Ever since Sophia stayed with my brother’s family ( https://toabettersarahraisingsophia.wordpress.com/2021/06/11/the-one-where-sophia-finally-went-home/ ), she has been fascinated with anime. She kept telling me about Demon Slayer and so I decided to watch it with her (hence, the watch and draw anime in her daily goals). I did not really expect anything from the show, I was merely humoring my daughter. I suppose I expected it to be something like cocomelon. Hahaha! I know, Sophia is 7, not 1!
The story takes place in Taishō-era Japan. It follows Tanjiro Kamado and his sister Nezuko Kamado as they seek a cure for Nezuko’s demon curse. Tanjiro and Nezuko become entangled in the affairs of a secret society, known as the Demon Slayer Corps, that has been waging a secret war against demons for centuries. The demons are former humans who sold their humanity in exchange for power. They feed on humans and possess supernatural abilities such as super strength, magic, and regeneration. Demons can only be killed if they’re decapitated with weapons crafted from an alloy known as Sun Steel, injected with poison extracted from wisteria flowers, or exposed to sunlight. The Demon Slayers, on the other hand, are entirely human; however, they employ special breathing techniques, known as “Breathing Styles”, which grant them superhuman strength and increased resistance.
Tanjiro Kamado is a kind-hearted and intelligent boy who lives with his family in the mountains. He has become his family’s breadwinner after his father’s death, making trips to the nearby village to sell charcoal. Everything changes when he comes home one day to discover that his family has been attacked and slaughtered by a demon. Tanjiro and his sister Nezuko are the sole survivors of the incident, with Nezuko being transformed into a demon, but still surprisingly showing signs of human emotion and thought. After an encounter with Giyū Tomioka, a demon slayer, Tanjiro is recruited by him and sent to be taught by Sakonji Urokodaki, another member of the Demon Slayer Corps, to also become a demon slayer, and begins his quest to help his sister turn human again and avenge the deaths of the rest of his family.Wikipedia
The story is pretty intense, too! I guess I was quite taken by the first episode. I am not much into movies and shows (I only play FRIENDS in the background a lot) but I like this one! And of course, I had taken the opportunity to use the show to teach Sophia some of the values that I believe is useful.
- Family is important. The Kamado siblings’ devotion to each other is very admirable. In an episode where they were up against a member of twelve demon moon, Rui lower moon 5, Tanjiro could have easily given up Nezuko, but instead he risked his life.
- Never give up. During his training to become a demon slayer, Tanjiro faced a lot of challenges. Master Urokodaki was a tough teacher. This attitude has served him well in all episodes of the show.
- It is okay to be frightened. Zenitsu is a funny character, he gets easily scared and is not afraid to show it. He hid behind a little boy in Tsuzumi Mansion! But in the end, he showed immense strength to fight off the demon.
- Compassion. Tanjiro showed incredible kindness as he dealt with demons and understand what they were going through. Rui’s mother felt his warmth even after he killed her.
- Forgiveness. Once Tanjiro emphatize with a demon, he is able to forgive them.
- Teamwork. We need other people’s help. With all his courage and wit, Tanjiro would certainly not have made it without first Giyu’s taking chances with him and his sister, then Master Urokodaki’s intensive training, help from both Zenitsu and Inosuke in fighting demons, Master Ubuyashiki’s goodwill, the pillars’ acceptance of Nezuko and Shinobu’s healing guidance.
- Courage. The Kamado siblings (and Inosuke) are obviously brave. What I found amazing though is Nezitsu’s heroic stunt in Mount Natagumo. He was scared out of his wits (so much so that he was physically shaking) to get into the forest, but then showed he is not completely spineless by running after Nezuko.
Not only did I have the chance to point these lessons out to her, anime has also been instrumental in exploring her artistic side. She has drawn 2 new characters, named Nezitsu (Nezuko + Zenitsu) and Zenuko (Zenitsu + Nezuko), so apparently the show inspired some creativity in her, too!
She has also imagined what she would look like as a demon slayer.
And this is me, apparently.
Watching anime with my daughter reminded me to not immediately dismiss (I am very guilty of this) what her interests are and treat them as childish and inconsequential. Instead, I should at least try to share whatever catches her attention. I mean, I have been pushing her to read, but it is not working. But the other day, I mentioned to her I will look for the manga and she was excited.
I suppose I really need to level with her and speak her language if I want to get through to her in a more fun and engaging manner. A lesson I learned last month, too. ( https://toabettersarahraisingsophia.wordpress.com/2021/06/22/the-one-with-the-fashion-show/ )
I am so glad I have given anime a chance. If anything, Sophia will remember watching with Mommy. It is nice that I spend time with her. But the fact that we are actually doing something she enjoys is more valuable. That I learn to dig anime is just icing on the cake.
Have you taken time to at least check out what your child (or partner or siblings or parents) is interested in?
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