Demon Slayer

Demon Slayer is a Japanese anime television series based on the same-name manga series written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotouge. On June 4, 2018, Ufotable announced the anime television series adaptation in Weekly Shonen Jump. The series aired on Tokyo MX, GTV, GYT, and BS11 from April 6 to September 28, 2019. The series is directed by Haruo Sotozaki, and Akira Matsushima designed the characters. Hikaru Kondo produces the show, which is written by various Ufotable staff members. Yuki Kajiura and Go Shiina composed the show’s music.

Demon Slayer Anime Synopsis

Tanjirou Kamado has carried the burden of supporting his family on his shoulders since his father’s death. Despite living in poverty on a remote mountain, the Kamado family leads a relatively peaceful and happy life. Tanjirou decides to go down to the local village one day to make some money selling charcoal. Night falls on his way back, forcing Tanjirou to seek refuge in the home of a strange man, who warns him of the presence of flesh-eating demons in the woods at night.

When he returns home the next day, he is met with a horrifying sight: his entire family has been slaughtered. Worse, his sister Nezuko, who has been transformed into a bloodthirsty demon, is the sole survivor. Tanjirou, consumed by rage and hatred, vows to avenge his family and stand by his only remaining sibling. Tanjirou will do whatever it takes, alongside the mysterious Demon Slayer Corps, to slay the demons and protect the last vestiges of his beloved sister’s humanity.

Demon Slayer

Demon Slayer Anime Info

  • IMDB Ratings – 8.7/10
  • Genres – Action, Demons, Historical, Shounen, Supernatural
  • Season – 1
  • Episodes – 26
  • Status – Finished Airing
  • Aired – Apr 6, 2019 to Sep 28, 2019
  • Premiered – Spring 2019
  • Duration – 23 min. per episode
  • Rating – R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

Demon Slayer Anime Characters

Main characters

Tanjiro Kamado

Tanjiro Kamado is the eldest son of a charcoal merchant. Muzan Kibutsuji massacred his entire family while he was selling charcoal, with only his sister Nezuko surviving after being transformed into a demon. His goal is to find a cure for her and turn her back into a human, and he decides to join the Demon Slayer Corps to accomplish this. He began his training with Sakonji Urokodaki, learning the “Water Breathing” sword-style, but later switched to his family’s “Hinokami Kagura” technique, which is based on the original breath style, the “Sun Breathing,” combining both to create a more sustainable fighting style.

His skull is extremely thick, and his headbutts are frequently used as comedic devices throughout the series. He is a pure and kind-hearted person who is always concerned about the well-being of his comrades and even feels guilt and sorrow when he defeats his enemies. He has been shown to be merciful and understanding of the demons he battles, as he has the ability to sense their pain. People enjoy his company because of his endless optimism and simple nature, but it also puts him at odds with certain personalities. Tanjiro has a keen sense of smell, which enables him to track down demons and avoid their attacks, as well as deduce people’s true emotions. Tanjiro’s sword is black, occasionally turning crimson red, and becomes significantly stronger when combined with Nezuko’s “Blood Demon Art: Exploding Blood,” a technique he later learns to perform without her assistance. Though he eventually avenges his family during the final battle, losing his arm and eye in the process while being fatally wounded, both are restored during Muzan’s attempt to turn him into his successor by transforming him into a demon, but he has been able to become human again thanks to his friends’ efforts.

Nezuko Kamado

Nezuko Kamado is the demon-turned-daughter of a charcoal seller and Tanjiro’s younger sister. Despite Muzan’s belief that he killed them all in order to create a sun-resistant demon, Nezuko survived as a demon with her mind mostly gone. She did, however, retain enough of her memories to prevent herself from murdering Tanjiro. Nezuko regards all humans as her family and will mercilessly attack any demon that threatens them as a result of Urokodaki’s two years of hypnotic conditioning. Instead of consuming human flesh, Nezuko regains energy through sleep and is prone to falling asleep for extended periods of time after overexerting herself. She is unable to speak at first and must wear a bamboo muzzle, given to her by Giyuu Tomioka, gag to prevent her from biting anyone. However, in later volumes, the muzzle is removed and she regains her ability to speak, albeit in a broken state due to not speaking for over two years. Nezuko possesses several abilities, including regeneration, superhuman strength, rapid growth and shrinkage, and a blood demon technique known as “Exploding Blood,” which causes her blood to burn once it leaves her body. Tanjiro generally transports her in a wooden box (a gift from Urokodaki) until she develops the ability to survive exposure to sunlight, at which point Muzan targets her. During the final battle against Muzan Kibutsuji, Nezuko’s mind and humanity are eventually restored, and it is implied that she aids Tanjiro’s recovery from his demon transformation by allowing him to ingest her blood, which contains antibodies to Muzan’s demonic blood.

