Story/Art: Koyoharu Gotouge
Translation: John Werry
What They Say
The battle against the powerful sibling demons Gyutaro and Daki is not going well. Although finally able to fight alongside Tanjiro against the monsters, Zenitsu, Inosuke and even the Hashira Tengen Uzui get knocked out of the fight, and Tanjiro stands alone. Battling even one of Lord Muzan’s Twelve Kizuki is hard enough for one of the top Demon Slayers—what chance does Tanjiro have?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The entirety of this volume focus on the battle with Gyutaro and Daki. Tanjiro continues to evolve as he realizes he can combine flame and water forms, while Inosuke and Zenitsu continue to push their own forms to their limits. Almost all of them, including Uzui, is poisoned at some point during this volume, and in the end, Nezuko is able to use her Blood Demon Art and heal them all. But, as they all work together to take down the tricky and strong siblings, they are put the test physically and mentally. When the Gyutaro and Daki’s head fall, they argue painfully with each other, and Tanjiro quietly encourages them that they should never give up on each other. Two chapters are dedicated to the siblings’ back story after their “death”. The volume leaves the reader wondering who will take the vacant Hashira spot, and after defeating an upper-rank demon, will the tide finally turn for the Demon Slayers?
Another intense arc has come to a close with more exciting developments about Tanjiro, Nezuko, and friends. Every chapter I read was intense, and since the action was non-stop, it felt like I read the story in mere minutes. When I was done reading, it was somewhat of a surprise to find myself at the end of the book so quickly.
There are so many elements to this story that appeal across a wide demographic. There is the usual protagonist that we want to all cheer for that is found in any shonen story. There are both familial and friendship bonds that create a fuller story and give the reader something else to look forward to. This series takes what could be a run-of-the-mill shonen manga storyline, into something that is so action-packed and full of awe and the impossible, that the reader is sucked into so completely, that time seemingly slips away. There are plenty of really good shonen stories out there. This was unique and different in all the right ways.
Content Grade: A
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: C+
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Shonen Jump (Viz Media)
Release Date: March 3, 2020