The new shonen manga series, Kagurabachi, has just overtaken Jujutsu Kaisen to become the second hottest manga on Manga Plus. There are two big reasons for its rapid climb.
Kagurabachi, which launched about a month ago, undoubtedly gained its first wave of popularity from the internet.
Several high-profile Twitter accounts began comparing the series to established giants like One Piece and Naruto, providing a significant boost.
Now, with five chapters already released, Kagurabachi has held onto its steady readership. This shows that internet memes aren’t driving the series anymore; it’s actually good enough to keep manga fans coming back for more.
The opening chapters of Kagurabachi have a consistent pace, with the plot moving just right. A new character named Char, who reminds fans of Anya from Spy x Family, has quickly gained a following.
Introducing a lovable character like Char right from the get-go indicates that the manga’s creator, Takeru Hokazono, knows what clicks in today’s shonen landscape. Pairing engaging characters with excellent art is a surefire recipe for success.
How Kagurabachi Surpassed Jujutsu Kaisen?
Certainly, Kagurabachi had an impressive start, but outdoing Jujutsu Kaisen is unexpected, even for Kagurabachi enthusiasts. Especially when both the Jujutsu Kaisen anime and manga are hot topics on the internet right now.
In the Jujutsu Kaisen anime, the Shibuya Arc is currently in progress and is seen as the series’ high point. In the manga, Sukuna is on a rampage, taking out some key characters. So, Kagurabachi moving ahead of Jujutsu Kaisen seems initially puzzling.
The primary reason for Jujutsu Kaisen’s dip to the third position on Manga Plus is a temporary hiatus in the manga’s publication, resulting in a stagnant reader count for the past week.
For those curious about how Manga Plus’s ranking system operates, the platform hasn’t released any official guidelines.
However, it’s understood that rankings are determined by viewer metrics and are refreshed approximately every 30 to 35 days. This ensures that the list reflects what has been trending over the past month or so.
Kagurabachi has truly done the unexpected this time, setting its sights on dethroning One Piece next. If you’re interested in diving into the Kagurabachi universe, head over to the Manga Plus app or website. All five chapters are currently available for free.
For those unfamiliar with the Kagurabachi storyline, it revolves around Chihiro, whose father, a skilled swordsmith, is murdered by sorcerers eager to possess the seven legendary swords he crafted.
Fueled by a desire for vengeance, Chihiro embarks on a quest to track down these sorcerers, armed with the last magical sword his father ever forged.