Late last year publisher Shueisha put replicas of the original manuscript for Demon Slayer’s 204th chapter up for sale. Only thirty-three were made, and they weren’t cheap, coming in at 38,500 yen (about $350) each.
However, people who purchased them have complained. At that price and with the advertising it received, they wanted to be able to see the details of the brush strokes in the original work. Borders had also been trimmed so you couldn’t see all the artwork. Creator Koyoharu Gotouge also asked Shueisha what was up with these replicas.
It turns out an inexperienced staff member had only blown up images from the manga and magazine, and that’s why it didn’t look the way it was supposed to. So Shueisha has promised to make new replicas, and anyone who bought the original can get these instead and give back the lesser-quality ones.
Source: The Asahi Shimbun
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.