Demon Slayer‘s kind-hearted protagonist Tanjiro Kamado will join McFarlane Toys’ line-up in Spring 2023.
At the New York Comic Con 2022, McFarlane Toys revealed the preliminary sculpts for three characters from the popular anime series Demon Slayer, ranging from 5″ to 7″ articulated figures. Tanjiro will be available in both scale figures, with and without his customary black and green checkered haori. Joining the line-up is Muzan Kibutsuji, the sadistic leader of the Twelve Kizuki, available in the 5″ figure, and Inosuke Hashibira, Tanjiro’s short-tempered boar-headed Demon Slayer friend, which displayed as a 7″ figure at the panel.
McFarlane Toys branched into making anime figures as early as 2016 when it produced figures from RWBY. Since then, the toy-making company has featured characters from hit series like Tokyo Ghoul, One-Punch Man, Naruto Shippuden and Seven Deadly Sins. This year, the company added more characters from the mega-hit series My Hero Academia, including Aizawa, the reserved hero also known as Eraser Head due to his ability to nullify Quirks, and Kirishima, the hero whose Quirk allows him to harden and sharpen parts of his body.
Demon Slayer first came out in February 2016, where it serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump. Koyoharu Gotouge’s series follows Tanjiro Kamado, who became his family’s breadwinner after his father’s death. Most of their money comes from the frequent trips Tanjiro makes to the nearby village to sell charcoal. When he returns home, he finds his entire family dead, slaughtered by a demon, except for his younger sister Nezuko who became a demon herself. Unlike other demons, Nezuko still retains her human emotions and thoughts. Tanjiro undergoes training to become a Demon Slayer in the hopes of becoming strong enough to defeat Muzan Kibutsuji, the demon responsible for slaughtering his family. First, he has to defeat the demons within Muzan’s inner circle, whose blood has the properties to develop a cure to turn his sister back into a human.
When the anime adaptation of Demon Slayer released in 2018, it completely took the world by surprise and by storm. Produced by ufotable, the series received praise for its high production quality, especially in its battle scenes. Following the anime’s premiere, the sales for the manga skyrocketed, and it became the best-selling manga in 2020, selling over 82 million copies for its first 22 volumes. In 2020, ufotable released Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Train, a direct sequel to Season 1, and the film grossed over $500 million and became the highest-grossing film that year. Among its many awards, the anime film won Animation of the Year at the 44th Japan Academy Film Prize.
The first two seasons of Demon Slayer are available on Crunchyroll. The next season will adapt the Swordsmith Village arc.