Battle Through The Heavens Season 3 Review – My Final Impression!

Posted by : zahid
Battle Through The Heavens Season 3
Hey guys, I just finished the 3rd season of the popular Chinese cultivation anime Battle Through The Heavens. The series had been one of my personal favorites among my list Chinese anime for many reasons and that includes the fact that I have fully finished its novel, and I felt attached to the characters. Throughout the three (3) seasons of Battle Through the Heavens, I can safely conclude that the 3rd season is the best so far in many aspects especially in animation quality, story, and music.
In fact, my fellow fans of the anime and novel alike may actually have this question on their mind already, Is there going to be a Battle Through the Heavens Season 4? Though we can’t answer this question yet, with how season 3 ended and with so much source material left to be adapted, I do not see any reasons for the anime NOT getting a sequel. I believe we’ll have news about this matter in the next few months.

Battle Through The Heavens Season 3 Xiao YanIn this post, I will discuss my final impression review about Battle Through the Heavens Season 3 and that includes the following sections:
  • OVERVIEW OF BATTLE THROUGH THE HEAVENS SEASON 3
  • CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
  • ANIMATION & GRAPHICS
  • CHARACTER DESIGNS
  • MUSIC AND STORY
  • CONCLUSION

Despite not having any definite news about the possible Battle Through the Heavens 4th season, I am more than happy to share my thoughts about the recently concluded season 3 which really did have a huge improvement compared to its previous two (2) seasons.

OVERVIEW

Battle Through the Heavens season 3 had been divided into two (2) sections and these were definitely among my personal favorite parts in the early stages of the story in the novel. The first part is about Xiao Yan’s infiltration in the snake-people tribe, his encounter with Queen Medusa, and his dramatic sad partings with Yun Yun. The second part revolves around his journey on rescuing Qing Lin and bringing the Mo Clan to its end which is a dramatic turning point in the novel for Xiao Yan as he was finally able to be strong enough to fight against people who are significantly stronger than him. Although there had been some major revisions in the story in this part, I shall discuss it later in the music and story section of this post.

The 3rd season of the anime premiered last July 21, 2019, and it has been a great surprise for the fans but we couldn’t simply complaint about that since we’d been waiting so bad for it.

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

To be honest, there had been no major character development here to our main hero Xiao Yan aside from the fact that he matured here quite a bit. He finally grows up as someone who is can handle things by himself to certain extend though he had relied upon Yao Lao is so many ways. He is no longer that little naive kid that always needs Yao Lao protection and advice. He could finally make decisions on his own and he is slowly learning the ways of the world and how to deal with the adults.

Yun Yun in Battle Through The Heavens Season 3
Yun Yun in Battle Through The Heavens Season 3

The most precious development on him I think is the moment that he part ways with Yun Yun but in the end, chosen to save her against the Elders of the Snake-people tribe. I sincerely felt the sadness in the scene where he needs to go and left Yun Yun. It was such a heartbreaking scene and I felt like Yun Yun had been one of the most unfortunate among the women who had been connected to Xiao Yan throughout the entire story of the novel. The affection between Xiao Yan and Yun Yun despite the huge gap in their age is just noticeable and I could definitely feel the chemistry there.

ANIMATION & GRAPHICS


Here we could notice the huge improvement in the anime, the animation had been pretty solid and far superior compared to season 1 and 2 of Battle Through the Heavens. The 3rd season definitely raised the bar here, and I am really thankful that Motion Magic invested time and money on the animation here as I believe that they could definitely do it especially seeing how they effectively animated Martial Universe last January.

The fight scenes were among the highlights in Battle Through the Heavens Season 3. The battle between Team Gu He (including Yun Yun) against the Snake-people Tribe was just beyond beautiful. The special effects were amazing especially those floating stones and landmasses in the Snake-people place. The visuals were beautiful too and when the Angry Buddha Lotus Flame (combination of Green Lotus Core Flame and Chilling Bone Flame) appeared – that was a real mesmerizing scene.

CHARACTER DESIGNS

Finally, the character designs were the same with season 2, as many fans had been afraid that every season may come out with different character designs just like what happened with the 1st season and the 2ndone. It feels great that they stick with the 2nd season’s design and this appearance of Xiao Yan is even better. Yun Yun’s design is still pretty as usual and even more beautiful than we previously saw her at the special episodes of Battle Through the Heavens Season 1. Queen Medusa’s design is also the same as what we had seen from the Song of Desert special episodes. In general, the Snake-people Tribe character designs were done beautifully, even Xiao Yan’s form as a Snake-people member when he infiltrated their base.

Battle Through The Heavens Season 3 - Queen Medusa
Battle Through The Heavens Season 3 - Queen Medusa

The rest of the characters including Xiao Yan’s brothers, Hai Bodong did have good character designs. My biggest surprise is Nalan Yanran whom we had seen a new design compared to her previous appearance in the first season which really looks older than her actual age.

