The 13 Best 'Demon Slayer' Fights (So Far), Ranked
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is known for having fights that are both emotionally resonant and beautifully animated. They usually involve swordplay, elemental breathing techniques, and blood demon arts.
From Tanjiro's early battle against the spirit of a fallen comrade to his recent showdown with Gyutaro, the series has been serving up spectacular fights since Day One. But not all of the best Demon Slayer fights involve Tanjiro - some would say that Rengoku versus Akaza was the best fight in Demon Slayer, bar none. If you're a Zenitsu fan, you might be especially intrigued by Zenitsu's fight with the Spider Brother, which took him from conscious coward to unsconscious Thunder Breathing champion. Is your favorite fight on the list?
- 1961 VOTES
Tanjiro And Uzui Vs. Gyutaro
Fighting Gyutaro, the unexpected true holder of the Upper Moon position, is no easy task. Gyutaro uses sickles made from blood that inflict a fatal poison upon anyone struck by them. He nearly takes Uzui's life with these, but Uzui is able to control the circulation of his own blood just enough to keep fighting. He uses sound-based techniques to do damage. Meanwhile, Tanjiro is nearly defeated by Gyutaro, but is able to activate a new level of power and lop off his head.
Aside from being a challenging fight, it's also one that contrasts Tanjiro and Nezuko's relationship with Gyutaro and Daki's relationship. Tanjiro realizes that had his life been a little bit different, he could easily be just like them. Despite empathizing with them, he still has to stop them from harming others.
- 2967 VOTES
Rengoku Vs. Akaza
Fresh from the fight against Enmu, the last thing any of the Demon Slayers want to do is take on another demon - especially one as powerful as Akaza, who is the Upper Rank Three - but they have little choice. As Tanjiro is attempting to heal his slash wounds using controlled breathing, Akaza suddenly appears. Rengoku saves Tanjiro by launching a Flame Breathing, Second Form: Rising Scorching Sun at Akaza.
Thus begins one of the most amazing fights not just in Demon Slayer, but in recent anime history. The visuals are astonishing, and the fight is between two of the most powerful figures to appear so far. Their moves are intersperced with some serious emotional and philosophical content. Akaza offers to spare Rengoku if he'll agree to become a demon, something that Rengoku absolutely refuses to do because of the value he places on humanity. When he's ultimately slain, it's an excruciating but beautiful moment.
- 3762 VOTES
Tanjiro And Nezuko Vs. Rui
Rui has spent his entire existence as a demon trying to build a demon family to replace the human one he lost. But because he creates his bonds through coercion and fear, they aren't true bonds like the one that Nezuko and Tanjiro have. When the two siblings face off against Rui, they're not just proving their physical strength - they're proving the real meaning of family.
That's why when they combine Tanjiro's Hinokami Dance - a move based on their father's teachings - with Nezuko's Burning Blood, their moves have both spectacle and spirit.
- 4700 VOTES
Tanjiro And Nezuko Vs. Daki
Nezuko often stays off the battlefield, but when a crisis that her brother can't handle hits, she gets involved. The problem is that whenever she fights, she has to use her demonic powers - and that means losing touch with her humanity.
While trying to take down Daki, Nezuko becomes frenzied and ruthless. She isn't just using her Burning Blood technique on Daki - she's going after civillians who were injured and have started bleeding. It takes Tanjiro reminding her of who she is and the life they shared together - plus his physically restraining her - to calm her down.
- 5610 VOTES
Zenitsu And Inosuke Vs. Daki
Daki's obi-like neck seems nearly impossible to saw through, but through teamwork and perseverance, Inosuke and Zenitsu make it happen. After expending basically all his strength on lightning-based techniques, Zenitsu seems like he's about to be defeated - and with all the bragging she's doing, Daki certainly thinks she's going to win.
But then Inosuke shows up, having narrowly escaped losing his life by rearranging his organs to avoid a lethal wound. His jagged swords are just what's needed to finally slice through Daki's neck. Her bragging turns into begging for her brother to protect her - but her brother is busy trying to defend himself.
- 6642 VOTES
Zenitsu Vs. Spider Brother
This is the fight where we really get to see what Zenitsu is made of. He's absolutely petrified of the Spider Demons, and feels powerless to defend himself against them. But after passing out from a combination of poison and fear, he's able to use an advanced version of his Thunder Breathing technique. He moves so quickly that Spider Brother can't keep up with him, which gives Zenitsu the opportunity to waste him.
We also get to learn a little bit more about Zenitsu's backstory during this fight. With a little more context for why he's so terrified all the time and how determined he is anyway, his triumph is even more meaningful.