Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (鬼滅の刃, Kimetsu no Yaiba, lit. “Blade of Demon Destruction”) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotouge. It follows Tanjiro Kamado, a young boy who wants to become a demon slayer after his family is slaughtered and his younger sister Nezuko is turned into a demon. It was serialized in Shueisha’s shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from February 2016 to May 2020, with its chapters collected in 23 tankōbon volumes. It has been published in English by Viz Media and simulpublished by Shueisha on their Manga Plus platform.
A 26-episode anime television series adaptation produced by Ufotable aired in Japan from April to September 2019. A sequel film, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train, premiered in October 2020 and became the highest-grossing anime film and Japanese film of all time. Meanwhile, the second season will premiere in 2021.
As of February 2021, the manga had over 150 million copies in circulation, including digital versions, making it one of the best-selling manga series of all time. Meanwhile, the anime series has received critical acclaim, with critics praising the animation and fight sequences. It has received numerous awards and is considered one of the best anime of the 2010s. As of December 2020, the Demon Slayer franchise is estimated to have generated total sales of at least ¥270 billion ($2.6 billion) in Japan.
After Gotouge’s manga Haeniwa no Zigzag, published in Weekly Shōnen Jump in 2015, failed to become a serialized work, Tatsuhiko Katayama, Gotouge’s first editor, suggested to start a series with an “easy-to-understand theme”. Gotouge’s debut work Kagarigari would become the basis for an initial draft, titled Kisatsu no Nagare (鬼殺の流れ), since it had concepts like swords and demons which would be familiar to the Japanese audience. Due to its serious tone, lack of comic relief and dark story, this draft was not accepted for serialization. Katayama asked Gotouge to try writing a brighter more normal character in the same setting. The original title was Kisatsu no Yaiba (鬼殺の刃), but they felt the character “satsu” (殺, lit. “kill”) in the title was too overt. The word “kimetsu” (鬼滅) seemed easy to understand, and although it is a made up word, Gotouge thought it would be interesting to abbreviate the series’ title that way, while the word “yaiba” (刃, lit. “blade”) implies a Japanese sword.
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I will make you never Forget the Secret Techniques Urokodaki has taught you.
All you did was memorize a fact. Your body has no clue what it needs to do.
Go further! If you’re a man. If you call yourself a man! There’s no other way to go but forward!
The weak have no rights or choices. Their only fate is to be relentlessly crushed by the strong!
I swear your big brother will save you no matter what!
Killing humans is… unforgivable.
The bond between Nezuko and me, can’t be severed by anyone!
Anyone who hurts my sister… Hashira or not, I won’t let you get away with it.
No matter how many people, you may lose, you have no choice but to go on living.
No matter how devastating, the blows maybe.
Those who regretted their own actions.
I would never trample over them. Because demons were once human, too.
Just like me, they were human, too.
Don’t wimp out! Save him! Save him! Save him! Im not powerless anymore! Move!!
I can do it I know I can do it.
I’m the guy who gets it done broken bones or not… No matter what…
I can do it! I can fight!
Head on battles are simple. Whoever’s stronger and faster wins.
Use your head not just your spirit. Think think think.
Breathe all the way into my fingertips! Meditation boosts concentration.
Work at it. All I can do is work hard! That’s the story of my life!
No! Because once I’ve mastered it myself, I can teach them, too!
Clearly Gramps did smack me around a bit too much. But he never abandoned me.
If you master one, that’s cause for celebration.
I won the battle but lost the war!
You opened a path… to reach further heights… and you abandoned it… Very weak.
I… have nothing… to say… Ubuyashiki… cleverly… hid… himself.
Nezuko is a human ever since the time she was born.
It would be great if I could meet a man like a Hisha.
I am a perfect creature that is infinitely close to perfection.
Do you have something you want from me? You’re in quite a panic.
It’s only natural for demons to defeat Humans.
I want you to remove the head of that demon hunter with the hanafuda earrings.
Swords break easily.
If you can only do one thing, hone it to perfection. Hone it to the utmost limit.