Book Review: Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol 1 by Koyoharu Gotouge

Title: Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol 1

Author: Koyoharu Gotouge

Series: Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba #1

Page Count: 192

Publish Date: July 3, 2018

Publisher: Viz Media

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Synopsis:

Tanjiro sets out on the path of the Demon Slayer to save his sister and avenge his family!

In Taisho-era Japan, kindhearted Tanjiro Kamado makes a living selling charcoal. But his peaceful life is shattered when a demon slaughters his entire family. His little sister Nezuko is the only survivor, but she has been transformed into a demon herself! Tanjiro sets out on a dangerous journey to find a way to return his sister to normal and destroy the demon who ruined his life.

Learning to destroy demons won’t be easy, and Tanjiro barely knows where to start. The surprise appearance of another boy named Giyu, who seems to know what’s going on, might provide some answers—but only if Tanjiro can stop Giyu from killing his sister first!

Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol 1

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My Review:

Having watched the first season of the anime, I knew what I was getting into this volume, but that didn’t diminish my excitement to read it not my enjoyment of the story.

Very quickly, we are pulled into a world that is plagued by demons, and Tanjiro experiences firsthand what can happen when they are around. He loses his entire family, except for his sister, Nezuko, when demons attack his home.

Determined to find her help, he starts off but quickly realizes much more plagues Nezuko than simple injuries. This leads to an encounter with a demon slayer and is the tipping point of Tanjiro’s life and what his and Nezuko’s future has in store.

While not a skilled fighter, Tanjiro does his best to fight off the demon slayer to protect his sister and in doing so leaves a particular impression on that demon slayer.

Tanjiro certainly has a lot to learn about demons. It makes sense why he acts the way he does, especially with his sister Nezuko, but his compassion could very well be his downfall.

He is far too trustworthy for his own good, but that’s just who he is and I believe that even as the series progresses he will continue to have a strong heart and try to see the good in everyone.

We do not get to see too many demons in this volume, however, what we do learn about them lays down a good foundation. Those who do make an appearance truly test Tanjiro and his resolve. In the end, those encounters make him stronger.

While a good chunk of the book is about his training, I feel like it sets everything up for what is to come. I appreciate that so much time is spent focused on this and that this is no easy task for him to overcome.

His mentor and trainer Sakonji has little time in the story, yet his impact on Tanjiro and the story as a whole is significant. He puts Tanjiro through a lot but must ensure he is truly ready for the trials ahead.

He struggles and at times looks like he will fail, but his persistence pays off and a lot of that has to do with his love for his sister and his determination to help her.

The artwork truly brings the world and characters to life and the action scenes are well done

Overall, this was a great start to the series. There’s a decent amount of action, some good character-building, and we learn quite a bit about the world and the demons that roam it. I have the rest of the series on my TBR and I look forward to seeing how things progress.

I hope you enjoyed my review of Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol 1. Have you read this book?

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