Demon Slayer

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
History-inspired anime is violent, has scary imagery.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 139 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Themes include the love between siblings and fighting evil. The series is also inspired by Japanese history, folklore, and mystic practices. 

Positive Role Models

Tanjiro is kind hearted, determined, and brave. He and his sister are close, even when she is a demon. Sakonji Urokodaki and the other slayers understand loss, even if they don’t always show it. 

Violence

Lots of fantasy violence, including bloody injuries and corpses, including those of young children. It also features disturbing images of people turning into demons or eating human flesh.  

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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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymagoo January 28, 2021

Extreme violence, though in Anime style

I am a grown adult who doesn't like *at all* gory horror films, and this anime is right at the edge of what I can tolerate. The violence depicted in this... Continue reading
Adult Written byJessica1. February 6, 2021

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

The main characters will often cut off demons heard and it is relatively bloody but it is an anime so it is animated.
Kid, 9 years old November 22, 2020

Great for mature tweens and teens

This show is great Tanjiro is a kind boy who loves his sister

Depends on how mature your child is if they watch MHA they should be able to handle demon slayer... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byAilenaTierro March 1, 2021

Fantastic animation/production, historical accuracy, and fun relationship dynamics make this show a winner!

I'm a huge stickler when it comes to anime and I'll say this 100% checked all the boxes. Visually it is beautiful, and has received universal acclaim... Continue reading

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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