It’s not surprising either.
Last year in 2019 – Demon Slayer won the “newtype” anime awards, regardless of not being justified.
The reason was for Nezuko’s voice actor (who never speaks).
Also in 2019 – Demon Slayer surpassed One Piece selling 200,000 MORE copies at the time it was recorded.
The success of this anime is undeniable.
And “new” anime fans who were introduced to Shounen through
Mostly on Twitter when it first aired.
Kimetsu No Yaiba ( Demon Slayer) Is overrated
How is it possible that even though
I’m not the only one. There are literally 1000’s of fans who feel the same way. Most are too scared to say it because of the backlash that’ll come with it.
But i’ll say it.
“have a higher opinion of (someone or something) than is deserved.”
demon slayer is all hype:
1. The main characters
Let’s start with the “cute” Nezuko.
Nezuko is one of those characters in
Even I can’t deny it. It’s hard to ignore.
I doubt you’ll find anyone hating on Nezuko’s character out loud.
But the thing is Nezuko is overrated.
Her MAIN attraction is how cute and innocent she is. Along with the cuteness of her abilities (she can shrink herself, etc).
That’s part of what makes scenes like the one where she’s in a basket so wholesome.
It’s one of the biggest selling points for Nezuko’s character as a dual protagonist.
As a character we objectify Nezuko’s cuteness and ignore everything else because there isn’t much else to speak of.
She can’t speak, talk, or anything. So we can’t form an opinion about her personality in depth.
She has an identity of course, mostly through her interactions with Tanjiro.
And there are moments in
But if we compare Nezuko to lets say – Raphtalia in Shield Hero, the difference is leaps and bounds.
Take away the “cute” elements of Nezuko and there’s not much left to be excited about or to focus on. Ignoring the obvious brother-sister relationship (the best element of her character).
Tanjiro is also overrated. The most overrated in
He’s the type of main character who can’t stand out by himself. And needs others too much.
It’s because of this “need” that Tanjiro is overrated, and not as good as he could have been. Or not as good as comparable characters in duo’s.
Tanjiro’s character is overrated by new anime fans who’ve never watched any Shounen other than
And he’s overrated by Ufotable fans who brag about the studio having great visuals (even though they’re really talking about the Fate franchise).
Not to mention news outlets who love how politically correct and “safe” Tanjiro is as a character.
Outside of these extremes, I haven’t seen anyone who’s watched more than just
Not unless they were drunk on hype when it first aired (understandable).
Don’t get me wrong – he’s NOT the worst protagonist, neither is Nezuko.
But just like the anime, he’s given too much credit.
2. The animation quality is the anime’s “best” trait
Ufotable is known for its animation quality. At least that’s what fans will tell you.
They’re known for the Fate franchise. An anime with some of the best animation quality for an action series.
Truth is though – once you ignore these 2 anime from Ufotable’s catalog, there’s not much else to speak of.
And that leads me to my next point…
Fight scenes are animated to the max and there’s never a dull looking moment no matter what episode you’re watching.
But that’s where the problem begins.
What good is an anime series if its visuals are the BEST thing about it?
The Garden Of Words suffered from the same problem. It’s a gorgeous anime movie that lasts 45 minutes, and yet the content is lazy and the romance is laughable.
Most fans seem to overlook content quality in these cases because they’re so mesmerised by the stunning visuals.
Take away the beautiful animation in
3. Most fight scenes are only “decent” for such a hyped anime
My favorite fight scene in
The constant back and forth of kicking the ball with sheer force was powerful. You could feel the impact of each kick and the back and forth felt pretty good.
The iconic scene (from the GIF above) was OK, but It felt more like the anime wanted to look as flashy as possible as opposed to being as good as it could have.
This goes back to the animation quality point I made earlier. This anime cares more about being fancy than being solid.
This shows up time and time again during fights between characters.
Am I saying animation quality isn’t part of making anime fights LOOK good? Obviously not.
And when you factor in the insane HYPE for
That comes down to having your expectations lowered since you have high expectations going into it.
4. Not so great secondary/support characters
Zenitsu is the one character who could have been thrown out the plot and it wouldn’t have mattered.
He’s annoying, irritating, spends most of his time crying or trying to give you “cringe” comedy that’s not even funny. Mostly because it’s dragged out to the point of ridiculous.
The other guy (who’s name I forgot) has more relevance. And does have his good points.
But I can’t say these secondary characters are anything special, or something you could called GREAT.
Shinobu on the other hand is a good character but she’s not part of the main squad and isn’t supposed to be.
For all the scenes Shinobu is involved in, she plays a relevant role and i’d say she’s memorable.
Kanao is likable but she plays an even smaller role than Shinobu so there’s not much to say about her.
She does have a memorable story though, which relates to Shinobu.
Giyu Tomioka is OK, but Kakashi from
I don’t think
Especially given the hype.
In the end –
Tanjiro feels too perfect as a protagonist. He’s like Deku but without the flaws.
The Shounen cliches are clear in
The most I’d give the anime is 7/10. But it’s FAR from a masterpiece. Especially when comparing it to similar anime.