10 Best Anime Fans of Demon Slayer Need to Watch

The hit anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has its own very interesting take on Japanese-style demons that has captivated fans, but it’s far from the only series to utilize demons in interesting ways. Japanese demons can go by many names–like yokai, ayakashi, mononoke, or akuma, to name a few. And while each of these has its own special meaning, they’re all frequently translated as “demon.”


Though Demon Slayer is an archetypal Shonen anime series in many ways, its wide cast of characters, heartbreaking backstories, and thrilling action easily set it apart from many of its contemporaries. There’s a reason Demon Slayer’sMugen Train movie is still the highest-grossing anime film of all time. Now that season 3 of the epic series is over, fans are doubt hungry for more anime like it. Luckily, there are plenty of great anime that every type of Demon Slayer fan will want to watch.

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10 Shaman King

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Shaman King is about special humans known as shamans who are able to channel and merge with the spirits of those long gone, gaining the skills and abilities they had in life in the process. Protagonist Yoh Asakura is on a quest to become the Shaman King, which he hopes to accomplish by winning the Shaman Fight, a massive tournament that happens only rarely. The winner, of course, gets to bond with the ultimate spirit and essentially becomes a new god, so there’s a lot at stake. There are actually two Shaman King anime; the original from the early 2000s, which was unfortunately dubbed by 4Kids, and a reboot series from 2021. The series gets surprisingly dark, though, making it more comparable to Demon Slayer than one might think at first glance.

9 D. Gray-Man

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D. Gray-Man is about a boy named Allen Walker who battles against demons known as Akuma as a member of a group called the Black Order. Allen has some personal history with the Akuma, as one cursed him as a child, causing his left arm to mutate and leading to his parents abandoning him. Similar to Demon Slayer, the Akuma are actually created by a being known as the Millennium Earl, who seeks to exterminate mankind. Like demons in that series, Akuma still somewhat resemble the humans they were made from. Allen actually has an ability that lets him see their original soul as well, adding a dark twist akin to the demons’ backstories in Demon Slayer.

8 Mononoke

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This series has a very unusual limited-animation art style that can be divisive at times, but can just as easily be considered striking. Mononoke follows an unnamed medicine seller who travels ancient Japan, defeating demons that have ascended to a higher level of power. In order to do this, the medicine seller must discern their Form (what it looks like), Truth (how it came to be), and Reason (purpose for existing). The series has a tendency for bittersweet endings in its brief story arcs, sometimes sympathizing with the monsters that must still be killed regardless, as is often seen in Demon Slayer. And, at just 12 episodes, Mononoke is the perfect length to knock out over a weekend.

7 Bleach

Bleach anime key art featuring the main cast of characters.

Yes, Bleach is one of the most popular anime of all time, and its Hollows aren’t exactly like traditional Japanese demons, but the origins are often comparable. More so than that, though, Bleach is known to have been an influence on Demon Slayer‘s creator Koyoharu Gotouge during the series’ creation. The Hashira are clearly modeled after Bleach‘s Soul Society captains, as is the structure of the Demon Slayer organization in general. Tanjiro and Ichigo even have some similarities in that their fathers with a hidden connection to the organization, and both are in control of some really incredible powers that no one else can use. Arguably, the early episodes of Bleach are the most like Demon Slayer, and the two series diverge more as they go on.

6 Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure

The main characters of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is another series that heavily influenced Gotouge, something which can easily be seen in the many similarities between Jojo’s vampires and Demon Slayer‘s demons. Both feed on humans, are weak to sunlight and are all the creation of one extremely cruel, arrogant, and long-lived man (Dio and Muzan, respectively). The first two parts of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, which are quite different from the rest of the series and its Stand-based shenanigans, actually do have a lot more in common with Demon Slayer. Jonathan Joestar’s era is only a few years earlier than when Demon Slayer is set, after all. While the whole series might not be a fit for every Demon Slayer fan, the first season should be enjoyable for most.

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5 Dororo

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Dororo is a 2019 anime based on the works of Osamu Tezuka, creator of AstroBoy and the acclaimed “Grandfather of Manga.” Dororo follows the tale of Hyakkimaru, an unfortunate boy whose father made a deal with a group of demons at the expense of his son’s body parts. Abandoned and left without his basic senses, Hyakkimaru is raised by a rural doctor named Jukai who creates prosthetic limbs for him. Hyakkimaru sets out to reclaim his lost body parts and maybe do a little good along the way. Hyakkimaru is eventually joined by a young orphaned girl who claims to be a master thief, Dororo, and the pair travel together. The series is similar to Demon Slayer in that it obviously involves fighting demons with a very personal motive, but also in the sense that there’s a younger sister-type character alongside the protagonist.

4 Inuyasha

Kagome and Inuyasha from Inuyasha

Inuyasha follows the titular half-demon as he sets out on a quest to defeat the demon that destroyed his own life, Naraku. Naraku and Demon Slayer‘s Muzan have a lot in common, actually, as both prefer to let others do their dirty work and think nothing of killing and torturing their own subordinates. Both are also extremely vindictive, lashing out at anyone who would even consider opposing them and are nigh unkillable to boot. Like Nezuko, Inuyasha also has his own weaknesses (in his case, the new moon) and must carefully avoid fights during those time frames. The series involves a great many different kinds of Japanese demons too, both original and traditional.

3 Soul Eater

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Soul Eater is a series about a girl named Maka and her partner, Soul Eater (or just Soul, for short), who are both students at a place known as the “Death Weapon Meister Academy,” where they are trained to become death spirits. Maka is a Meister, or a special type of human warrior. Soul, on the other hand, is a “Weapon,” a kind of person who can transform into a weapon (in his case, a scythe). Together, they’re tasked with capturing “Demon Eggs,” or evil souls that are about to transform into dangerous Kishin. The anime has a fairly different story than its manga counterpart, but the demons/kishin do factor into both.

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2 Mushishi

Mushishi

In terms of tone, Mushishi is about as far from Demon Slayer as one can get; it’s often considered one of the most relaxing anime ever due to its calmness. The series stars Ginko, a “mushishi” or person able to see mushi, supernatural pests that can cause problems both major and minor for the humans around them. Mushi can vary quite a lot in appearance; one, for example, is an entire swamp that can change locations. The series takes an episodic approach, with Ginko traveling through Japan and helping the people he runs into with their local mushi problems. If Demon Slayer‘s tension and action has a viewer a little too amped up, Mushishi might be just the thing to chill back out with.

1 Yu Yu Hakusho

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After dying in a car accident, Yusuke Yurameshi is given second chance at life as long as he accepts the role of Spirit Detective, which involves a lot more fighting and a lot less investigating than one might expect. A 90’s classic from the creator of Hunter x Hunter, the show sees Yusuke both fighting against and working alongside some demons, including familiar Japanese demons like the multi-tailed kitsune. While most people don’t seem to know about demons, humans and demons have a very long history in Yu Yu Hakusho, and in a rare move, the humans have possibly been worse to the demons than the demons have towards the humans. As such, things tend to be a little grayer than in Demon Slayer, but the show is still well-known for its awesome fights.

In the wake of Demon Slayer season 3’s climactic final episode, it’s understandable that fans will be looking for similar series to hold them over until the release od Demon Slayer season 4. While none of these series are a replacement for Demon Slayer, each of them definitely can stand on its own merit, and most present a unique take on traditional Japanese demons, just like that series.

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