MUSIC & STORY

One of the redeeming factors of the anime is the music because it was just beautiful and amazing. I think Motion Magic really invested time to make amazing songs of their anime as the music in Martial Universe was pretty lit too. The opening theme of Battle Through The Heavens Season 3 is pretty catchy despite sounding like a generic Chinese song. The ending theme is somewhat different though as I really enjoyed the classic Chinese vibes and accent in it was simply addicting.

Video credit to Crimson Subs


The story of Battle Through The Heavens Season 3 follows almost everything from the novel except for the last part. I felt like the adaptation was done pretty well this season and the infiltration to Snake-people Tribe was exceptional. The assault to Mo Clan had been a smooth one though I am expecting more fight scenes from it. However, they really filled up the empty hole there with the fight scenes in the season finale. Here’s the major revision in the story took place too, as instead of having the Dou Huang from Heavenly Serpent Mansion took the full blow of Angry Buddha Annihilation Lotus Flame, it’s the Mo Clan patriarch Mo Chen that took the hit and I felt like it’s a great revision with well-executed storytelling. I am more than satisfied with it than seeing Mo Chen doomed with the Bone-Chilling Flame. Furthermore, Xiao Yan doesn’t have real enmity towards the Heavenly Serpent Mansion so I don’t want to see them received the full blow of Xiao Yan’s wrath. Nonetheless, I am happy to see Hai Bodong as an ally of Xiao Yan as he will play important roles in the possible sequel of Battle Through the Heavens anime adaptation.


SCREENCAPS & IMAGES

Here, we have some of the screencaps and images from Battle Through The Heavens. Credits goes to the animation's production team and the people who give effort to upload these in the web. (special mention to @3dchineseanimation Facebook page.

Green Core Lotus Flame
Green Core Lotus Flame
Battle Through The Heavens Season 3 - Queen Medusa
Battle Through The Heavens Season 3 - Queen Medusa

Battle Through The Heavens Season 3 - Yun Yun
Battle Through The Heavens Season 3 - Yun Yun


CONCLUSION

Battle Through The Heavens Season 3
Battle Through The Heavens Season 3 Official Banner
In general, Battle Through The Heavens Season 3 had been a great ride that didn’t disappoint me at all. It was nothing spectacular at its best but definitely better than most of the Chinese anime that I had seen this year. The big improvement in the animation quality and the story writing is even more amazing and made its ordinary story a worthwhile experience to follow.

So, what’s next? On my end, I am seriously looking forward to Xiao Yan’s arrival in the capital of Jia Ma Empire and eventually meeting the powerful people there and made a name for himself. If there will be a Battle Through the Heavens Season 4 soon, we could expect to see Xiao Yan make a scene in the alchemist competition, meeting the Nalan Clan, and the Imperial Family of the Jia Ma Empire. Obviously, we might also see him fighting Nalan Yanran in the highly anticipated battle after the 3 years agreement.

Although the sequel for the anime hasn’t confirmed or announced yet, I highly recommend the anime viewers to start reading the novel of Battle Through the Heavens as well as its manhua. You may also want to watch the anime adaptation of Martial Universe, and The Grand Lord – both Chinese anime was based on a novel written by Heavenly Silkworm Potato, the same author that wrote Battle Through the Heavens.

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Review – Everything You May Want to Know about 2019’s Most Viral Anime

Posted by : zahid
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Review
Kimetsu no Yaiba or popularly known as Demon Slayer had been the most viral anime title of 2019 so far as it keeps the anime community aloud during its run since its premiere in April. The supernatural-shounen anime never fails to amaze the anime viewers in so many ways, and despite some setbacks in selected episodes, the anime always return with big explosive surprises and solid animation that could take your breath away.

In this post, I will share my thoughts about Demon Slayer anime adaptation and its impact on the anime community this 2019. I will also share some information that everyone may want to know about the anime – particularly its characters, the Pillars (Hashira), the Demons (their progenitor and the 12 Kizuki), the various breathing techniques, etc.

This is also an opportunity to introduce the anime series to new viewers as this post will be divided into two (2) parts: 
  • An Overview of Demon Slayer
  • My Personal Review of the Anime

I will also discuss possible future projects of Demon Slayer, its popularity says so that the anime community wants more of it. Therefore, I’ll talk about its upcoming movie project, a possible season 2, and also answer some questions about it. In particular, these questions include the following:
  • For people who want to be updated and go beyond the anime adaptation
  • Where to read the manga of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba?
  • For people who may want to check the anime
  • Where to watch Demon Slayer legally?

And for people who just couldn’t get over with the anime yet
  • Where to get the Demon Slayer wallpaper?
  • Where to purchase Demon Slayer merchandise and collectibles?
  • Where to find Demon Slayer fanarts?

These were only some of the questions that most fans of Demon Slayer keep on asking online.

