Well in some aspects of the show. it shares some few similarities of the movie and the anime of how they use Katana in fighting. While Kill bill is about a female assassin "Beatrix Kiddo" while the anime follows as Tanjiro, Nezuko and Inosuke.

Are they meant to be inspired?

While Kill Bill is a classic 2000s movie by Quentin Tarantino and Demon Slayer Anime series is a 2019 show

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    Can you elaborate on why you think Demon Slayer is inspired by Kill Bill, or how they're similar? Right now, the only similarity you've mentioned is "they both have people fighting with katanas", which Tarantino borrowed from Japanese media - it's highly unlikely that Demon Slayer then copied it in turn specifically from Kill Bill.
    – F1Krazy
    Feb 15, 2022 at 7:49
  • I kind of share the sentiment with F1Krazy. Just a wild guess, but it's more likely to be inspired by any Japanese samurai stories, whether historical or fictional.
    – Aki Tanaka
    Feb 15, 2022 at 8:41
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    No. Gotoge revealed the top three manga that inspired Demon Slayer. Said Gotoge: “There are too many [manga] to count, but if I had to choose the top three, they’d be Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Naruto and Bleach.”
    – Pablo
    Feb 15, 2022 at 10:22
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    @Pablo consider posting that as a proper answer :) might also help if there's a source/reference to back up.
    – Aki Tanaka
    Feb 16, 2022 at 5:24

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To answer this quite simply,

No. The anime, Demon Slayer is not inspired from Kill Bill. On the other hand, it is an adaptation of the manga Demon Slayer (as you might already know).

The long blade katana is a part of Japanese history and culture. It was a traditional weapon of choice for the historic Japanese warriors (Samurai). While Quentin Tarantino can be said to utilise that particular Japanese element in his film, Kill Bill. It's illogical to assume that a Japanese series takes inspiration of a Japanese weapon from a foreign film.

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