In Japan, the anti-Covid-19 remedy is savored in dark rooms, with saber blows to cut demons. Since its release on October 16, Kimetsu no Yaiba, Mugen Ressha-hen (“Demon Slayer – The Infinity Train”), by Haruo Sotozaki, never stops chaining records. The animated feature film from the manga Kimetsu no Yaiba (“Demon Slayer”, published since 2019 in France by Panini Comics), by Koyoharu Gotouge, had generated 15.8 billion yen (approximately 128 million euros) in revenue on 2 November and had risen to the ranking of the ten highest grossing films in history in the Archipelago.
The theme song, performed by LiSA, has even dominated the Japanese charts since the film’s release. The Adventures of Tanjiro Kamado, a Taisho-era charcoal seller (1912-1926) who seeks revenge on demons who slaughtered his family and who wants to help his sister, Nezuko, herself turned into a demon, to find its human form, seduced more than 12 million spectators in just over two weeks of operation.
Mentioned by the Prime Minister
The phenomenon is such that even the Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, brought it up in Parliament, saying on November 2 he was ready to answer questions from an opposition member. “In a breath of full concentration”, a breathing technique used by the hero during combat.
The theme song, performed by LiSA
Families wish to give the names of the heroes to their children and the morning show of the private channel TBS echoed a “Kimehara”, contraction of “Kimetsu” and “harassment”, to qualify the harassment aimed those who have not seen the film. The enormous success of the latter also follows that of the manga published in the specialized magazine Weekly Shonen Jump.
The 22 bound volumes already published have sold more than 100 million copies and the twenty-third and final is due out in December. As is often the case with popular publications, the title has been rolled out into a 2019 TV series, video game, and even a musical.
“The character confronted with an injustice and who overcomes it by his efforts and his will could be a support for the spectators. Ryota Fujitsu, critic
The beautiful story was however accompanied by a controversy. The confirmation in May that the manga author was in fact an author – in her thirties and from the southwestern city of Fukuoka – drew strong reactions in Japan, with some readers saying revealing still hostile to the feminization of the mangaka profession.
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