Alright, let’s start our discussion about Demon Slayer in a short overview that I had prepared including some introduction about it that everyone may want to learn about.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Demon Slayer - Image credit to @lu_cid_sky
Image credit to @lu_cid_sky
The anime is based on a manga series titled KIMETSU NO YAIBA or literally translated as Demon-slaying Blade. The manga is written by Koyoharu Gotouge and had been serialized in Weekly Shounen Jump since February 15, 2016. The Demon Slayer anime adaptation is animated by ufotable and run from April 6, 2019 – September 28, 2019. During its duration, the 26-episode anime had been breaking boundaries and make a buzz in the anime community due to how amazing its animation quality is the solid fight scenes, and the emotional impact that it had on the viewers.

Demon Slayer episode 19 had been the phenomenal point in the anime so far. The anime had been widely praised already since its premiered but the 19th episode simply makes the internet raving because of a well-animated fight scene, a dramatic point of its story, and fitted with a heartbreaking song called The Song of Tanjirou Kamado – a special insert song intended for that specific episode.

In this section, I shall discuss info about Demon Slayer such as the following:
  • Synopsis
  • The Characters
  • Main Characters
  • Demon Hunters – The Hashira
  • The Demons – The 12 Kizuki
  • Other Characters

Synopsis

The setting is Taisho era Japan. Tanjiro is a kindhearted young boy who lived peacefully with his family as a coal seller. Their normal life changes completely when his family is slaughtered by demons. The only other survivor, Tanjiro's younger sister Nezuko, has become a ferocious demon. In order to return Nezuko to normal and get revenge on the demon that killed their family, the two of them depart on a journey. From a young talent, an adventure tale of blood and swords begins!

If you wish to read the Demon Slayer manga, you may check the following sites:


Though I highly recommend to get yourself a copy of the manga too, there are plenty of available online places that offer the manga series and, some of them even have free shipping. You may check the following anime merchandise site to order your copy of Demon Slayer. The manga is available in several volumes.


THE ANIME

Demon Slayer anime
Now, let’s talk about the anime and a little bit of introduction about its story, its world, and various characters that I really find interesting to follow – that includes the Kamado siblings and their companions, the Hashira, and the demons, as well as the different abilities that they have.

Demon Slayer Synopsis

Ever since the death of his father, the burden of supporting the family has fallen upon Tanjirou Kamado's shoulders. Though living impoverished on a remote mountain, the Kamado family are able to enjoy a relatively peaceful and happy life. One day, Tanjirou decides to go down to the local village to make a little money selling charcoal. On his way back, night falls, forcing Tanjirou to take shelter in the house of a strange man, who warns him of the existence of flesh-eating demons that lurk in the woods at night. When he finally arrives back home the next day, he is met with a horrifying sight—his whole family has been slaughtered. Worse still, the sole survivor is his sister Nezuko, who has been turned into a bloodthirsty demon. Consumed by rage and hatred, Tanjirou swears to avenge his family and stay by his only remaining sibling. Alongside the mysterious group calling themselves the Demon Slayer Corps, Tanjirou will do whatever it takes to slay the demons and protect the remnants of his beloved sister's humanity. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Demon Slayer Characters

There are plenty of characters in Demon Slayer but it’s easy to identify each of them especially the main characters, the Demon Hunters, and the demons themselves. In this section of our post, I’ll write a short introduction about each character as well as a brief personal opinion of mine about them.

Please take note that I will include characters from the manga that didn’t appear yet in the anime – mostly the members of the Upper Moon of 12 Kizuki, but I will restrain myself from dropping major spoilers from the manga and even from the anime for the sake of people who didn’t watch the anime yet or hasn’t read the manga. 


Illustration Board of Demon Slayer main characters
Illustration Board of Demon Slayer main characters


Now, let’s start meeting the characters of Demon Slayers as follows:

Tanjirou Kamado

The main character of the Demon Slayer. He is a young demon hunter who vows to avenge his family after they’d been slaughtered by a demon in the 1st episode of the series. The anime follows his journey along with Nezuko – his younger sister, the only surviving member of his family after the demon assault but was turned into a demon, as Tanjirou travels to look for cure for his sister. He also entered the Demon Hunter Corps in order for him to strengthen himself and fought demons. His encounters with demons were among the most dramatic parts of the anime as we learn about the demon backstory, and that even demons have heartbreaking stories within their heart.

Nezuko Kamado

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - Nezuko

She is Tanjirou’s younger sister who had been turned into a demon early in the series. She’s actually the cutest demon ever that glance the anime community this year, and her appearance even made headlines on the internet especially with how adorable she could be when she transformed into that small chibi-like form in various selected scenes in the anime.

Demon Slayer: Nezuko's chibi form
Demon Slayer: Nezuko's cute form
Nezuko along with Shinobu Kocho were among the most drawn characters of Demon Slayer in various fanarts in Pinterest.

