Review Vol.20 Demon Slayer – Manga

The Shinazugawa brothers, Tokito and Himejima face the Upper Moon prime superpower, Kokushibo. Former swordsman, the latter has the particularity of handling the breath and seems inexhaustible. Between them, the slayers are unable to make this dangerous opponent bow… But Genya has a lead: By ingesting part of the demon, perhaps he will obtain the necessary strength to change the game of the fight. .

The clash against the last of the Moons of Muzan is as intense as one could imagine. Neither Tanjirô, nor Zenitsu, nor Inosuke are concerned by this battle, because it is quite logically for the most powerful of the pillars to lead such a front. The enemy alone requires four fighters including three of the pillars, a front never seen before in the series and giving rise to one of the most nervous confrontations since the beginning of the work.

Also, Koyoharu Gotôge makes us understand all this intensity through the desperate nature of the battle. Kokushibo is overpowered, not to say unbeatable, and its robustness constitutes the major challenge of this opus. So, the techniques fuse, each using his best arguments to hope to win, but in vain. The reader is powerless in front of this spectacle, yet gripping thanks to the striking narration of the artist, condemned to see the four slayers exhaust themselves, act in vain, and perhaps even die, without succeeding in making the enemy.

Nevertheless, the fight is completed in this volume, also a resolution (positive or negative) is proposed to us. And this one is in line with this battle: Ruthless, and synonymous with the sacrifice of certain characters. For a while now (the Infinity Train arc), Demon Slayer has proven that his robust swordsmen can pass the weapon to the left in the face of their enemies, so the pain is present in this opus. The effect is all the more successful in that it is not a question of great heroic outbursts, but of characters falling without a word and without pathos, following their bravery.

And as usual, any fight against an important adversary is synonymous with flashback, a way of doing things that we can no longer blame Gotôge so much at this stage of the story. So, the story of Kokushibo is a bit more developed than some returns to the past of previous games. His story is especially fascinating for what he tells us about the first breath handlers and more generally about the whole mythology of the work, more than about the enemy himself. So there are some major points that will need to be connected to what we know, but this great story of the breaths is taking shape little by little and seems to be approaching its denouement, just like the manga.

Yet Kokushibo’s flashback also manages to get us to buy into the character when it comes to his own resolve. He brings an even more human finality than usual, which is not totally due to the power of his opponents but to his own states of mind. A good find therefore, for the one who will undoubtedly remain the most powerful adversary of the story, apart from Muzan of course.

And speaking of the father of all demons, the confrontation against the latter seems inevitable and on the verge of taking place. He is the ultimate obstacle, while there are only three volumes left before the end of the series. So, it’s hard not to be excited at the idea of ​​discovering the final confrontation of one of the biggest bestsellers of the genre at the moment.