Are you ready to watch or read the beloved anime and manga series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba? We’ve provided a summary list of the captivating story and its intriguing characters, carefully examining each arc in order, complete with related chapters and episodes.
Whether you’re a devoted fan or a newcomer eager to explore, our guide will happily assist you in navigating Tanjiro Kamado’s thrilling adventure to save his sister Nezuko and defeat the primary adversary of the demon slayers, the formidable demon lord, Muzan Kibutsuji.
Final Selection Arc
|1 – 9||1 – 5|
The opening Arc of Demon Slayer begins with Tanjiro Kamado, a kindhearted young man who sells charcoal to support his family. Tragically, his world is shattered when he returns home one day to discover his entire family brutally murdered by a demon. The sole survivor is his beloved sister, Nezuko Kamado, who has been transformed into a demon herself.
The Final Selection Arc is a pivotal moment for Tanjiro Kamado as he undergoes a deadly test to become a demon slayer. With the help of Giyu Tomioka and Urokodaki Sakonji, Tanjiro trains to face the challenges ahead and save his sister Nezuko from her demonic curse. During the test, Tanjiro faces powerful demons and confronts his own weaknesses, pushing himself to the brink of overcoming them.
Kidnapper’s Bog Arc
|10 – 13||6 – 7|
In his first official mission as a member of the Demon Slayer Corps, Tanjiro Kamado is thrust into the harsh reality of demon hunting. Alongside his sister Nezuko, he sets out to investigate a string of disturbing disappearances plaguing a nearby town. As they unravel the mystery, they are faced with the true terror of the demon world and the cruel fate that awaits those who fall victim to these savage creatures.
|14 – 19||8 – 10|
The Arc starts with a chilling encounter between Tanjiro and Muzan Kibutsuji, the ruthless creator of all demons. As Tanjiro tries to uncover more about the elusive Muzan, he crosses paths with a doctor named Tamayo and her assistant Yushiro, two unusual demons who are working to develop a cure that can transform demons back into humans.
Despite their demon status, Tamayo and Yushiro are kindhearted demons who share the same goal as the Demon Slayers – to rid the world of the demonic threat. When Tanjiro and Nezuko cross paths with them, they offer refuge and care for their wounds. But their peace is short-lived when they are suddenly attacked by two powerful demons, Susamaru and Yahaba, who are under orders from the fearsome Muzan. As they fight for their lives, Tanjiro learns that Muzan has a personal vendetta against him, driven by his fear of a past Demon Slayer who closely resembles Tanjiro.
Tsuzumi Mansion Arc
|20 – 27||11 – 14|
During Tanjiro and Nezuko’s mission to obtain demon blood to cure Nezuko’s demon curse, as requested by Tamayo, they encountered new friends along the way. One of these companions was Zenitsu Agatsuma, a skilled demon slayer who joined their mission. Together, they came across a haunting mansion where two desperate children begged for their help in finding their lost brother. Little did they know that the mansion was crawling with a dangerous demon, the menacing Kyogai, who had the ability to manipulate the rooms in the mansion, turning it into a hazardous maze. As they entered the mansion, they were also joined by the fierce demon slayer Inosuke Hashibira.
Mount Natagumo Arc
|28 – 44||15 – 21|
As Tanjiro and his fellow demon slayers continued on their mission, they made their way to Natagumo Mountain. But as they approached the mountain, they began to sense that something was not quite right. Soon, they found themselves face-to-face with the Spider Demon Family, a powerful group of demons led by Rui, one of the Twelve Demon Moons – the most powerful demons led by Muzan, each of whom possesses a unique ability and a mark on their body that corresponds to their demon power rank. This harrowing encounter tested the power of Tanjiro, Nezuko, Zenitsu, and Inosuke as they fought for their lives against some of the deadliest demons they had ever encountered.
Rehabilitation Training Arc
|45 – 53||22 – 26|
After their grueling battle on Natagumo Mountain, Tanjiro and Nezuko were put to the test by the pillars, the strongest members of the Demon Slayer Corps. This test was to determine if Nezuko could overcome her innate demon instincts and resist the urge to consume human flesh. While the pillar’s ultimate goal was to eradicate all demons, Nezuko was a unique case and differed greatly from other demons.
Once she passed, they were taken to the Butterfly Mansion to recover from their wounds. There, Tanjiro was reunited with Zenitsu and Inosuke, who were also on the mend. As they underwent rehabilitation, they trained with the mansion’s residents, honing their skills in total concentration breathing.
