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"Gintama was the reason I decided to send my work to JUMP. Thank you." - Koyoharu Gotouge to Hideaki Sorachi
December 8, 2020 at 6:12 PM PHT (GMT +8)
In the author's comment section of an issue of the Weekly Shounen JUMP Magazine in 2018, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga creator Koyoharu Gotouge revealed that Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga series is the reason why the author decided to submit his work to Shueisha's JUMP Magazine.
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©銀魂, Hideaki Sorachi
In the comment the author wrote in Japanese "Sorachi-sensei, thank you for your hard work. Gintama was the reason I decided to send my work to Jump. Thank you".
The KNY creator was overwhelmingly inspired by Sorachi's work prompting the author to submit his Demon Slayer manga draft to the editorial department of JUMP magazine before the manga was serialized in 2016.
On the other hand, in the press conference of the "Gintama: The Final" anime film that will premiere in January 8, 2020, Sorachi wrote a letter back in Jump Festa 2020 for Gintama's movie panel, in which he talked a bit about Kimetsu no Yaiba. He jokingly stated "Please everyone, when the movie (Gintama: The Final) comes out close the Kimetsu no Yaiba volume in your hand for a moment and watch the movie.". He was then asked about those who will not follow, he said "No, I understand it. Kimetsu is good too."
"Gintama / Gin Tama", the Japanese adventure-comedy manga series written and illustrated by Hideaki Sorachi was highly acclaimed as the most comedic manga series during the generation and the most diverse as it collaborates with different anime series through their famous crossovers such as Death Note, Sket Dance, Assasination Classroom, Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma, Hayao Miyazaki films and many more. Serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump from December 2003 and ended in 2019, it has been popular with over 55 million copies in print, making it one of the best-selling manga series.
Several TV anime series adaptation seasons was produced with a total 367 episodes across the board. The latest anime series premiered in July 2018. Animation studios Sunrise handled the production from Episode 1 through 265 and later was transferred to Bandai Namco Pictures from Episode 266 until its last episode. The manga has also inspired two previous anime films, one upcoming anime film, OVA projects, two live-action films, two live-action net spinoffs and anime events.
Meanwhile, "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" manga series written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotouge was highly-admired by many fans all over the world and in fact, the franchise as a whole now has more than 120 million copies in circulation, including digital versions, making it one of the best-selling manga series of all time. With its overwhelming achievement, it is clashing head-to-head with Eiichiro Oda's best-selling manga of all time, One Piece. The manga was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from February 2016 to May 2020, and its chapters collected in 21 tankōbon volumes as of July 2020. It is published in English by Viz Media and simulpublished by Shueisha in English on their Manga Plus app.
An anime television series adaptation by Ufotable aired in Japan from April to September 2019. Following the airing of the final episode, a sequel film entitled "Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train" was announced and is scheduled to premiere in October 2020. The anime series has received critical acclaim, with critics praising the animation and fight sequences. It has been considered one of the best anime of the 2010s, and has received numerous awards.
The 2020 anime film sequel to the series titled "Demon Slayer the Movie - Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Train" which premiered last October 16, is now considered as the 2nd highest-grossing film of all time in Japan as of December 2020 surpassing James Cameron's 1997 film "Titanic" and just under Hayao Miyazaki's 2001 animated film "Spirited Away".