Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Review time! In the early 1900s in Japan, where large areas of the country are still rural, but the cities are increasingly modern, a young man named Tanjiro Kamado lives with his mother and 5 siblings in the mountains, trying to make ends meet by selling charcoal after the death of his father. After travelling to town on a selling trip, he is stopped by an elderly man, who warns him that demons prowl the mountains after dark and invites him to stay the night. In the morning, however, as Tanjiro approaches the house, his heightened sense of smell detects blood. To his horror, he finds all of his family slaughtered, save for his next younger sister Nezuko, who is badly wounded. Though soon he finds out that she is in a far worse state: she has been turned into a demon herself! After having a brief scuffle with a demon slayer, in which Nezuko actually defends her brother, Tanjiro is directed to the home of demon slayer trainer. The Trainer agrees to teach him what he must do to become a Demon slayer, and Tanjio sets out to find a way to cure his sister and restore her humanity. Soon joined by the cowardly Zenitsu and the belligerent Inosuke, Tanjiro quickly realizes that the demons are far more dangerous than he ever imagined and that their leader, Muzan Kibutsuji, is a terrifying force of nature, whose sadistic designs are the source of so much pain and suffering. It will take all of Tanjiro’s Water Breathing, Total Concentration and even a little bit of family secrets, along with Nezuko’s own abilities, if he has any hope of ending the cycles of demons, once and for all! With tons of impressive action, a kind and compassionate protagonist, who is able to evoke heartfelt reactions out of even the most hardened of adversaries, and a surprising amount of humor, Demon Slayer: Kimestu no Yaiba is a great anime to add to anyone’s watch list. Zenitsu is often grating to the point of annoyance, and I wanted to see even more of Nezuko and the interactions with her and Tanjiro, but on the whole I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants a good action anime to watch. I will be checking out the movie soon, so stay tuned for that!

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