There is no doubt that Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba broke the norms of anime and became a standout for the past few years. Everybody fell in love with its brisk and detailed animation while enjoying the brother-sister relationship of Tanjiro Kamado and Nezuko.
Like many shonen animes, Demon Slayer thrives in action sequences that are more detailed than any other. The swinging swords and perfect camera angles make it unrealistic yet enjoyable to watch.
New-generation animes like Black Clover or Chainsawman seemed to have thrived in this type of animation. It has become a new trend for animes with many fight scenes and sequences.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba focuses on the story of Tanjiro Kamado. The anime is set during the Taisho era in Japan, where a group of Demon Slayer corps are engaged in a secret war against flesh-eating entities called demons led by Kibutsuji Muzan.
Tanjiro Kamado is a kind, loving person who lives in the mountains with his mother and siblings. After his father's death, he became the family's breadwinner. One day as he was coming home after delivering coal to another village, his family was slaughtered by a demon. The sole survivor, his younger sister, Nezuko, is transformed into a demon but still maintains a little of her human personality. While trying to fend off his sister, Tanjiro meets Giyu Tomioka, a top member of the Demon Slayer corps. After seeing Tanjiro's determination, he recruited him to join their brigade and train to become a better Demon Slayer.
To prevent his sister, Nezuko, from consuming humans, Tanjiro stuffs her mouth with a scroll and hides her in a makeshift container he carries all around his journey. Tanjiro sets out on a journey to become a Demon Slayer while finding a way to cure Nezuko's curse.
Throughout its three seasons, Demon Slayer has been consistent with its fast-paced story and animation style. However, while the story in the manga is completed, the animators struggle to perfect what they have established.
What is the appeal of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba? Why do people love it so much that it has become a worldwide phenomenon?
There is no doubt this anime has one of the most engaging and cool animation styles ever. It's unique, and combining it with the Taisho-art style's cultural touch makes it ten times more impressive. After every fight scene, it lets you crave more.
The anime also doesn't hold back with the brutality that may be similar to Jojo's Bizarre Adventures but in a modern way.
You can't define anime without talking about animation. It's been a standard for people to look into its complexity, and animation could be the one reason why Demon Slayer has been on the top charts since it premiered a couple of years ago.
While the animation is excellent, the driving force of Demon Slayer is the characters. The brother-sister closeness relationship between Tanjiro and Nezuko may not be original in the anime world, but it is delightful to watch.
The side characters are unique, especially Zenitsu and Inosuke. They bring fun and excitement to the group. The Zenitsu likes Nezuko trope still gets me laughing all the time. The Hashira, even though they were like an anti-hero group initially, are also great.
Other than the protagonists, the antagonists, the demons are also exciting. They are overly powerful beings that are hard to take down. They are a challenging adversary that makes every fight scene difficult because of the power difference.
People seemed to have taken a liking to Demon Slayer's story. Tanjiro's quest and determination to save her sister may not be original in anime, but many still buy it. The appealing and easy-to-understand linear tale seems to have captivated its viewers.
We follow Tanjiro's journey and are captivated by the friends he meets along the way and those who risked their lives to defeat their enemies.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba changed the game for new generation anime. It's an animation marvel with complex movements, designs, and crisp fighting scenes. Even though its story has concluded, I hope its legacy will spark a more comprehensive picture like other Shonen legends, One Piece, Naruto, or Dragon Ball.