The setting is Taisho era Japan. Tanjiro is a kindhearted young boy who lived peacefully with his family as a coal seller. Their normal life changes completely when his family is slaughtered by demons. The only other survivor, Tanjiro’s younger sister Nezuko, has become a ferocious demon. In order to return Nezuko to normal and get revenge on the demon that killed their family, the two of them depart on a journey. From a young talent, an adventure tale of blood and swords begins!
As of February 2019, the series had 3.5 million copies in print worldwide, over 10 million copies as of September 2019, over 20 million copies world wide as of November 2019, and over 25 million copies as of December 2019. The manga has been one of the top-selling in 2019. In November 2019, Shueisha stated that Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba was their 2nd best selling manga in the period from November 2018 to November 2019, with 10.8 million volumes sold, second only to Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece, with 12.7 million volumes sold in the same time period. Nevertheless, the series ranked #1 in 2019 Oricon’s annual comic ranking chart, with over 12 million copies sold, while One Piece ranked at #2, with over 10.1 million copies sold in the same time period from November 2018 to November 2019. Oda wrote a message regarding Gotōge’s manga achievement.
The series ranked #14 on a list of manga recommended by Japanese bookstore employees in 2017, and #19 on a list of best manga of 2018 for male readers put together by Kono Manga ga Sugoi!. In 2019, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ranked #10 on the 19th “Book of the Year” list by Da Vinci magazine. The series ranked #19 on Kono Manga ga Sugoi! list of best manga of 2019 for male readers.