Zenitsu looks like he has a lot less to be afraid of in a new piece of Demon Slayer fan art.
The new take on the character comes from artist HP Parker, who created what they call "Daddy Zenitsu." Their interpretation of the perpetually terrified but powerful swordsman takes on a more defined musculature and confident demeanor, as he literally glows with power. The Thunder Breathing specialist comes complete with his unique lightning banded Nichirin blade and brightly colored haori, which is now worn over one shoulder only to show off the character's new physique.
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HP Parker is an artist based on Kolkata, India. In addition to Zenitsu, Parker has created gorgeous works inspired by the Insect Hashira Shinobu Kocho, as well as the target of Zenitsu's affections/simping, Nezuko Kamado. In addition to their own original characters, the artist has also painted a number of other video game and anime icons, including Marin Kitagawa from this season's biggest surprise hit, My Dress-Up Darling, and the android warrior 2B from Square Enix's existential action-RPG, Nier Automata.
Fans who prefer Zenitsu's canon appearance can continue to see him reluctantly leap into action in the latest season of Demon Slayer, which is currently nearing the end of the Entertainment District arc. The timid demon hunter recently showed off what he's really capable of in a clip from the latest episode, where he coordinated his lighting-quick Thunder Breathing style with his partners Tanjiro and Inosuke to take on the Upper Rank demon Daki.
Demon Slayer was created by writer and artist Koyoharu Gotouge and debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2016. The emotional story of humanity's stand against rampaging demons has become one of the biggest hits to emerge out of Shonen Jump in the modern era and has managed to become one of the best-selling manga of all time, achieving a circulation of over 150 million copies worldwide in about six years. The manga came to an end in late 2020, but the continued popular of the series helped it become Japan's second best-selling manga for the year 2021 with a whopping 29.5 million copies sold. The complete manga series is now available in English from VIZ Media. Crunchyroll and Funimation are simulcasting new episodes of the series as they air in Japan. The first season is also available for streaming on both of those services, as well as Hulu and Netflix.