Tanjiro and Genya, another Demon Slayer, are trying to protect the Sword Smith Village from a demon who can multiply himself every time his head is cut off. In another part of the village, the Mist Hashira, Tokito, gets caught up protecting Kotetsu, even though he thinks he should go protect the village. This turns out to be a wise decision because Kotetsu informs him that the sword masters are under attack from another demon at a secluded spot outside the village. Tokito races to help them and finds a terribly powerful demon threatening to destroy the only people who can make nichirin swords!
We are back to wall-to-wall fighting in this volume after having a bit of a reprieve in volume 12, so readers who missed the action don't have to wait long to get back into it. There are several battles to go between in this one, and new fighters and fighting styles to keep the pacing fresh. Gotouge continues the pattern of mixing backstory with battles, so we do learn about our new characters, both demon and slayer, as they are battling one another. Fans of Nezuko will also be rewarded in this volume as she finally gets to engage in a bit more battling with her powered-up form we saw in featured on the cover of volume 11, and she stays in this form for the entirety of the volume. However, this more voluptuous form also sparks controversy as part of the only fan-service in the series next to the Love Hashira.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 7-12
Reviews of previous volumes in the series: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, vol 4, vol 5, vol 6, vol 7, vol 8, vol 9, vol 10, vol 11, vol 12
Publisher: VIZ Media
Publication Date: June 2, 2020
ISBN: 9781974711130 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Demons, Action Adventure, VIZ Media
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