Demon Slayer a contender for being part of the next Shonen big 3. Here are times it proved to be the best Shonen series & times it fell short.
The modern Shonen big three is a topic that has been circling quite a lot lately in the anime, or specifically, the Shonen community. The original Shonen big three all started airing about two decades ago; two have already concluded while the last one is nearing its endgame. The question is, which titles are worthy of being the new generation’s Shonen big three?
Nobody truly knows; the community still hasn’t come to a common consensus. But what we do know is that Demon Slayer is a pretty solid contestant. Demon Slayer generated a buzz like no other before back when it aired. Calling the series “great” is nothing less of an understatement. Here are a few points that highlight Demon Slayer’s prominence and a few that stand on the series’s path to supremacy.
10. Best: Psuedo-Realistic World
The world of Demon Slayer is, hands down, one of the most realistic worlds in the Shonen genre. The world keeps a perfect equilibrium between reality and fiction. The reality elements and fictional elements blend in a way that never seems to be forced.
Naruto, for example, failed to achieve this by implementing modern technology, like cameras and television, in a shinobi era which isn’t necessarily the problem; the problem itself is that everything seemed rather forced and out of place.
9. Fell short: A Bit Gloomy
Demon Slayer started with a bang. From the first episode, there was a gloomy fog shrouding the series. And while the plot on itself conveys a positive message, that still does not clear the fog away.
The typical Shonen series handles the concept of death rather strictly. Fans can watch these series with a peaceful mind knowing that their favorite characters won’t suddenly be killed off. But in Demon Slayer’s case, things might be a little tricky.
8. Best: Least Amount Of Shonen Tropes
If you are a staunch anime fan, or even just a casual anime watcher, then chances are, you have heard of, and experienced firsthand, Shonen tropes. These tropes are a set of stereotypes that are present in nearly every Shonen series on the platform. A few notable series like Hunter x Hunter managed to keep their hands clean of shonen tropes and still dominated the media.
7. Fell short: Small Cast
One downside to Demon Slayer is its ultra-small cast. While it’s true that a smaller cast might keep the plot simple; in the grand scheme of things, it’s a bad move.
Shows like One Piece have casts so big that even the staunchest of fans would have a hard time remembering the names and looks of certain characters. A larger cast could also open up more possibilities for plot expansions; had Demon Slayer implemented this, it would have been a step closer to perfection.
6. Best: Perfect Pacing
Pacing is an essential component of a perfect plotline, and Demon Slayer excels in this in spades. If the pacing is too fast or, worse, too slow, then that would most likely affect the viewers’ overall experience. Sometimes pacing can save the entire series.
Black Clover’s start was subpar, to say the least. But because of its perfect pacing, the series quickly transitioned from a bland watch to one of the best modern Shonen out there.
5. Fell short: Simple
The premise of Demon Slayer is an extremely simple one; Tanjiro searching for a cure to his sister’s illness. Simplicity is not necessarily a bad thing, but if Demon Slayer wanted to compete with the bigger franchises, being complex is a must.
The cast is small and the premise is limited; there’s only so much room left for maneuvering.
4. Best: Diverse Cast
Despite its small size, Demon Slayer’s cast is one of the most unique casts in the Shonen platform. Each and every character is vivid and has their own individuality. It’s almost as if diversity is a perk of having a small-sized cast.
Ironically enough, every supporting character seems even more complex than Tanjiro himself.
3. Fell short: Too Straightforward
Here’s how Demon Slayer handles its plot. Tanjiro gets notified of demon’s location, Tanjiro journeys to demon’s location, and after an arduous fight, Tanjiro slays that demon, and then the cycle repeats.
2. Best: Animation
Animation-wise, Demon Slayer easily exceeds 90% of the Shonen anime and gives the remaining 10% a good run for their money. Usually, whenever CGI is mentioned, fans usually steer the conversation away. However, the CGI implemented in Demon Slayer is a rare case, to say the least.
Not only is the CGI great, but it is also so artistically designed that it elevated the standing of CGI in the anime community. Animation is certainly one of Demon Slayer’s primary selling points.
1. Fell short: Too Short
By normal manga standards, 200 chapters are generally considered to be long-drawn. Yet, in a long-running Shonen perspective, 200 chapters are only as long as 3 arcs, or even less in extreme cases.
All of the big players of Shonen have at least 300 chapters or more. A longer series usually means more fans and more relevance. Demon Slayer has just a little over 200 chapters, meaning it’ll need about 100 more in order to properly contend with other Shonen manga in this regard.
Source of: CBR.com