Wednesday 29 January 2020

Book Review: Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba) Vol. 1 by Koyoharu Gotouge

Title: Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba) Vol. 1
Author: Koyoharu Gotouge
Publisher: Viz Media

Publication Date: 2018 (2016)
eBook - PDF
ARC via NetGalley

Tanjiro sets out on the path of the Demon Slayer to save his sister and avenge his family!

In Taisho-era Japan, Tanjiro Kamado is a kindhearted boy who makes a living selling charcoal. But his peaceful life is shattered when a demon slaughters his entire family. His little sister Nezuko is the only survivor, but she has been transformed into a demon herself! Tanjiro sets out on a dangerous journey to find a way to return his sister to normal and destroy the demon who ruined his life.

Learning to slay demons won’t be easy, and Tanjiro barely knows where to start. The surprise appearance of another boy named Giyu, who seems to know what’s going on, might provide some answers…but only if Tanjiro can stop Giyu from killing his sister first!

I requested this book from NetGalley when I saw it listed because I have seen frequent adverts for the anime based on this manga and I was interested to know more about it. I really enjoyed the story premise, and the action moved along at a good pace. Tanjiro is a fun character who I imagine will develop well during the series as he improves his powers and seeks to accomplish his goal to save his sister. For me, the story and pacing were great and the characters engaging; however, I wasn't a huge fan of the artwork style. That is why I am giving this one 3.5 stars. I would stress, though, that that is simply my personal preferences in terms of the art. In all other respects, I enjoyed the opening volume of this story.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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