Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

10 Best Episodes of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - Season 1

It is the Taisho Period in Japan. Tanjiro, a kindhearted boy who sells charcoal for a living, finds his family slaughtered by a demon. To make matters worse, his younger sister Nezuko, the sole survivor, has been transformed into a demon herself. Though devastated by this grim reality, Tanjiro resolves to become a “demon slayer” so that he can turn his sister back into a human, and kill the demon that massacred his family.

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - S1E8

#15 - The Smell of Enchanting Blood (Season 1 - Episode 8)

The next mission is in Asakusa, Tokyo. Tanjiro is taken aback by the opulent Taisho Era cityscape, but soon picks up the demon’s scent there. His pursuit of the scent leads him to Muzan Kibutsuji. Tanjiro attempts to strike him down. But Kibutsuji transforms a passerby into demon, triggering a commotion. As Tanjiro desperately tries to get things under control, someone appears before him...

The episode was rated 7.95 from 688 votes.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - S1E3

#14 - Sabito and Makomo (Season 1 - Episode 3)


The Demon Slayer Corps... An organization that's been hunting down demons since ancient times. Sakonji Urokodaki starts training Tanjiro for Final Selection, the test for joining the unit. Navigating a mountain riddled with booby traps, dry sword swings, waterfall immersion and breathing techniques... A year later, Urokodaki informs Tanjiro that he has nothing more to teach him, and gives him one last hurdle to overcome in front of a giant boulder.

The episode was rated 8.01 from 783 votes.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - S1E5

#13 - My Own Steel (Season 1 - Episode 5)

When day breaks, there are only four swordsmen left standing after the seven-day battle. The guides who greet Tanjiro and the other survivors explain the Demon Slayer Corps system. All four are issued uniforms and Kasugai Crows as messengers, after which they must select the ore for their own Nichirin swords. After gazing hard at each lump of ore, and using his keen sense of smell, the one Tanjiro chooses is...

The episode was rated 8.02 from 744 votes.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - S1E21

#12 - Against Corps Rules (Season 1 - Episode 21)


Seeing Tanjiro try to protect Nezuko even as he collapses triggers memories of Rui’s own past. Once a sickly boy, he became a demon after meeting Muzan Kibutsuji who gave him a share of his blood. But after he turns into a demon, his own parents try to kill him. Ever since then, he has been searching for a family. Seeking a bond that he can never hope to acquire...

The episode was rated 8.03 from 619 votes.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - S1E22

#11 - Master of the Mansion (Season 1 - Episode 22)

After the battle is over, Tanjiro and Nezuko are taken to the Demon Slayer Corps headquarters. This is where the Hashira Meeting between the Corps leader, Ubuyashiki, and the Hashiras, the most powerful swordsmen in the Corps, is to be held. The Hashiras censure Tanjiro for violating the Demon Slayer Corps by protecting a demon. And then, the Wind Hashira, Sanemi Shinazugawa, raises his sword against Nezuko...

The episode was rated 8.04 from 603 votes.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - S1E10

#10 - Together Forever (Season 1 - Episode 10)


Tanjiro’s crisis continues. He uses multiple forms of the Water Breathing technique to hold out against Yahaba’s final Blood Demon Art, the "Kouketsu Arrow." Meanwhile, Nezuko and Susamaru are still battling it out. Worried about the outcome, Tamayo unleashes her own Blood Demon Art.

The episode was rated 8.09 from 667 votes.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - S1E7

#9 - Muzan Kibutsuji (Season 1 - Episode 7)

Now split into three, the demons have driven Tanjiro into a corner. It is then that Nezuko attacks. Now that she’s become a demon herself, she’s no longer so weak that she needs protection. His mind made up, Tanjiro follows one of the demons into the swamp now spreading across the ground. Waiting for him there is...

