Coloring books can be a soothing thing. Given how stressful everyday life can be, taking a moment to fill in pictures of familiar faces can be a way to pass the time. Or, if you’re perhaps not artistic, customize a beloved hero. So, as one might expect, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: The Official Coloring Book is a chance to hang out with beloved characters. It’s a generally enjoyable experience, though not every page is perfect and Tanjiro Kamado and his core group get the most attention.
In many ways, the demon slayer coloring book is absolutely perfect. It accomplishes what a fan of the series could wish for. This is actually a compilation book. The English version of Viz combines two Japanese books into one. That means it has over 80 pages with over 70 pieces of artwork to complete. Since the pages measure 7.25 inches by 10.13 inches, they do not fit A4. However, the exact art of Koyoharu Gotouge is used. Thus, people get authentic images.
A lot of things will look familiar to you too! You know how in manga volumes you will sometimes see little character designs between chapters? Well, as I looked through the book, I saw images that looked familiar to me. This means occasional omake art that could be out of character or whimsical. But do not worry ! Most art is people as you remember them. But it’s fun to suddenly see, say, baby Tanjiro and Nezuko in the outfits they wear on the show or Nezuko and Makomo in school uniforms. These images tend to be arranged in such a way that you can really enjoy them and have enough space to do them justice while coloring them.
What I also really enjoyed were the actual pages taken straight from the manga. These include the actual dialog boxes. However, the pages are enlarged so that, if anyone wishes, they can provide the proper shading and context for each one. There is an opportunity to really go all out to make sure everything looks amazing. Although if someone wants to take a more simplistic approach, I imagine that would look great too. You will also see some covers there, like the one from the first volume. Which means you can take a different approach to the original designs.
However, there are some things to note. It really feels like some characters appear more often than others. You’ll see a lot of pages with Tanjiro, Nezuko, Inosuke, and Zenitsu featured. (Muzan Kibutsuji also appeared more often than expected!) Among the Hashira, Giyu appears the most often. Unfortunately, there are fewer photos of Kanao than I would have liked.
There are also situations where the line art may not be as complex. For example, I noticed demon slayer coloring pages with Giyu Tomioka, Shinobu Kocho, Muichiro Tokito, and Obanai Iguro would have less elaborate hair. Maybe because originally the hair or uniforms of these characters are mostly black? This can also happen with some Nezuko pages, which makes sense. But if you have a page that features one of them and a more detailed character, like the one that pairs Giyu and Tanjiro for a single page, it looks disjointed.
Usually, however, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: The Official Coloring Book accomplishes everything anyone expects. It favors the main characters. It presents the art of Gotouge. You have the opportunity to color unique covers, signs and artworks with important people. Some pages may not be perfect. But as long as you have your own pens and get creative, you could probably make one of these look pretty good.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: The Official Coloring Book is now available outside of Japan. The anime is streaming on Crunchyroll and Viz Media has localized the manga.