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Top 10 Anime/Manga Similar to Demon Slayer – Kimetsu No Yaiba

(Last Updated On: May 17, 2021)

Kimetsu No Yaiba ( Demon Slayer) is a Japanese Action-Fantasy anime produced by Aniplex and animated by Ufotable. Demon Slayer is a story about a kind-hearted boy Kamado Tanjiro, whose life transformed when his family was killed by a demon. His sister, Nezuko, made out alive, but she got converted into a demon herself. Consumed by rage and hatred, Tanjiro swears to avenge his family. He joins an organization, Demon Slayer Corps to take his revenge and recover his sister’s humanity. Recently, the Demon Slayer Mugen Train movie broke almost every record at the box office. Season 2 of Demon Slayer will be coming later in 2021. If you cannot wait, here are 10 anime/manga identical to demon slayer.

10. Sword Art Online

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Sword Art Online is an action fantasy anime produced by Aniplex. Sword Art Online is similar to your isekai genre, but a little different. In Sword Art Online, the protagonist gets trapped into their game and cannot get out unless they complete it. The storyline is a bit sloppy, but if you are not one of those critics who want perfect anime, you will enjoy it. The fight scenes are marvelous.

Kazuto Kirigaya, nicknamed Kirito, gets a special opportunity to try a new game with thousands of other players. But, in an unfortunate turn of events, they realize they cannot log out. The creator has locked them inside the game and cannot leave unless they complete the game. The world of Aincrad is not all fun, if they die in the game, they die in the real world too.

9. Akame Ga Kill

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Akame Ga Kill is a similar action-adventure anime by White Fox Studios. Akame Ga Kill is very similar as it also contains sword-style fights. The storyline is also similar to the demon slayer. The main difference would be the absence of demons in this anime. Akame Ga Kill is a bit more towards realistic aspects. It is more focused on assassins than demons.

Tatsumi, a naive boy from a village, gets fascinated by Night Raid’s ideals and also is recruited by them. Night Raid is an assassination group of the Revolutionary Army formed to overthrow the current Prime Minister Honest, whose greed has caused a lot of famine, poverty all over the country. Tatsumi, along with Night Raid, fights the Emperor, assassins and gets to know what it means to be an assassin with a cause.

8. Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul is an action-horror anime by Studio Pierrot. Tokyo Ghoul is very similar to Demon Slayer in some aspects while being very different in other aspects. It also follows the same principle of demons eating humans, just the demons are replaced by creatures called ghouls. They both have naive MCs whose life gets changed in the very beginning. Tokyo Ghoul has one of the best anti-hero MCs – Kaneki Ken. The manga version of Tokyo Ghoul is considered a masterpiece, but the anime is not that good. Season 2 of Tokyo Ghoul follows a different story than the manga. This leaves a lot of plotholes and confusion among the watchers.

Ken Kaneki’s life gets changed after a date with his crush. Rize turns the wrong path. Rize turns out to be the human-eating ghoul whose next prey is Kaneki. Kaneki gets saved from Rize when a dozen steel beams fall on her and Kaneki. Kaneki is saved as Rize’s organs get transferred into Kaneki. The organ transfer turns out to be a bad move as Kaneki becomes a half ghoul-half human. Now, he cannot fit into any of the societies completely.

7. Noragami

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Noragami is an action fantasy anime by Studio Bones. Noragami shares similar sword-fights with Demon Slayer. Noragami focuses on curses instead of demons. Curses are made of negative energy and tend to possess human beings, making them walk the dark path. Noragami anime has some of the best animations and the opening theme is also as good as demon slayer. Noragami anime currently has only two seasons, while the manga is ongoing. No news on the third season of noragami is out yet. Noragami is considered one of the most beautiful manga ever.

Yato, a war god, starts Delivery God Yato service where he does anything for just 5 yen. As he has not a single shrine dedicated to himself, he strives every day to achieve his dream of having a shrine dedicated to himself. His life gets changed when a girl named Hiyori saves him from a car. Whilst, she is saved but in the process, her soul would lose from time to time from her body. Hiyori now demands Yato return herself to normal. With Hiyori’s help, his dream might come true.

6. Goblin Slayer

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Goblin Slayer is an action fantasy anime by White Fox Studio. At first, goblin slayer seems so similar to Demon Slayer, both sharing similar names. Goblin Slayer focuses on goblins, like demons in Demon Slayer. Demon Slayer is a bit more wholesome and family-friendly than Goblin Slayer. Goblin Slayer is a lot more gruesome than Demon Slayer.

