Demon Slayer’s Success

Camryn Watkins, Entertainment Editor

Since the debut of the series in 2016, Demon Slayer has done nothing but continue to break records and captive fans worldwide. Though the premise could be seen as simple or generic, its author, Koyoharu Gotouge, transformed it into something amazing.

“I started it shortly after season one and fell in love with it,” said senior Jade Hollman,” The art, the story and even the characters was what got me hooked. It was a nice breath of fresh hair compared to everything else.”

The main plot of the story follows Kamado Tanjiro and his goal to become a demon slayer, both to avenge his family and turn his sister-turned-demon human again. Though his goal could seem like a simple one, Tanjiro still goes through all the typical trials of any shonen hero, Demon Slayer still has a variety of subplots, arcs and characters to fall in love with. Even with the manga’s official end in May 2020, both spin offs and the anime keeps the series just as alive, if not more, than when it first debuted.

“I actually didn’t start it until right before the movie came out, and I wish I picked it up sooner,” added Senior Nick Jackson, “I read the entire manga right after and was so happy I did.”

I started it shortly after season one and fell in love with it. The art, the story and even the characters was what got me hooked. It was a nice breath of fresh hair compared to everything else.”

— Jade Hollman

Demon Slayer is not on pause either, it’s still going as of right now. After the release of the movie in October 2020, the anime has started up again with the Mugen Train arc. This is seen as a backstory to the movie, which was rightly titled Mugen Train, as the ‘official’ start of season two will be in December. And though nothing has been explicitly said, fans can expect the manga to be adapted all the way to the end, as there is no doubt that Ufotable will continue delivering it in the same way everyone has come to know and love.

“I honestly binged it once I got through the first episode, and I really don’t regret it,” claimed senior Miah Wright. “I have to wait every week for a new episode, which sucks, but it’s always worth it in the end.”

Official art from Koyoharu Gotouge (Photo credit to Koyoharu Gotouge)

The plot, characters and the overall look of Demon Slayer is part of the reason people have gotten so hooked on the series. The visuals, in both manga and anime, are stunning and warrant praise by any artist. Scenes are captured in a way to fit the mood; be it a beautiful wisteria forest or the bustle of a busy town, everything is drawn accordingly. Even Tanjiro and his companions are artistically great, even if they fit some typical shonen stereotypes, fans continue to love them and the others. Even what could be considered villains or background characters get the respect they deserve, with thought out morals and goals, powers that mean something to them and backstories able to make anyone cry. It really is not surprising as to why the series has become such a huge success, and it’s clear no one will be upset if it stays on top.