Ever since the death of his father, the burden of supporting the family has fallen upon Tanjirou Kamado’s shoulders. Though living impoverished on an overseas mountain, the Kamado family is able to enjoy a relatively peaceful and happy life. One day, Tanjirou decides to travel right all the way down to the local village to create slightly money selling charcoal.
On his way back, night falls, forcing Tanjirou to want shelter within the house of a weird man, who warns him of the existence of flesh-eating demons that lurk within the woods within the dark. When he finally arrives back home subsequent day, he’s met with a horrifying sight—his whole family has been slaughtered. Worse still, the sole survivor is his sister Nezuko, who has been become a bloodthirsty demon. Consumed by rage and hatred, Tanjirou swears to avenge his family and stay by his only remaining sibling. Alongside the mysterious group calling themselves the Demon Slayer Corps, Tanjirou will do whatever it takes to slay the demons and protect the remnants of his beloved sister’s humanity.
In Taisho-era Japan, Tanjiro Kamado is a kindhearted boy who makes a living selling charcoal. However, 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.
It’s hard to think of a title more straightforward than Demon Slayer. You learn, instantly, two things about the series. There are demons. There are also demon hunters, presumably because the demons are evil. “Person slays monsters” is one of the oldest stories in fiction. Seeing it represented in anime so often is, then, not a huge surprise. Still, between this show, the still-airing Dororo, and FromSoft video game Sekiro, it’s a great time to be a fan of the “fighting demons in Japanese historical periods” genre.
However, one day, he returned from selling charcoal only to find the slaughtered remains of his mother and younger brother and sister. As Tanjiro made haste and tried to take his barely breathing sister Nezuko to the docter, Nezuko turned into a demon and violently attacked him.
A man called Giyu Tomioka saved Tanjiro from this crisis and explained to Tanjito that it was the demon that killed his family and made Nezuko this way.
In order to turn Nezuko, who somehow retained human consciousness, back to human, and to seek revenge for his family, Tanjiro departed for a long journey ahead.