Will demon slayers inspire Antony Blinken? Joe Biden’s Secretary of State, in office since January 26, 2021, was in any case noted for a strong reference to the manga and anime Demon Slayer.
The latter is one of the great successes in the field of manga, in this year 2021: signed by Koyoharu Gotouge, the series exceeded last June Dragon Ball, in terms of sales, when the latter are reduced to the number of volumes published. At the time of this count, Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba in its original version) had 150 million copies – digital and physical – sold for 23 volumes, i.e. an insolent ratio of 6.52, exceeding Dragon Ball (6,19).
In France, the manga is published by Panini, in a translation by Arnaud Takahashi.
In the cinema too, the universe of Demon Slayer had made the event, with The Infinity Train, the highest-grossing feature film in Japanese theaters history.
Editor’s summary for Demon Slayer, tome 1 :
Japan, at the beginning of the 20th century. Tanjiro, a young charcoal merchant, leads a peaceful life until the fateful day he discovers that his village has been wiped out. Her younger sister, Nezuko, is the only survivor. But, since this appalling tragedy, she seems possessed … In order to save his sister and avenge his family, Tanjiro begins a long quest, in the footsteps of the mysterious demon slayers!
Blinken did not miss the phenomenon, evidenced by a musical selection published by the Secretary of State on Spotify music streaming platform. We find there indeed ” Homura » (« inflammation »In the original version), a title by the Japanese singer LiSA, used for the credits of the film The Infinity Train, exactly…
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« Music brings people together – it crosses borders and everything that could separate us Blinken wrote on Twitter. Including the generation gap!
Photograph: Antony Blinken, here in conversation with Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Foreign Affairs (NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)