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Nezuko Kamado is a character of the manga and anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. A fourteen-year-old girl, Nezuko was turned into a demon which gave her sharp fangs, claw-like nails, bright pink eyes and the ability to change her size. Nezuko carries a bamboo stick in her mouth most of the time as a means of self-control and harm prevention.
On February 15th, 2016, the first issue of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (literal translation: Demon-slaying Blade) manga series, written by Koyoharu Gotōge, was released in Japan. The manga follows the story of Tanjiro Kamado, a young boy whose family was killed by demons and whose sister Nezuko was turned into one, as he becomes a demon slayer and seeks cure and vengeance. On June 4th, 2018, the anime adaptation of the series was announced. On April 6th, 2019, the series premiered in Japan, with a total of 26 episodes planned.
In the first episode of the series, character Nezuko Kamado, the sister of protagonist Tanjiro Kamado, is introduced. Turned into a demon, Nezuko experiences changes to her body and behavior. After attempting to attack her brother, Nezuko begins wearing a bamboo stick in her mouth, bound by a red tie, as a means of preventing harm to those around her.
Following the premiere of the series, Nezuko gained significant popularity in anime community, primarily in /r/animemes subreddit (examples shown below).
Baby Nezuko / Smol Nezuko / Sitting Nezuko
On August 24th, 2019, episode 21 "Against Corps Rules" of the anime series premiered in Japan. In the episode, character Tsuyuri chases Nezuko with the intention to kill her, with Nezuko changing her size to that of a baby to dodge the sword attacks. In the following days, meme utilizing images from the episode and in which Nezuko is referred to as "Baby Mode Nezuko" and "Smol Nezuko" gained popularity in the /r/animemes subreddit (examples shown below).
 Wikipedia – Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
 AnimeNewsNetwork – Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga Gets TV Anime by ufotable
 Wikipedia – List of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba episodes
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