The American Magazine TIME today published its annual list “TIME100 Next 2021”, which highlights 100 emerging and influential personalities in different areas of society – politics, business, science, sports or entertainment – who are shaping the future. Koyoharu Gotōge, mangaka of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, becomes the first figure in the world of manga to appear on the prestigious list.
Koyoharu Gotōge appears in the « Phenomena » category, which refers to figures with extraordinary achievements in various fields. Of course, this alludes to the fact that Gotōge is responsible for conceiving the story that gave rise to one of the franchises that have enjoyed the most commercial and critical success in Japan and globally in recent memory.
Here is the text that TIME dedicated to Koyoharu Gotōge and the phenomenon Demon Slayer:
“For almost two decades, Spirited Away was the highest-grossing Japanese film of all time. That changed last year, when the animated film Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train recorded the largest opening weekend in Japanese history and ended with a record gross of $ 313 million, a surreal achievement. which only deepened interest in the mysterious figure at the heart of the franchise. Under the pseudonym Koyoharu Gotōge, he published the first chapter of Demon Slayer in 2016. The manga follows Tanjiro, the teenage protagonist who vigorously trains to fight demons, although he also has immense empathy for these once-human creatures. Although Gotōge remains anonymous to the public, Kohei Ohnishi – editor of Weekly Shōnen Jump, the manga magazine that publishes Demon Slayer – says that Gotōge’s personality shines through the series, particularly in Tanjiro’s character with his “ serious nature, honest and with a strong sense of responsibility ”. With the Demon Slayer television series now streaming on Netflix in the United States and the movie scheduled to hit North American theaters later this year, the scope of Gotōge’s work promises to go even further. «
Koyoharu Gotōge’s work was serialized in the pages of Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump between February 2015 and May 2020, being compiled into a total of 23 volumes. The saga would become a phenomenon locally and internationally after the anime adaptation developed by studio Ufotable (Fate / Stay Night) in 2019. Since then, the franchise has enjoyed unusual commercial success with manga, light novels, music and any other associated promotional product.
The print recently exceeded 150 million copies in circulation, which earned it to enter the Top 10 of the best-selling manga in history and means, in turn, that its circulation has increased 43 times since the premiere of the anime in April 2019. That same year, Demon Slayer became the first title to dethrone One Piece from the top spot in annual sales after 11 years, a victory that would repeat in 2020–.
The acclaimed 26-episode anime features a direct sequel in film format titled Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-Hen). Released on October 18 in Japan, the production is already the highest grossing film in history in Japan and will seek the nomination for Best Animated Film at the 93rd Academy Awards. This weekend, it was confirmed that the anime will have a second season in 2021.
What does the future hold for Koyoharu Gotōge? In the second Demon Slayer manga fanbook released earlier this month, Gotōge commented that he has been revisiting several sci-fi movies of yesteryear and finds it interesting how his perspective on them has changed from childhood to adulthood. With that in mind, he would like to make a sci-fi romantic comedy that can « break the belly » of even its creators.
The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga is published in Mexico by Panini Manga. Meanwhile, the anime is available on Crunchyroll and Funimation.
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