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Why “Demon Slayer” Is Ending at the Peak of Its Popularity

Part of why Gotoge’s manga of the same name was incredibly popular is because it always got straight to the point and knew when to wrap things up. Although it had a slow start in terms of both story and sales, the manga quickly became a global sensation. This was partly due to the anime adaptation and partly because it tells an effective tale. While it may not surprise or subvert expectations much, it is a well-executed action shonen with little downtime, maintaining a fast pace and focusing on the highlights.

The success of “Demon Slayer” speaks for itself, becoming what “Naruto” was in the 2000s and “Dragon Ball Z” was in the 1990s for this generation of manga and anime fans. However, unlike those two series, “Demon Slayer” managed to tell its story in just 23 volumes or 205 chapters, which is relatively brief for a popular Shonen Jump title.

Given the concise source material, “Demon Slayer” was always going to be a short anime series. But why a trilogy of movies? This approach is both a blessing and a challenge for the franchise.

These days, major anime adaptations often split their seasons based on the story arcs they are covering. The problem is that not all story arcs are of equal length, leading to scenarios where an arc might be finished in just four episodes. Rather than combine story arcs within the same season—something shows like “Attack on Titan” and “My Hero Academia” frequently do—”Demon Slayer” broke new ground in 2020 by announcing that the “Infinity Train Arc” would be adapted as a theatrical feature film instead of an extra-short season.

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