Comic book phenomenon Demon Slayer

MEXICO CITY, February 15 (EL UNIVERSAL).- Tanjir? Kamado is a gentle 13-year-old boy who, after his father’s death, becomes the sole breadwinner for his family. Every day he comes down from the snowy mountain and sells coal, and although he barely has enough to eat, he is happy with his mother and his five brothers.

One day he sees a terrifying scene: Muzan Kibutsuji had his family killed, ripping their bodies apart and turning his sister Nezuko into a demon. To get revenge he becomes a demon slayer.

Thus begins the story of the manga “Demon Slayer”, written and illustrated by the Japanese Koyoharu Got?ge, and published for the first time on February 15, 2016, which has caused a sensation around the world and has surpassed all lists of popularity.

Part of this success is due to the fact that it is a story aimed at all kinds of audiences, says Lalo González, a specialist in anime and cartoons, because many focus only on certain genres.

“It is an anime that attracts everyone and that is a virtue that not all manga have, it is a story that is very new for all the success it has had worldwide, but it is thanks to the fact that it attracts a very diverse audience, there are kids who want to buy the capes of the protagonists, there is already a souvenir market for all tastes, it’s impressive,” says González.

On the other hand, the stories of each character are so well written that, regardless of whether they are the “good” or the “bad”, they catch you and make you feel empathy, because they are stories that happen in real life, explains the specialist in manga and anime Yarely Hernández.

“For example with Tanjir?, as he is the oldest man, he assumes the role of breadwinner for his family and that continues to happen in real life; here in a fictional way he shows you how the demons used to be people but they went the wrong way, They are choices that anyone can face, you can transform yourself into a ‘demon’, figuratively speaking,” says the expert.

In addition, like many other animes, the protection of the family is also the central axis of this story, Hernández deepens, because after losing his family, the protagonist tries to do the impossible to turn his sister Nezuko back into a human and the Defend against demon hunters.

“This story also tries to leave a message about the importance of family values, the trigger for the story is that the protagonist has lost his family, but even so he still has his little sister and the friends he is making begin to be his new family; in Japan the concept of friendship is very important and they always emphasize these values,” he says.

With more than 150 million copies of manga sold, anime has caused a global rage; the film “Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-hen”, which was released in 2020 became one of the highest grossing anime films in the world, grossing more than 500 million dollars at the box office in the time of the pandemic.

The series, which arrived in Mexico on Netflix, is in its third season.

The animation production also stands out, which is impressive, says Lalo, it has many visual details that stand out.

“In the first chapter, with the snow, the blood, an artistic scene is achieved, well cared for. You can see the difference with what was done in the 80s with ‘Dragon Ball’, ‘The Knights of the Zodiac’, to mention a few “.

The music that accompanies the anime has also enthralled millions; the opening theme of each chapter, “Gurenge”, is performed by one of the most famous singers in Japan, LiSA, while the closing theme is “From the edge” performed by the FictionJunction group with LiSA.