When you are as successful as Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, it seems like you can do no wrong, but the series' creator is apologizing to fans this week for a mistake in its latest chapter. Koyoharu Gotouge owned up to her mistake publicly with a simple author's note acknowledging the blip. As it turns out, the writer fudged a few panels of Tanjiro in the manga's penultimate chapter, and fans admit they likely wouldn't have noticed the error if it hadn't been pointed out.
If you look at the final page of chapter 204, you will see a little blip in Demon Slayer. Tanjiro is shown in recovery after his final battle against Muzan, and there is a lot to heal. The climatic fight took Tanjiro's left arm which regenerated thanks to some unnatural means. However, Tanjiro is unable to use the arm in any meaningful way... unless Gotogue happens to forget that important fact.
In the last page of chapter 204, Tanjiro is seen praying in front of some graves, and his left hand is hanging at his side since it doesn't function any longer. That doesn't stop the boy from using his left arm to sweep and even use chopsticks while eating in the next page. Gotogue got ahead of herself with this much-deserved page, and she used her weekly author's note in Shonen Jump to apologize for the error.
"Tanjiro is using his left hand on the last page, but please forgive me for that amazing art error," she wrote.
Of course, fans were quick to forgive the mangaka. Not only is Gotouge producing new chapters amidst a literal pandemic, but her gentle resolution in chapter 204 was much needed. While Demon Slayer ends officially next chapter, this latest release answered some pesky questions for fans while giving Tanjiro room to rest. And as you might expect, that gift is far more important than any slight art error.
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