Image via Dragon Age's initial announcement Of the series
This month saw both the first chapter debut and the prompt cancellation of Isekai Tenseisha Goroshi -Cheat Slayer-, or Killing the People Reincarnated into Another World -Cheat Slayer-, which comes from Kakegurui writer Homura Kawamoto. The story involved characters modeled after actual isekai series protagonists being brutally punished for using'cheat skills' in this new world, and the creator has since come out with an apology.
Kawamoto apologized for the "pain, concerns, and fuss" caused over the manga's launch, going on to say they were ashamed of the incident and will reflect on this shame to create better works in the future.
Among the many titles that had their characters parodied with a dark twist was That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. The author behind that and the author of the Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation series both commented on the matter after the manga's' cancellation.
Slime author Fuse responded to the apology in a blog, a portion of which mentioned how important a character's image is to an author. They went on to ask those who do parodies of other's works not to "overdo it."
Mushoku Tensei author Rifujin na Magonote was pretty clear on what is and isn't okay in a tweet. While they said it's no problem to make "so-called isekai cheat protagonists" into villains and make them do "vile things," it becomes a little more of a problem , but not a major one, to make them look "recognizably borrowed from characters from other works."
The author pumps the brakes when it comes to combining the two, though, saying it's a problem when they're recognizable from other works and villains doing horrible things. This, Rifujin na Magonote says, is "crossing the line."
"Make the hero of the so-called different world cheat system a bad guy and make him act vulgarly" ← No problem
"Make characters from other works appear in a way that you can understand" ← It's not a problem, but it's not a big problem
"Make the characters of other works appear in a form that can be understood, replace them with bad guys and make them act inferiorly" ← Crossing the line https://t.co/uUN7BTK0cc
— Unreasonable grandson's hand (@Magote_rihujin) June 28, 2021
Well, there will be no more line-crossing in this particular situation, that's for sure. The editors of Kadokawa's Monthly Dragon Age magazine were quick to cancel the series and issue an apology of their own.
Source: Anime News Network
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