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Life Shining Across the Years ( (いく) (せい) (そう) (きら) めく (いのち) Ikuseisō o Kirameku Inochi?) is the twenty-third and final volume of Kimetsu no Yaiba. The volume includes an additional fourteen pages to the final chapter and twenty-five pages of bonus content.[6]

Chapters

197. Tenacity (執念 Shūnen?)
198. The Next Thing We Knew... (氣付けば Kizukeba?)
199. Millenial Dawn (千年の夜明け Sennen no Yoake?)
200. The Price of Victory (勝利の代償 Shōri no Daishō?)
201. The King of Demons (鬼の王 Oni no Ō?)
202. Let's Go Home (帰ろう Kaerō?)
203. Voices of Encouragement (数多の呼び水 Amata no Yobimizu?)
204. A World Without Demons (鬼のいない世界 Oni no inai Sekai?)
205. Life Shining Across the Years (幾星霜を煌めく命 Ikuseisō o Kirameku Inochi?)

Synopsis

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.

In an epic confrontation, Tanjiro and his fellow Demon Slayers have fought on through the night, suffering terrible losses against the King of Demons, Muzan Kibutsuji. Dawn is breaking soon, and if they can keep Muzan at bay just a little longer, it will be the end of the centuries-long struggle. But Muzan, who will stop at nothing to destroy the Demon Slayers, unleashes his most terrible powers. If he can’t defeat the Demon Slayers, he may be able to cause them to destroy themselves from within. All fates and destinies will be decided as the sun begins to rise…

Author's Comment

Hi, I'm Gotouge! It makes me sad to say it, but this is the final volume of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Thank you to everyone who has cheered me on and was involved with the series. All the encouragement and support I received 'from people who read my work meant so much to me, so no amount of thanks I can offer would ever be enough. Your kindness cheered me on the whole time and from all sides. Thank you so much for reading this manga. I worked hard on it, so I'm really happy. Truly, I'm blessed to have been able to present Demon Slayer to the world. I look forward to the day when we can all meet again!

Tales from hundreds of years ago exist in the present, and after the passage of decades and centuries the events of today will become stories of the past. Grandfathers and grandmothers, fathers and mothers—everyone experiences a time of childhood, a time that leads to the present. You yourself are part of that great flow, and as you overcome times of hardship, the years pass by. The very moment that you think all is lost is the moment when you must stand firm and not stray from the path. I hope you will be strong in difficult situations and harsh circumstances. But it's also not good to push yourself too hard, so take things at a reasonable pace. Keep your eyes fixed forward and find your own bliss.

Koyoharu Gotoge, Volume 23

Extra Pages

Special Edition Bonus

The special edition copies of the volume include a set of four QPosket Petit figurines of Tanjiro Kamado, Nezuko Kamado, Inosuke Hashibira, and Zenitsu Agatsuma, retailing at 5,200 yen.

Trivia

  • Volume 23 had an initial run of 3.95 million copies.[6]

References

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