“You might as well be an avenger”: Kagurabachi Author Was Ready to Sacrifice Chihiro’s Likability than Have Him Become Another Naruto or Itadori

Kagurabachi author claims it's better to just be an avenger if killing is in the plot anyways.

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  • Kagurabachi author discusses the creation of Chihiro and the story of his vengeance in an interview.
  • He played to his strengths for the serialization and created a dark hero whose goal is to avenge.
  • He also talks about how he is a fan of mainstream Japanese motifs.
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Kagurabachi‘s Chihiro set himself apart from other Shonen heroes from the very first chapter. While most Shonen protagonists have an uplifting aura around them, Chihiro is the exact opposite.


Chapter 1 of Kagurabachi revealed Chihiro’s dark past, and it was abundantly clear that the character means business. Any distraction is simply not allowed, which is probably why the manga fetched such a high viewership rate as soon as it debuted.

In an interview, Kagurabachi’s author, Hokazono Takeru, talked in detail about how he created Chihiro and his story.


Kagurabachi‘s Author Created a Dark Hero, Challenging Shonen Standards

Chihiro _ Kagurabachi Viz Media
Chihiro | Kagurabachi Viz Media

In an interview with Asahi Shimbun, Hokazono Takeru discussed his creation process for Chihiro. The author was more experienced with one-shots and wanted to play to his strength with his first serialization.

However, an ambiguous dream of becoming something does not sit right in one-shots. But if the hero’s goal is to kill someone, it becomes much easier to understand. Seeking revenge is also more of a direct approach.

Since the author has experience with revenge stories, he decided to use the genre in the manga.


“And since this was my first serialization, I thought it would be cool to create something more challenging…And my thought is, if you want to kill someone, you might as well be an avenger.”

So that is how the character of Chihiro came to be. Takeru wanted a unique story that would make an impact on the audience, and his formula worked wonders for Kagurabachi. While most Shonen protagonists are happy-go-lucky and carry the burden of being likable, Chihiro never has to adhere to the standards.

A manga panel from Kagurabachi starring the protagonist
A manga panel from Kagurabachi | Viz Media

From the very beginning, Chihiro has been a brooding guy, who was later broken by the death of his father. As you know, his next step was to set out to take revenge against the people responsible for his father’s death.

Another shocking thing that the author revealed is that he created a revenge story partly because:


“Also, blood splatters just look cool in black-and-white manga illustrations.”

There is also a scene in Chapter 1 that perfectly summarizes Chihiro’s outlook on life. When Shiba asks why Chihiro doesn’t get his scar removed, Chihiro answers that every day, when he wakes up and sees his face, the scar motivates him to take the path of revenge.

Different Japanese Motifs in Kagurabachi

Hokazono Takeru claimed that he loved seeing exaggerated Japanese aesthetics in Western movies. While most people think it is overdone and exaggerated, Takeru somehow likes it and gets excited because of it.

Kagurabachi gold fish
Chihiro’s goldfish bowl | Kagurabachi Viz Media

The author always hoped that he would be able to create a story just like that, filled with Japanese motifs, Which is why his story has traditional Japanese symbols like katana, sorcery, goldfish, and more. Originally, the author had planned to draw koi fish since:


“Their red, black, and white colors would match well in a revenge story with lots of blood splatter and a protagonist whose clothes are all black.”

However, Takeru changed the koi fish to a goldfish to symbolize Chihiro’s life with his father.

Hokazono Takeru ensured that Chihiro and Kagurabachi had a distinct feature when compared to other manga. For the author, a revenge story was what greased the plot’s wheels.

You can read the Kagurabachi manga on Viz Media.


Written by Aaheli Pradhan

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Aaheli is an anime content writer at FandomeWire. With four years of experience under her belt, she is a living, breathing encyclopedia for anime and manga. She believes in living a slow life, surrounded by incomplete art projects and her beloved cat.