Zenitsu Agatsuma

Zenitsu Agatsuma is an extremely cowardly boy who was forced to join the Demon Slayer Corps around the same time as Tanjiro to pay his debts. He was trained in the “Thunder Breathing” style by the former Thunder Hashira, but was only able to learn the first technique, and as a result, he frequently belittles himself, despite his talent. He joins Tanjiro on a mission and has followed him ever since, partly because of his crush on Nezuko, but also because he recognises how honest and kind he is.

His cowardly personality initially hinders him, and he can only fight when he is unconscious or asleep, but he eventually learns to push his fears aside and take action when necessary, even developing a new, exclusive thunder technique. Zenitsu’s sword is gold in colour. He has a keen hearing, allowing him to discern a person’s true character from the sound of their heartbeat and track demons.

Inosuke Hashibira

A young boy who was raised for a short time by his mother Kotoha Hashibira before she was murdered by the Upper Moon Two, Doma. He was raised by wild boars after she sacrificed herself to save his life, and then taught to read and write by an old man. In battle, Inosuke Hashibira employs a self-taught technique known as “Beast Breathing,” as well as two serrated swords. When he gets new swords, he makes them serrated on purpose to match his preferences and fighting style (much to the chagrin of the swordsmith). He is brash and prone to violent reactions, and while he appears dim, he has proven himself in battle time and again.

He is extremely muscular and rugged, which contrasts with his oddly effeminate face, which he usually conceals behind a boar’s head mask. This mask was made from his deceased boar mother’s head, and he wears it in her honour. When Inosuke first meets Tanjiro, he regards him as an enemy, but as they fight together, they quickly become friends. He frequently challenges Tanjiro to good-natured competitions. He took the test alongside Tanjiro and Zenitsu and was apparently the first to pass. Inosuke’s swords are blue-grey in colour. He has a keen sense of touch and can detect enemies by sensing vibrations in the air.

Kanao Tsuyuri

Kanao Tsuyuri is a Demon Slayer who joins with Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Genya. She is the protege of Shinobu Kocho, the current Insect Hashira, and is being trained as a Tsuguko, or successor to the Hashira; however, this does not necessarily imply that she is an Insect Hashira or that she has the same “breathing technique” as Shinobu. She fights in the “Flower Breathing” style and is a skilled fighter, but she struggles to function without being told what to do. She grew up in a poor, abusive household and was sold as a slave, which caused her to shut down her emotions as a coping mechanism. Even after being rescued and taken in by Shinobu and Kanae, she refused to do anything unless she was ordered to, so Kanae gave her a coin to flip that she could use whenever she was having difficulty making decisions. She relies heavily on coin flipping to make decisions until Tanjiro becomes friendly with her, convincing her to use the coin less frequently and trust her intuition. It is also implied that she has feelings for Tanjiro, to the point of risking her life to assist in his rescue when he was turned into a demon.

Later in the series, it is revealed that she and Tanjiro had children, confirming her romantic relationship with Tanjiro. Kanao’s sword is pink, and her enhanced vision allows her to easily avoid enemy attacks, but she strains herself by overusing this ability during her fight with Doma, to the point of becoming blind in one eye. She is later revealed to have married Tanjiro, with whom she has two great-great-grandsons named Kanata Kamado and Sumihiko Kamado.