Zenitsu

Zenitsu is the main entertainment in Demon Slayer taking the role of a comic relief that sometimes reaches a disgusting point. He is a demon hunter who seems coward and useless on the surface but could be terrifyingly powerful during crucial times. However, he seems to space-out after that sudden burst and eventually forgot what he truly capable of.

Inosuke

I could describe Inosuke as a meathead at some point with all muscles and it stops there. Inosuke is a demon hunter who grows up in the mountain and doesn’t have plenty of knowledge about humans as he was raised by a boar. He seems to be a capable fighter but his hotheadedness proven to be dangerous in most cases as he usually invites troubles with his rough behavior. He is usually seen fighting with Zenitsu, making them the major source of humor in the anime.

Kanao Tsuyuri

She’s a demon hunter and the protégé of Shinobu Kocho. She first appeared during the Final Selection Arc in the anime, and later returns in the last few episodes of the series helping Tanjirou, Zenitsu, and Inosuke with their training to recover and strengthen themselves.

Genya Shinazugawa

Here we have the character that is quite addicted to killing demons. He is a demon hunter who cannot use breathing technique but his digestive system functions differently which makes him able to devour demon parts and eventually use their abilities in a short period of time. He seems to be that typical character that resembles the aura of Bakugo from My Hero Academia. Though he only appears in few scenes in the anime and if there’s a Demon Slayer season 2, we’ll definitely get to know more about him there.

The Demon Slayer Corps

The Demon Slayer Corps is a private organization that opposes and kills demons. Its current leader is Kagaya Ubuyashiki who is surrounded by too much mystery and ambiguity.

The Pillars (Hashira)

Who are the hashira? This is usually the question that I saw from most viewers of Demon Slayer before, and to answer it, the Hashira or the Pillars were the strongest demon hunters in the Demon Slayer Corps. They sit atop the pantheon of the Demon Slayer Corps and each of them was given the title based on the breathing technique that they used. 

(Note: Events from the manga won’t be mention here!)

Demon Slayer - The Pillars (Hashira)
The Pillars (Hashira) of Demon Slaying Corps.


The following are the members of the Hashira from the anime:

The Water Pillar: Giyu Tomioka

He is the first demon hunter introduced in the anime and was the first one that Tanjirou encountered in the 1st episode. He used the Breath of Water technique which is also the breathing use by Tanjirou. He and Tanjirou have the same master and that is Sakonji Urokodaki.

The Insect Pillar: Shinobu Kochou

This lady is such a mystery and her cool-headed demeanor and smile made her one of the favorite characters of the viewers in the anime. She’s among the few demon hunters who do not use a sword in killing demons but instead she specialized in using poisons to kill her opponents.

The Flame Pillar: Kyoujuro Rengoku

Rengoku is the typical character that reminds me most of the main characters from other shounen anime series. He is kind of a straight-forward justice guy that makes him ideal protagonists if he’ll have his own anime. Rengoku is among the main characters for the previously announced Demon Slayer movie.

The Sound Pillar: Tengen Uzui

Here, we have the most flamboyant character in the Demon Slayer story. Uzui is a very interesting guy that viewers may both hate and love.

The Love Pillar: Mitsuri Kanroji

Kanroji is not your typical lady; she’s tougher than she looks on the surface. She actually has superhuman strength due to having more muscles than average humans and her sword style really looks fascinating. Her odd personality is also adorable which makes her among the characters of the anime that appeared in many Demon Slayer memes.

The Mist Pillar: Muichirou Tokito

Tokito is another character that you may underestimate due to his appearance but doesn’t be deceived because he is not so simple. He is the youngest pillar and not much is known about him in the anime aside from the fact that he’d been spacing out most of the time. I did enjoy this part of Tokito in the anime because he reminded me of myself.

The Stone Pillar: Gyoumei Himejima

Himejima is a former monk and is considered to be the strongest member of the Hashira. He has a huge built which is quite hard to believe that he used to be a monk, nonetheless there’s more to this guy and I actually want to learn more about it.

The Serpent Pillar: Obanai Iguro

We have here the descendant of Orochimaru from Naruto (pun intended). Obanai is a character that I couldn’t comprehend yet other than the fact that anime viewers hate him when he first appeared due to what he did to Tanjirou and Nezuko. It seems that he had a crush on Kanroji too.

The Wind Pillar: Sanemi Shinazugawa

Probably, Sanemi is the most hated character of many anime viewers due to his hatred towards the demon and for upholding the roles of Demon Slayer Corps where he tried to kill Nezuko during the Hashira Meeting. He also fought against Tanjirou during that event. Well, one thing I know is that manga readers of Demon Slayer defended him and it only means that this guy has some valid reasons with his action and we might eventually like him soon too.

Former Flower Pillar: Kanae Kocho

She is the older sister of Shinobu and the adoptive older sister of Kanae Tsuyori. She appeared in a flashback in the later part of the anime; she was a former Hashira and was killed by the Upper Moon 2 during one of her mission.

