Mexico City.- Tanjirou Kamado He is a gentle 13-year-old boy who, after the death of his father, becomes the only breadwinner in his family. Every day he comes down from the snowy mountain to sell 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: the demon Muzan Kibutsuji murders his family and turns his sister Nezuko into a demon. To take revenge he becomes a murderer of these.
This is how the story beginsDemon Slayer manga, written and illustrated by Japanese Koyoharu Gotage, and first published on February 15, 2016, which has caused a worldwide sensation and has topped all popularity charts.
Part of this success is due to the fact that it is a story aimed at all types of audiencessays Lalo González, a specialist in anime and cartoons, because many focus only on certain genres.
On the other hand, the stories of each character are so well written that, regardless of whether they are the “good” ones or the “bad ones”, they catch you and make you feel empathy, because they are stories that happen in real life, explains the manga and anime specialist Yarely Hernández.
For example with Tanjiro, as he is the older man, he assumes the role of breadwinner for his family and that continues to happen in real life; here, in a fictional way, it 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.
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 still has his little sister and the friends he meets begin to be his new family; in Japan the concept of friendship is very important and they always emphasize these values”, he points out.
The series, which arrived in Mexico on Netflix, is in its third season and with more than 150 million copies of manga sold, the 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.