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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (Japanese: 鬼滅の刃, Hepburn: Kimetsu no Yaiba, lit. Demon-slaying Blade) is a Japanese manga series by Koyoharu Gotōge. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since February 15, 2016, with the individual chapters collected and published by Shueisha into seventeen tankōbon volumes as of October 2019. The series is published in English by Viz Media and simulpublished by Shueisha in English on the app and website Manga Plus.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Demon Slayer - Kimetsu no Yaiba, volume 1.jpg
The cover of the first volume
鬼滅の刃
(Kimetsu no Yaiba)
GenreAdventure,[1] dark fantasy[2]
Manga
Written byKoyoharu Gotōge
Published byShueisha
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
ImprintJump Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Jump
Original runFebruary 15, 2016 – present
Volumes17 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byHaruo Sotozaki
Produced byHikaru Kondo
Akifumi Fujio
Masanori Miyake
Yūma Takahashi
Written byUfotable
Music byYuki Kajiura
Go Shiina
StudioUfotable
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX, GTV, GYT, BS11
English network
Original run April 6, 2019 September 28, 2019
Episodes26 (List of episodes)
Anime film
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train
Directed byHaruo Sotozaki
StudioUfotable
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An anime television series adaptation by Ufotable aired from April 6 to September 28, 2019. Immediately following the airing of episode 26 of the anime series, a sequel film was announced.

PlotEdit

Tanjiro Kamado is a kindhearted and intelligent boy who lives with his family, making money by selling charcoal. Everything changes when his family is attacked and slaughtered by demons (oni). Tanjiro and his sister Nezuko are the sole survivors of the incident. Nezuko has now become a demon, but still surprisingly shows signs of human emotion and thought. Tanjiro becomes a demon slayer to help his sister turn human again and to prevent the same tragedy that happened to him and his sister from happening to others.

MediaEdit

MangaEdit

Koyoharu Gotōge launched the manga in 2016's 11th issue of Shueisha's shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump on February 15, 2016.[3] A side story for the manga was published in the first issue of Shonen Jump GIGA on July 20, 2016.[4] Shueisha began simultaneously releasing the series in English on the Manga Plus service in January 2019.

Viz Media published the first three chapters of the series in its digital magazine Weekly Shonen Jump as part of the "Jump Start" program.[5][6] During their panel at San Diego Comic-Con on July 20, 2017, Viz announced that they had licensed the manga for the North American market.[6]

Spin-offsEdit

Kimetsu no Yaiba: Tomioka Giyū Gaiden, a two-chapter manga spinoff, was published in the 18th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump in 2019. Gotouge is credited with the original work, and Hirano is drawing the manga. The manga follows the character Giyū Tomioka.[7]

Kimetsu no Aima!, a colored 4koma spinoff by Ryōji Hirano, was serialised between April 7th and October 6th on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ app and website. The manga featured chibi versions of the characters from the main series.

Demon Slayer: One-Winged Butterfly (鬼滅の刃 片羽の蝶) is a light novel by Koyoharu Gotōge and Aya Yajima that was published and released in Japanese bookstores on October 4, 2019. It details the lives of Shinobu and Kanae Kocho before and soon after they joined the Demon Slayers after Himejima Gyomei saved their lives.[8]

Demon Slayer: Flower of Happiness (鬼滅の刃 しあわせの花) is a light novel by Gotōge and Aya Yajima that was published and released in Japanese bookstores on February 4, 2019. It chronicles the lives of Tanjiro and Zenitsu before the start of the main series, as well as glimpses into the lives of Aoi and Kanao.[9] It also features a single chapter of an alternate universe where the characters of the series are attending an ordinary high school.

Demon Slayer: Official Fanbook was released in July 2019.[10]. It features background information on several characters from the series.

AnimeEdit

An anime television series adaptation by studio Ufotable was announced in Weekly Shōnen Jump on June 4, 2018.[11] The series aired from April 6 to September 28, 2019 on Tokyo MX, GTV, GYT, BS11, and other channels.[12][13] Haruo Sotozaki is directing the anime with scripts by the Ufotable staff. Yuki Kajiura and Go Shiina are the anime's composers, and Akira Matsushima is the character designer. Hikaru Kondo is the producer.[14] LiSA is performing the opening theme "Gurenge" (紅蓮華),[15] while the ending theme is "from the edge" by FictionJunction feat. LiSA.[16] The ending theme for episode 19 is "Kamado Tanjirō no Uta" (竈門炭治郎のうた) by Go Shiina featuring Nami Nakagawa. The series ran for 26 episodes.[17] Aniplex of America announced that they have licensed the series[18] and are streaming it on Crunchyroll, Hulu, and FunimationNow.[19] AnimeLab is simulcasting the series in Australia and New Zealand.[20]

