How has “Kimetsu no Yaiba” become part of contemporary Japanese culture?


The success of the movie “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train” seems to increase its popularity. The “Kimetsu no Yaiba” effect spreads to every aspect of Japanese life.

Kimetsu no Yaiba has emerged as a rare phenomenon in the manga / anime. It is considered to be the most popular manga / anime in 2020. The nickname “Record Slayer” (the record breaker) is not to be a Title and The cultural effect that “KK” brings doesn’t seem to be confined to any aspect of life.

1. Education

A skit was held at the Children’s Garden in Senboku City, Akita Prefecture to help the children learn how to do if there is a firer. They played the role of Demon Slayers and made a comical play.

The firefighters took on the main character – “Tanjiro” to fight with the fire demon which excited all the children involved.

This skit was planned by Omagari Senboku Municipal Area Association office in Nishiki branch, in conjunction with “Fall Fire Campaign”, to help children know what to do when it happens.

The “fate” between Kimetsu no Yaiba and the children was further replicated when the opening song “Gurenge” was used in the music class of an elementary school. The classroom suddenly became more lively when the cello teacher started to sing  and catch up. All the children sang the song together with smiles on their face.

On the more serious case, a middle school performed a concert titled “Kimetsu no Yaiba”. The conductor “cosplayed” as “Flame Hashira – Kyojuro”.

2. Traditional arts

It is a work with many typical cultural elements such as kendo, demons, shintoism, kimono, etc. … “Kimetsu no Yaiba” has done a great job of spreading the PR for Japan. Perhaps that is why the traditional artist often to choosen for their performance.

Kimetsu no Yaiba x Kyoto Minamiza Kabuki: A combination of manga / anime and traditional musical – Kabuki. The demon slayers story was brought to the theater stage by prestigious professional artists.

A wedding in Japan: Instead of wearing traditional wedding attire, the groom – bride together transforms into two characters – Sabito and Makomo.

3. Politics

At the House Budget Committee on the 2nd, there was a scene where Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga quoted a line from the “Kimetsu no Yaiba” to answer a question from Kenji Eda of the Constitutional Democratic Party.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga answered the question: “Since it’s a question from Eda-san, I would like to use” fully focused breath “to answer”

Facing such a serious and somewhat tense situation, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga created a very cute situation: He mentioned “concentration breathing” technique. This is a breathing technique in “Kimetsu no Yaiba”.

The “Kimetsu no Yaiba” effect appears in every aspect of Japanese people’s lives and has even penetrated political questioning.

It’s truly terrifyingly pervasive !!

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