Kimetsu no Yaiba has both a film and a second season on the way, but if you're eager to hold up the magic, read these manga!
There have been plenty of new anime that have made a big splash in recent years. Of all of the series that have resonated with audiences, the popularity of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is on a whole other level. The show is a hit and its momentum isn’t slowing down.
Kimetsu no Yaiba has both a film and a second season on the way, but if fans are still eager to recapture the demon-slaying magic of the series in the meantime then there are still other works that get the job done. Accordingly, here are ten manga to read if you liked Kimetsu no Yaiba.
10. Tokyo Ghoul
A major defining aspect of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is that Tanjiro's sister, Nezuko, is half-demon. Tokyo Ghoul plays in that same area as the series' protagonist, Kaneki becomes half-demon against his will.
Kaneki quickly becomes a prodigy in the demon world and the key to changing everything, but he’s also an easy target. Kaneki's struggles actually matter and the fight sequences are incredible and grotesque. The Tokyo Ghoul anime completely goes off the rails and bungles the complex story, but the manga remains engaging and consistent.
9. Rurouni Kenshin
Many of the manga listed here indulge in demons and supernatural territory that’s similar to Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Rurouni Kenshin is slightly different because it focuses on the kinetic sword fighting that's present in Demon Slayer.
Rurouni Kenshin is still considered one of the formative Samurai series out there and it’s as classy as a blood-soaked action series can be. Rurouni embraces the structure and artistry of Demon Slayer, but helps push the action in a very different and slightly more serious direction.
InuYasha is a classic anime series that elegantly combines monstrous action with touching romance. The series stars Inuyasha, a half-demon half-human hybrid who is pulled between worlds. A lot of InuYasha is interested in the half-demon ridding the world of more demon threats and clearing his conscience of his painful past. However, along the way he opens his heart up to Kagome, who slowly begins to understand where he comes from. The exciting sense of adventure that fuels the series is very reminiscent of Demon Slayer.
Bleach is an anime series that turned out hundreds of episodes and most people had at least heard of the show if they hadn't actually seen it. Bleach involves many of the same concepts that surround Kimetsu no Yaiba. Ichigo gets strange, supernatural powers thrust upon him and finds himself on an amazing journey because of family. Bleach goes on for so long that it's understandable that it loses its focus at times, but until Demon Slayer arrived it was one of the formative series that combined swordplay with demons.
6. Hunter X Hunter
So many beloved series begin with an impressionable youth being left by their parents, but not before they learn that they're actually a part of something bigger and destined for greatness. As a Hunter, Gon journeys to discover and conquer all sorts of creatures and acquires a wonderful party of help along the way. Hunter x Hunter is more lighthearted and playful than Kimetsu no Yaiba, but it matures over time and features some truly epic arcs that feel somewhat comparable to Tanjiro and company's quest in Demon Slayer.
5. Fullmetal Alchemist
Much like how Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is really a story between the commitment between brother and sister, Fullmetal Alchemist does the same thing, but with two brothers. Immediately Fullmetal Alchemist establishes how far these siblings will go for each other. Edward’s radical acts cause his brother Alphonse to pay the price and have his soul contained to a suit of armor. As these two travel the land to heal their wounds, their incredible powers amaze in new ways. Among the thrilling action and familial values, it's hard to not think of Fullmetal Alchemist when watching Kimetsu no Yaiba.
4. Attack On Titan
Attack on Titan has gone on to find overwhelming popularity. The easy thing to focus on with this series is the stunningly frightening designs for the gigantic Titan enemies, but there’s so much more going on in this series. Attack on Titan weaves an intricate story that spans generations and is full of twists and surprises. The fight scenes are amazing to behold and the series’ hero, Eren, must contend with a number of problems that are reminiscent of the problems seen in Demon Slayer.
It's a popular move for anime to feature storylines that find ways to put their protagonist in a complicated position as they're pulled between the forces of good and evil. Claymore is a take on that concept as the series introduces Clare, a half-human half-yoma hybrid. Claymore stands out among similar programs due to how the yoma are such an entertaining depiction of shapeshifting demons. They're actually frightening. Claymore is also one of the better examples of a dark fantasy series as opposed to something that's outright horror and it finds a tone that really works for the action.
2. Blue Exorcist
Family drama is common to all forms of storytelling, not just anime. However, Blue Exorcist's approach to the idea is particularly unique. Teenager Rin learns that his biological father is actually Satan and after Rin's Exorcist guardian passes away, Rin is set on the path to no just avenge him, but to use his Exorcist skills to take out his father, Satan. The grand scope of Blue Exorcist is part of what makes it so much fun and there are genuine stakes regarding whether Rin will be able to accomplish his goal or not.
1. Yu Yu Hakusho
Yu Yu Hakusho still holds very well decades later and it does an incredible job telling its story about a reckless punk's redemption. Teenage troublemaker Yusuke Urameshi passes away in the series' first episode and finds himself in an unusual arrangement with the supernatural forces of the afterlife. Yusuke quickly finds his calling and the friends that he makes as he wars against demon threats are fantastic supporting characters. The action and characters are the true highlight of Yu Yu Hakusho, but the duality of the series and the style of the enemies feel a lot like Demon Slayer.