Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (Japanese: 鬼滅の刃,
Hepburn: Kimetsu no Yaiba, lit. "Blade of Demon Destruction") is a
Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotōge. It follows
Tanjiro Kamado, a young boy who becomes a demon slayer after his family is
slaughtered and his younger sister Nezuko is turned into a demon. The manga was
serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from February 2016 to May 2020, and its
chapters collected in 21 tankōbon volumes as of July 2020. It is published in
English by Viz Media and simulpublished by Shueisha in English and Spanish on
their Manga Plus platform.
An anime television series adaptation by Ufotable aired in
Japan from April to September 2019. Following the airing of the final episode,
a sequel film was announced and is scheduled to premiere in October 2020.
As of July 2020, the franchise had over 80 million copies in
circulation, including digital versions, making it one of the best-selling
manga series. Meanwhile, the anime series has received critical acclaim, with
critics praising the animation and fight sequences. It has been considered one
of the best anime of the 2010s, and has received numerous awards.