Demon Slayer Ripoff Game Released In South Korea

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a smash-hit manga. It has been adapted in an anime and an upcoming animated feature film. Late last month, an online game launched in South Korea with art that evoked Demon Slayer. But five days later service for the game ended.

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The demon-battling game launched on April 24. It was criticized in South Korea for seeming to ape Demon Slayer’s art. Service ended on April 29.

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As you can see below, via Livedoor, art and character design for the Korean game is very similar to Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Have a look for yourself (the ripoff is on the bottom, while the Japanese original is on the top). Eds note: an earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the ripoff was on the top.

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is on the right.

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Below is a look at gameplay:

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

I have no doubt that this is a ripoff, but the examples other than the first one don’t seem to lend much evidence to it. The characters look fairly different except for the brown haired girl(?) with the sword. The ripoff designs *do* look very "generic anime" though, and the others have a lot more detail.