Tanjirou Kamado lives with his impoverished family on a remote mountain. As the oldest sibling, he took upon the responsibility of ensuring his family's livelihood after the death of his father. On a cold winter day, he goes down to the local village in order to sell some charcoal. As dusk falls, he is forced to spend the night in the house of a curious man who cautions him of strange creatures that roam the night: malevolent demons who crave human flesh.
When he finally makes his way home, Tanjirou's worst nightmare comes true. His entire family has been brutally slaughtered with the sole exception of his sister Nezuko, who has turned into a flesh-eating demon. Engulfed in hatred and despair, Tanjirou desperately tries to stop Nezuko from attacking other people, setting out on a journey to avenge his family and find a way to turn his beloved sister back into a human.
As a part of the JUMP START initiative, the first three chapters of Kimetsu no Yaiba were published in English in VIZ Media's digital Weekly Shonen Jump on the same day as the Japanese release. The publisher has licensed the series for physical release as Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba under its Shonen Jump imprint.
I’m one of the few readers who followed this manga from the start to where it is now, and guys, what a ride. As one of the reviewers said, in the first ten chapters you get this feeling of imminent axing from WSJ, just close an eye and keep reading. Anyway, truly a refreshing manga, Kimetsu no Yaiba takes elements from the boring and repetitive Shounen genre and gives its own vibes, colors, atmosphere and setting, putting everything together. What I mean is, Kimetsu no Yaiba does NOT revolutionize the Shounen, the author gives his best to make it unique in its own repetitivness and
boringness. So how does KnY differ from the others?
First of all, the manga takes a different route from the very beginning. We all know everyone dies but the protagonist alone or with one or two friends of his in every manga we might think of. Here in this historical adventure with the protagonist survives the sister, soon to be a demon. Now what are the demons? Humans transformed into humanoid creatures thirsty of human flesh. The enemies of our race. Props to the mangaka tho, with time in shounen mangas the enemies tend to be blank and without a personality. Here each and every demon is different, has its strenghts and weaknesses and its past/story. The demons are truly the horror elements of this series, while some might look like humans, others completely not. But keep calm, the gore is always granted. Demons are cruel but they are not stupid. In fact I might say some of them are even more intelligent than some humans.
When I think of “Kimetsu no Yaiba”, some words come out: gore, demons, blades, pighead and terrible drawings. So yeah, let’s get straight to the selling point of the manga. I might not be the one who can judge, but hey, the art is terrible. If I had to say how bad it is, probably as bad as in Shingeki no Kyojin. I’m not saying that there’s not effort put in it, ‘cause I’m sure there is, but maybe the author’s strength might not be the drawing. Is that a good thing or a bad a thing? Subjective. You always have to look things to other points of view, personally I see it as a positive thing. It’s this incosistent line which gives its uniqueness to the manga. The problem I have with some shounen, is that the panels don’t tell you nothing, whereas in this book every panel is a festival of emotions, feelings and sweat put altogether in simple ink lines. It’s not something I noticed straight away, but with every chapter being released I found out why I couldn’t get my eyes off to the drawings. The uniqueness and the vibes this gives to you.
Oh boy, this is just hilarious. The characters. Honestly? As I said before when I think of KnY Some words come to my mind, one of which is “colors”. Koyoharu has done an outstanding job with the characters. They just give you the right vibes of how good can a character be written. Don’t get me wrong, characterization is not something very noticeable, but this might be one of the few cases where it’s not really needed. What I mean is, all the characters (even the support cast) have their own personality, and you can truly feel what they are going through and what they are feeling, even with some of the demons. This might be just me tho. So now don’t call me crazy, but Kimetsu no Yaiba, as I see it, is a very colorful manga. When I said that the author had done an excellent job with the characters this is what I wanted to say; every single character has its color, its vibe and its shape. Each MC never gets boring to read, the interactions they have with one another is something everyone should praise. So yeah, both humans and demons are memorable, as they are very unique on its own.
When it comes to enjoyment, Kimetsu no Yaiba always hypes you up, doesn’t waste time to get to the action, in fact I can’t think of more than 10 chapters for a break from the end of a battle to the beginning of a new one. Yes it is very fast paced, or better, it might have a questionable pace, but I’m guessing that the author wants to do what he loves the most, gets you excited for an awesome battle, and you can feel the all the love and effort he puts in the choreography of the scene, the dance of the characters. Of course, you can’t call a Shounen-battle manga a shounen-battle manga if it doesn’t have over-the-top action, blood from a single scratch, some sort of weird techniques and screamings. Kimetsu no yaiba is not by any meaning lower than big mangas like Naruto or one piece when it comes to fight scenes. I’m sorry they not might be 100 chapters-long but every battle has its story to tell, its characters to develop, its demons, and its setting (most of the time night). Other than fights and gore, the enjoyment of the manga is characterized by a cast which is pure fun to follow, so it never gets boring there.
Overall, Kimetsu no Yaiba is an hidden gem, sadly underrated, that takes you to a completely different kind of world in a historical horror setting with a unique cast, atmosphere and identity.
Hopefully you will give it a try, thanks for reading!