Mugen Train Arc
|54 – 69||Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train (27 – 34)|
In the Mugen Train arc, Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke embarked on a perilous journey aboard a train where they faced numerous deadly demons. Accompanied by the Fire Hashira, Kyojuro Rengoku, they were pitted against Enmu – a cunning demon with the power to put passengers in a dream-like state by fusing with the train. But Enmu was not the only adversary they faced. At the end of the Arc, they encountered Akaza, an Upper Rank Demon 3, serving under the Muzan Kibutsuji. Despite his immense strength, the group refused to back down and fought valiantly against the powerful enemy.
Entertainment District Arc
|70 – 97||34 – 44|
In the Entertainment District Arc, we meet the charismatic Sound Pillar, Tengen Uzui, who enlists the help of Tanjiro, Inosuke, and Zenitsu to search for his missing wives in the bustling city of Yoshiwara. Rumors of demons lurking in the shadows only add to the sense of urgency as they navigate the unfamiliar territory, unsure of who they can trust. As they uncover shocking truths about the city’s seedy underworld, they come face to face with the robust brother-sister duo, Daki, and Gyutaro – two powerful Upper Moon demons who prove to be durable enemies.
Swordsmith Village Arc
|98 – 127||Episode count remains unannounced|
When Tanjiro journeyed to the swordsmith village to repair his beloved sword, he never expected to find himself caught up in a battle against two powerful Upper Rank Demons. With the help of his allies, including the determined Nezuko, savage Genya, and compassionate Mitsuri, they faced off against the sinister Hantengu, an Upper Rank Demon 4 who has the power to create clones. Meanwhile, Muichiro embarked on his own fight against Gyokko, the powerful Upper Rank Demon 5.
As the stakes grew higher and the battles more intense, they uncovered a shocking truth about Nezuko’s newfound ability to withstand sunlight – a development that put them squarely in the crosshairs of the ruthless demon lord Muzan.
Hashira Training Arc
|128 – 136||Not Yet Adapted to Animation|
In this Arc, we get an inside look at the rigorous training program designed to help Demon Slayers improve their skills and physical abilities. Our heroes undertake a draining regimen that tests their endurance, strength, and speed led by the pillars themselves, including Uzui Tengen, who focuses on endurance, and Muichiro Tokito, who teaches them swift movement techniques. The Love Pillar, Kanroji Mitsuri who emphasizes the importance of flexibility, and Obanai who teaches Tanjiro how to master his sword. The pillars help them to develop their skills and become better prepared for the battles that lie ahead. As they push themselves to the limit and overcome obstacles, they grow stronger both as individuals and as a team.
As the rigorous training continues, the Demon Slayers soon discover that a sneaky demon is spying on them, making their already difficult journey even more dangerous. And to make matters worse, toward the end of the Arc, the notorious Muzan Kibutsuji himself makes an appearance at the Ubuyashiki Mansion, sending chills down everyone’s spines.
Infinity Castle Arc
|137 – 183||Not Yet Adapted to Animation|
This Arc takes us into the lair of the Twelve Demon Moons, known as the Dimensional Infinity Fortress. The Demon Slayer Corps has finally mustered the strength to confront the infamous Muzan Kibutsuji. But he’s not going down without a fight – he summons the high-ranking demons to his fortress in a desperate attempt to dismantle the group.
As our heroes engage in epic battles against powerful demons like Doma, Akaza, and Nakime, they are pushed to their limits and forced to confront their own mortality. Some of the most beloved characters meet their end during this Arc, while the tragic pasts of some of the most reviled villains are revealed.
Sunrise Countdown Arc
|184 – 205||Not Yet Adapted to Animation|
In the heart-pumping climax of the Demon Slayer anime, the Demon Slayer Corps launched a decisive attack on the notorious Muzan Kibutsuji, who had been weakened by Tamayo’s poison. The stakes were sky-high as they had to take down the demon before sunrise. After an epic battle, the Corps succeeded in vanquishing Muzan, but the victory came at a hefty cost. While Nezuko was cured of her demonic curse, Tanjiro was turned into a demon, and his friends were forced to come together to defeat him.
The fate of the young protagonist hung in the balance until Tanjiro reawakened as a human, thanks to the unwavering support of Nezuko and his friends, who made him realize his importance to everyone else. Despite suffering tremendous losses during their long and challenging journey, our favorite trio finally got the happy ending they deserved.
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