Review: ‘Demon Slayer’ captures hearts of viewers

Fan-favorite anime's debut season comes to an end

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Review: ‘Demon Slayer’ captures hearts of viewers

"Demon Slayer" concluded its first season on Saturday, Sept. 28. Courtesy of Studio Ufotable.

"Demon Slayer" concluded its first season on Saturday, Sept. 28. Courtesy of Studio Ufotable.

"Demon Slayer" concluded its first season on Saturday, Sept. 28. Courtesy of Studio Ufotable.

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Action-packed anime “Demon Slayer” won over fans’ hearts during its 26-episode first season. “Demon Slayer”, also known as Kimetsu no Yaiba, was created by Koyoharu Gotōge. “Demon Slayer” finished its first season on Saturday, Sept. 28 and fans are now eagerly awaiting the next.

“Demon Slayer” follows the story of 15-year-old Kamado Tanjiro as he tries to turn his younger sister, Nezuko, back into a human by defeating Kibutsuji Muzan the demon who turned her into a demon. After returning home from a day of work, Tanjiro finds his family has been killed and the only survivor is Nezuko. He then becomes a member of the Demon Slayer Corps, a group who slays demons. Tanjiro becomes determined to slay strong demons closely related to Muzan in order to find a cure for his sister and turn her back into a human.

Along his journey, Tanjiro forms deep bonds and long-lasting friendships. “Demon Slayer” has a simple and interesting plot recreating scenes from the manga perfectly and even adding to some to improve them, such as making the fights longer and more entertaining for viewers. An excellent example is episode 19, which was trending on Twitter the day it came out due to fans raving about the crisp animation in the episode.

The way the plot progresses in “Demon Slayer” is superb with nothing feeling rushed. Viewers never feel overwhelmed with too much information at once or underwhelmed by any episode of the show. Studio Ufotable, the studio behind “Demon Slayer,” animates each episode from the show beautifully; no scene has a lapse in animation and every fight scene moves fluidly. 

The anime also has a phenomenal soundtrack, including the opening theme, Gurenge by LiSA. Tracks use Japanese instruments like the Shamisen and Taiko drums to give it a classic Japanese feel. Composer Go Shiina mixes orchestral and japanese music, giving the soundtrack a unique sound. Each song used fits with what happens in the anime perfectly and never feels out of place.

With each scene being perfectly animated and characters being well thought out, it’s easy to ignore its flaws. “Demon Slayer” seems to have a slight filler problem, which makes certain scenes run longer than they should or span across multiple episodes. This could cause fans to become annoyed and want to stop watching the show. Having little downtime after major fights can also be an issue for some viewers. It can make some fights in the show seem pointless. The fight from episode 13 feels the most meaningless viewers don’t have any emotional investment in this fight.

With “Demon Slayer” having an upcoming movie of its extremely popular Infinity Train Arc, a continuation of the storyline from the manga, fans are excited to watch more of the story. The positives outweighing the negatives and “Demon Slayer” definitely earns 10 out of 10 stars due to its amazing animation, brilliant storytelling and endearing characters. Studio Ufotable really outdid themselves with this anime. The anime shows no signs of stopping anytime soon and fans are excited for what the future holds for “Demon Slayer.”

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