Someone with sticky fingers recently stole 20 volumes of Demon Slayer from the manga shelves of the Mori no Onsen bathhouse’s relaxing area, but it’s hitting the news because of the response from the bath house and how they deal with stolen manga.
According to SoraNews24, the bathhouse tweeted:
“Sad news: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 1 through 20 have been stolen from the relax room. We worked really hard to put together that set…
We would like whoever accidentally took them home to quietly return them.
‘When someone is about to lose their way, let’s all work together to keep them on the right path.’
We aren’t filing a report with the police, and instead want to use the power of social media to keep this person on the right path.”
— おんせんの森 (@onsen_mori) September 25, 2020
When some people disagreed with this path forward, the bathhouse sent another tweet:
At the moment, we have not filed a report with the police, and are waiting to see what will happen. If the person who took the manga home happens to personally be a fan of Demon Slayer, we want even more to give them the benefit of the doubt.
We’ve seen many reactions to the effect of ‘You should call the police!’ and ‘What a jerk!’, and we thank you for your concern. However, we ask that you refrain from posting intimidating messages. Please give us a few days to see what will happen.
We want to believe in the person who took the manga, both as a Demon Slayer fan, and as a human being. We apologize to those of you for whom that doesn’t sit well with, but we ask for your understanding.”
What do you think of how the bathhouse is handling the stolen manga situation?
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.