Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba’s Tanjiro Kamado braves the battle for the title of “best new generation” anime protagonist.
Anime fan page Marimo posted a poll on Facebook asking users who the best new generation anime protagonist is. It ended with over 65,000 votes, with the victory going to Tanjiro from Ufotable’s Demon Slayer, based on the manga by Koyoharu Gotogue. The character beat out some of the most popular protagonists in the animated environment by 40,000 votes against second place winner Asta, who got 25,000 votes.
Silver chapter medalist, Asta, is the protagonist of the Black Clover series, a fantasy series about a young man who seeks to become the Sorcerer King, albeit seemingly without magic. Other characters defeated by Tanjiro include; Yuji Itadori from Jujutsu Kaisen, Denji from Chainsaw Man, Izuku Mirodiya from My Hero Academia and Boruto Uzumaki from Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. These characters are considered at the pinnacle of the industry, representing some of the most beloved new generation shows.
About Demon Slayer’s Tanjiro
Tanjiro is a Demon Hunter known for his determination, kindness, and empathy. The character is often depicted as feeling sorry for the monsters he kills, giving them a sense of humanity despite their gruesome actions. An important reason for this comes from his sister Nezuko, who has turned into a demon. This reputation has made the character a popular example of a protagonist in modern drama.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is in its third season, with new episodes released every Sunday. There have been eight episodes so far, with the latest one delving into the tragic story of Muichiro Tokito. Season 3 is an adaptation of the “Blacksmith’s Village” season, following Tanjiro as he ventures to the famous village to obtain a new Nichirin sword. However, the town is attacked by fearsome demons, and Tanjiro, Nezuko and Genya Shinazugawa are forced to fight against them. The Mist Hashira Muichiro Tokito and Love Hashira Mitsuri Kanroji also appear to tackle another demonic threat named Gyokko.
The series has been well received, except for some controversy within the fan base over the controversial use of CGI elements. Even so, anime continues to thrive along with many other spring releases, such as Hell’s Paradise, Oshi no Ko, Dr. Stone, etc.
Demon Slayer is available to watch in full on Crunchyroll. The next volume will release on June 4, 2023.