The episode was rated 8.09 from 719 votes.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - S1E9

#8 - Temari Demon and Arrow Demon (Season 1 - Episode 9)


It was two demons named Tamayo and Yushiro who came to Tanjiro’s rescue. Using the “Eyeblind” spell, Tamayo guides Tanjiro and Nezuko to her house. There, through his conversation with Tamayo, Tanjiro learns that there is a way to return demons to human form. Just then, two demons in pursuit of Tanjiro locate the house and unleash a furious assault...

The episode was rated 8.12 from 688 votes.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - S1E17

#7 - You Must Master a Single Thing (Season 1 - Episode 17)

One of the Twelve Kizuki, a direct subordinate of Muzan Kibutsuji, is here somewhere. When Tanjiro slays the Mother Spider Demon of Mt. Natagumo, he learns that a demon who might hold the key to turning Nezuko back into a human is somewhere in this very forest. With the battered Inosuke in tow, he heads deeper into the forest. Meanwhile, Zenitsu trudges forlornly through the woods only to encounter a spider with a human face.

The episode was rated 8.16 from 632 votes.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - S1E16

#6 - Letting Someone Else Go First (Season 1 - Episode 16)


Tanjiro and Inosuke battle the Demon Slayers trapped by spider webs. After slashing the threads and destroying the webs, they head deeper into the mountain. The farther they advance through the forest, the thicker the threads become, and those under their control start moving in ways impossible for a human being. Stopping the Demon Slayers without hurting them isn't going to be easy, but then Tanjiro makes a certain move...

The episode was rated 8.18 from 620 votes.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - S1E20

#5 - Pretend Family (Season 1 - Episode 20)

When Rui assaults him with his Blood Demon Art, Tanjiro braces himself for certain death. As his life flashes before his eyes, he suddenly remembers his father's dance, the kagura, and unleashes a new, non-Water Breathing attack. Hinokami Kagura Dance. Knowing that he’ll be receiving a simultaneous blow from the demon, he uses his new move to slice off Rui’s head. As Tanjiro crawls towards Nezuko, who lies on the ground, riddled with wounds, someone appears before him.

The episode was rated 8.20 from 626 votes.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - S1E26

#4 - New Mission (Season 1 - Episode 26)


As Tanjiro and the others are devoted to their rehabilitation training, the absolute master of the demons, Muzan Kibutsuji, gathers the Lower Ranks of the Twelve Kizuki. The demons, too, are preparing to make their next move. As training draws to a close, Tanjiro has improved to the point where he can fight on equal terms with Kanao. Just then, he receives word of a new mission from his Kasugai Crow.

The episode was rated 8.29 from 627 votes.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - S1E4

#3 - Final Selection (Season 1 - Episode 4)

To pass Final Selection, one must survive for seven days on Mt. Fujikasane where demons captured by the Demon Slayers have been imprisoned. So begins the battle for survival between the young swordsmen and the demons. Armed with the breathing techniques and stances he'd learned from Sakonji Urokodaki, Tanjiro slashes demon after demon. His two years of training have not gone to waste. But just then, a morphed demon appears out of nowhere.

The episode was rated 8.31 from 764 votes.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - S1E18

#2 - A Forged Bond (Season 1 - Episode 18)


Tanjiro and Inosuke face off against the Father Spider Demon of Mt. Natagumo. Tanjiro unleashes an attack, only to get hurled away by the demon's overwhelming power. Landing near a river, he comes upon the young demon Rui torturing the Sister Spider Demon. When Rui calls their bond of terror and hatred "a family’s bond," Tanjiro is enraged. So begins the battle between Rui and Tanjiro.

The episode was rated 8.39 from 626 votes.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - S1E19

#1 - Hinokami (Season 1 - Episode 19)

Swordsmen in the Demon Slayer Corps known as Hashiras have arrived on Mt. Natagumo. Giyu Tomioka, the Water Hashira, slays the Father Spider Demon with a single strike. Inosuke, thrilled to see such a display of swordsmanship by someone in a totally different league from himself, challenges Giyu to a duel. Meanwhile, Zenitsu lies near death as the poison circulates throughout his body. Just then, the Insect Hashira, Shinobu Kocho appears before him.

The episode was rated 9.20 from 838 votes.

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