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



In Taisho-era Japan, Kamado Tanjiro is a kindhearted boy who 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!

Extra Pages

Taisho Whispers & Rumours

  • Taisho Whispers & Rumours 1: Series title that were under consideration: Mysterious Story of the Demon Slayer (Kimetsu Kitan); Demon Demon Slayer Slayer (Kikimetsumetsu); Evil Demon Slayer (Akkimetsumetsu); Sword of the Demon Killer (Kisatsu no Yaiba); Strange Tale of the Demon Slayer (Metsumetsu Kitan); Tale of the Demon Killer (Kisatsutan); The Fantastic Strange Tale of the Demon Slayer (Kuso Kimetsu Kitan); Demon Hunting God of Fire (Onigari Kugatsuchi); Charred God of Fire (Sumi no Kagutsuchi)
  • Taisho Whispers & Rumours 2: "I heard one of them is a boy..."



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