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Cruelty ( (ざん) (こく) Zankoku?) is the first volume of Kimetsu no Yaiba.


1. Cruelty (残酷 Zankoku?)
2. The Stranger (見知らぬ誰か Mishiranu Dare Ka?)
3. Return by Dawn (必ず戻る夜明けまでには Kanarazu Modoru Yoake made Ni wa?)
4. Tanjiro's Journal, Part One (炭治郎日記 • 前編 Tanjirō Nikki • Zenpen?)
5. Tanjiro's Journal, Part Two (炭治郎日記 • 後篇 Tanjirō Nikki • Kōhen?)
6. A Mountain of Hands (山ほどの手が Yamahodo no Te ga?)
7. Spirits of the Deceased (亡霊 Bōrei?)


In Taisho-era Japan, kindhearted Tanjiro Kamado makes a living selling charcoal. But his peaceful life is shattered when a demon slaughters his entire family. His little sister Nezuko is the only survivor, but she has been transformed into a demon herself! Tanjiro sets out on a dangerous journey to find a way to return his sister to normal and destroy the demon who ruined his life.

Learning to slay demons won't be easy, and Tanjiro barely knows where to start. The surprise appearance of another boy named Giyu, who seems to know what's going on, might provide some answers...but only if Tanjiro can stop Giyu from killing his sister first!

Author's Comment

They're publishing a graphic novel by me! Thank you! And heartfelt thanks to all the readers, my editors over the years, my assistants, everyone in the Jump editorial department, everyone at the printer, the people who designed the book, and the many other people who have offered their help!

Koyoharu Gotoge, Volume 1

Extra Pages


  • Chapter 3 is titled Return by Dawn on the chapter cover, however, the volume's table of contents titles it To Return by Dawn Without Fail.