Cheat Slayer depicted villains with similar likenesses to other works’ protagonists
The editors of Kadokawa‘s Monthly Dragon Age magazine announced on Monday that writer Homura Kawamoto (Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler) and artist Aki Yamaguchi’s new fantasy manga Isekai Tenseisha Goroshi -Cheat Slayer- (“Killing the People Reincarnated into the Other World -Cheat Slayer-“) has been canceled after one chapter.
The magazine’s readers had pointed out similarities between the villains in the manga with particular characters in other works. In response, the editorial department reinspected the manga and determined that there would be problems with depicting characters with such similar likenesses as villainous, and thus may be viewed as intentionally denigrating particular works. The department apologized to creators of such works and others involved, and stated that it will pay more attention to prevent similar issues in the future.
The story depicts a protagonist who casts judgment on the people who reincarnated into another world and indulge in cheat skills. It follows a villager named Lute who respects and wants to join the guild “Rebels Against God,” which is comprised of people who reincarnated into the world and who fight against the Demon Lord’s army. The story begins when one of the people Lute admires, Louis Crawford, appears.
The members of the guild feature notable physical similarities to characters from popular isekai series, such as That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime‘s Rimuru, Sword Art Online‘s Kirito, Overlord‘s Ainz, KONOSUBA‘s Aqua, and My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! ‘s Catarina.
The manga debuted on June 9 in Monthly Dragon Age.
The series was teased in May as a revenge story “coated in hate and desire,” centering on a someone who slaughters all who reincarnate from another world.
Kawamoto and Tōru Naomura‘s Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler manga launched in Square Enix‘s Gangan Joker magazine in March 2014. Yen Press is releasing the manga in English. The manga inspired a television anime series that ran from July to September 2017 in Japan. The series premiered outside of Japan on Netflix in February 2018. The anime’s second season premiered in January 2019, and Netflix began streaming the series in June 2019. The manga also inspired a 10-episode live-action show that premiered in Japan in January 2018. Netflix is streaming the series outside of Japan. A second season premiered in March 2019, followed by a live-action film in May 2019. A sequel live-action film was scheduled to open on May 12 after a COVID-19 delay, but delayed yet again to June 1 due to COVID-19 and the extended state of emergency in Japan.
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