A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba is an anime series that features lots of fantasy violence, blood, and scary looking demonic creatures. The dead and possessed include young children, and characters are seen eating human flesh. But it also contains positive themes about the love of family, determination, and courage.
- Parents say
- Kids say
GREAT SHOW! Contains blood and some gore but any kid that is mature enough to see an avengers movie should be fine for the most part
Fantastic animation/production, historical accuracy, and fun relationship dynamics make this show a winner!
What's the story?
Created by Koyoharu Gotoge, DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA features a boy who unexpectedly finds himself having to learn to kill demons in order to save what’s left of his family. The good natured Tanjiro sells charcoal to folks in town to help support his family after the death of their father. But everything he knows changes when his family is massacred and his younger sister Nezuko is transformed into a human-eating demon. To save his sister, and perhaps to avenge his family’s death, he trains with Sakonji Urokodaki in hopes of destroying demons as a member of the Demon Slayer Corps.
Is it any good?
This popular series (subtitled in English) offers an entertaining story featuring many of the elements the genre is known for. But unlike most anime, it is set in the Japanese Taisho period, a time marked by a division between more technologically advanced, foreign-influenced societies, and those living more traditional ways of life. In addition to period-inspired uniforms and other details, there are referents to Japanese folklore, and Onmyodo (Japanese cosmology) inspired rituals throughout.
The connections to Japanese history and cultural practices add a fresh dimension to this anime series, but it doesn't have much character development beyond Tanijiro. Some of this concealment makes sense, but viewers might be left wishing they knew more details. Nonetheless, if you’re an anime fan willing to look past this, the series is worth tuning into.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Japanese anime. Why is violence often part of the storytelling process? What impact can this potentially have on viewers in the United States?
Why did Koyoharu Gotoge set the story in Japan’s Taisho era? What symbols represent the period throughout the series? How are the disparities in technological development and other social tensions of the time addressed?
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