The Demons

Muzan Kibutsuji

Demon Progenitor: Muzan Kibutsuji
Demon Progenitor: Muzan Kibutsuji

Muzan Kibutsuji is the progenitor of the demons in the story. He is the main antagonist of Demon Slayer and a terrifying lunatic. So far, he only appeared on few occasions in the anime and most of these scenes, it is quite hard to uncover his real motive as he exudes that confusing and enigmatic aura. In the manga, the readers had been treated to further details about Muzan but I rather not want to delve on that side as I want to avoid spoilers in this post. Nonetheless, Muzan has the ability to shapeshift and change his appearance as seen in the finale episode of Demon Slayer season 1 where he was shown in a feminine façade.

12 Demon Moons (Kizuki)

Demon Slayer: The 12 Kizuki
Demon Slayer: The 12 Kizuki
The 12 Kizuki were the strongest demons in the Demon Slayer universe after Muzan. However, just like the Hashira, the 12 members also changed over time as when one was killed, someone else has to take his spot in the ranking. Thus, whenever someone was removed from the list, a new member will rise into power and become one of the 12 Kizuki. They have numbers embedded in their pupil showing their ranking in the group with the Upper Moon 1 being the highest and strongest, and the Lower Moon 6 being the weakest.

The following are the members of 12 Kizuki (including the character that didn’t appear in the anime yet but I will not reveal full description in order to avoid spoilers).

The Upper Moon Demons

Upper Moon 1: Kokushibo

Kokushibo is the Upper Moon One of 12 Kizuki. He is the strongest demon in the story so far right after Muzan Kibutsuji. He was a former Demon Hunter. Kokushibo didn’t appear in the anime yet. He is one of the oldest demons in the series and an exceptionally powerful swordsman.

Upper Moon 2: Doma

Doma is the Upper Moon Two and the murderer of Kanae Kocho. He is fond of devouring women. Doma has a strength that could kill a Hashira as evidence of his encounter with Kanae Kocho. Doma’s strength was at the peak of demon capacity.

Upper Moon 3: Akaza

Akaza is among my favorite member of the 12 Kizuki. He was a demon who is restraining himself from devouring women. Thus, he was always taunted by Doma. Even as a human, Akaza is a powerful person already having superhuman strength at a young age, and enormous physical endurance. As a demon, his strength increased incredibly and could even defeat a Hashira.

Upper Moon 4: Hantengu

Hantengu is a powerful demon whose strength relies on his stealth ability. He could also divide his emotions and split apart himself which makes him ideal for reconnaissance tasks.

Upper Moon 5: Gyokko

Gyokko is one hell of a scary-looking demon and a powerful one.

Upper Moon 6: Gyutaro & Daki

These two were siblings. Gyutaro is an expert user of a scythe and a great fighter. He is the true holder of Upper Moon 6 title though he shared it with his younger sister Daki.

Meanwhile, Daki is a powerful demon compared to average ones even able to hold her own ground against strong demon hunters such as Tanjirou, Zenitsu, and Nezuko.

Nakime

Nakime appeared in the finale of the Demon Slayer season. She is the demon accompanying Muzan during his eradication of the Lower Demon Moons.  She’s the Biwa Demon that controls the Dimensional Infinity Fortress.

Kaigaku

Kaigaku is a former Demon Hunter and has some kind of relation with Zenitsu.

The Lower Moon Demons

They are the 6 weakest members of the 12 Kizuki and 4 of them had been killed by Muzan Kibutsujin in the season 1 finale of the anime. Rui – the Lower Moon 5 had been the opponent of Tanjirou in the viral 19th episode of Demon Slayer.
  • Lower Moon 1: Enmu
  • Lower Moon 2: Rokuro
  • Lower Moon 3: Wakuraba
  • Lower Moon 4: Mukago
  • Lower Moon 5: Rui
  • Lower Moon 6: Kamanue
  • Former Lower Moon 6: Kyogai

Kyogai is the Drum Demon that Tanjirou, Zenitsu, and Inosuke encountered in the 11thepisode of the anime.


The Breathing Technique

In Demon Slayer, the demon hunters have the skills called breathing techniques aside from their exceptional physical strength. These techniques were a form of breathing which enables them to enter a state and use their swords or weapons differently. Their attacks become sharper, stronger and even more fatal than their normal damage.

There are different breathing techniques or styles in Demon Slayer and each of them was divided into different forms. So far, the anime had revealed several breathing styles such as the Water Breathing Technique used by Tanjirou Kamado, Giyu Tomioka, and their mentor Sakonji Urokodaki. There’s also the Lightning Breath, the Insect Breath, the Dance of the Fire God, and the Beast Breath which were shown in the anime adaptation. In the manga, there are far more names and types of Breathing Techniques as follows:
  • Water Breathing (水の呼吸, Mizu no Kokyū)
  • Thunder Breathing (雷の呼吸, Kaminari no Kokyū)
  • Beast Breathing (雷の呼吸, Kedamono no Kokyū)
  • Hinokami Kagura Breathing (神楽の呼吸, Hinokami Kagura no Kokyū)

Kimetsu no Yaiba - Dance of the Fire God & Blood Demon Art


It has been revealed that there are some more breathing forms but these wasn't shown in the anime yet.


