Speculation behind a possible spinoff series for Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has made the rounds the last couple of days. This week's issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump confirmed the new series, which will be titled "Kimetsu Gauken!"
According to Anime News Network, the new series will debut in Shueisha's Saikyō Jump magazine on Aug. 4. While creator of Demon Slayer Koyoharu Gotouge will not be in charge of the new spinoff herself, Natsuki Hokami will lead the project, providing art and story. Hokami is best known for her work on the Hell Warden Higuma series and previewed the art with chibi-style drawings of protagonist Tanjiro Kamado and his friends Zenitsu and Inosuke, as seen below.
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Gotouge drew a commemorative illustration alongside Hokami's preview for the magazine featuring Tanjiro and his sister Nezuko in school uniforms in the original Demon Slayer art style. The spinoff is inspired by the Kimetsu Gauken Valentine-hen shorts that premiered on Feb. 14. The animated shorts featured beloved characters of the Demon Slayer series in a school setting.
News of the new manga comes after the announcement of the release date for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Hinokami Chronicles video game, which is poised to come out on Oct. 15 in North America. The second season of the Demon Slayer anime is also set to come out this fall, with a teaser trailer for the new season out now.
Source: Twitter, via Anime News Network