Unfortunately, this popularity has led to a mini-crime wave that’s forced some bookstores to change the way they sell the manga.
One retailer put up a sign in its manga section explaining the lack of Demon Slayer: there have been several instances of shoplifting, so customers must now ask for the manga at the counter.
Elsewhere, a shop put up photos pulled from security camera footage of a young woman in her teens spotted stealing volumes of the manga.
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And at yet another location, a store put up a handwritten sign about the special cards that come with some volumes of Demon Slayer. Came with, that is: this store, at least, has stopped including the cards with volumes 1 to 17 of the manga because people keep stealing them.
If you want to get your hands on Demon Slayer — y’know, by paying for it — in English, you can through Viz Books, who describe it like this:
In Taisho-era Japan, Tanjiro Kamado is a kindhearted boy who makes a living selling charcoal. But his peaceful life is shattered when a demon slaughters his entire family. His little sister Nezuko is the only survivor, but she has been transformed into a demon herself! Tanjiro sets out on a dangerous journey to find a way to return his sister to normal and destroy the demon who ruined his life.
Learning to slay demons won’t be easy, and Tanjiro barely knows where to start. The surprise appearance of another boy named Giyu, who seems to know what’s going on, might provide some answers…but only if Tanjiro can stop Giyu from killing his sister first!