The Music

Demon Slayer had a wide array of enchanting music that perfectly suits the enigmatic ambiance of the anime. Personally, Demon Slayer music is just beyond comprehension, especially that one of the best anime music composers is behind it and it is no other than Yuki Kajiura together with Go Shiina.
The Demon Slayer opening theme is titled Gurenge and it was sung by LiSA. The ending theme from the edge was performed by FictionJunction. Furthermore, the epic and defining 19th episode ending theme Kamado Tanjirou no Uta (The Song of Tanjirou Kamado) was brought to us by Go Shiina featuring Nami Nakagawa.


The Episodes

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 19
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 19

Demon Slayer runs for a total of 26 episodes since its release last April. It’s most popular episode til now is definitely its 19th episode which shows us the battle between Tanjirou and the Lower Moon 5 Rui. That episode alone breaks the internet and makes the anime community raved. Personally, my other favorite episodes from the anime were its 9th episode on which Tanjirou fought against the Temari demon (Susamaru), and Arrow demon (Yahaba) as well as his clashed against the former Lower Moon 6: Kyogai.


Demon Slayer Movie

Right after the season 1 finale of Demon Slayer anime, it was revealed that the series is getting an anime movie. Demon Slayer movie will adapt the Infinite Demon Train Arc from the manga and will feature the main characters Tanjirou, Nezuko, Zenitsu, Inosuke against the Lower Moon 1: Enmu. Furthermore, the movie will also cover the fated clash between the Flame Pillar: Rengoku Kyojuro and the Upper Moon 3: Akaza.

The movie had the full title of Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie: Mugen Ressha-hen (Demon Slayer Movie: Infinity Train). Although, the movie had been speculated to be released in 2020 no specific details had been mention about it yet.


Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie: Mugen Ressha-hen 2nd PV



Demon Slayer Season 2

Now, everyone’s question definitely goes this way, IS DEMON SLAYER ANIME GETTING A SEASON 2? I also have the same question and though there’s no announcement yet about it. I believed there is no reason for Demon Slayer NOT to get a sequel as its popularity simply proves that the anime is well-received and supported by the community.  Therefore, the possibility of Demon Slayer getting a 2nd season of its anime adaptation is definitely high and promising.

Well, let’s just wait for Ufotable to finally announce an official statement; they might do it after the release of the Demon Slayer movie. In fact, the movie had been planned even before the anime ended, so I think the season 2 had been in preparation now as Ufotable seems like to have big plans for the Demon Slayer franchise in the future.

My Review of Demon Slayer Anime Adaptation

Alright, first of all, I am writing this review without reading the manga though I have knowledge of several key spoilers of the story. I will try to avoid dropping those spoilers here and will simply focus on the anime and what we had seen from it so far.

Animation & Visuals

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Art Style
Demon Slayer had one of the most beautiful and solid animations that we had this 2019. It definitely is one of its strongest key factors that make the anime community accept it with so much praise. It has been a solid experience ever since the anime aired its first episodes until it ends. Though, I have to admit that there are some dull moments here and I am not really fond of some intentional insertion of comedic stuff in the anime.

The chibi version of Nezuko is just beyond adorable and it even makes a noise on the internet with all the memes spreading around on the web. The latter part of the anime after the Natagumo Mountain arc had been quite less interesting even with the introduction of the Hashira. Though, I think it is understandable as it is important as a bridge to future stories of the anime especially with the possibility of a sequel.

Demon Slayer Episode 19 definitely has the most fascinating animation and that Dance of the Fire God scene by Tanjirou’s father was just beyond perfection. When Tanjirou changed his breathing from Water Breathing Technique into Hinokami Kagura which truly makes every anime fans burst into shiver and goosebumps with the epic heart pumping Tanjirou Kamado no Uta (The Song of Tanjirou Kamado) playing the background.

Ufotable seriously invested so much effort into the animation of Demon Slayer which makes it the strongest strength of the anime aside from its well-written story.

The Characters & their Development

There are so many interesting characters in Demon Slayer and my favorites so far were Tanjirou, Shinobu, Tamayo, and Tengen Uzui. Though Zenitsu is truly amazing, he is quite the biggest sore of the anime as I think the comedic relief that he brought in the anime is more of an annoyance than entertainment for the viewers.

