Hey, everyone! This is Mokugyo, the manga-and-anime loving writer from MANGA.TOKYO! I’m sure many of you know that Weekly Shonen Jump is the most popular boys’ manga magazine in Japan. In recent years, several famous Jump manga have come to an end, so now the magazine includes many new series. Because Jump has published amazing manga which are famous worldwide, such as Dragon Ball and Naruto, the readers’ expectations are always high. Thus, it takes a rather long time for a new manga to gain popularity.
Out of those new manga, there is one series I would like to introduce to you that is gaining a lot of attention among manga fans these days. The title is Kimetsu no Yaiba. It is categorized as a dark fantasy, and I personally am hoping for this manga to get an anime adaptation soon.
What is Kimetsu no Yaiba?
Kimetsu no Yaiba is a manga which is currently being serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump. The serialization started from the 11th issue of the magazine in February 2016, and as of August 2017, the manga has seven tankobon volumes. The author is Koyoharu Gotouge, and Kimetsu no Yaiba is Gotouge’s first serial manga. This manga is based on Kagarigari, Gotouge’s one-shot manga which won the 70th Weekly Shonen Jump Treasure New Cartoonist Prize.
The story is about the protagonist going on a journey to defeat the demon who has killed his family. This dark action fantasy includes various distinctive elements such as its amazing drawings, unique lines, and an exciting story!
Kimetsu no Yaiba Synopsis
The story takes place in Japan’s Taisho Era (1912-1926). Tanjiro Kamado, the protagonist, makes a living by selling coal and lives happily with his family. However, one day, Tanjiro’s family gets attacked by a demon, and his parents and brothers all get killed. The only one who survives is his younger sister, Nezuko, who gets turned into a demon herself. Although she becomes a demon, Nezuko’s human feelings remain, and fortunately, she is able to hold down the urge to eat humans. In order to find a way to turn Nezuko back to her true self, Tanjiro goes on a long journey with his sister. After finding out about the existence of a demon-killing team called Kisatsutai, Tanjiro joins the team and trains to become stronger. He gains the power and fighting skills to kill demons, and he prepares for the day that he will defeat his ultimate enemy.
The Unique Touch of the Drawings
One of the most amazing aspects of this manga is its unique art. I’m sure anyone who sees the manga will never forget its drawings. The illustrations contain a traditional Japanese atmosphere, and yet, have some sort of unstable nature. Both the characters and the background scenes are drawn with the same touch. To be honest, Gotouge’s drawings may not be excellent regarding manga techniques. His action scenes are not very dramatic, and many other manga authors have better drawing skills than him. However, Gotouge’s illustrations have a special charm which only he can create. This charm has not changed since his one-shot manga. The uniqueness of his drawings is Gotouge’s ultimate weapon.
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