Kimetsu no yaiba is the kind of manga that starts off slow, you feel like the author doesn't know what to do, but picks up later on when the mangaka introduces other characters, the characters are ALL lovable seriously! and Tanjiro's personality is not really your typical shonen stuff he's kindhearted and super sweet not hotblooded and impulsive, another good thing is the female characters they're all likeable and useful for a change i really like Nezuko and their brother-sister bond, as for the art many have commented that the characters sometimes look derpy but that's not bad either because it suits the funny moments.
Conclusion: give it a chance !
I do not like to make reviews without having seen the complete product and I will do the review when the manga ends and I will give my final opinions but for now I will only dedicate to a recommendation of the current state of the work ...
I will be honest, you will not find here silly and childish ideals of dreamers in the style of bnha or some other naruto 2.0, the story is solid, it starts strong with a premise with much emphasis on family issues with Tanjiro doing the impossible by save the soul of her sister turned into Oni to
make her human again, up to this point all right, the execution is decent (from this point Tanjiro is dedicated to strengthen and learn to fight to be a hunter of Oni's), in less than 100 caps his story has worked better and had better story arcs than the rest in the jump, better in thematic and the central story is still on track .. There is only two detail that bothers me and it is an asspull that was taken out in the arc of the Spider family but soon they justify it I want to believe, Also add that the first 30 chapters have a very inconsistent rhythm until rushed (And are complete dogshit), this is because the manga could be canceled if not something interesting fast, do not drop it
The strong point of the work in general, the cast is simple but like the story is solid .. Starting with Tanjiro the protagonist is a calm, calm, intelligent young man (He knows how to use his skills and tries to get out of difficulties thinking about good strategies not with power ups) and with a strong belief in the family, is not as hateful as other protagonists of the same demographic and in passing unlike other main character he is not an idealistic fool who seeks to forgive everyone and who go to the side of the good guys, instead he knows that the Onis have no remedy anymore (unlike his sister) so for the same reason he kills them but in case the demon regrets what he did then Tanjiro will stay with him until the end to have a quiet death (Good protagonist); We continue with the protagonist Nezuko, I can not say much about it, since his personality was quite abolished by becoming Oni yet you can notice how tender his personality really is but when he has to fight he does it and a lot of the best of the work is the interaction he has with his brother.
Continuing with the characters, the appellants are fine, Inosuke is great to be the muscles of the main team of the series and Zenitsu is scandalous in the good sense that gives quite a laugh; Now I want to touch a particular point and it's the villains (Los Oni's) have a lot of potential to draw story arcs with different themes for their pasts and why they ended that way from families, loss, envy, tragic love in etc .. But in if they are evil entities that like to kill people for the type of creature they are
In comparison to the HxH manga art here, if there is solidity and the character designs are totally different from each other, especially in the Oni's with the creativity that some of them have in their designs BUT the drawing in general is decent, it shows even that the author is very green in this type of works since it is her first complete serialization sometimes it is something crude and falls into the simple in the backgrounds but in general the style of the author is very interesting to draw attention and invite someone to read the work; Another question I want to touch is that the author puts a lot of work into the details in the fights, that makes them look very artistic and easy to understand where everything goes, by far is one of the strengths of the work
I really like the play, I expect good things from her, compared to other fucking shonens she has her feet on the ground and she knows her current situation to go to. The best thing about fights in the jump from afar.
I would like give it 7 but I have my standards in question of this type of stories,if the story develops in a good way I upload the qualification
No me gusta hacer reseñas sin haber visto el producto completo y volvere hacer la reseña cuando acabe el manga y dare mis opiniones finales pero por ahora solo dedicare a una recomendacion del estado actual de la obra...
Sere honesto, no encontraran aquí ideales tontos e infantiles de soñadores al estilo de bnha o algun otro naruto 2.0, la historia es solida pero muy solida, arranca fuerte con una premisa con mucho enfansis en los temas de la familia con Tanjiro haciendo lo imposible por salvar el alma de su hermana convertida en Oni para volverla humana denuevo, hasta este punto todo bien, la ejecucion es decente (desde este punto Tanjiro se dedica a fortalecerse y aprender a pelear para volerse un cazador de Oni's), en menos de 100 caps ha trabajado mejor su historia y ha tenido mejores arcos argumentales que lo demas en la jump, mejores en tematica y la historia central sigue en buen camino.. Solo hay dos detalles que me molestan y es un asspull que se sacaron en el arco de las familia Araña pero pronto lo justificaran quiero creer y Tambien agregar que los primeros 30 capitulos tienen un ritmo muy inconsistente hasta rusheado, esto es debido a que pudo ser cancelado el manga si no hacia algo interesante rapido, no lo dropees
El punto fuerte de la obra en general, el cast es simple pero al igual que la historia es solido.. Empezando por Tanjiro el protagonista es un joven calmado, tranquilo, inteligente (Sabe utilizar sus habilidades y trata de salir de las dificultades pensando en buenas estrategias no con power ups) y con una fuerte creencia en la familia, no es odioso como otros protagonistas de la misma demografia shonen y de paso a diferencia de otros main character el no es un tonto idealista que busca perdonar a todos y que se pasen al lado de los buenos, en cambio el sabe que los Onis ya no tienen remedio ( A diferencia de su hermana) asi que por lo mismo los mata pero en el caso de que el demonio se arrepiente de lo que hizo entonces Tanjiro se quedara con el hasta el final para que tenga una muerte tranquila (Buen protagonista); Seguimos con la protagonista Nezuko, no puedo opinar mucho acerca de ella, ya que su personalidad fue bastante abolida por convertirse en Oni aun asi se puede notar lo tierna que es su personalidad en realidad pero cuando tiene que pelear lo hace y mucho de lo mejor de la obra es la interaccion que tiene con su hermano.
