3 Anime Inspired Koyoharu Gotouge to Come Up With Demon Slayer – Both One Piece and Dragon Ball are Surprisingly Missing from the List

3 Anime Inspired Koyoharu Gotouge to Come Up With Demon Slayer – Both One Piece and Dragon Ball are Surprisingly Missing from the List
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Since 2019, Demon Slayer has been a successful anime thanks to its great animation by Ufotable, exciting action scenes, and fast storytelling.


Before the Ufotable adaptation, the Demon Slayer manga was already popular since its release in 2016, written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotouge. It sold over 150 million copies as of 2021 and quickly became one of the best-selling manga series of all time.

Demon Slayer
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba

Interestingly, the manga’s creator mentioned three popular anime as major inspirations for Demon Slayer. Surprisingly, he doesn’t mention Dragon Ball or One Piece as influences for his manga.


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Three Manga Influences on Koyoharu Gotouge for Demon Slayer

A few months after the manga series began in October 2016, Koyoharu Gotouge participated in a Japanese “Twitcast” interview (via ScreenRant). In this interview, fans asked questions on Twitter (now X) about their series, including simple ones like character ages.

When one fan asked about Gotouge’s top three manga influences, he mentioned Bleach, Naruto, and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. The Bleach influence is very clear, with similarities between the Demon Slayer’s Hashira and Bleach’s Soul Reaper captains, as well as their unique abilities.

Naruto and Bleach
Naruto and Bleach

Naruto, another popular action series with swordplay and martial arts, also had an impact on Demon Slayer. Some characters in Demon Slayer even use techniques similar to ninjutsu, similar to Naruto. However, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is a more surprising influence.

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Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure and Demon Slayer Connection

When you consider it, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure and Demon Slayer share many similarities, especially if you look at Jojo’s early parts 1 and 2. In those parts, Jonathan and later Joseph fight vampires that need to feed on humans, can only be active at night, and are vulnerable to sunlight-based powers like Hamon.


These vampires are incredibly tough, can regenerate from near-fatal injuries, and are led by Dio, who created them. Comparing this to Demon Slayer, the demons in the series share the same traits as these vampires including having a single master demon, Muzan Kibutsuji.

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure

Tanjiro’s Hinokami Kagura also known as the Sun Breathing style in Demon Slayer, is also similar to Hamon, as both are mystical abilities tied to the power of the Sun and crucial for victory.

Although Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure might not be the first thing that comes to mind as an influence on Demon Slayer, it’s obvious that it had a significant impact on Koyoharu Gotouge’s work and he is not shy and publically accepting it.


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Source: ScreenRant


Written by Tanmay Jha

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Tanmay writes about anime for FandomWire. He's currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. With a passion for animation and graphics, he has authored over 240 articles on anime, sharing insights and reviews with fellow fans, seamlessly combining his love for animation with journalism.