Why do some manga authors use male stage names?

Why do some manga authors use male stage names?

The momentum of the Kimetsu no Yaiba manga does not stop, with hundreds of companies running collaborative campaigns and launching their limited edition products based on the franchise, the work is certainly enjoying incredible and extraordinary popularity.

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Kimetsu no Yaiba is a shounen manga that was published in Shueisha publisher's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine between 2016 and May 2020. The author is Koyoharu Gotouge who, in fact, made his serialized work debut with this manga. The story centers on Tanjirou Kamado, whose family is killed by a demon and his sister, Nezuko, is the only survivor, but has turned into a demon. Thus begins his adventure to become a Demon Hunter and find a way to return Nezuko to normal.

Koyoharu Gotouge uses a crocodile with glasses as an avatar

The fever for Kimetsu no Yaiba completely exploded with the premiere of his film, Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-hen, on October 16 in Japanese theaters. Revenue surpassed 10 billion yen in just ten days, and is expected to easily exceed 30.8 billion yen raised by the Spirited Away film, which currently holds the top grossing spot for anime films in the world. Japan.

The author, Koyoharu Gotouge, was born in 1989 in Fukuoka Prefecture and is currently 31 years old. The work he published at the age of 24 captured the publisher's attention, and after several years of study and preparation, he finally began publishing the Kimetsu no Yaiba manga.

Why do some manga authors use male stage names?

Up to this point, all of the above is official information, but other information has been kept confidential. The illustration that the author uses in his official profile is a crocodile with glasses and its gender is unknown. However…

“In response to the great promotional push for Kimetsu no Yaiba, some Japanese magazines began to claim that Koyoharu Gotouge was a woman and that“ due to family circumstances ”he would not be able to continue his activities as an author for a long time, according to an alleged Testimony of people within the editorial department of Jump magazines. Due to the roots of the name 'Koyoharu Gotouge', many claimed at that point that he was a man, "declared an editor.

If it was true that Koyoharu Gotouge is a woman, why does she use an author name with male roots? If you review the world of manga authors, this is indeed very common.

Some people don't read manga written by a woman

"I think it's the same in any industry, but in this case it's a holdover from those days when there weren't many women in the manga industry," Guiya Ota commented. “Long ago, there were people who decided not to read certain manga because they were written by a woman. For this reason, many authors began to use stage names. Unfortunately, it was a time when anything a woman produced was looked down upon, including themselves. "

"Shoot! by Tsukasa Ooshima, Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist, Whistle! by Daisuke Higuchi, Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo by Fumiya Satou, Rape! Snuff! Snuff! by Shuuichi Sakabe are examples of popular works written by women. In fact, Mitsurou Kubo, author of Moteki, is also a woman who writes under a man's stage name.

Why do some manga authors use male stage names?

Many of these manga were published in magazines for male and female teens, as well as for young adults. Given that the majority of readers are men, some even wondered, "Why are women reading manga directed at men?" or "Only men know what men want to read", which represented the precedent of a sexist trend in the industry.

"On the contrary, in shoujo demographics magazines, that is for women, the main readers are clearly women, and the point of view of" women can only be represented by other women "is much less dominant."

In any case, if they read the contents of the manga in a very analytical way, some say that it is possible to detect when it is a woman who has written it. Some even indicate that no matter how horrible a play is, if there are some scenes where a man rapes a woman, the chances that the author is a woman are high. This applies even in audiovisual works, especially in hentai, where it is said that a large part of the works where women are abused were written by women.

Genderless stage names are on the rise

As mentioned above, it is very common for manga authors to assume stage names with male roots, however, they have currently been opting to take neutral names. “In the world without gender, the male-female duality is obsolete. First of all, there are many names that make it unclear whether it is a male or female, such as Cool-kyou Shinja or Amahara. This trend aims to become even more popular in the future, and artistic names with greater impact and easy to remember are also important for the dissemination of a work on social networks ”.

Social media has been a major factor in changing the sexist tendencies of manga readers, and female authors quickly become popular. “Social media makes humans transparent, and with more exposed data, popularity is enhanced. Beauty is an unfair factor, but one that can easily boost an author's fame, exponentially increasing her number of followers. We are, certainly, before a complicated world ".

Why do some manga authors use male stage names?

“In fact, if we go deeper, I heard that a beautiful manga author writing shoujo manga was becoming a social phenomenon, with her female readers making up a tiny fraction of her followers, something that doesn't make sense given the demographics for the who writes. This is something very complicated to analyze ", continued analyzing Ota.

“There are even more complex emotions to analyze, such as the fact that some readers want their favorite authors to be more miserable than they are, perhaps to feel better about themselves. It's a pretty despicable wish, but it's actually quite common even outside of the industry, where fans of certain artists even rejoice when something goes wrong. "

“Anyway, to conclude, if you are one of those who decide whether or not to read a work depending on whether the author is a man or a woman, then surely you are missing out on very good works. Regardless of whether Gotouge-san is a man or a woman, Kimetsu no Yaiba is still interesting, ”he concluded.

Source: Livedoor News

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