Siguiendo con los personajes, los recurrentes estan bien, Inosuke es genial al ser los musculos del equipo principal de la serie y Zenitsu es escandoloso en el buen sentido de que da bastante risa; Ahora quiero tocar un punto en especial y son los villanos (Los Oni's) tienen mucho potencial para sacar historias de arcos argumentales y con distintas tematicas para sus pasados y el porque acabaron de esa manera desde familias, la perdida, la envidia, el amor tragico en etc.. Pero en si son entes malvados que les gusta matar gente por el tipo de criatura que son
En comparacion del arte mierda del manga de HxH aqui si hay solidez y los diseños de personajes son totalmente diferentes del uno al otro en especial en los Oni's con la creatividad que tienen algunos en sus diseños PERO el dibujo en general es decente, se nota aun que la autora esta muy verde en este tipo de obras ya que es su primera serializacion completa aveces es algo tosco y cae en lo simple en los fondos pero en general el estilo de la autora es muy interesante para llamar la atencion e invitar a alguien a leer la obra; Otra cuestion que quiero tocar es que la autora le pone mucho trabajo en los detalles en las peleas, eso hace que estas se vean muy artisticas y faciles de entender a donde va todo, de lejos es uno de los puntos fuertes de la obra
Me gusta mucho la obra, espero buenas cosas de ella, en comparacion con otros shonens de mierda esta tiene los pies sobre la tierra y sabe su situacion actual para donde dirigirse.. Lo mejor en cuestion de peleas en la jump de lejos, me gustaria darle 7 pero tengo mis estandares en cuestion de este tipo de historias, si la historia se desarolla de buena manera le subiria a 7
Me gustaria darle 7 pero tengo mis estandares en cuestion de este tipo de obras, si la historia se desarolla de buena manera le subire la calificacion
Note : I'm not native speaker so bear with the sentence which grammatically incorrect.
A little small flashback of experience from me :
I'm one of those people who is 'almost' abandoned/dropped this series. If I remember correctly, the very first time I read this was early 2017. I immediately feel that this series would be axed. I really feel that way, like each week the next chapter would be the last.
First, I don't like the title, “Blade of Demon Destruction”. This manga gives historical and fantasy vibes, so it's not the best title nor cool either. But, I will put that aside because this manga gives
more than that to satisfying me.
At the beginning, the tragedy has already begun. The life of a poor child leads him to a horrible new life in front of his eyes. What can I say? The author has pressing the trigger out of the blue. It's not bad but not left any special impression for me at first. The good thing is it is good enough to introduce the conflict without the need for a total twist. As for the action in this series, it’s interesting and pretty unique. But, all the demon hunters use attacks and fighting styles based on breathing methods which is pretty odd.
This does take time to establish, maybe around 40-50 chapters to fully come into its own like World Trigger, and the exact opposite with Black Clover, which already all-out in the very beginning. But it doesn’t mean everything comes in a rush, you still can follow the story thoroughly; what is the conflict, where is to stop, who is the enemy, what he will do in the future development, etc. You can enjoy its horror aspect with how disturbing some demon, screwed up some of the deaths are, but also sorrowful and relaxing at the same time. That’s basically Kimetsu no Yaiba in a nutshell.
Next, let’s talk about Tanjirou’s personality. He’s the big ol’ goof, mature, fiercely protective, pleasant and all-around swell-guy with his amusing manner. Also Nezuko as the key of the whole story, I thought she will be used as a character that will make situation worse, but no, with her ability, she can shrink or grow a bit when things get rough, which is awesome. There is one more character which I like the most, the wilder and the biggest fool, Inosuke. He has a hilarious secret under his boar mask.
I will make it brief about the characterization; there are strong, weak, funny, stupid, all of them have their respective roles. For a while the characters are just the two of them (Tanjirou and Nezuko), but when it really starts they will meet a lot of characters (Inosuke, Zenitsu) which I call it a liché, they will be adventuring together like a stupid dumb heroes. Once these three have assembled, and they’ve gone through one arc working together, the series is really in full swing. There’s a lot of comedy and they interact with one another excellently.
The art style is a little bit sketchy, I assume the author using a kind of thin pen that certainly not like most manga shounen we’ve seen, but thankfully it is not too. If you want me to compare with Sidooh which has really heavy style, this is really still comfortable and not too intense. That’s so Jump be like or mostly that’s how shounen nowadays?