Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba (Japanese: 鬼滅の刃 Hepburn: Kimetsu no Yaiba) 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 .
The setting is Taisho era Japan. Tanjiro is a kindhearted young boy who lived peacefully with his family as a coal seller. Their normal life changes completely when his family is slaughtered by demons. The only other survivor, Tanjiro’s younger sister Nezuko, has become a ferocious demon. In order to return Nezuko to normal and get revenge on the demon that killed their family, the two of them depart on a journey. From a young talent, an adventure tale of blood and swords begins!

What is Demon Slayer about?

In this fictional world set in early 20th century Taishō-era Japan, man-eating demons roam the land each night. 13-year-old Tanjiro Kamado’s world is turned upside down when he returns home one morning to find his entire family murdered save for his sister Nezuko—who has turned into a demon.

Determined to avenge their deaths and find a cure that would transform Nezuko back into a human, Tanjiro sets out on a journey to train for the Demon Slayer Corps. The story follows him as he joins this underground organization of skilled fighters who dedicate their lives to protecting humans from the vicious creatures.

Why You Should Read the Demon Slayer Manga

So, to recap, the arguments against reading the Demon Slayer manga are the following:

The anime is a faithful adaptation

The anime is far prettier

The manga is an expensive investment

I still maintain that these are legitimate arguments for avoiding the Demon Slayer manga and sticking to the anime. However, there is an irresistible charm to the writing and art skills of Koyoharu Gotouge that is almost intoxicating in its strength.

I shouldn’t have been fooled by my own first impression when it came to the art of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Having been, in the past, an avid comic book collector, I should have keenly remembered all the times I flicked through a comic drawn by a more experimental artist, turned up my nose, taken the plunge anyway, and been proven completely wrong.

It takes reading something from the beginning, and letting the narrative drawn you into its world to the point that you forget where you are or what time it is, for most readers to really appreciate the appeal and the power of an artist’s work. Simply put, Gotouge’s art is far from ugly.

There is a gorgeous rawness to the art of Demon Slayer. It meshes so thoughtfully with the tone of the series — one which flits delicately between heartwarming family love, campy comedy, intense thrills, and chilling horror. While the art of the Demon Slayer anime is unmatched, the manga stands separately enough from it to be worth the price tag alone.