There was a big hoopla when someone stole 20 volumes of Demon Slayer from Onsen no Mori hot spring and the facility responded by asking nicely on social media for the books to be returned. Time passed and at least 190 copies of Demon Slayer were donated by fans, but there was as yet no response from the thief. However, Onsen no Mori’s plan has worked: the original stolen manga copies have been returned.
Because Onsen no Mori stamps all of their books, they can confirm these are indeed the stolen copies.
According to SoraNews24, manager Takeo Umebayashi wrote on the Onsen no Mori website:
Umebayashi remarked on the “endless potential” of social media, yet it “sometimes becomes a blade that hurts people.”
Believing that the thief is reformed, Umebayashi also said,
What do you think of the outcome?
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.