ARC Review: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 13 by Koyoharu Gotouge

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 12Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 13 by Koyoharu Gotouge
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tanjiro sets out on the path of the Demon Slayer to save his sister and avenge his family!

In Taisho-era Japan, Tanjiro Kamado is a kindhearted boy who makes a living selling charcoal. But 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.

The strange shape-shifting demons Hatengu and Gyokko attack Tanjiro and his friends in the hidden village of swordsmiths. The Mist Hashira, Muichiro Tokito, engages the demons, but he’ll need some help from Tanjiro and another Demon Slayer, Genya. It’s bad enough that they have to fight two upper-rank demons, but can they handle a foe who can split itself into four separate bodies and regenerate almost instantly?

Warnings: body horror and mutilation, graphic violence

With two of the upper rank demons having attacked the swordsmiths’ village, the fight has come down to them versus Tanjiro, Nezuko, the Mist hashira, the Love hashira and Genya. We had already seen how difficult it was to defeat just one upper rank demon in the previous arc, so it is obvious this one is going to be a long drawn-out battle. The book is fully action, and brings some new abilities to the fore. One of the demons can basically Hydra itself – splitting up every time it is beheaded which brings up an interesting conundrum since demons can only be defeated by beheading, while the other one is like a cursed genie, pulling all sorts of things from its pot, including a grotesque sculpture it makes of defeated swordsmen.

Nezuko and Tanjiro are once again the dream team, with Nezuko’s strong body paired with Tanjiro’s skills giving them enough time to take a stand. And when she uses her flames on his sword, it evokes a memory of Tanjiro’s ancestor in the demon – an ancestor who happens to be the only one who came close to defeating Kibutsuji, which makes this damn near prophetic right now! The Mist hashira is taking some cues from Tanjiro’s advice for kindness, as he stops to help a pillar fighting a demon instead on rushing into the main battle. Meanwhile, what is going on with Genya? With his backstory revealed, it is quite interesting, uh, how he got to this state. And looks like answers will be a while, since the battle is raging full force.


Previous books in the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba series

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 1 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 2 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 3 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 4 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 5 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 6 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 7 (Kimetsu no Yaiba, #7) Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 8 (Kimetsu no Yaiba, #8) Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 9 (Kimetsu no Yaiba, #9) Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 10 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 11 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 12

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Buy links

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Releases on June 2. 2020

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