TIME Magazine honored Kimetsu no Yaiba manga creator Koyoharu Gotouge on its second annual “TIME 100 Next” list, a list that highlights 100 emerging and influential people who are shaping the future. This is the first time this list has selected a manga author from among its ranks, and it is an obvious effect of the incredible success of the film Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-hen, which has rewritten all box office records in Japan. His record stated:
“For nearly two decades, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away) was the highest-grossing Japanese film of all time. That changed last year, when the animated film Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-hen recorded the biggest opening weekend in Japanese history and ended up grossing a record $ 313 million, a surreal achievement that only deepened interest in it. Mysterious author and illustrator at the heart of the franchise. Writing under the pseudonym Koyoharu Gotouge, the author published the first chapter of the Kimetsu no Yaiba series in 2016. The manga follows Tanjirou, the teenage protagonist who vigorously trains to fight demons, as he feels immense empathy for these creatures that some once were human. While Gotouge remains anonymous in public, Kouhei Ohnishi, editor of Weekly Shonen Jump, the manga magazine published by Kimetsu no Yaiba, says that the writer's personality shines through through the series, particularly in the "serious nature, honesty and Tanjirou's strong sense of responsibility ”. And with the Kimetsu no Yaiba TV series now streaming on Netflix and the movie slated to hit North American theaters later this year, the scope of Gotouge's work promises to go even further. —Kat Moon "
Koyoharu Gotouge began publishing the manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in February 2016 and ended it in May 2020. The publisher published the twenty-second compilation volume on October 2, and the twenty-second third and final on December 4. The work recently surpassed 150 million cumulative copies in circulation.
The manga inspired a 26-episode anime adaptation produced by Ufotable Studios, under the direction of Haruo Sotozaki and scripts written by the studios themselves, released in April 2019. Subsequently, a film titled Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-hen, It was released in theaters in Japan on October 16 and recently became the highest-grossing film in Japanese history. The production of a second season is confirmed for this year.
Synopsis of Kimetsu no Yaiba
In the Taisho era in Japan, Tanjirou Kamado is a kind and intelligent boy who lives with his family in the mountains. Tanjirou has become the head of his family after the death of his father, making constant trips to the village at the foot of the mountain to sell firewood and charcoal. However, his life changes when one day, when he returns home later After spending a night out, he discovers that his family has been killed by a demon. Tanjirou and his sister Nezuko are the only survivors now, but she has been turned into a demon, although she surprisingly still displays emotions and seems to have a sense of reason. After an encounter with Giyuu Tomioka, a demon hunter; Tanjirou decides to become a demon hunter to hunt down the murderer of his family and find a way to return Nezuko to normal.
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