After Demon Slayer recorded an unprecedented start in the history of Japanese cinema and grossed over 10 billion yen in just two weeks, there seem to be no more restrictions. But how is such a masterpiece built? The answer comes from the producer of the series, the diamond Yuma Takahashi.
In an interview with the Japanese newspaper The Mainichi Shimbun, the producer explained the secret of the Ufotable series' success: "In order to get people to watch your series there are many factors to consider, most notably the quality of the manga. For a lot of people it's the opposite, they believe it's the anime that helps the manga, but in truth, it's the opposite. The manga is especially interesting. We were just trying to turn it into an anime without losing the appeal of the original work, that was our challenge. Of course, the hard work, respect for comics, and the superb technique of Ufotable's animators were central factors, but the foundation of Demon Slayer is the story written entirely by Koyoharu Gotouge.".
Takahashi went on to discuss the changing world of anime and how it is now available on multiple platforms: "In recent years, people have started to watch anime streaming rather than the small screen. That change was another factor. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has arrived on various platforms around the world and, unlike many other animes, consisted of two cours. It's not very rare, but it's very important for a new series because it allows you to build an audience. Immediately after the anime ended, the manga had now reached its climax. For many it was the perfect opportunity to continue the story and it helped the work gain more popularity".
What do you think about it? Is the anime due to the manga or vice versa? Let us know with a comment! In the meantime, we'd like to remind you that Demon Slayer and other anime will finally be available on Amazon Prime Video starting November 1st.