Tanjirou as a warrior is far from perfect but the core values that the anime wants to impart to the viewers and readers by having the main characters shows empathy towards his enemy is just amazing on an extent that I, as a viewer reflect myself about it especially with dealing with people I consider as opponents or enemies. He embodies the value of sympathy and showing us that beyond every evil is a wound, and those wounds were deep enough to make someone do cruel actions. It simply shows that even evil people were facing struggles and fights inside of them, and they succumbed to their own demons which make them evil in the end.


Tanjiro decapitating the Mother Spider Demon
Tanjiro decapitating the Mother Spider Demon

Nezuko doesn’t show any character development yet as most of the time she’s just sleeping. Well, it is better that she sleeps than actually preying on humans. Though, that one moment she awakened her blood demon art in the 19th episode to save her brother is just effing perfection.


Demon Slayer Main Characters: Inosuke, Zenitsu, Nezuko, Tanjiro
Demon Slayer Main Characters: Inosuke, Zenitsu, Nezuko, Tanjiro
Zenitsu is the guy that you love to hate and hate to hate at some points. He is freaking annoying to the highest extent but that’s that. Beyond his unpredictable and annoying surface lies a real demon hunter. So far he had the most terrifying strength that we had seen in the anime, bad thing is that it feels like he had been possessed and eventually forgetting how amazing and powerful he is after the battle. Nonetheless, Zenitsu is the type of character in your friends' list that you want to hit all of the time but love to keep around because he was fun.

Inosuke is our hunk in the anime but a real muscle head I think who just went straight into attacking his enemy and even allies if he feels so. It’s amazing how he and Zenitsu make up the best tandem in the anime and always make the fans entertained with their stupid comedic cliché. I just wish to learn more about his back story soon in the anime.

The Hashira

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba The Hashira
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Hashira
I remembered the internet raved about their first appearance with both positive and negative feedback, especially towards Sanemi. However, once Demon Slayer season 2 had been confirmed, we could definitely get a closer look at them and their backstory. Meanwhile, I really loved the character designs for each of them, especially with Kanroji, Uzui, Sanemi, and Shinobu.

Muzan Kibutsuji

Muzan Kibutsuji (Female Form)
Muzan Kibutsuji (Female Form)
We have the demon progenitor here which my first impressions seem to like to be lame. Yes, I don’t have a good impression with Muzan not because he is the villain but because as the most powerful demon, why does he doesn’t confront the demon hunters and instead let his underlings do his bidding. Though this kind of cliché also exists in other hundreds of anime out there or maybe it was just my personal preference to have him clashed with the demon hunters. Nonetheless, in the last episode where he appeared as a woman and eradicated the Lower Moon Demons simply revealed how powerful he is.

The Demons

Demon Slayer Rui backstory
Demon Slayer Rui backstory
I love that we are treated to some backstory of the demons that we had seen in the anime so far even though it’s just a matter before or after their death. Rui backstory is just heartbreaking and it is so hard not to feel sympathy towards him. I also like the backstory of the hand demon who killed almost every disciple of Urukodaki aside from Tanjirou and Giyu. Just like what I have said above, it feels great to see the story behind the actions of the demons in the anime instead of simply showing them as plain villains.

The Story

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba First Episode
Tanjiro & Nezuko in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode 1
Demon Slayer's story is like any other typical shounen anime but what makes it interesting and even gained popularity is the fact that it was well-written. Even without the flashy animation, Demon Slayer has the story which anyone could sympathize with and feels its emotions. Though I have to mention here that the most efficient method of achieving this is by having great voice actors, and Demon Slayer didn’t disappoint. Tanjirou Kamado was brought to life by a sensational voice acting of Natsuki Hanae, and the fact that we could feel every single emotion inside the character through that voice is just a solid proof of how amazing he is.

The pacing of the story is also great and the world-building was executed cleanly which makes the viewers easily comprehend and understand the story of Demon Slayer without any rush. My only disappointment which I believed I shared with other viewers is the cliffhanger at the end of almost every episode. I think it just really killing us to wait for another week to see how the story ended up because the anime simply end its episode in the most crucial moment after the intensity had been built up.

Conclusion

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

In the end, Demon Slayer is among the strongest contenders for Anime of the Year in my own list. It has been a great ride of action, drama, comedy, and a whole lot of fun as an adventure of killing demons and learning behind their motives. Demon Slayer definitely introduced a new wave of popularity to already superior shounen genre and the sales of the manga of Demon Slayer even increased tremendously this year. As of writing, Demon Slayer comes close to the sales of One Piece manga distribution in 2019 alone.

Frequently Ask Questions about Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Alright, in this section I will answer some of the questions that almost every anime fans of Demon Slayer had in their mind including myself.

Is Demon Slayer Getting a Season 2?

The answer is probably YES, but it wasn’t confirmed or announced yet. For more updates and news about Demon Slayer Season 2, I highly advice you to subscribe to Yu Alexius Anime Portal newsletter to be updated and in our social media channels.

When is the Release of the Demon Slayer Movie?

No specific date yet had been revealed but the movie had been speculated to be released sometime in 2020.

