Anime Review: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba

Details: More information can be found at https://myanimelist.net/anime/38000/Kimetsu_no_Yaiba and https://www.crunchyroll.com/demon-slayer-kimetsu-no-yaiba and https://demonslayer-anime.com/

Score: 7/10

Kimetsu No Yaiba is a fairly standard shounen story, but it hooked me with it’s impressive animation style and use of computer generated images. To my memory, this is the only anime that uses computer generated images this competently.

Kimetsu no Yaiba takes place in the early 1900’s Japan. Demons have long lived in Japan and preyed on humans. A group of demon hunters have since existed and hunted them. Tanjirou is a boy living in the country with his mother and siblings. A demon massacres his family save his younger sister, who is turned into a demon. Tanjirou must now become a demon hunter and find a way to turn his sister back into a human while fulfilling his duty as a demon hunter.

They story is standard shounen fluff. There’s lots of action and training. It’s not an amazing story.

What are amazing are the visuals. Stylistically, the drawn lines are dark and heavy handed. The hand drawn style is stylish. What truly impresses is the use of computer generated images.

Generally, computer generated images look like crap in anime. This is true of every single example of its use that I have ever seen, except in this show. They somehow figured out how to use CGI for beautiful effect. I’m entirely sure how they did it either. My guess is that they used computer generated effect to create objects and hand drew in the details of those objects, creating an effect that could pass for animation or computer generated images. Whatever, the method, this show is visually impressive and it is for that primary reason that I enjoy watching this show.

The music is pretty good. I love when they combine traditional Japanese instruments and vocal styles with modern methods. There’s a lot of that here.

Overall, this is an average story with above average art. It’s not particularly deep, but I can recommend it if you want some shounen action to watch.

Score: 7/10

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