Kakegurui mangaka Homura Kawamoto came back with a big bang alongside artist Aki Yamaguchi. The pair recently debuted a highly-anticipated isekai manga titled Isekai Tenseisha Goroshi -Cheat Slayer-. As its title suggests, it’s all about killing off isekai characters with overpowered abilities. It also features parodied versions of actual isekai characters. Unfortunately, this has led Kadokawa to cancel the series after it made its debut chapter.

It seems that the readers have pointed out to Kadokawa that the main villains really seem to look like certain popular isekai characters, such as Kirito (Sword Art Online), Rimuru (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime), Aqua (KONOSUBA), Ainz (Overlord), Tanya (Saga of Tanya The Evil), and even Catarina (My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! and Subaru (Re:Zero).)

And it looks like the editorial department for Monthly Dragon Age, which serializes the manga, took a good look at the first chapter. They would determine that depicting characters that look like similar popular isekai characters (many of whom are also owned by parent company Kadokawa) as the bad guys would be quite problematic for them. In turn, this may look like an unfair criticism of the works the manga is depicting, so they apologised to the creators of such works. They would then proceed to cancel the series. So yes folks, this really ain’t cancel culture, just a company afraid it might make its other more popular money-makers look bad.

The manga itself followed a protagonist in a revenge story where he kills people reborn from another world that possess “cheat skills”. The protagonist is neither an isekai character, nor does he posses any “cheat skill”. He just wants revenge on the reincarnated individuals who wronged him. It was supposed to run every month, but with its cancellation, it does not look like we’re gonna see another chapter in the next issue of Dragon Age magazine.

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Source: Dragon Age Magazine official website

 

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