There is no such thing as a denying that Demon Slayer is among the greatest franchises in anime. From its TV sequence to its movies, it’s arduous to navigate the fandom with out listening to about Tanjiro. Fortunately, the hero is straightforward to like as Tanjiro manages to remain hopeful in even the worst conditions. However if you happen to didn’t know, nicely – Demon Slayer didn’t at all times intend for Tanjiro to be so vivid.

Actually, the manga banked on the precise reverse. Throughout growth, Demon Slayer creator Koyoharu Gotouge had a special imaginative and prescient for the sequence as a complete, and it will have made Tanjiro a darkish protagonist.

The entire thing got here to mild on social media as an interview with one in all Demon Slayer’s editors resurfaced. It was there Tatsuhiko Katayama spoke at size concerning the first days of the manga. It seems Gotouge had a imaginative and prescient for Demon Slayer in thoughts due to their one-shot Kisatsu no Nagare. The mission was born from one other story drafted by Gotouge named Kagari, and you’ll find visuals from that mission above.

Nonetheless, Kisatsu no Nagare turned out a bit too darkish for Shueisha’s tastes. “As a result of its severe tone, lack of comedian aid, and darkish story, it did not make the reduce for serialization,” the editor shared. “I assumed it would not have the ability to get by means of until the principle character wasn’t switched out, so I requested Gotouge-sensei if there wasn’t a brighter, extra regular character on the planet he created. That is how Tanjiro and Demon Slayer got here to be.”

As you’ll be able to see, Katayama is the primary to confess Demon Slayer was a bit too darkish to attract in followers. Tanjiro ended up doing a complete turnaround to suit Shonen Soar’s request, and the remaining is historical past. It’s arduous to think about a manga below Shueisha being turned away for being darkish given the recognition of Chainsaw Man, however Demon Slayer made its debut in a special time. So for higher or worse, the manga trade’s tips pressured Tanjiro to turn into the protagonist that followers throughout the globe now love.

You probably have not skilled Tanjiro within the Demon Slayer manga, you’ll be able to learn the entire sequence courtesy of Viz Media. As for the anime, Demon Slayer season 3 is at present in progress. The show is working by means of the manga’s Swordsmith Village arc, and Tanjiro is continuous to wow with weekly bangers.

What do you make of Demon Slayer’s authentic pitch? Are you able to think about Tanjiro being this darkish…? Share your ideas with us within the feedback part under or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB.