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- ASIN : B07CTBBGZF
- Publisher : VIZ Media: SHONEN JUMP (July 3, 2018)
- Publication date : July 3, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 130701 KB
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- Print length : 192 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #181 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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(Very minor spoilers ahead, but not much that isn't already on the back cover or in the item description.)
The story takes place in Taisho-era Japan (1912 - 1926) and our young protagonist, Tanjiro Kamado, is heading off down the cold and dangerous path from his mountain home into the town below to sell some coal so that he can help feed and clothe his family. He's greeted well by the townsfolk who seem to love him, and it's quickly revealed that Tanjiro seems to have an almost supernatural ability the rest of us do not (because of course he would), and the townspeople ask him to use it to aid in their squabbles, as well as requesting his assistance with other little things around the village. Before he knows it, it's getting very late, and the path home is even much more treacherous at night, as a kindly gentleman reveals to the reader that demons roam in the shadows of the woods. He insists Tanjiro stay the night with him, and return home in the morning, to which our little hero reluctantly agrees. The next morning he sets off back home, but to his horror, arrives there to find his family slaughtered. All perished with the exception of his little sister, who seems to have become a demon herself. Cue gag-worthy, cookie-cutter "mysterious" demon slaying stranger who's cold-hearted yet righteous (and much too young-looking to be so cynical), who decides he sees something special in our young Tanjiro and his fang-y little sister, and sends them to meet an even more mystifying sensei who will train Tanjiro to become the thing demons have nightmares about. Cue the Rocky theme song and really corny (and again oh-so generic) training montage that only takes up half a chapter, but is meant to span about two years time, in which Tanjiro doesn't seem to have aged at all other than some hair growth. There is also a suuuper, I'm talking extra large nacho cheese-y reveal at this point that actually made me snort and roll my eyes. Oh, and during all this training, Tanjiro’s sister has been (temporarily I’m sure) basically written out of the story for mere convenience sake, it would appear, due to some silly, lackluster excuse that happens off-page and barely explained to us in passing.
The whole thing feels entirely too rushed. It's as if the mangaka, Koyoharu Gotōge, is incredibly overeager to get to the juicy action, but doesn't want to bother with the "boring" parts of building up to that, like, you know, the actual story, which in turn makes you feel very little for the characters or what happens to them.
The art is another small issue that I personally had with it, as to be frank, it just doesn't measure up to a lot of other popular manga out there at the moment. Don't expect the polished look you get from a lot of your other favorites, with some really rough and jagged character line-work. Curiously, the backgrounds look better than the characters, albeit a bit lazy, and Koyoharu does put a lot of good (and I'm sure time-consuming) work and love into giving most characters their own fairly detailed clothing patterns.
At the end of the day, I didn't hate or even overly dislike this manga. The younger crowd who haven't been spoiled by better renditions of this familiar story are sure to love it. It was nothing new, or even very good, but it did allow me to sort of check out of reality and keep me turning the page somehow. I did find myself rushing through it, where I'll normally to take my time reading manga to appreciate the art, but it was an okay way to pass some time. That being said, it in no way has me in a hurry to read the next one. I will, as I'd like to be fair and give it one more chance and tie up the loose end the cliffhanger left me with, but if it doesn't improve in the second volume I may just switch to watching the anime, which looks to be more polished and improved upon, or abandon it entirely.
Also, Tanjiro, the main character, is an adorable, precious cinnamon roll, so there's that. :D
Out of every series I've ever read Demon Slayer is my favorite. It just nails every possible checkmark for an action/shounen series. Absolutely spectacular.
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Characters are awsome, and fox masks!
Avid anime watcher however thought I’d get a manga to try while I smoke, turned out best decision since brexit! Now to tackle coronavirus like a demon it should be slain.. or the coronavirus ‘cure’ victims that turn into flesh eating demons?
5* Stars! Keep a katana close and enjoy the read!
**note, nothing in this manga has anything to do with the current world crisis Covid-19 outbreak