Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba takes the stage

Elise Wennberg—Staff Writer

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has become one of the most popular anime series of the past few years. Its meteoric rise to stardom may qualify it as one of the best anime series of all time, due to its Shonen formula, art style, character design, and protagonist. 

The manga, first released in 2016, ended its second season earlier this year. 

This second season, the Entertainment District Arc, kickstarted a new adventure for Kamado Tanjiro, the series’ protagonist. However, despite how the second season blew me away in comparison to the first season and the movie, I couldn’t overlook the plot.

Though you won’t find me criticizing the plot on most anime shows, the Entertainment District Arc didn’t cut it for me, story speaking. For example, at the end of the season, Nezuko, the secondary main character, develops a sudden, unbelievable ability without explanation.

The length of season two leaves a lot to be desired as well. For season two, Demon Slayer was allotted eleven episodes, which comes in at half the size of season one, which boasted of 26 episodes. Given its shorter length, the plot of season two felt overly rushed and patched up with humor. 

While Tanjiro and Zenitsu wearing full faces of makeup offered a funny sight to see, the humor undermined sections of the narrative.

Still, what the show lacked for in plot, it made up with its animation. It’s some of the best I’ve ever seen. The battle scenes are beautifully crafted and the use of light, color, and CGI make the anime brilliant. Ufotable, the Japanese animation studio, paired the design with classic Japanese-style buildings, clothing, and culture to produce another outstanding work. Also, the animation is intensified by the soundtrack that accompanies it, including the opening and ending songs. 

Overall, the second season of Demon Slayer is worth the watch for the animation alone, as well as the battles and intensifying storyline that possesses the potential to become one of the most watched anime series of all time.

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