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“You have to get to Episode 19 because it’s so good.” Thoughts on Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (鬼滅の刃)

(Anime 2019)

Studio: ufotable

I admit, at first, I wasn’t interested in watching this series. I wasn’t sure if the style of art was something I would get used to because it was “different” to me—not the typical general animation you would see in a shounen action series. I mean, I watched Attack on Titan, and I hated the art style for that one. (Yeah, fight me.)

However, I decided to give this series a shot because my friend said Episode 19 is THE episode. And what he meant is that the animation is so amazing that you just have to see how good it is yourself. He couldn’t put it into words but it’s an experience that I had to witness. So I watched the series up to Episode 19 and holy shit, he was right. Like it was so good that I can’t even put it into words. The battle scene was so visually appealing that it was meant to be shown as an anime as opposed to being read in a manga. I don’t think you could get the same experience through a manga when it comes to this particular fight sequence.

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Demon Slayer reminds me of Inuyasha. Although they are completely different storyline-wise, they are similar in regards to that we have two “half-demons” trying to belong in the world of both humans and demons. Although Nezuko doesn’t say anything throughout the entire series, she, like Inuyasha, shows compassion towards humans despite them treating her as a grotesque demon. Every time her brother, Tanjiro, is in danger, she comes out of her little bamboo box to save him. The brother-sister bond is strong and it’s one of the things that I appreciate about this series because we see how much they care for each other. Tanjiro dedicates his entire life in figuring out a way to turn Nezuko back into a human even though killing her would be the best way to end her suffering. Tanjiro holds on to the hope that Nezuko can be human again because her love for her brother is what keeps her sane.

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On another note, I would like to comment on Tanjiro’s friends who are also part of the Demon Slayer Corps. Zenitsu Agatsuma and Inosuke Hashibira are hilarious and they remind me of Timon and Pumbaa. 

I can’t wait for the continuation of this series. I’m also trying to convince my sister into buying the character figurines. (She is currently on a figurine phase and started her collection for My Hero Academia.)

You can watch this series on Crunchyroll.


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