If My Hero Academia didn’t already murder Black Clover, this show sure as hell did!
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is the newest in the long line of modern Shounen to take the world by storm. The series quickly grew a dedicated audience in its early episodes, then exploded in popularity as the series progressed! It is an absolutely gorgeous show, one that would require a lot of time to break down properly!
But I’ll try my best! Here’s my in-depth review of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, the newest contender for the king of all Shounen anime!
Reason one: Nezuko. Reasons two through all: also Nezuko.
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Plot: A Brother, His Sister, and Lots of Demons
The two main characters are a demon hunter and a demon who are siblings. And they still get along way better than I ever did with my siblings. I’d say that hurts but it’s too adorable for me to be bitter.
Tanjiro is a kind-hearted, hard-working boy with a sharp sense of smell and a huge family to support. One day, after a trip down the mountain, he returns home to find his whole family had been slaughtered, with his sister Nezuko being the only survivor. Unfortunately, she’s been transformed into a Demon. Now Tanjiro must train to become a member of the Demon Slayers, kill the Demon that slaughtered his family and restore Nezuko’s humanity.
It isn’t the most original story in the world, nor are the characters the most original out there. Tanjiro is your typical Shounen good guy with a heart of gold (though he isn’t as stupid as characters like Goku or Naruto). The supporting characters are just as tried and true, including the coward who is actually incredibly strong and the combat-obsessed moron. They’re a tried-and-true, formulaic cast. But in terms of execution? They are absolutely perfect!
It is worth noting that Nezuko is a surprisingly interesting character, given the fact that she hardly ever talks. Her personality is perfectly communicated purely through her actions and body language. She can go from ferocious, terrifying and badass to heart-wrenchingly adorable at the flip of a switch. She doesn’t have much screen time, as she’ll sometimes just vanish for episodes at a time. But she’s an absolute show-stealer whenever she shows up!
All of the villains, at least those we’ve gotten so far, are very interesting! Rather than just having the villain show up, fight the hero and then leave/die, as many other Shounen shows do, Demon Slayer takes the time to build a stronger understanding of them as characters. In their last moments, the show will show the audience what led to them becoming demons and give them peace of mind. It goes a long way towards making the villains all the more interesting and painting the actions of our heroes in the morally gray light. It is incredibly interesting and I love the fact that they do it!
The pacing is also incredibly solid! No one villain overstays their welcome! They’re introduced, fought, then are swept away well before they can drag on or become boring. The story has a constant sense of progression. No event, fight or character feels pointless or prolonged.
If you need a fun, classic Shounen to satiate your appetite, look no further! Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is the show for you! It may not be My Hero Academia levels of quality, but it is certainly far above average for this genre.
It’s in the visual department where it goes from great to god tier.
Visuals: Japanese Oil Paintings, CGI Edition
HOLY SHIT THIS SHOW LOOKS GOOD!!
This show has an incredibly distinct visual style to it that I absolutely adore! Everything is outlined by thick black lines that make them pop off the screen and emphasis the colors. Each character’s designs, especially their eyes, are completely unique and distinctly memorable, especially since they each have their own vibrant color scheme.
This show is so god damn colorful! Just look at this shit!
It looks even better in motion! Each action scene features some of the most incredible camera work I have ever seen for an action series! The direction is absolutely stunning, perfectly communicating the hectic nature of each fight while never once confusing the audience. You always know exactly what is happening during each fight.
And it’s always hype as hell!
Now, there is one important thing to mention: this show’s use of CGI. Yes, I know that CGI is basically a swear word at this point. I totally understand why. But bear with me as I explain why Demon Slayer’s use of it is actually decent.
First, let’s talk about the bad. There are a large number of times where the animators will swap in a CGI model of the character in order to save a bit on the animation budget. It is immediately noticeable, sometimes jarring, and… actually pretty good? Like, the models are actually really well made and nicely animated?
Wait, that’s not right. What the hell?
And then there are the attack animations! Each one is animated like a classical Japanese painting and they… they… JUST FUCKING LOOK AT THEM!!
Holy fucking shit! Do I really need to explain how amazing these are?! They’re absolutely incredible!!
And the music! Oh my god the music is amazing! It’s like if the soundtracks for Naruto and NieR: Automata had a baby! I need to have it right the hell now!!
Simply put: this show is fucking gorgeous. If you’re not going to watch it for the plot, then at least give it a shot to appreciate the amazing visuals! If animation is your thing, this show is an absolute must watch!
If you know me, then you know that I adore Shounen action. I’ve talked about My Hero Academia and Dragon Ball enough times to prove that! So believe me when I say that Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a masterclass in the genre!
I’d highly recommend Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba! It is a tad cliche, but it is so gorgeous that it doesn’t matter! It is a new powerhouse in the Shounen genre, one that I’d be genuinely amazed to see not continue!
Black Clover and Boruto are still around! This show should get the same treatment, dammit!