It’s the Taisho period in Japan. Tanjiro, a kindhearted boy who sells charcoal for a living, finds his family slaughtered by a demon. To make matters worse, his younger sister,Nezuko, the sole survivor, has been transformed into a demon. Though devastated by this grim reality, Tanjiro resolves to become a demon slayer to turn his sister back and kill the demon that massacred his family.
Featured as one of the best anime of 2019, Demon Slayer finally makes its blu-ray debut as part of the newly minted relationship between Aniplex and Funimation, both of whom are owned by different divisions of the same parent company, Sony. Demon Slayer is animated by Ufotable. If you have seen any of our previous reviews on titles animated by the same studio, like the Fate Series, you know just how impressive their quality is. That is the most redeeming quality of Demon Slayer. This is especially true when it comes to the sword fighting scenes.
When it comes to characters, I don’t find any one of them very interesting in particular. Tanjiro is our main character and the one who we watch grow in skill. Yet, he is also not all that special either. When the other two come into the picture Inosuke and Zenitsu we get a competition for the most annoying character in anime (Even competing with Asta in Black Clover). For me, the Demons were among the most interesting characters in the story and the ones I paid the most attention to.
The story centered around Muzan and the demons look to be very slow burning and thus leaving me a bit disinterested in it overall. I am a sucker for world-building but there is so much still unclear. And normally that’s a good thing. A great story will reveal just enough to keep you wanting more. In this case its just too slow. Perhaps the movie will change my mind. Or we will hear about a second season soon.
Demon Slayer is good but is not on my list of best anime ever, which I know is a controversial opinion to many. Overall the series is animated beautifully enough to warranty watching.
You can pickup the season 1 part 2 blu-ray pack from Funimation or RightStuf Anime today.