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February 20, 2024

Demon Slayer S2 Review


Before I even get into this review, I’d like to ask you, dear readers, a question. Do you watch anime? Oh, who am I kidding? If you’re reading this, then clearly you do. I’ll also go ahead and make an educated guess in saying that you’re familiar with the “Demon Slayer” franchise. You know, the franchise that sold over 100 million copies and also had a movie that totally smashed Japanese box office records? Well, as the title of this article so clearly suggests, I’d like to share a review of the second season of the show we all (hopefully) love and know as “Demon Slayer.”

Now, if for some reason you have yet to watch Demon Slayer, I highly suggest you go do that immediately. You can thank me later. However, if you’re still not interested in watching, well, I’m not quite sure why you’re even here. Regardless, I’ll go ahead and give you a nice synopsis of the story: set in Taisho-era Japan, our hero Tanjiro Kamado is a boy who lives with his family in the mountains selling charcoal. Tragedy strikes as he returns home one day to find his family slaughtered and his younger sister turned into a man-eating demon. Now on a mission for revenge, Tanjiro joins the mysterious Demon Slayer Corps organization to find the one who destroyed his family and to turn his sister back into a human. Did you get all that? I wouldn’t say it’s anything complicated, so allow me to get right into the review now. 

Season two of “Demon Slayer” is split into two arcs: the Mugen Train Arc and the Entertainment District Arc. The Mugen Train Arc is actually just the movie split up into TV format, with an all-new original first episode focusing on everybody’s favorite Flame Hashira, Kyojuro Rengoku. The Entertainment District Arc, on the other hand, continues the story as Tanjiro and friends get recruited by the Sound Hashira Tengen Uzui to hunt down a demon in the lively Yoshiwara district of Tokyo. Although there are still currently two episodes left in this season, and another two excruciating week-long waits for those episodes to release, the season so far has proven itself more than worthy of widespread praise and critical acclaim.

First off, we have the characters. Each new character stands out in their own way and adds so much more color and depth to the story. Meanwhile, our already established main and side characters get a great deal of development throughout the season. Moving on though, one simply cannot talk about “Demon Slayer” without talking about its animation. Ufotable, the studio responsible for Demon Slayer, does a fantastic job in season two, just like it did in season one, releasing arguably one of the best pieces of animated media in history. From the most basic talking scenes to the most captivating fight scenes, season two’s animation is absolutely gorgeous from start to finish. Ufotable doesn’t just stop at animation, though. “Demon Slayer’s” music is a beautiful and essential part of the show, and season two continues to demonstrate its excellence in that department. Because of its primarily action-based nature, the incredibly high quality of its music and animation helps make the story of “Demon Slayer” the international sensation it is today, and season two goes to show exactly why it stands where it currently stands.

As an esteemed journalist, it is my job to provide my readers with the purest journalism, utterly free of any bias whatsoever. That’s why writing this review was so hard for me. Nevertheless, I hope that you, dear readers, take my words to heart and give Demon Slayer a chance. Whether you’ve seen the first season, the movie, both, or neither, do yourself a favor and watch season two of Demon Slayer. But don’t go watching the second season without watching the first. That would just be silly.

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