“Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” is originally a manga series by Koyoharu Gotouge. Set in Taisho era Japan (1912-1926), the series follows teenager Tanjiro Kamado, the kindhearted oldest son of a family that makes and sells charcoal. One day he comes home to discover his family has been slaughtered by an oni, or demon, who subsists on a diet of humans. The only survivor is his younger sister Nezuko, who has been turned into a demon but eventually becomes protective of her brother.
After an encounter with Giyu Tomioka, a high-ranking member of a secret organization of warriors tasked with defeating demons known as the Demon Slayer Corps, Tanjiro is sent to train to become a demon slayer. This sets up Tanjiro’s quest to avenge his family and find a way to turn Nezuko back into a human.
Along the way he befriends a few fellow members Zenitsu Agatsuma, a cowardly teen who is a surprisingly skilled sword fighter only when unconscious, and Inosuke Hashibira, a rambunctious teen who was raised by wild boars.
This popular manga was serialized in the weekly manga magazine “Shonen Jump” from February 2016 to May 2020. The full series has been collected into 23 volumes and created a huge following.
How did “Demon Slayer” get so popular?
Although the manga was generally positively received, what really propelled its popularity is the TV adaptation. The first season of the “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” anime series originally aired in Japan from April to September in 2019. (The series is currently available for U.S. audiences on Netflix and Hulu.)
“Demon Slayer” has been praised for its gorgeous animation, particularly its dynamic action sequences where every frame feels like a piece of art. The stunning visuals are a credit to ufotable, the animation studio behind the anime adaptation.