Demon Slayer Manga Ending Explained (Including The Extended Finale)

Demon Slayer Manga Ending Explained (Including The Extended Finale)

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The Demon Slayer Manga finally ended with Muzan being slain, and with the Demon Slayer Corps victorious. Their victory is a huge deal indeed, as it ultimately ended the reign of the Demons, and completely eradicated the Demon race for good. Take note that Muzan is the progenitor of all Demons in the series, which is why stopping him will stop the creation of Demons for good.

The Demon Slayer manga ended in a way where the series placed us first in a climax within a climax. The initial climax was of course the defeat of Muzan when he was struck by sunlight since he is too overpowered in the first place for the whole Demon Slayer Corps to defeat. The climax within it was when Muzan was defeated, and Tanjiro turned into a demon.

There’s also the Extended Finale of the manga, which is also very important for readers to check despite it being set in modern-day Japan. To find out more about the whole ending of Demon Slayer, I decided to write down the whole details of the last parts of the final battle. You will also understand what the extended finale meant for the series, as well as the reason why the author decided to add such a part. 

Is The Demon Slayer Manga Over?

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba is already finished, with its final chapter 205 released on May 18, 2020. Take note that chapter 205 is the one that fans call the extended finale, as the story of the final chapter is not about Tanjiro, but someone else related to him. This part is something that I will explain later once we talk about this special epilogue chapter. 

So, if you want to think about what the actual final part of Tanjiro’s story is, then that will be chapter 204 of the manga series. Chapter 204, titled A World Without Demons, was released on May 11, 2020. This is the chapter that was set three months after the defeat of antagonist Muzan Kibutsuji. As the title says, the world is now cleansed from demons. This shows the peace that they all deserve after completing their mission to end the reign of Demons for good.

What Happened At The End Of Demon Slayer Manga?

Demon Slayer Manga Ending Explained (Including The Extended Finale)

It is best to explain the end of the manga by telling what happened first when they defeated Muzan before transitioning to the extended finale. Knowing how overpowered Muzan is, everyone fighting him at that time was already on the verge of giving up. But gladly, Demons have one main weakness: sunlight. The entire Corps is just buying time by fighting Muzan until the Sun Rises, and finally, it was about time that the sun had risen, especially that some allies died already.

This caused the powerful Muzan to disintegrate, giving everyone the feeling of relief, whereas some of them even cried as the most difficult ordeal was over, and the demons were now erased from the world. With no more opponents in sight, they finally rest. Some of the Demon Slayers helped the injured, some of the Hashira commented on their final battle, some still cannot believe that they already won, and so on.

However, Tanjiro is unresponsive when Giyu checks on him. Tanjiro is not breathing anymore while kneeling and holding his blade! This caused everyone to go into a panic, worried that their friend was already dead, which was confirmed. After all, he is exhausted and is bleeding heavily from his severed arm due to the intense fight against Muzan. 

The scene then switches to Muzan and his past life as a human. This is where we all discovered the fact that the Demon curse is not just some supernatural occurrence, but is also a sort of virus caused by experimentation over Muzan. Muzan is also aware of the fact that death is always near him even when he was a human, and then switches to the part where Muzan’s consciousness is actually inside Tanjiro, as he is giving the latter all of his demon blood.

As a result, Tanjiro woke up from his death, but not as a human anymore. Initially, everyone felt a huge sigh of relief when they found out that Tanjiro had awakened. However, they also noticed that Tanjiro’s arm regenerated, prompting them to stay away from Tanjiro as they realized that their friend had turned into a demon. The surprised and exhausted Demon Slayers are now wondering in fear as to why Tanjiro seems to act strangely, enjoying his new form with insane excitement.

At this point, they had no choice but to prepare themselves for another battle despite being too tired from defeating the first Demon King. While battling Tanjiro, they continued persuading him to go back to being a human. As Tanjiro kept on releasing his spine whips and started demonstrating his overpowered form, Nezuko rushed to her brother and hugged him so tight.

This began Tanjiro’s inner struggle to get rid of Muzan’s control over him. And thanks to the power of sibling love, coupled with a bit of friendship from his allies, they were able to finally get rid of the Muzan inside Tanjiro and ultimately restore the hero to being a human. Now that they are finally at peace, the Demon race is finally erased, while Tanjiro, his sister, and their friends are now living at peace.

The final scenes are so peaceful, that fans will feel touched because Tanjiro and Nezuko finally achieved their goal, plus eliminated all demons for good. And as the other story ending says, Tanjiro and his sister lived happily ever after with their friends in the Kamado residence. The last panel of chapter 204, then shows a modern-day city, which starts a new story.

This is where chapter 205, the extended finale, comes in. The timeline of this chapter occurred possibly hundreds of years after Tanjiro’s timeline. But this chapter shows the modern-day Kamado family, with one of them having a striking resemblance to Tanjiro. It also showed the descendants of Zenitsu, Nezuko, Inosuke, and even Murata. They all seem to be as close as how their ancestors were, showing a strong family background.

The series completely came to an end by showing a photo of Tanjiro’s Nichirin Blade, Kyojuro’s flame-shaped hilt, and an old photo of Tanjiro and everyone who survived the final battle, and the hanafuda earrings of Tanjiro. 

Who Dies At The End of Demon Slayer Manga?

Demon Slayer Manga Ending Explained (Including The Extended Finale)

Unlike other Shonen manga, the Demon Slayer left us with several deaths. But we are not going to cover the deaths of those who died before the final battle, as it will be a very long list to note down. But still, and because of Muzan’s monstrous power, the following (both of Tanjiro’s allies and opponents) got killed during the final battle:

  • Akaza
  • Gyokko
  • Daki
  • Gyutaro
  • Hantengu
  • Nakime
  • Kokushibo
  • Tamayo
  • Kaigaku

Aside from them, there were lower-class demon slayers who dramatically sacrificed themselves just to help Tanjiro and the others distract Muzan. Aside from Muzan disintegrating from the sunlight that everyone was waiting for, Tanjiro also died. It was all thanks to the demon blood that he got revived. But without it, the finale would have ended with Tanjiro being on a grave instead.

Demon Slayer Manga Explained

Demon Slayer follows Tanjiro’s story to become one of the Demon Slayers who would help erase the Demons for good. The ending of the story also shows that total peace can only be attained by defeating the source of all demon power, Muzan. But that victory comes with the feeling that it is almost impossible to achieve. It also portrays that with perseverance and sheer determination for a better future, any challenges that looked possible can be finished in due time.

Another explanation of this story is how they ensured that the demon’s curse, which seems like a virus combined with magic, will be stopped by planning how to beat Muzan for good. Note that demons are created through the blood of Muzan, who is the only source of such power. After all, the transformation of Muzan into a demon was all because of an experiment to keep him alive, which partially failed and backfired, resulting in Muzan turning into an all-powerful demon. 

Demon Slayer The Extended Finale Manga Explained

The finale of the Manga simply shows that the Demon Slayers became so close to each other, that even their families became closely tied to each other. It also portrays how peaceful the world has become after the eradication of all Demons, making the people of the future generation live normal lives just like what we enjoy nowadays. 

The symbolism of the extended finale also shows that without Demons lurking around the world of Kimetsu No Yaiba, people will be able to finally focus in prospering and modernizing their world so then people can live normally without the need to struggle and become a fighter who will just die at an early age. For me, this was further elaborated by the fact that this chapter looked like a slice-of-life manga, showing that their lives will never be at risk – just like what happened to Tanjiro’s family at the beginning of the series.

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