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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol. #14 Manga Review

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What I did really like about this volume is the small glimpse into Kanrouji’s past.

You’re never alone.

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

What They Say
Tanjiro’s sword is still not ready. The swordsmith Haganezuka tries to concentrate on finishing while Tanjiro and his friends engage the two upper-rank demons, Hantengu and Gyokko, in a ferocious battle. Hantengu continues to create different forms to attack the Demon Slayers. Meanwhile, the Mist Hashira Tokito regains his memories of the past and confronts Gyokko, but what will these memories reveal?

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Tanjiro, Nezuko, and Genya continue to fight the demon that splits itself each time its head is cut off. Just when Tanjiro thinks he figured out the key to winning against this demon, it reverts back into one being. Its heavy voice is difficult to manage. The trio is at a disadvantage once again, but Kanrouji shows up in the nick of time. While she confronts the demon, for a moment she is stunned, and she thinks briefly about her past and how her not so feminine look and body gave her an edge as a hashira. She continues to fight the demon while the trio goes to look for the main body.

Meanwhile, Tokito feels like he’s on the verge of death. He is contemplating his choices, when it seems Tanjiro enters his mind with words of wisdom, Tanjiro has never spoken. Tokito remembers his dad had red eyes like Tanjiro. He also recollects he had a twin and how his family died and his path to becoming a hashira. He regains his confidence and his strength long enough to take Gyokko’s head.

In Summary:
When I read my summary, it seems like perhaps it might seem that not much occurred in this volume. As usual, though, this story was packed with action intermittently mixed with the Tokito and Kanrouji’s backstories. While part of this fight resolved in this volume, I am ready for Tanjiro’s battle to come to a conclusion since it’s been going for nearly three volumes. What I did really like about this volume is the small glimpse into Kanrouji’s past. There are definitely some strong female characters in this series, but relatively few as a whole. Obviously, as this was set in the Taisho era, it would make sense that women would not be thought of as people with fighting abilities, but the fact that the creator made a point, even if it was short, regarding the pressure women face to fit men’s ideals. I applaud him for taking the time to address this, even if he Kanrouji gives the reader very obvious fanservice.

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

Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Viz
Release Date: July 7, 2020
MSRP: $9.99

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