Goblin slayer takes place in a world where humans and goblins coexist. The story takes off when a few childish adventures including a young Priestess raid a cave. The group gets ambushed and everyone is left dead. The Priestess, resigning herself to her fate, gets saved by The Goblin Slayer who destroys the whole goblin nest. Along with the Priestess, High-Elf, Dwarf, and Lizard-man, he continues the journey to eliminate every goblin in the world.

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5. Jujutsu Kaisen

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Jujutsu Kaisen is a new-gen action anime just like Demon Slayer. Jujutsu Kaisen is animated by Studio Mappa which is already famous for shows like Attack on Titan and God of HighSchool. Jujutsu Kaisen and Demon Slayer share a similar feel and setting. Both are new-gen anime that are highly appreciated in the community. Both are about talented/elite humans fighting against demons or curses who are dangerous for the average human.

When a high-school student, Yuuji Itadori eats the high-grade cursed object – Sukuna’s finger to save himself and his friends from a curse, he also unleashes Sukuna, the King of Curses onto this world. Although Itadori can restrain Sukuna and control his body, the world still sees him as a threat and wants him executed. But, Satoru Gojo, a Jujutsu Sorcerer, has other plans for him. Itadori agrees to help Gojo by consuming all the Sukuna’s fingers and then be executed so that Sukuna himself also perishes. To do so, Itadori enrolls in Jujutsu High, a school for Jujutsu Sorcerers.

4. The Promised Neverland

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The Promised Neverland differs greatly from Demon Slayer since this is not an action anime. The Promised Neverland shares a similar demon-eating-humans setting and children getting exposed to them early in their life. The Promised Neverland is a mystery-horror anime from Studio CloverWorks. The anime is a great example of excellent animation, storyline, and OSTs. The pace is also excellent and the thrill is just mind-blowing. Although, all this diminishes with the second season. But, the first season is recommended.

At first glance, Grace Field looks like a normal orphanage. A house, a caring Mother, and enough food for the children was enough for them to live their life happily. But, the dark truth of the orphanage was unknown to the children. As the three oldest siblings become aware of the truth, they try their best to save them and the other children from their beloved Mother.

3. Blue Exorcist

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Blue Exorcist shares a lot of similarities with Demon Slayer. They both have young characters who strive to join the upper ranks of their organizations ( Demon Slayers in Kimetsu No Yaiba and Exorcists in Blue Exorcist). They also share similar MCs and have awesome sword fights. Demons are a common aspect in both anime.

Blue Exorcist follows the life of Rin Okumura, a troublesome teenager, whose life gets changed when he gets ambushed by demons. He comes to know that he is the son of Satan and his father wants him to return and fight alongside him to conquer the human world. Rin, refusing to side with his father, trains to become an exorcist to protect the human world alongside his brother.

2. Bleach

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BLEACH

Bleach is one of the big-3 that almost everyone has watched at least one of them. Bleach is a supernatural-action anime by Studio Pierrot. Bleach and Demon Slayer, at first glance, resemble quite a lot. They both possess supernatural evil characters, have excellent sword fights, and also have similar rankings. The high filler list of the anime could scare off some of the watchers as it has 50% fillers, the highest ever in any anime. But still, Bleach of the Big-3 is an excellent anime that recently got continued in 2021.

Ichigo Kurosaki is an ordinary high-school student. One day, his family gets attacked by a Hollow, an evil spirit that devours human souls. To save his family, Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper, arrives, who gets injured while protecting his family. Now, to save his family, he takes Rukia’s offer and becomes a Soul Reaper himself. Rukia, unable to recover her powers, passes the task of hunting Hollows to Ichigo.

1. Dororo

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Dororo is a very underrated anime by Studio Mappa. Dororo shares the most similarity with Demon Slayer, according to me. They both share amazing sword fights, both have an MC who fights to recover humanity, in Demon Slayer it’s his sister’s while in Dororo, it’s himself. The storyline is also similar. Nevertheless, if you liked Demon Slayer and want to watch something similar to it, Dororo should be your first choice.

Daigo Kagemitsu, a greedy samurai, makes a pact with the demons for power. 12 demons answered his prayer and granted him the power he desired. Kagemitsu’s first son was born without any limbs, nose, ears, and even skin. He was disposed of in a river but was saved and given prosthetics. He now defeats demons that took him as a sacrifice. With each death, he regains a part of his humanity. He wandered alone until he befriends an orphan, Dororo.

These are the 10 Anime that are similar to Demon Slayer(Kimetsu No Yaiba). Demon Slayer Season 2 will be coming out in 2021. The Demon Slayer Movie Mugen Train is already out and is breaking records at the box office. If you know any of the anime we missed out on, do tell us.

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Jayesh Punj
I am Jayesh Punj. I write about Anime, Indian Web Series, and Light Novels over at WeeBlade. Do check it out. Cheers

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