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The 26-episode anime adaptation of Demon Slayer: Kimestu No Yaiba released in 2019 to rave reviews, with some regarding it as one of the best shows of the decade. It follows the story of Tanjiro, whose family is slaughtered, and his sister Nezuko is turned into a demon. Soon, he becomes embroiled in the workings of the secretive Demon Slayer Corps, improves his fighting techniques, slays demons, even as he searches for a cure for his sister’s condition.

With a sequel live-action film releasing last year, and the second season set to premiere sometime in 2021, here are some reasons to check out Demon Slayer: Kimestu No Yaiba.

1. The Main Characters Are Super Fun

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While Tanjiro is your typical shonen protagonist, there are deeper levels to his character. Similarly, Zenitsu who appears rather frivolous and cowardly is actually quite brave with a heart of gold. And reckless Inosuke, who was raised by boars, initially shuns human company but gradually warms up to affection and kindness. The relationships between these characters, along with their unique combat styles, are truly a delight to watch.

2. Each Demon Has A Complex Backstory

The show has invested a lot of time and energy in fleshing out realistic villains and giving them different drives and motivations. Even at their worst, the anime invites you to look upon the demons with compassion and pity, reminding you that they were once humans, too.

3. The Fight Sequences Are Magnificent

While the demons are all imbued with supernatural abilities, the Demon Slayers are mortal, fighting with special blades and using certain “breathing techniques” that grant them enhanced skills. Some of the fights span episodes and are extremely well-choreographed and entertaining.

4. The Show Has A Historical Feel to It

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The plot of Demon Slayer: Kimestu No Yaiba is set in Taishō-era Japan (roughly the early 20th century) with a supernatural twist. Tanjiro, Nezuko, and the squad travel from place to place, following the trail of Muzan and his legion of demons. With a dynamic art style and a lot of world-building, the anime offers a very immersive experience, appealing to lovers of period pieces and Japanese lore.

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