In the anime and manga community, demon slayer and its animation are hot topics. Unfortunately, the aforementioned series faced a ton of criticism towards the manga and its art because many people think the manga wasn’t that great and Ufotable is the only reason why this series is doing well.
Although it may be harsh, there is no denying the fact that the popularity of the series has increased significantly after the release of the anime adaptation. Let’s take a look at why that’s the case and understand why the anime adaptation did phenomenally well.
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Demon Slayer: Understand why the anime adaptation is more popular than the manga
One thing a lot of fans didn’t like about the demon slayer series is the simplicity of the plot. The plot of the story is that demons threaten the existence of human beings, and so humans fight to kill every demon. Considering this is a shonen manga series, there was a ton of fighting. When looking at the medium, the fights are difficult to draw simply because the medium imposes a certain level of restriction when it comes to displaying movement and fluidity.
This applies to many series apart demon slayer so – of course, unless the mangaka is Yusuke Murata (A punch), Kentaro Miura (Berserk), or Boichi (Sun-Ken Rock). Fans around the world tend to appreciate the fight scenes in the anime version better if they are done with precision. While Koyoharu Gotouge is by no means a bad mangaka, the art style is definitely not the best fans have seen. When the plot is simple enough, a good part of the reader’s experience lies in the combat and character interaction. While the character interaction was fun to read, there’s no doubt that the fight scenes were handled much better in the anime adaptation.
In the case of Demon Slayer, the animation was done by Ufotable and it was phenomenal. The entertainment district the quality of the arc animation was on par with that of big budget movie series. Some of the combat animations were so good that demon slayer produced scenes that could be considered some of the best fight scenes in recent years. We can compare the anime version of the fight with the manga panel below.
When we look at manga sales, it gives us evidence of the popularity of the series after the anime adaptation hit the screens. According to “theboar”, around 3.5 million copies of the first ten volumes were sold when they were released. However, around 2.6 to 4.3 million copies of each volume have been sold in 2021. This clearly indicates that the anime series is much more popular than the manga.
To sum up, the overall execution of Ufotable was top-notch, which is a big draw for anyone interested in the series. Since the plot of the manga is quite simple, readers rely on good visuals to really enjoy the series in this medium. Demon Slayer’s visuals became a big reason why some fans considered giving the series a shot. Therefore, fans have reason to believe that Ufotable is a big reason Demon Slayer enjoys this level of success.