Genya Shinazugawa

A Demon Slayer who joins with Tanjiro Kamado and Zenitsu Agatsuma. Genya Shinazugawa is a harsh and foul-mouthed individual who is obsessed with demon killing. After fighting alongside Tanjiro to save the Hidden Swordsmith Village, his personality changes. He is unable to use Breaths or most sword fighting styles, unlike most other Demon Slayers. Instead, he eats parts of the demons he battles, and his special digestive system allows him to temporarily gain demonic powers. His abilities can be enhanced depending on the strength and quantity of demons he devours. When he consumes a portion of a demon, he becomes vulnerable to the weaknesses of the demon. He also carries a gun that fires specialised bullets made of the same material as the Nichirin blades used by Demon Slayers. He is the younger brother of Sanemi Shinazugawa, the current Wind Hashira, who avoids him because he is unaware that his older brother wishes for him to live a normal life. Genya is mortally wounded while assisting Hashira against Kokushibo, and he reconciles with his brother before dying.

Demon Slayer Corps

The Demon Slayer Corps is a long-standing organisation dedicated to protecting humanity from demons. The organisation has hundreds of Demon Slayers, but they operate in complete secrecy, even from the Japanese government. The Demon Slayers’ most powerful swordsmen are the Hashira, who serve as its elite warriors.

Ubuyashiki Family

Kagaya Ubuyashiki

The 97th Demon Slayer Corps leader, whose family founded the organisation. He is a distant relative of Muzan, and his entire bloodline has been cursed with a disease that kills them slowly before they reach their thirties, possibly due to their connection with Muzan’s blood. He gave his life to weaken Muzan by causing a massive explosion that destroyed his family estate.

Amane Ubuyashiki

The wife and caretaker of Kagaya. She died in the explosion of the Ubuyashiki estate.

Hinaki Ubuyashiki

The eldest twin daughter of Kagaya and Amane. She died in the explosion of the Ubuyashiki estate.

Kiriya Ubuyashiki

Tanjiro’s Demon Slayer Exam features Kagaya’s son. With the exception of his black hair, he is nearly identical to his younger sisters Kanata and Kuina. Kiriya quickly takes over as Kagaya’s successor after his father’s death, commanding the Slayer Corps in the final battle against Muzan and his forces. Kiriya officially disbands the Demon Slayer Corps after Muzan’s death, as their mission to vanquish Muzan and his demons is complete. Later on, it is revealed that he is the longest-living person in Japan, still alive after the time jump to modern times that occurs in the final chapter.

Hashira

Giyū Tomioka

Tanjiro’s first encounter with a Demon Slayer is with the current Water Hashira. He tries to kill Nezuko at first, but changes his mind after seeing her protect an unconscious Tanjiro as he sends them to his mentor Urokodaki in the hopes that Tanjiro will succeed him and possibly cure Nezuko. Despite mastering Water Breathing, he does not consider himself a true Hashira because he believes his fellow apprentice Sabito, who died saving other Demon Slayers-in-training, is better suited for the role. He has created a new technique for Water Breathing that only he is aware of. He loses an arm in the final battle with Muzan, but survives after the demon is defeated.

Shinobu Kochō

Hashira is the current Insect. She is rather level-headed and always has a smile on her face, regardless of the situation. She enjoys teasing others, especially Giyu Tomioka, by complaining about how no one likes him. Behind her cheerful exterior, she harbours a deep rage against all demons for the deaths of many of her loved ones, including her older sister by the Upper Two Doma. However, after learning more about Nezuko, she becomes an exception. Unlike the other Hashira, she lacks the strength to behead them, instead killing demons with a small, thin sword with only a cutting edge on the tip and inoculating them with a wisteria-based poison she developed.

Shinobu sacrifices herself to defeat Doma, having consumed massive amounts of wisteria to poison Doma the moment he devours her, with Kanao and Inosuke finishing him off. Before her death, she also assisted Tamayo in developing a cure for Nezuko’s demon condition as well as a poisonous mixture used on Muzan to greatly weaken him.

