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Anime Review: 'Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba' (2019)

Natalie is a writer who works at her local library. She enjoys writing reviews, watching anime and TV shows, and playing video games.

"Demon Slayer: Kametsu No Yaiba" official standard blu-ray cover.

"Demon Slayer: Kametsu No Yaiba" official standard blu-ray cover.

Quick Info

Director: Haruo Sotozaki
Distributor AniplexUSA and Funimation Entertainment
Runtime: 650 minutes
Availability: On DVD and blu-ray, streaming on FunimationNow, Hulu, Crunchyroll, and Netflix

Story Summary

Tanjirō Kamado is a young man who lives outside his village in the mountains with his family. One day he goes to the village and is told to return home because there are demons prowling the area. He doesn’t initially believe in demons, but he returns home to find his family dead and his sister Nezuko Kamado has been turned into a demon. Tanjirō sets out to become a Demon Slayer and turn Nezuko back into a human.

The Story Is Entertaining, and I Like the Characters

I enjoyed the characters in the anime. I liked them a lot because the writing was good. This story is fun and entertaining and the characters are good, but the story does have many familiar Shonen tropes and with those tropes come familiar characters as well.

There are a lot of tropes used in Shonen that are used in Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba that are very common tropes. I don’t mind a lot of Shonen tropes but if you watch a lot of anime you’ll recognize the tropes used in the anime.

I enjoy the characters in the anime despite the anime having very generic characters and tropes.

Ufotable's gorgeous work on "Demon Slayer: Kametsu No Yaiba" stands out a lot, then they topped it with "Fate/Stay Night: Heavens Feel: Lost Butterfly".

Ufotable's gorgeous work on "Demon Slayer: Kametsu No Yaiba" stands out a lot, then they topped it with "Fate/Stay Night: Heavens Feel: Lost Butterfly".

"Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" Official English Dub Trailer

The Animation Is Spectacular!

Ufotable animated Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba and it consistently looks great. The fight scene set pieces are what make the anime memorable but for all the other scenes they look good and have nice character designs and backgrounds.

Everyone makes a big deal about episode 19 because it’s a big set piece episode where Ufotable used their skills to make an amazing fight scene for a very climactic moment in the story and it’s the moment that amazed many fans. Fans often say you should just watch the anime for that episode, but the animation is consistently good throughout the anime.

The animation is visually pleasing and the character designs are nice. The animation for the set-piece fights is amazing but if you want something that is visually pleasing then you’ll enjoy watching Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba without the hype for episode 19.

Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba is a great-looking anime that is visually stunning for set pieces that the animation ramps up for the fight scenes.

If you’re looking for a visually stunning anime you’ve found one that is a feast for the eyes.

Audio and Subtitles

Audio:Subtitles:

English (FunimationNow, Netflix and Crunchyroll)

English (Crunchyroll, FunimationNow, and Hulu)

Japanese (FunimationNow, Crunchyroll, Netflix, and Hulu)

The English Dub Is Great!

I enjoyed Zach Aguilar as Tanjirō Kamado. I haven’t heard a lot of his voice acting but he portrays the innocence of the character very well. I like how he portrayed Tanjirō as a character and he did a great job in the role.

Abby Trott also did a great job as Nezuko Kamado. Now you’d think her dubbing wouldn’t be that hard because her primary voice is making lots of grunting noises, but she has to convey a lot of emotions just

Aleks Le is over-the-top as Zenitsu Agatsuma, but he does a good job, but I understand why people would find the character annoying because he constantly screams in a high-pitched voice. I don’t mind the character but yeah, he can be really annoying.

Bryce Papenbrook did a great job as Inosuke Hashibira. This is one of his most unconventional voice roles since he’s using a lower register of his own voice but I still recognized him.

Greg Chun is entertaining as Muzan Kibutsuji. He voiced the anime’s antagonist and he makes the villain sinister and threatening, he gives an excellent vocal performance that I enjoyed.

