The Art of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: The Anime: Volume One would be a great addition to any Demon Slayer fan’s collection. It’s 119 large pages in a handsomely packaged paperback. The illustrations are glossy and done in full, beautiful color. In it you’ll see characters like Tanjiro, Nezuko, Inosuke, Muzan Kibutsuji, members of the Demon Slayer Corps, and more. Sometimes the images are small, and sometimes they’ll take up a page or a two-page spread. The artwork also ranges from serious to lighthearted and amusing.
The book is divided into different sections, each of different lengths. The first section, Key Visuals, includes a number of common Demon Slayer shots. These are pretty recognizable images.
Next is Promotional Illustrations. This includes images that aren’t as well-known as those in the previous section. And this is a long section at about 50 pages.
The Character Art section is only two pages, and has a bunch of small images of the characters.
The following section, Theatrics and Events, has some really fun art, including stuff that isn’t as easy to find. It has characters dressed in different outfits and in different locations, like in a snowy world making a snowman (Tanjiro is throwing a snowball at Zenitsu) or Tanjiro hanging out in a nice den.
The Seasonal section has smaller images of the characters doing, well, seasonal things, like themed illustrations for Halloween or Christmas.
Collaborations & Games has images of the characters from different collaborations the franchise has done.
Animation Production has examples of production art from the first 26 episodes.
The Blu-ray and DVD/CD section contains art from these releases in Japan. This is stuff that can be more obscure to find in America.
Obviously this would be of the most interest to Demon Slayer fans, since that’s what the whole book is dedicated to. And for Demon Slayer fans, it’s a feast for the eyes!
Original Work: Koyoharu Gotouge
Publisher: VIZ Media
Translator: Evan Galloway
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.