Kyojuro Rengoku

After inheriting the title from his father Shinjuro, the current Flame Hashira appears cheerfully eccentric but is pure-hearted and honourable due to his mother instilling in him his moral code of protecting the weak. He was tasked with investigating the Mugen Train with Tanjiro and his friends, and he assists in dispatching Enmu before he is fatally injured in his fight against Akaza of the Twelve Kizuki. In honour of the Hashira, the youth had the guard of Kyojuro’s broken sword installed into his new sword after using his last moments to direct Tanjiro to his father.

Mitsuri Kanroji

The most recent Love Hashira and a former Kyujuro disciple She has an unusual personality and superhuman strength as a result of her denser muscles than the average human. Her sword is made of a malleable metal that only she can wield properly. She is extremely adaptable. She joined the Demon Slayer Corps because she desired a man who would love her but be stronger than her. She has a special admiration for the other male pillars and would always sing their praises in her head. As a result, before dying alongside Obanai Iguro, she declared her love for him while mortally wounded during the final battle against Muzan Kibutsuji. The epilogue showed her reincarnated in the Reiwa Era and married to Iguro, with whom she runs a restaurant.

Demon Slayer Anime Season 1 Episodes

Cruelty
Aired: Apr 6, 2019 (JST)

Trainer Sakonji Urokodaki
Aired: Apr 13, 2019 (JST)

Sabito and Makomo
Aired: Apr 20, 2019 (JST)

Final Selection
Aired: Apr 27, 2019 (JST)

My Own Steel
Aired: May 4, 2019 (JST)

Swordsman Accompanying a Demon
Aired: May 11, 2019 (JST)

Muzan Kibutsuji
Aired: May 18, 2019 (JST)

The Smell of Enchanting Blood
Aired: May 25, 2019 (JST)

Temari Demon and Arrow Demon
Aired: Jun 1, 2019 (JST)

Together Forever
Aired: Jun 8, 2019 (JST)

Tsuzumi Mansion
Aired: Jun 15, 2019 (JST)

The Boar Bares Its Fangs, Zenitsu Sleeps
Aired: Jun 22, 2019 (JST)

Something More Important Than Life
Aired: Jun 29, 2019 (JST)

The House with the Wisteria Family Crest
Aired: Jul 6, 2019 (JST)

Mount Natagumo
Aired: Jul 13, 2019 (JST)

Letting Someone Else Go First
Aired: Jul 20, 2019 (JST)

You Must Master a Single Thing
Aired: Jul 27, 2019 (JST)

A Forged Bond
Aired: Aug 3, 2019 (JST)

Hinokami
Aired: Aug 10, 2019 (JST)

Pretend Family
Aired: Aug 17, 2019 (JST)

Against Corps Rules
Aired: Aug 24, 2019 (JST)

Master of the Mansion
Aired: Aug 31, 2019 (JST)

Hashira Meeting
Aired: Sep 7, 2019 (JST)

Rehabilitation Training
Aired: Sep 14, 2019 (JST)

Tsuguko, Kanao Tsuyuri
Aired: Sep 21, 2019 (JST)

New Mission
Aired: Sep 28, 2019 (JST)

People Also Ask

Is Demon Slayer good anime?

Demon Slayer is one of the best anime I’ve ever seen, and it’s one I’d like to watch again and again. A lot of times in anime, characters are overcomplicated, but Tanjiro and his sister are just pure good. Some of the characters later in the show are really annoying, but you’ll stick around for what drew you in in the first place.

Is Demon Slayer a good starter anime?

Demon Slayer is still a relatively new anime, having premiered in 2019, but it has already made a massive impact, and for good reason. Despite its youth, Demon Slayer remains one of the best anime for beginners.

What Demon Slayer should I watch first?

Normally, the watch order is Demon Slayer season 1, Mugen Train, Demon Slayer season 2. However, Demon Slayer season 2 proper hasn’t begun. They’re still portraying the scenes of Mugen Train in episodes for viewers that haven’t seen the Mugen Train movie. There’s only one movie.

As previously stated, the main themes of Demon Slayer are loss, hope, and perseverance. Relatable themes like these are why Demon Slayer is so popular, because almost everyone can relate to these emotions. He becomes a demon slayer to help his sister become human again and to avenge his family’s death.

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Source – Wikipedia

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