Prior to airing, the first five episodes screened theatrically in Japan for two weeks from March 29, 2019, under the title Kimetsu no Yaiba: Kyōdai no Kizuna (鬼滅の刃 兄妹の絆).[21] Aniplex of America screened the film at the Aratani Theatre in Los Angeles on March 31, 2019.[22] Madman Anime Group screened the film in select theatres in Australia on April 2, 2019.[23]

In July 2019, it was announced that the English dub would premiere on Adult Swim's Toonami block.[24] It premiered on October 13, 2019 at 1:30 am.[25]

On September 28, 2019, immediately following the airing of episode 26, an anime film titled Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-hen (鬼滅の刃 無限列車編) was announced, with the staff and cast reprising their roles.[26] The film will be a direct sequel of the first season based on the "Infinite Train" story arc from the manga series.[27]

ReceptionEdit

The series ranked 14th on a list of manga recommended by Japanese bookstore employees in 2017,[28] and 19th on a list of the top manga of 2018 for male readers put together by Kono Manga ga Sugoi!.[29] As of February 2019, the series had 3.5 million copies in print worldwide.[30]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Official Website for Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba". Viz Media. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  2. ^ 「鬼滅の刃」4巻帯コメントは冨樫義博!LINEスタンプもリリース. Natalie (in Japanese). December 2, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  3. ^ Ressler, Karen (January 31, 2016). "Weekly Shonen Jump Launches 2 New Series in February". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  4. ^ Ressler, Karen (May 27, 2018). "My Hero Academia Gets 'Vigilante' Spinoff Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  5. ^ Ressler, Karen (February 18, 2016). "Viz's Shonen Jump Previews Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Ressler, Karen (July 20, 2017). "Viz Media to Release Black Torch, Kaguya-sama: Love is War, Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga in English". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  7. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn 1, 2019. "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga Gets 4-Panel Spinoff in Jump+ App". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  8. ^ "「鬼滅の刃」公式ポータルサイト". kimetsu.com. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  9. ^ "「鬼滅の刃」公式ポータルサイト". kimetsu.com. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  10. ^ "「鬼滅の刃」公式サイト │ 集英社". 「鬼滅の刃」公式サイト │ 集英社 (in Japanese). Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  11. ^ Ressler, Karen (June 3, 2018). "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga Gets TV Anime by ufotable". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  12. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (August 3, 2018). "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime Premieres in Spring". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  13. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (February 28, 2019). "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime Premieres on April 6". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  14. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (November 24, 2018). "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime Reveals Staff, More Cast". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  15. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (March 24, 2019). "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime's Video Previews LiSA's Opening Song". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  16. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (April 13, 2019). "'FictionJunction feat. LiSA' Performs Ending Theme for Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  17. ^ Luster, Joseph (April 19, 2019). "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime to Run for Two Cours". Crunchyroll News. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  18. ^ Aniplex USA [@aniplexUSA] (February 14, 2019). "Enter the realm of the demons as Demon Slayer premieres April 2019! Don't miss this melancholy tale of humans and demons from studio ufotable and based on the popular manga by Koyoharu Gotouge serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine" (Tweet). Retrieved March 20, 2019 – via Twitter.
  19. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (April 2, 2019). "Aniplex of America Licenses We Never Learn: BOKUBEN, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  20. ^ "Demon Slayer - In Cinemas April 2". Madman Entertainment. Retrieved March 21, 2019. Be among the first in Australia to feast on a smorgasbord of Demon Slayer episodes, before it heads to AnimeLab for its weekly simulcast season.
  21. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (February 15, 2019). "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime's New Videos Reveal Theatrical Debut Before TV Airing". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  22. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (March 7, 2019). "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime's Theatrical Version Gets U.S. Premiere on March 31". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  23. ^ Madman Entertainment [@Madman] (March 21, 2019). "Presented by @AnimeLab, feast your eyes on a special feature-length premiere of Demon Slayer. Devour an exclusive five-episode presentation, before it begins its weekly simulcast season. At select cinemas across Australia on April 2 for ONE NIGHT ONLY 😈Demonslayer.com.au" (Tweet). Retrieved March 21, 2019 – via Twitter.
  24. ^ Antonio Pineda, Rafael (July 4, 2019). "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime to Air With English Dub on Toonami". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  25. ^ Antonio Pineda, Rafael (September 12, 2019). "Toonami Premieres Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime on October 12". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  26. ^ "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime Gets Sequel Film". Anime News Network. September 28, 2019. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  27. ^ Frye, Patrick (September 28, 2019). "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba movie Infinite Train confirmed after ending of Demon Slayer Episode 26". Monsters and Critics. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  28. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (February 2, 2017). "Japanese Bookstores Recommend 15 Top Manga for 2017". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  29. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (December 8, 2017). "Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Reveals 2018's Series Ranking for Male Readers". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  30. ^ "Roundup of Newly Revealed Print Counts for Manga, Light Novel Series - February 2019 (Updated)". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 28, 2019.

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