7 Best Anime like Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

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For anime fans all over the world, the hottest anime Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba should be the top priority on their best anime list. The  first season of the anime adaptation was released in 2019 and the new anime movie Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train is breaking the record in Japanese movie history with the box office of 10 billion yen (about 100 million dollars) within 10 days from its release on the 16th October, 2020.

If you have watched the anime series of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train, you miss it or look for other anime similar to it.

Today, I wanna introduce 7 best anime like Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba with brief guide to Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (鬼滅の刃) is one of the most popular manga and anime series all over the world. The original manga started to be serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump from February, 2016 and came to the end in May, 2020. There are 23 volumes of the manga series totally.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba was first adapted into an anime adaptation with 26 episodes between April and September in 2019. The sequel titled Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train (劇場版「鬼滅の刃」 無限列車編) was released in October, 2020. The anime series has been produced by a Japanese animation studio Ufotable.

The setting of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is the fictional Japan in the Taicho period (1912-1926), where evil demons hide in the human society. To keep peace of the world, demon slayers fight against the demons.

The story starts when a protagonist Tanjiro Kamado, a 13-year-old boy, loses his family due to the attack by demons. The only survived his young sister named Nezuko is transformed into a demon at the same time. Tanjiro decides to be a powerful demon slayer to save Nezuko and other people.

On his adventurous trip, he meets reliable friends such as Zenitsu Agatsuma and Inosuke Hashibira and strong demon slayers called Hashira, which is the most powerful group in the Demon Slayer Corps. The 9 Hashira members battle against the strongest demons called Twelve Kizuki controlled by the top of the demons Muzan Kibutsuji.

The growth stories of Tanjiro and other demon slayers are depicted in the dark-fantasy anime with the intense battle scenes and moving drama.

7 Best Anime Series like Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

1. Hunter x Hunter

Hunter x Hunter (ハンター×ハンター) is one of the most popular ongoing manga and anime series in Japan, which is similar to Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. The manga started its publication on Weekly Shonen Jump from 1998 and has not finished the story yet. The first anime adaptation was made in 1999 and aired with 62 episodes until 2001, which was followed by the three seasons of OVA (original video animation) with 30 episodes released in 2002-2004.

Hunter x Hunter centers on a young boy Gon Freecss, who travels around the world in search of his father Ging Freecss. Gon decides to become a licensed Hunter as his farther and grows up by training and fighting with a variety of opposite characters.

Gon meets some reliable friends like Killua, Kurapika and Leorio as Tanjiro sees Inosuke, Zenitsu, Kanao, etc. in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. In addition, both Gon and Tanjiro grow up rapidly under the direction of excellent teachers such as Biscuit and Sakonji Urokodaki.

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2. Shaman King

Shaman King (シャーマンキング) is a classic anime series recommended to the fans of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Shaman King is famous for the manga serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump between 1998 and 2004, and it was adapted into an anime from 2001 to 2002 with 64 episodes. It does not wholly match the story of the manga, but the brand new anime series will start in April 2021.

The main character Yoh Asakura is a shaman, who can communicate with a ghost. Sharmans fight others using supernatural powers that they borrow from the ghosts. Yoh joins the Shaman Fight, the shaman fighting competition help once every 500 years, to become a Shaman King.

Shaman King and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba don’t seem to have a lot in common, however, they constitute the similar world view with the ghosts and demons.

3. Attack on Titan

If you like Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人) is worth watching without a doubt. Attack on Titan has been one of the most popular manga and anime series recently since the original manga started in 2009.

The eccentric theme “people versus Titans” has surprised anime fans all over the world. In the fictional world, human beings are in danger of extinction since the gigantic creatures Titans inflict harm on people. The protagonist Eren Yeager, his old friend Mikasa Ackerman and other Survey Corps members fight against the Titans to protect the citizen as Tanjiro and other demon slayers fight with demons.

4. Naruto

Naruto (NARUTO -ナルト-), one of the most famous and popular manga and anime series all over the world, is highly recommended to fans of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Naruto, which was originally serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump between 1999 and 2014, was adapted into two anime adaptations. The first anime series titled Naruto was aired with 220 episodes in 2002-2007, which was followed by the second part Naruto: Shippuden with 500 episodes in 2007-2017.

The setting of Naruto is the Shinobi (Ninja) world, where five major counties maintain a peaceful balance. The adventure anime follows a young boy named Naruto. He is an inferior Ninja student in academic and fighting skills to others. However, he is rapidly developed through various missions with his friends and teachers.

In Naruto, the powerful battles and strong bonds between the attractive characters are depicted as Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.

5. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is highly recommended to watch after Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. The popular anime series Fullmetal Alchemist is roughly divided into two different titles: Fullmetal Alchemist aired with 51 episodes in 2003-2004 and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood aired with 64 episodes in 2009-2010.

It is Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood that you should watch since it is based on the original manga story while another anime series Fullmetal Alchemist consists of a little different stories.

Fullmetal Alchemist focuses on the Elric brothers Edward and Alphonse who are young alchemists. They violate a taboo to revive their dead mother, which turns into a disaster. Edward loses his left leg and right arm and Alphonse loses his whole body as a result. They begin an adventurous journey to seek a way to restore their lost bodies.

You can see the strong bond between the Elric brothers as Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba represents the trust relationship between Tanjiro and Nezuko. You will like the battle scenes between the alchemist and a group of Homunculi that are a kind of artificial humans.

6. Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul (東京喰種トーキョーグール), categorized as dark fantasy, horror and thriller, is a popular modern anime series. It was adapted from the two manga titles: Tokyo Ghoul published in 2011-2014 and Tokyo Ghoul:re in 2014-2018. The anime series is divided into three parts: Tokyo Ghoul with 12 episodes (2014), Tokyo Ghoul √A with 12 episodes (2015) and Tokyo Ghoul:re with 24 episodes (2018).

The symbol of the anime series is a Ghoul, which looks like a human and hide in the human society living on human flesh. The story proceeds at the point that a 18-year-old named Ken Kaneki is attacked by a Ghoul. Though he is fatally injured, he survives by a surgery that transforms his body into a half-ghoul.

Both anime Tokyo Ghoul and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba have thins point in common: There is a Ghoul, the symbol of the opposition, in the side of the protagonist as Tanjiro takes care of a devil sister Nezuko.

7. Seraph of the End

If you like Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba so much, Seraph of the End (終わりのセラフ) will be your thing. Since 2012, the ongoing manga has been serialized on Jump Square, one of the Weekly Shonen Jump’s related magazines. An anime adaptation of the dark-fantasy was made with two seasons in 2014 and 2015.

The setting of Seraph of the End is a ruined world, where people are wiped out except children. Adults are the death of the outbreak of the unknown virus. Vampires control the world capturing remaining children. A young boy named Yuichiro is focused on in the anime, who escapes from the dominated underground and decides to fight against the vampires.

The rough plot and conflict structure (children versus vampires) are really similar to those of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. You will find a lot in common with both the anime series.


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