Demon Slayer is breaking all sorts of records with sales. Yet in terms of bestselling manga, it’s still a long way from beating the numbers of One Piece. But it turns out that One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda has not only been reading Demon Slayer, he’s also a fan.
At Jump Festa ’21, Mayumi Tanaka (who voices Luffy in Japan) shared a note Oda had written. Anime News Network supplied a translation:
“Hello viewers of Jump Festa! This sure was a tumultuous year, wasn’t it? I’m sure that there are many people who were strongly impacted by COVID. It felt like something out of a dream, and yet in the midst of all that, people across many industries worked hard to bring smiles to people’s faces. I want to applaud those people. That was the kind of year this was.
“At Jump, Demon Slayer was really amazing. I enjoyed how it was able to save the feelings of so many people. Absolutely superb work. This is how I want manga to be. It touched me, somehow!”
What do you think of Oda’s comments?
Source: Anime News Network
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.