Koyoharu Gotouge

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Koyoharu Gotouge
吾峠 呼世晴
Born (1989-05-05) May 5, 1989 (age 33)
Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
NationalityJapanese
Area(s)Manga artist
Notable works
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Awards
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Koyoharu Gotouge (Japanese: 吾峠 呼世晴, Hepburn: Gotōge Koyoharu, born May 5, 1989) is a Japanese manga artist, known for the manga series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (2016–2020). As of February 2021, the manga had over 150 million copies in circulation (including digital copies), making it the ninth best-selling manga series of all time.

Early life[edit]

Koyoharu Gotouge was born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, on May 5, 1989.[1] The author maintains anonymity in public.[2]

Career[edit]

In 2013, Koyoharu Gotouge debuted in the 70th Jump Treasure Newcomer Manga Awards with the one-shot work Kagarigari (過狩り狩り).[3][4] Three more one-shots followed: Monju Shirō Kyōdai (文殊史郎兄弟), published in Jump Next! in 2014; Rokkotsu-san (肋骨さん), published in Weekly Shōnen Jump in 2014; and Haeniwa no Zigzag (蠅庭のジグザグ), published in Weekly Shōnen Jump in 2015.[5]

After Haeniwa no Zigzag failed to be a serialized series, Tatsuhiko Katayama (Gotouge's first editor) suggested to start a series with an "easy-to-understand theme".[6] Gotouge's debut work Kagarigari would serve as a basis for Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.[6] The series was published in Weekly Shōnen Jump from February 15, 2016 to May 18, 2020.[7][8] It became a success, with over 150 million copies in circulation (including digital copies) as of February 2021, making it one of the best-selling manga series of all time.[9][10]

In February 2021, Gotouge commented that their next project would be a science fiction romantic comedy story.[11]

Influences[edit]

Gotouge has mentioned Hirohiko Araki's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure; Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto; Tite Kubo's Bleach; and Hideaki Sorachi's Gin Tama as influences on their work.[12][13][14]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2020, Gotouge received the 2nd Kodansha's Noma Publishing Culture Award, which honors those who have contributed to "reinventing publishing". Gotouge received the award due to the franchise's sales, which boosted the entire publishing industry from 2019 to 2020.[15] In the same year, Gotouge also won the award for best screenplay/original story at the Tokyo Anime Award Festival.[16]

In February 2021, Gotouge was included as "Phenoms" in Time's annual list of 100 Most Influential People, making them the first manga artist to receive the achievement.[2][17] In March 2021, Gotouge won the Newcomer Award in the media fine arts category of the 2020 Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Fine Arts Recommendation Awards.[18][19][20] In 2021, Gotouge received the Special Prize of the 25th annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.[21][22] In 2021, Gotouge won the Comic division's grand prize of the 50th Japan Cartoonists Association Awards.[23]

Works[edit]

  • Kagarigari (過狩り狩り) (2013) — One-shot
  • Monju Shirō Kyōdai (文殊史郎兄弟) (2014) — One-shot published in Shueisha's Jump Next!
  • Rokkotsu-san (肋骨さん) (2014) — One-shot published in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump.
  • Haeniwa no Zigzag (蠅庭のジグザグ) (2015) — One-shot published in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump.
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (鬼滅の刃, Kimetsu no Yaiba) (2016–2020) — Serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump, collected in 23 tankōbon volumes.[24][25]
  • Koyoharu Gotouge's Short Stories (吾峠呼世晴短編集, Gotōge Koyoharu Tanpenshū) (2019) — Collected volume of Gotouge's four one-shots published by Shueisha.

