Kimetsu no Yaiba, commonly known in English as Demon Slayer, is the most popular anime in 2019. Not only in anime, but the manga has also become very in demand, even in sales, beating One Piece’s record.
The story follows Tanjiro Kamado, a young boy who becomes a demon slayer after demons slaughter his family, and his sister, Nezuko Kamado, who turns into a demon. He also embarks on a journey as a demon hunter to find clues on healing and restoring Nezuko to human.
Back to the main point, here are ten anime like Kimetsu no Yaiba
Anime Like Demon Slayer
If in Kimetsu no Yaiba Tanjirou traveled to restore his sister Nezuko into a human, then in Dororo Hyakkimaru traveled to retrieve his limbs taken by the Devil. Both anime are set in the samurai era, but what makes Dororo a little different is that Dororo’s plot is much darker.
Dororo tells the story of a samurai leader willing to inflame his son’s body parts, Hyakkimaru, to the Demon God to dominate the battlefield. However, Hyakkimaru was saved by someone by equipping his body with prosthetic equipment. Hyakkimaru then decides to go on a journey to defeat the Devil and regain his limbs.
2. Hunter x Hunter (2011)
Hunter x Hunter and Kimetsu no Yaiba are two shounen anime that feature epic battles about the main MC group facing many obstacles against enemies beyond human reason. Even though it’s not Demon-themed, Hunter x Hunter is worth watching.
Hunter x Hunter tells the story of the adventures of a boy named Gon Freecs, who becomes a Hunter in search of his father, who disappeared when Gon was a child. On the way, Gon befriends Kurapika, Leorio, and Killua and eventually becomes close friends. Gon’s struggle to become a famous Hunter begins.
3. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Edward and Tanjirou have something in common: they are fighting hard to save his sister, whom he loves. Edward tries to restore Alphonse’s lost body, and Tanjirou tries to turn Nezuko back into a human. As the story progresses, the Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood displays epic battles and strong enemies.
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood tells the story of two brothers, Edward Elric and Alphonse Elric, who do something taboo to bring their mother back to life in the world of alchemy. But the attempt failed and made the body of his younger brother, Alphonse disappear. Feeling panicked, Edward transferred Al’s spirit into a suit of armor at the expense of his right hand and left foot.
4. Ao no Exorcist
The similarity between Ao no Exorcist and Kimetsu no Yaiba is that they are both shounen anime with the theme of the demon world. Rin and Tanjirou also have similar traits; naive, confident, and considerate of their friends.
Ao, no Exorcist tells the story of Okumura Rin and his twin sister, Okumura Yukio. Since childhood, the two of them were raised with Fujimoto, a pastor at a church. When he was 15 years old, Rin was suddenly attacked by Satan’s followers, who tried to capture him and bring him back to Gehenna, the dimension where demons live. In the fight, it is finally revealed that Rin is the son of Satan (Demon King), and he also inherited the blue flames from his father.
During the fight, Rin, who cannot control the blue flames, loses control, and his adoptive father, Fujimoto, dies trying to thwart Satan’s attempts to bring Rin home. Filled with revenge, Rin finally decides to join the Exorcist organization to defeat the Demon king to avenge the death of his adoptive father.
5. Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu
Another anime from the ufotable studio, Katsugeki Touken Ranbu, has similarities to Kimetsu no Yaiba in terms of setting. The two main characters are also shown to be very skilled at swords and use them to defeat evil creatures. Because it comes from the same studio, Katsugeki Touken Ranbu also displays animation with graphics that spoil your eyes.
Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu is set in 1863 when the era of the samurai is coming to an end. Japan is divided into two camps; pro-shogunate and anti-shogunate. The world’s fate is threatened by “Historical Revisionists” who come from the future to change history. A sage named Saniwa and two sword warriors rush to Edo to protect history.
6. Tokyo Ghoul
Like Kimetsu no Yaiba, Tokyo Ghoul explores the line between “humans” and “monsters” as the main character struggles to survive in a gruesome world. This anime also presents battle scenes with an excellent soundtrack to listen to.
Tokyo Ghoul tells of a student named Kaneki Ken who must experience an unexpected event where he meets a ghoul named Rize Kamishiro, the girl he has a crush on. Ghouls are creatures that look like humans but love to eat human flesh. Luckily, Kaneki survived the incident, but he was in a very critical condition and was taken to the hospital for surgery.
After successfully recovering, Kaneki felt different from before, when he felt very hungry but nauseous when eating. After finding out the cause, it turns out that Kaneki turned into a half-ghoul human. Therefore, he had to eat human flesh to survive and overcome hunger.
7. Fire Force
Just like Kimetsu no Yaiba, Enen no Shouboutai is a new shounen anime that begins with the terrible events experienced by the MC’s family.
A strange phenomenon occurs in Tokyo where people suddenly get burned and turn into fire monsters called infernals. This creature was once a human who did not have peace in his life so he needed to be calmed by destroying the core in his heart.
8. Owari no Seraph
Just like Kimetsu no Yaiba, Owari no Seraph has a demon (vampire) theme. The MCs of both anime also have a lot in common where both struggle to turn someone they love back into a human.
Owari no Seraph itself is set in a world that is undergoing destruction. When humans are attacked by some virus that destroys adult humans and leaves only children under the age of thirteen at the same time, the vampire nation appears and claims that it has conquered the world and will become the new protector of mankind. But the “Protection” isn’t free. The remaining humans must pay for it by donating their blood to the vampires.
Focusing on Yuichiro and his friends planning to escape from the vampires. However, the plan does not go smoothly because his friends sacrifice themselves so he can leave. Later, Yuichiro was saved by members of the Moon Demon Company, a vampire extermination organization. Yuichiro decides to join the organization to destroy all vampires and take revenge against those who killed his family.
9. D. Gray-man
Allen Walker is very similar to Kamado Tanjirou. The two joined the demon hunter group; on the other hand, they both felt sorry for those who turned into demons.
Tells about Allen Walker, an exorcist member of the Black Order organization. He has a mission to defeat the Akuma created by the Earl of Millennium and the Noah Clan, who are planning to rule the world.
Inuyasha is a supernatural shounen anime set in Japan where humans and demons fight against each other. Naraku and Muzan are very similar in that they both have a cruel and manipulative nature.
It focuses on Kagome Higurashi, who is transported to the unseen world of the Sengoku era or medieval Japan after falling into a well in his family’s temple. Then he met a half-demon human demon named Inuyasha.
Well, these are some anime that are similar to Kimetsu no Yaiba. Do you have any other anime recommendations?