Where to Read Demon Slayer Manga?

There are plenty of sites where you read manga online such as the following:

Though I highly advised you to get a copy of Demon Slayer manga for yourself and collect it. Acquiring it legally by purchasing it is still the best way to support the author.

Where to Watch Demon Slayer Anime?

Legally? It is available in major anime streaming sites such as Crunchyroll, and Funimation. You may try their subscription in the following links:

There are also several online places to watch it online such as the giant K!$$Anime.

Where to Get Demon Slayer Wallpaper & Fanarts?

Demon Slayer fanart: Shinobu Kocho
Demon Slayer fanart: Shinobu Kocho
Personally, I always used Pinterest to look for anime fanarts and wallpapers. In fact, I have made a board on my Pinterest account @Yualexius putting all the Demon Slayer anime fanarts in one collection. You may want to check it here. There are tons of amazing artists who uploaded their works at Pinterest, so far Nezuko, Tanjirou, Zenitsu, Inosuke, the Hashira, and selected 12 Kizuki members were among the most popular Demon Slayer characters that were mostly drawn by them.


Well, our review and discussion about Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime adaptation ends here. I hope that I was able to answer some of your questions and feed you with some helpful information. I am also happy to share my personal thoughts and opinions about the anime. However, if you have something you would like to add or tell me, please don’t hesitate to leave your comment below. I will be more than happy too if you could leave your opinions about the anime adaptation of Demon Slayer. 

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 0 comments

Man's Best Friend Through The Lens Of Anime

Posted by : zahid
Siberian Husky

Every good lead anime character needs a trusty sidekick and loyal companion. And what better companion to have by your side than a loyal pooch? Some of the most popular and beloved animes feature our favorite four-legged friends in some capacity, sometimes so endearing that they steal our hearts more than the main characters. Here are three of the most popular animes that feature some of the best and most memorable dogs of all time.

Kino’s Journey

Kino’s Journey Shizu & Riku

Kino’s Journey was adapted from the original light novel series as a 13-episode anime that aired in 2003. In the story, accompanied by her trusty talking motorcycle, Hermes, with whom she forms a deep bond, Kino travels across the land, exploring many different countries and forests along the way, each with its own unique people and customs. In the story, another one of the main characters, Shizu, whose journey overlaps with Kino's, has a pet dog called Riku that loyally stays alongside him during their travels - they share a bond similar to that of Hermes and Kino. Shizu and Riku always look out for one another and keep each other safe from harm throughout their travels. Riku is a big white fluffy dog of the Samoyed breed; he is almost always happy and smiling, and appears to care deeply about his master.

Seeing the fun they have on the road together has no doubt inspired many people to go on adventurous vacations with their own canine companions. If you find yourself itching to hit the road with your dog, make sure you take all the necessary precautions to prepare him for travel: unfortunately road trips with dogs needs a bit more preparation than in the anime world, and a car's a much safer option than a motorcycle.

Kiba And Akamaru In Naruto

Kiba And Akamaru

Naruto follows the life of a young boy called Kiba who is shunned by his village, as they believe that he has the spirit of demon inside him. Along with his trusty canine companion, Akamaru, Kiba decides to make it his mission to prove to the people of Konohagakure that he is worthy of their trust by becoming the strongest ninja. Akamaru is a delightful and devoted pup with a big smiley face.

When they first meet, despite Akamaru urinating all over Kiba’s face - much to the amusement of his Mum and Sister - they become inseparable. Kiba is a handy tool for Akamaru in many situations; he is big enough for Kiba to ride on his back, and his heightened sense of smell, hearing and ability to detect others' chakras helps to keep Kiba out of many hostile situations. Akamaru can even mimic Kiba’s appearance, and they can both join their heads together to transform into a wolf monster.

Cowboy Bebop’s Doggy Genius

Cowboy Bebop’s Doggy Genius

In this classic, pop art style, 26-episode anime series from the late 90s, we get to meet one of the best and most intelligent anime dogs. The dog is a corgi called Ein - which is no doubt short for Einstein - and he bursts onto the scene in the second episode, “Stray Dog Strut,” where he makes quite an impression. The main character, Spike Spiegel, reluctantly brings him back to their ship after a sticky situation in which he finds himself landed with the dog. And while the Beebop crew don’t take to him at first, he starts to grow on them as he helps them get out of many difficult situations with his computer skills, although he rarely gets credit for it.

When the character Ed is introduced, an eccentric computer hacking prodigy, the two become close friends, bonding over their computer skills. Ein has a level of intelligence that rivals that of most humans, so he turns out to be very handy to the Beebop crew throughout the series during their many bounty hunting misadventures.

If you are a dog lover as well as an anime fan, and you haven’t seen any of these Animes, then it’s probably about time that you checked them out and developed a relationship of your own with some of the top dogs of the anime world.


Story submitted by: Jane Benson
Thursday, 17 October 2019 0 comments

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