In April of 2019, the hit anime series demon slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba made its debut. The series revolves around siblings Tanjiro Kamado and his human-turned-demon little sister, Nezuko. Tanjiro and Nezuko take on demons in their quest to avenge their family and turn Nezuko back to being a human once again.
The success of the series was phenomenal. It won the recently concluded Anime of the Year award by Crunchyroll, besting other equally successful titles such as Mob Psycho 100, The Promised Neverland, Vinland Saga, Carole & Tuesday, and 0 Maidens in Your Savage Season. On March 17, 2020, it was also announced that demon slayer would have two video game adaptations.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a sensational series in its own right
It has all the vital elements that one would look for in an action-packed shōnen anime. It has a distinct art style and a central conflict that’s gripping enough to keep audiences engaged and have them emotionally and mentally invest in each of its characters throughout the entirety of the series.
That said, the circumstances in demon slayer bears familiar themes that crossover to other well-loved titles in the anime universe. It would be interesting to see the characters of Kimetsu no Yaiba get thrown into a different anime universe, particularly in the following titles:
1. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Kimetsu no Yaiba are very similar in that both protagonists take on a dangerous quest to save their dear siblings. Tanzuro wants to make his sister human again, while Edward Elric is determined to take his brother’s human body back. Both protagonists will surely bond over their shared protective love over their families.
2. Fate/Stay Night
Transitioning from the motivational drive of deep family ties, comes the possibility of visually stunning fight scenes should Fate/stay Night and Kimetsu no Yaiba join forces in a spectacular arena. Tanjiro’s semblance to Fate/stay Night’s hero, Shiro Emiya, lies in their warm-hearted personality along with their determination to help those around them. The protagonists continue to spread kindness amongst their comrades despite the traumatic pasts that they each had to endure.
3. My Hero Academia
Superpowers come in many different forms—as exhibited by the Pro Heroes and supervillains in My Hero Academia. The camaraderie and clash of ideals in My Hero Academia and demon slayer are both very dynamic and rich in portraying the interesting disparity of how regular humans, superpowered individuals, and otherworldly creatures interact in a single living space. Also, it would be interesting to pair up each demon slayer with a supervillain or hero from My Hero Academia and see which characters would win over the other.
This may come off as a huge surprise, but Pokemon and demon slayer share similar elements as well. Slaying demons requires hunting these ghastly creatures, albeit not in the same, nurturing, and intrinsically progressive drive as in the Pokemon series. In Kimetsu no Yaiba, Nezuko was turned into a demon, and her new form shifted the existing plateau in her relationship with her brother. Fortunately, she did not lose 100% of her humanity, and it helped her retain and build a stronger bond with Tanjiro. Ash Ketchum and Pikachu share such a powerful connection, having transcended communication barriers in gaining a deeper understanding of one another.
All in all, demon slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a series worth binging, whether one is bored and out of ideas to do, or in search of a new set of lovable characters to invest their time and support.