Demon Slayer has--its first season, at least--concluded for a little while now and has given audiences time for the dust to settle and take in what they have seen. And it is fair to say that since its debut in anime form in the spring of 2019, it has proved to be a breakout hit in the anime industry. The manga in Japan has always sold well enough, but this incredibly successful anime run led to a skyrocket in sales, and that isn't including the Blu-ray edition which will surely sell well as well.
In fact, studio Ufotable officially announced a continuation of the story in the form of an anime movie adapting the "Infinity Train" arc. This gives straggling anime fans all the more reason to join the hype. Here are 10 reasons why Demon Slayer is a must-watch anime.
10 Historical Japanese Setting With A Twist
For those that are fans of anime that take place in historical time periods in the medium's native country of Japan, they will feel more than comfortable with Demon Slayer's setting. The series takes place in the early 1900s in Japan. However, while Vinland Saga's setting, story, and overall premise prides itself on its grounded realism, which it does superbly, to its credit, Demon Slayer takes its historical setting and gives it a hard, supernatural twist to make things interesting.
Tanjiro and Co. are living in a Japan in which demons lurk and feed on humans. This grave threat is the core of the world's setting.
9 Variety In The Main Cast
Like with any piece of media--whether it be TV, film, books, etc.--a good well-rounded cast of interesting main characters are essential to driving the story's overall story and plot. Thankfully, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has that in spades. It is practically impossible to go through and get to know at least the main cast of characters and not pick out at least one that you love.
You have, first and foremost, your likable shonen protagonist in Tanjiro Kamado who exhibits the qualities that make the genre work so well: he's dedicated, compassionate, and driven to be stronger just for the sake of his sister. Then, of course, is the rash but impressively strong Inosuke and the cowardly but also secretly strong Zenitsu. And, again, that is just the main cast.
8 The Art And Animation
Quite frankly, this one could double up for the manga as well as the anime. While the manga is beautifully illustrated, the art and animation quality of the Demon Slayer anime is truly something to behold. The way everything is drawn and animated in the series is extremely eye-catching and flows incredibly well.
While Demon Slayer in both manga and anime overall have a variety of strengths going for it, the strongest aspect present in the anime is definitely in its animation. Every single fight scene, for instance, is an absolute visual spectacle.
7 Fight Choreography
Speaking of the visual spectacles of the fight scenes in the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime, the foundation for why the fight scenes are so extraordinary lies in the way they are actually choreographed. Everything and everyone involved in each and every one of the fights throughout the anime moves so well, which is further helped by the sword movements and the way they are dramatized by being wreathed in water, fire, electricity, etc.
One perfect example of excellent fight choreography is in the famous fight with Tanjiro and Nezuko against Rui.
6 World Building
Once again, this applies to Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba as a whole; meaning manga, anime, and all. The story of the series has great world-building. It perfectly sets the stage for all the characters and how they interact with the world around them. It also does well to establish the rules of the world the characters occupy and how said characters interact with each other.
Demon Slayer builds the world by initially setting it in an early 20th century Japan, but throws a wrench in the plans in how characters would normally run their lives by adding demons as a threat. This, in turn, further builds the world by establishing to the audience the existence of the Demon Slaying Corps and their own rules, not to mention the rules of how demons must be killed, further adding to how the characters and the world around them have to work.
5 It's No "Slow Burn"
Not that slow burns can't be done well, of course. Once again, anime and manga like Vinland Saga further prove that slower pacing at the beginning can be just as good. However, Demon Slayer goes the other way and kicks things off with a sprint from the start. This works to the anime's benefit.
You spend the perfect amount of time between each of the key events throughout the series. One good point to make regarding this specific topic is the amount of time spent throughout the initial training arc taking place over two years as well as the Natagumo Mountain arc. Neither major arcs felt like they dragged on too long and more than fulfilled the story's purpose.
4 Relationships Between The Characters
Another strong point about the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba series overall is the way the characters develop relationships with each other. This is also a result of the world-building that the series offers, but the relationships developed between the characters, especially the main cast, definitely deserves its own entry. The most obvious example of this is in the relationship built between Tanjiro Kamado and his sister, Nezuko.
They have such a strong dynamic that is, tragically, only built stronger by the devastation of having their family slaughtered and Nezuko's turn into a demon. Another standout relationship is the one between Tanjiro and his master, Urokodaki. The two bond heavily during their time together training.
3 Hints At Future Character Development
While Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has, so far in anime form, had 26 episodes to spend on developing its characters, they have clearly established the groundwork for future character development. Of course, with Tanjiro being the main protagonist, audiences can expect to learn more about him and continue to see him grow as a person.
However, characters like Inosuke and Zenitsu have shown great potential for development and growth. One for sure to get some development is with Kyojuro Rengoku, as he will be the central figure in the upcoming movie. Look at this reason to be as more of an investment for the future.
2 Character Designs
While technically a result of the art and animation, this nonetheless is a stand-out point. The way the characters are designed in the anime, especially since this medium has the benefit of having coloring and said animation, is incredibly vivid and makes even side characters stand out and subsequently make you want to see more of them.
The main cast--from Tanjiro and Nezuko to Inosuke and Zenitsu--are all designed to be stand-out designs. This is especially so with the Hashiras. Each of their designs are memorable and colorful.
1 Villains And Their Lore
Any media franchise or series can't hope to have a successful run without having a world populated with interesting antagonists along with some background lore. Star Wars is a great example since it has such an expansive world with lore behind everything and everyone in it. Granted, Demon Slayer is on a much smaller scale, and it is also important to note that you don't have to be on a universe-wide scale like Star Wars to be successful.
The world revolves around the progenitor of the demons, Muzan Kibutsuji, and his legion of demons. There's much mystery surrounding him, but the lore that is there is enough to reel you into the world of Demon Slayer.