One Piece Rival Anime Won’t Even Reveal Name and Gender to Fans Despite Being 9th Best Selling Manga of All Time With $8.74B Franchise Value

One Piece Rival Anime Won’t Even Reveal Name and Gender to Fans Despite Being 9th Best Selling Manga of All Time With $8.74B Franchise Value

The fame and attention a mangaka receives are intangible. If a manga is loved by the audience, its creator gets a lot of appreciation, and fans tend to indulge in the process and making of the series. Although it can be very hectic and pressurizing sometimes. Mangakas usually like to work in silence to concentrate and focus on the anime and try to make it much more popular. Therefore it won’t be shocking if a mangaka tries to hide their identity and live in anonymity for the rest of their lives.

One example of such a case is Koyoharu Gotogue, the creator of Demon Slayer, the 9th Best Selling Manga of All Time with $8.7B Franchise Value. The series is considered to be the biggest rival of One Piece and is breaking many records.

Demon Slayer
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba

Koyoharu Gotogue’s Hidden Identity

Koyoharu Gotouge is a Japanese manga artist best known for their work on the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga series. The manga sold more than 150 million copies, making it the ninth best-selling manga series of all time. Gotouge was the first manga artist to be named a “Phenom” in Time’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People.

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Koyoharu Gotouge has gone to great lengths to conceal their genuine identity. There is no portrait of them anywhere, and they have requested that the Weekly Shonen Jump crew to also keep their identity hidden. The mangaka’s avatar is, in fact, the closest fans get to recognizing the mangaka. It’s a chibi crocodile in the seiza pose, with slightly misaligned spectacles.

Koyoharu Gotogue’s Avatar
Koyoharu Gotogue’s Avatar

Furthermore, the author has made it clear that they do not wish to be addressed with gendered pronouns, which is why their gender is unknown to the general public. As a result, fans have frequently been intrigued about their gender and have attempted to learn the same. However, it is widely understood that the mangaka may identify as non-binary, which is why in their case “they/them” pronouns are preferred. The only piece of information about Koyoharu Gotouge’s identity comes from a Weekly Shonen Jump employee who alleges that Gotouge-sensei is a woman.

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba New Season Details

The latest season that was released recently, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba – To the Swordsmith Village(Season 3) shattered box office records in Japan, generating more than 72 million USD in just 24 days, exceeding the 50 million USD budget in a matter of days during its domestic release.

Inosuke Tanjiro and Zenitsu in Demon Slayer
Inosuke Tanjiro and Zenitsu in Demon Slayer

It will return with its fourth season which is currently in the production stage and is likely to release in 2024. Season 4 will concentrate on the Hashira Training Arc, which comprises nine chapters in the manga. Because there are fewer chapters in the manga, the fourth season is projected to be shorter. All the seasons are available for streaming on Netflix and Crunchyroll.

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Written by Tarun Kohli