Overall, the English dub is excellent, not the best dub I’ve heard but it is a very good English dub that I enjoyed and has a lot of well-known English dub voice actors.

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The Soundtrack Is Great!

The soundtrack by Yuki Kajura and Gō Shiina is very nice music that conveys the emotions of the characters and the atmosphere of the anime. I love the music in the anime and there are some outstanding tracks used in very memorable scenes in the anime.

The opening song is "Gurenge" (紅蓮華; Red Lotus) by LiSA, it’s a fantastic song with the visually stunning opening animation. I really enjoyed the song and the animation.

"Kamado Tanjirō no Uta" (竈門炭治郎のうた; Tanjiro Kamado's Song) by Go Shiina featuring Nami Nakagawa and it’s a very nice song for the ending. I liked it too, but Netflix always skipped it.

The insert song "Kamado Tanjirō no Uta" (竈門炭治郎のうた; Tanjiro Kamado's Song) by Go Shiina featuring Nami Nakagawa is a great insert song for a climactic episode of the anime and it’s a very lovely song.

Overall, the soundtrack is great and I loved the music for Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba and you’ll enjoy the soundtrack too.

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Tanjirō Kamado trying to find help for his sister Nezuko.

Tanjirō Kamado trying to find help for his sister Nezuko.

The Anime Contains Many Generic Shonen Tropes

Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba is a Shonen anime with many generic tropes and character traits that are common to the genre. The heroic protagonist always must do what is right even when it goes against the established rules of the world. He’s also an idealist and a good person.

There’s also the obnoxious character that’s there for the comedy and he’s kind of annoying.

There’s also the hothead that doesn’t know how to fight well but is out to go after the demons.

All the generic Shonen tropes are there and if you dislike Shonen tropes then you won’t like Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba and you’ll be annoyed by all the generic tropes that are very common in this anime demographic.

Typical tropes associated with this genre of anime are here but they are executed in a way that most fans enjoy, but if you’ve seen a lot of Shonen anime you’ll probably be annoyed.

“Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba” Is Generic in Its Genre but It’s Entertaining

Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba is a generic anime with common tropes in the demographic but I found it to be entertaining and fun despite that. There are too many familiar tropes that while I like them I know that not everyone will.

The characters are somewhat generic by anime standards, but it’s an enjoyable anime that will appeal to both newcomers and longtime fans, it will most likely be a gateway anime for many newcomers and I am happy that I watched the anime.

Quick Summary

What Works:What Doesn't Work:

Good story, plot, and world-building

The anime uses many Shonen anime tropes that are cliche if you recognize them.

Excellent English dub

Characters are generic Shonen characters that have very recognizable traits if you've watched anime.

Great soundtrack

My Rating: B

Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba is a generic Shonen anime with excellent production values, generic characters and a decent plot. The anime is held up by the excellent production and animation by Ufotable. It also has an excellent soundtrack by Yuki Kajura and Gō Shiina that makes the anime memorable and emotional.

The English dub is good and the cast is full of voice-acting veterans. It’s a nice dub that I liked a lot.

Now, is it worth buying? Maybe, I don’t feel I need to own it because it’s on Netflix and I can just watch it whenever I want. The blu-rays for the standard version are pretty inexpensive but the collector's edition is $129.98 per set.

I highly recommend the anime but choosing the version you want to buy depends on how much you enjoy the anime. If you just want to own the series just buy the standard blu-rays, if you feel you have to buy the collector’s edition just know it’s going to cost you a lot.

I recommend checking it out on streaming services to see if you’ll enjoy Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba for yourself. It is worth your time and money if you want to spend your time watching it. I enjoyed Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba and I’ll be watching season 2.

Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba season 2 is available on Crunchyroll and FunimationNow. The movie Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba: Mugen Train is available for streaming on FunimationNow and purchase digitally on digital stores.

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