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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol. #08 Manga Review

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I rarely get that fired up about a story, but this is one of those rare exceptions.

Continuing even if it’s difficult.

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Koyoharu Gotouge
Translation: John Werry
Adaptation: Stan!

What They Say
After dealing with several demonic enemies aboard the Infinity Train, Tanjiro, Zenitsu and Inosuke must face the demon spirit of the train itself! Even if they can stop the demon train, the minions of Muzan Kibutsuji are still out there and Tanjiro must continue to improve his strength and skills. Learning the secret of the Hikonami Kagura and Flame Breathing will give him a powerful new advantage!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Tanjiro is bleeding and unable to move after defeating the train demon. Rengoku helps Tanjiro use his total concentration to stem the bleeding, and while doing so, Rengoku affirms to Tanjiro that he is strong. Another demon shows up, a stronger one named Akaza, to offer to Rengoku to become a demon. Rengoku refuses and they start fighting. Tanjiro wants to help, but he isn’t able to. As the fighting continues, Rengoku ends up with a fist through the gut, but he is bound and determined to take the demon’s head off. As it slowly becomes day, the demon decides it’s better to run. Tanjiro forces himself to go after the Akaza and is able to throw his sword through the demon’s chest. In the end, Rengoku dies, and Tanjiro is stricken with grief and the deep realization of his weakness.

Though Tanjiro should have been taking time to heal, he packed up Nezuko and went to Rengoku’s family as promised. Rengoku’s father is irritable and becomes violent quickly and accuses Tanjiro of being a sun breather. Tanjiro’s earrings make Rengoku’s father angry and soon they are both fighting until Tanjiro head-butts him. Tanjiro takes time to speak to Rengoku’s younger brother, who helps look for books about sun breathing. On his way back to the Butterfly Mansion, he encounters Haganezuka, because his sword disappeared and was broken by Akaza.

In Summary:
Wow, such a good volume. It was packed with action and emotion with a hint of what Tanjiro’s true abilities may be. It felt like only minutes went by, and when I was done, I was ready for even more. I rarely get that fired up about a story, but this is one of those rare exceptions. I can truly see why this series is so incredibly popular both internationally and in Japan. If you haven’t jumped on this bandwagon, you definitely should.

Content Grade: A
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: C+
Text/Translation Grade: A

Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Shonen Jump (Viz Media)
Release Date: September 3, 2019
MSRP: $9.99

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