Koyoharu Gotōge ( () (とうげ) () () (はる) Gotōge Koyoharu?, VIZ: Koyoharu Gotouge), born May 5, 1989, is a Japanese mangaka and the author of Kimetsu no Yaiba. Gotoge uses an alligator that wears glasses as their avatar when they make announcements in regards to the series.

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History

At the age of 24, they participated in the 70th Jump Treasure Newcomer Manga Awards in 2013 with the work Kagarigari ( () () () Kagarigari?).[1] Kagarigari is a 45-page Demon-Slaying manga.

The next year, 2014, they published their debut in the Jump Next 2014 vol.2 issue, with a 45 page oneshot titled Monju Shiro Kyodai (文殊 (もんじゅ) (しろ) () (きょう) (だい) Monju Shirō Kyōdai?). Later that year, they created a new 46 page oneshot titled Rokkotsu-san ( (ろっ) (こつ ) さん Rokkotsu-san?), published in Weekly Shonen Jump 2014-39 issue. The oneshot was part of Jump's Golden Future Cup as entry #3.

The following year, 2015, Gotoge created a new 47 pages oneshot Haeniwa no Zigzag ( (はえ) (にわ) のジグザグ Haeniwa no Jiguzagu?), published again in Weekly Shonen Jump 2015-21 issue. The story is about Zigzag, who has a mysterious power to remove curses.

In 2016, Gotoge started their first serialization with Kimetsu no Yaiba ( () (めつ) () (やいば) Kimetsu no Yaiba?), in Weekly Shonen Jump 2016-11 issue. Kimetsu no Yaiba is a Demon-slaying manga loosely based on their first work Kagarigari. The series ended at 205 chapters on May 17th 2020 in issue 2020-24.

In February 2021, Gotoge commented that their next project will be a science fiction romantic comedy story.[2]

Works

  • Kagarigari (2013) Weekly Shōnen Jump official site (Oneshot)
  • Monju Shiro Kyodai (2014) Jump Next 2014 vol.2 Issue (Oneshot)
  • Rokkotsu-san (2014) Weekly Shōnen Jump 2014-39 Issue (Oneshot)
  • Haeniwa no Zigzag (2015) Weekly Shōnen Jump 2015-19 Issue (Oneshot)
  • Kimetsu no Yaiba (2016) Weekly Shōnen Jump 2016-11 Issue - 2020-24 Issue (Series)

Trivia

  • Koyoharu Gotōge noted that Kimetsu no Yaiba was inspired by various manga, most notably Gintama, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Naruto, Bleach and Berserk.[3] Koyoharu Gotōge also noted that Gintama is the manga they admired and decided to create Kimetsu no Yaiba.[4]
  • Although Gotoge has not revealed their gender and only uses they/them pronouns, a Weekly Shōnen Jump employee disclosed that the author is a woman.[5]

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