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Survey Reveals Why Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is So Popular

Demon Slayer survey popularAs you may be aware, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, the manga from Koyoharu Gotouge, is the undisputed heavyweight champion of the day. It’s sold about a gazillion copies in Japan, prompting some bookshops to adopt a lottery system or even hide it from would-be thieves.

Why is Demon Slayer so popular? Animate Times surveyed its readers to find out.

Answering the call were 316 Demon Slayer fans: 99 men and 217 women. Here’s how they broke down further into age brackets, with men in blue and women in orange. From left to right: 10s, 20-24, 25-29, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s.

Next, Animate Times asked these respondents how the originally heard about Demon Slayer. From left to right, the Japanese reads:

  • By encountering it in Shonen Jump
  • Though a bookshop, anime store, etc.
  • By watching the anime
  • From a friend
  • From Twitter or other social media
  • By hearing the opening/ending song(s)
  • From news or variety TV
  • Other

Clearly, the anime had a huge effect. After all, the manga had been running since 2016, but only became a monster hit after the anime adaptation started airing in 2019.

The next question asked which elements of Demon Slayer respondents found interesting. The elements included, from left to right, are:

  • Characters
  • Story
  • Worldview
  • Setting

Respondents were allowed to pick as many as they liked. 80.7% went for characters, making it the highest-ranked category, followed by story at 72.8%.

Finally, the survey asked respondents to write in their own specific reasons they like the manga. Many commented on the pace and the originality of each character. Others wrote that “the story is easy for anyone to get into, and doesn’t use complicated words,” and “not just the main character, but the demons themselves, also have their own back stories.”

Finally, many respondents noted that while it runs in Shonen Jump, ostensibly a magazine for younger readers, the manga appeals to adults as well. That definitely explains the age breakdown above, where the two largest categories are people in their teens and 40s.

Did any of the results here surprise you? And how did you get into Demon Slayer?

Source: Animate Times

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.