Most people would agree that Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is among the best, if not the best anime of the decade and we’re certain that history will show that it will and a place among the best anime in history. Tanjiro’s story is currently being told, with a third season on the way, and the series is becoming more and more popular. But, what we ask ourselves is – is Demon Slayer appropriate for children? In this article, we have decided to tell you whether the series is appropriate for kids or not.
Demon Slayer is categorized as TV-MA in the United States, mostly because of its violent content and the graphic depiction of violence. And while Demon Slayer is certainly not the most mature show you’ll see, the series definitely has a severe amount of violence, gore, and a mild quantity of profanities, which is why it is not suitable for the youngest of children.
In the paragraphs that follow, we are going to elaborate on this answer and give you some additional information on the show’s content. You’re going to find out whether Demon Slayer is appropriate for children, how scary and gory it is, whether there is sex, nudity, and profanities, as well as what age it is appropriate for. This is going to be your ultimate parent’s guide for Demon Slayer.
What age is Demon Slayer appropriate for?
As per the official ratings, Demon Slayer is rated as “MA”, which means mature. That standard is defined as follows: This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17. In most other countries, the series is rated as being appropriate for viewers between the ages of 14 and 17, depending on the country and their standards, which means that this series varies a bit. But, what does all of this mean?
This means that Demon Slayer is a show that should be viewed exclusively by adults and not children. Children under the age of 18 (or 17) shouldn’t watch this show as the censors have deemed it inappropriate for their age. This is the official rating for the show and we are now going to observe how things stand in several different categories.
Demon Slayer: Sex & Nudity
As we could have seen, the series has a very mild level of suggestive nudity and basically no sexual references whatsoever; on top of that, over the course of the series, there haven’t been many such scenes and they were – in most cases – shown in a very comical context. Here is an example of some scenes involving nudity and/or sexual references:
- Some female characters, especially demons, have curvy bodies and some mildly revealing clothes.
- The second season takes place in a red light district in Tokyo where geisha live, but there is no explicitly sexual content in the season.
- Zenitsu is often in love with almost every female character he encounters, which is – though – mostly portrayed in a very comical manner in which Zenitsu always comes out as the loser.
As you can see, this is really not much, and while some scenes might be a tad suggestive, they are very limited.
Demon Slayer: Violence & Gore
The violence and gore of Demon Slayer have been described as severe and we can only agree, that it’s still not the worst of the lot (compare, for example, Chainsaw Man). The killings done by the demons, as well as the slayings done by Demon Slayers, can be brutal and the battles get worse in that aspect. There will be a lot of gore and death shown throughout the series, which is going to be complemented by morbid and gory characters, as well as intense and violent fighting scenes.
Examples of the show’s violence include decapitation, mutilation, dismemberment, shock deaths, etc., and even the main characters won’t be exempted from that; you’ll also see a lot of blood, which is another example of the show’s gore. Also, since the Demons have various bizarre powers, while the Demon Slayers use katanas as their weapons, you can imagine the bloodshed in the series.
Demon Slayer: Profanity
As far as profanities are concerned, they are not heavily featured in Demon Slayer, although they are present. Examples of words that can be heard are “damn”, “hell”, and “pissed”, and we can hear the word “boobs” used once or twice during the series, along with some mild insults. Now, this might bother some viewers and it is something that children shouldn’t really repeat, but it adds to the realism of the show, doesn’t it?
First of all, we have to state that the characters of Demon Slayer are slayers of Demons who fight and face various threats in their daily adventures to save their friends and families, and people don’t really tend to watch their language while they’re fighting a menacing Demon, don’t they? It would be silly if these characters didn’t curse from time to time, wouldn’t it? This is only realistic and the series adds to it by adapting the language to be appropriate for a specific situation.
So, profanities are certainly present in the show but we don’t think it’s something bad. It simply adds to the show’s realism and it helps the viewers to better understand the characters, the world, and the complete setting. Anything else would be completely out-of-character, which is why we can only praise the authenticity of the show. And, on top of that, they are really not heavily featured and are not severe.
Should you allow your kids to watch Demon Slayer?
Demon Slayer is nothing overly disturbing, save for the gory violence of the fights. The ambiance of the show is violent and the producers haven’t really tried to tone down the anime in comparison to the original material, which makes sense when you know how mature the fights of Demon Slayer really are. Now, while the focus of the show certainly isn’t on its profanities, its world is simply like that, full of violence and blood. So, in order to achieve its own, inherent realism, the world of Demon Slayer had to be explicit, as it was the only way to realistically portray the whole idea.
Such dark fantasy settings are nothing strange when Japanese art is concerned, and there are many other manga and anime that portray such worlds and where the dark fantasy is mixed with violence. We actually have to applaud the boldness of the producers to stick to the original material so faithfully, which is rare in anime adaptations. So, should you allow your children to watch Demon Slayer?
Well, the official ratings do suggest that you should not but it all comes down to your parental approach. We at Fiction Horizon don’t think that Demon Slayer is the worst of the lot, but the violence of the show might be a bit too much for the children. We are aware that children don’t perceive it like adults, but the violence is very extreme so we don’t think that children would really enjoy it.
Teenagers can watch it, definitely, they don’t have to wait until they’re 18, but Demon Slayer really isn’t appropriate for children due to the violence (the profanities and sexual references aren’t an issue here).
Children under the age of 13 might be a tad confused, but we don’t think that those older than 13 or 14 will have any problems with the show. It’s not like they’re going to grab a katana and go on looking for Demons to slaughter, right? Well, at least we hope we’re right. So, in our opinion, Demon Slayer is too violent for children under the age of 13 and they should definitely not watch it, but teenagers and older fans can definitely watch it without any major restrictions.