References[edit]

  1. ^ ついに最終回!『鬼滅の刃』作者「吾峠呼世晴」ちゃんと読めてる?ファンなら常識クイズ!. News Livedoor (in Japanese). May 18, 2020. Archived from the original on February 18, 2021. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Moon, Kat (February 17, 2021). "Koyoharu Gotouge Is on the TIME100 Next 2021 List". Time. Archived from the original on February 18, 2021. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  3. ^ Ressler, Karen (January 31, 2016). "Weekly Shonen Jump Launches 2 New Series in February". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on December 13, 2017. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  4. ^ 2013年のJUMPトレジャー新人漫画賞. shonenjump.com (in Japanese). Shueisha. Archived from the original on February 7, 2020. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
  5. ^ ジャンプで新鋭が描く心優しき少年の冒険譚、連載記念に過去の読切も公開. Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. February 15, 2016. Archived from the original on November 19, 2021. Retrieved February 24, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "The birth of "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba"". Manga Plus. Shueisha. Archived from the original on February 11, 2020. Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  7. ^ ジャンプで新鋭が描く心優しき少年の冒険譚、連載記念に過去の読切も公開. Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. February 15, 2016. Archived from the original on November 19, 2021. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  8. ^ 「鬼滅の刃」4年3カ月の連載に幕. Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. May 18, 2020. Archived from the original on February 25, 2021. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  9. ^ Loo, Egan (February 14, 2021). "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga Tops 150 Million Copies in Circulation". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on February 14, 2021. Retrieved February 14, 2021.
  10. ^ 「鬼滅の刃」累計1億5000万部を突破!3月には塗絵帳が2冊同時発売. Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. February 15, 2021. Archived from the original on February 14, 2021. Retrieved February 14, 2021.
  11. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (February 3, 2021). "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Creator Koyoharu Gotouge Wants to Make Sci-Fi Romantic Comedy Next". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on February 17, 2021. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  12. ^ 『鬼滅の刃』完結?ジョジョ方式で続く?予想合戦が過熱 過去ジャンプ作品から展開考察. Oricon (in Japanese). May 15, 2020. Archived from the original on May 21, 2020. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  13. ^ 『鬼滅の刃』大ブレイクの陰にあった、絶え間ない努力―――初代担当編集が明かす誕生秘話. News Livedoor (in Japanese). February 5, 2020. Archived from the original on February 5, 2020. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  14. ^ Schley, Matt (October 21, 2020). "Koyoharu Gotoge Reveals the Manga That Inspired Demon Slayer". Otaku USA. Archived from the original on November 1, 2020. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  15. ^ Mateo, Alex (November 2, 2020). "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba's Koyoharu Gotouge Wins Noma Publishing Culture Award". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on November 2, 2020. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  16. ^ Loveridge, Lynzee (February 6, 2020). "Uta no Prince-sama Movie Nabs TAAF 2019 Anime Fan Vote". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on September 29, 2021. Retrieved September 29, 2021.
  17. ^ Mateo, Alex (February 17, 2021). "Time Magazine Selects Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba's Koyoharu Gotouge on Time100 Next List". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on February 17, 2021. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  18. ^ 「巡り合わせていただいた御縁に感動」…「鬼滅」作者の吾峠呼世晴さん. Yomiuri Shimbun (in Japanese). March 3, 2021. Archived from the original on March 3, 2021. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  19. ^ 「作品通した縁に感動」 漫画家の吾峠呼世晴さん、芸術選奨新人賞. Jiji Press (in Japanese). March 3, 2021. Archived from the original on March 3, 2021. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  20. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (March 4, 2021). "Director Masaaki Yuasa, Demon Slayer's Gotouge Wins Agency for Cultural Affairs' Media Arts Award". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on March 4, 2021. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  21. ^ Loo, Egan (February 25, 2021). "Demon Slayer, Jujutsu Kaisen, Promised Neverland Nominated for Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on March 18, 2021. Retrieved February 26, 2021.
  22. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (April 27, 2021). "Land, Frieren, Demon Slayer Manga Win Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prizes". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on April 28, 2021. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
  23. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (July 26, 2021). "Demon Slayer Manga Wins Japan Cartoonists Association Award". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on July 27, 2021. Retrieved July 27, 2021.
  24. ^ 鬼滅の刃  1 (in Japanese). Shueisha. Archived from the original on May 9, 2018. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  25. ^ 鬼滅の刃  23 (in Japanese). Shueisha. Archived from the original on February 25, 2021. Retrieved August 15, 2020.

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