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How to Write Demon Slayer in Japanese Kanji

Kimetsu No Yaiba written in Japanese lettersDemon Slayer/Kimetsu no Yaiba

Hi, it’s Junko from Japan. The original Japanese title for Demon Slayer is KIMETSU NO YAIBA. Here’s the writing for Kanji letters.

kimetsu no yaiba written in japanese kanji and hiragana

KI = Oni, demon
METSU = annihilate, destroy, eliminate
NO = of
YAIBA = blade, sword

If literally translated, Kimetsu no Yaiba means “Blade of Destroying Demon” in English.

The word KIMETSU is a coined word by the author Gotouge Koyoharu. According to him, there was another candidate name for the manga, and it was KISATSU NO YAIBA.

SATSU represents “kill” in Japanese. Since the word was too direct and way too violent, it wasn’t applied and the title with KIMETSU was chosen. But the word KISATSU remains in the work as a name of KISATSUTAI (Demon Slayer Corps).

What’s the difference between SATSU and METSU? They have very similar meanings.

METSU means to destroy and eliminate something. Not only defeat it, but there’s a nuance that trying to wipe out something completely out of this world. I thinks it deserves the determine to extinguish all the demons. Also, it’s not common Kanji symbol in our daily life. So it has a bit classical impression.

You can see the METSU symbol on the back of the Demon Slayer Corps’ uniform too. Check out the link below if you’re interested in more information about this symbol!

What Does METSU Kanji in Demon Slayer Uniform Mean?

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  1. Mizuki says:

    this is really good, I understood the meaning, arigato gozai masu!
    i hope you can do more of these things like learning what the words mean, thanks, again!

    • Junko says:

      Thank you, Mizuki! I’m happy you enjoyed the Demon Slayer post! I’ve sent the answer to your questions about Kanae and Aoi. I may post them later on the blog, but please check your mail in advance.

  2. Éli says:

    My daughter has taken an interest in Demon Slayer and as a result of working on a project for her, I got interested in kanji! I appreciate how you explain not only the characters but the nuances involved. Thank you!

    • Junko says:

      Thank you for your kind words! My two little daughters are into Demon Slayer right now too 😊 I’m glad if the post was helpful for you!