The Simplicity of Reading Demon Slayer

Kimetsu no Yaiba manga promotional art

Never would I have imagined that a hit shonen manga series would continue to sell like crazy and cause shortages of volumes a bit long after its anime adaptation ended.

Koyoharu Goutoge’s Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba continues to slay the manga sales charts in Japan as it has done something that no other manga title has ever done. The whole top 10 of Oricon’s weekly manga charts for January 27-February 2, 2020 was all Demon Slayer. Even crazier was Demon Slayer took the 11th-18th spots as well. The series also took all top 10 spots in the Oricon weekly manga chart again the following week as of this writing. Hype for the manga has grown to the point where anime goods retailer Animate decided to sell copies of the 2020 11th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump via a drawn lottery, so fans can line up and get some exclusive Demon Slayer goodies to go along with their purchase of Jump.

For most manga coming off hot anime adaptations, manga sales slow down afterwards to a certain degree. The fact that Japanese fans are still eating up Demon Slayer as quickly as possible speaks wonders not just to the anime, but in my opinion, its brevity in words and letting the images tell the story.

I followed the Demon Slayer manga shortly before the anime aired as it appeared to my sensibilities. I love dark stories about killing demons and the art looks kind of old-school to a certain degree. I thought Demon Slayer was great and wrote about how Nezuko can be compared to someone who’s stigmatized. Yet I never thought it was at the level of My Hero Academia, The Promised Neverland, Dr. Stone and a few other notable Shonen …continue reading