[Best ending]MANGA”Demon Slayer” was stolen from a hot spring facility in Yamaguchi Prefecture
The hot bathhouse where 20 copies of Demon Slayer were stolen is the talk of the town in “Tanjiro style”. The perpetrators returned the books.
A popular manga, “Demon Slayer,” was stolen from a hot spring facility in Yamaguchi Prefecture called “Onsen no Mori” (Yuda Onsen, Yamaguchi City) from a rest area last month. When the facility posted about the damage on social media, donations from all over Japan came in droves.
According to Umebayashi, the director of the facility, there are about 2,000 manga books in the rest area. However, on September 25, he noticed that a total of 20 volumes of “Demon Slayer” (volumes 1-20) were missing.
Director Umebayashi said, “We didn’t want to call the police and make a big deal out of it. I hope that people who read this manga will live an upright life like Tanjiro. I believe that they will definitely get their money back. With this wish in mind, he wrote on Twitter, along with an image of a vacant bookshelf, “If someone is about to go off the path, let’s all stop them,” and so on.
By October 2, a total of seven cardboard boxes had arrived from all over Japan, including Tokyo, Hiroshima and Kagoshima. As of October 10th, more than 200 manga and many Demon Slayer goods had arrived. On the unexpected response, Director Umebayashi said, “We received donations from all over the country and felt the warmth of people, and we learned about the power of SNS. I hope that those who took them will now secretly return them to us.
In addition, on October 13, a parcel containing 20 copies of the popular comic book Demon Slayer arrived in the mail from the thieves who stole it; on October 12, an anonymous caller called and said in a tearful voice that he was really sorry for what he had done and told him that he would return the comics.
Then the next day, the parcel arrived in the mail, and the enclosed letter contained words of remorse, such as, “It was a big deal for me to return it when I finished reading it, and I was too scared to return it.
The director of the hot spring facility, Umebayashi, said, “We did not anticipate that it would become such a big issue. As for us, we’ve heard of the conversion and the return of the manga, so we feel that this is the end of the matter. The facility is returning the returned comics to the rest area, along with the ones that have been donated so far, for patrons to read at their leisure. This was warm news that echoed the sentiments of many Demon Slayer fans across Japan.
[Some slander in social media posts]
According to “Onsen no Mori” in Yuda Onsen, Yamaguchi City, when a post describing the cartoons being taken away was spread on SNS and other media, many comments were posted on the Internet criticizing the person who took the cartoons and the facility where they were posted.
One of the messages sent to the facility said, “If you don’t want to make a big deal out of it, don’t update Twitter, you idiot. Stupid. If you don’t want to make a big deal out of it, don’t update Twitter, you idiot!
Because of this, the facility updated its website’s blog on the 15th.
It stated that the person who took away the manga “had the courage to return it to us in the midst of the many harsh comments we received,” and added, “Social networking sites have ‘unlimited possibilities’ and ‘sometimes they can be a blade that hurts people’, and I’ve experienced the latter in particular through this case myself. I could feel my spirit being diminished day by day by the slander. I’m sure that he felt the same way. I’m sure he must have felt the same way, and I gave him a hard time.
I’m sure he felt the same way. Of course there are pros and cons to this response. However, my real wish was for the person to change his mind and return the book to me. The fact that he had the courage to return the book to me means that my wish has been fulfilled,” he wrote.
Director Umebayashi said, “The perpetrator was in tears and was truly remorseful. We have said from the beginning that we would be satisfied if they would return it to us in a sneaky way and change their mind, so I will keep my word there. I don’t think there is any need to pursue the matter further because this is between us and the person,” he said.
— おんせんの森 (@onsen_mori) September 25, 2020
— おんせんの森 (@onsen_mori) October 2, 2020