him so. The young man is seemingly standoffish and quite distant to others even if he really is a good guy underneath it all.
Still, this meme pokes fun of the fact that Giyu doesn't have many friends. Using the imagery of the Eleventh Style of the Water Breathing Technique Dead Calm as a metaphor for how many friends Tomioka has. That list is just as empty as his skill.
2 Episode 19
If there is one stand-out episode of Demon Slayer, it has to be Episode 19. Not only was it the best-animated episode of the series with some of the best water and flame effect this side of Disney's World of Color show, but the way that Tanjiro seemingly finishes the battle with Rui should be considered a high form of art. Just spectacular all the way around.
This is exactly what makes this episode so beloved among the fandom. It's still talked about several weeks later as not only a stellar episode of Demon Slayer, but a stellar episode of anime in general.
1 Tanjiro's Bizarre Adventure
If someone looks hard enough, anything can be a Jojo's Bizarre Adventure reference, but that doesn't stop Demon Slayer's Total Concentration Breathing from being very similar to the Ripple (Hamon) Technique. Both rely on breathing that increases a person's skills and strength. They are also key factors in defeating supernatural entities like demons in Demon Slayer and vampires in Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.
That isn't the only similarity to Jojo's Bizarre Adventure or more precisely its first arc, Phantom Blood. Both have swords that are able to harness the power of sunlight, have a main character's sibling turn into an undead monster, and star a righteous and kind young man who still shows sympathy to the monsters he fights to name a few.