An image from Kagura Bachi depicting chihiro unsheathing a katana.

Kagura Bachi

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Updated Oct 04, 2023 at 07:15PM EDT by Don.

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Related Explainer: Why Is 'Kagura Bachi' Being Hailed As 'The Greatest Manga Of All Time?' Morbius-Like Trend Explained

Overview

Kagura Bachi or Kagurabachi is a shonen manga series created by Takeru Hokazono that follows the story of Chihiro, a son of a swordmaster seeking revenge. Following its announcement, the series found a massive semi-ironic following online as people hailed the yet unreleased manga as one of the best manga series of all time, with the phenomenon becoming known as Kagura Bachi Glazing. The series began serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump in mid-September 2023.

History

On August 30th, 2023, Kagura Bachi a shonen manga about an apprentice swordsmith turned swordmaster to take revenge on evil, was announced, with serialization starting in Weekly Shonen Jump in September.[1] On September 10th, a color preview of the manga, a panel of main character Chihiro Rokuhira unsheathing a katana, was revealed. On that day, X[2] account @WSJ_manga posted it, with the post garnering over 190 retweets and 1,100 likes in two weeks (shown below, left; Weekly Shonen Jump #42 cover art shown below, right).


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On September 18th, 2023, the first chapter "Mission" of Kagura Bachi, which introduces the protagonist Chihiro along with several other characters, premiered in the digital release of Weekly Shonen Jump.[3]

Fandom

In mid-September 2023, shortly before the release of the first chapter of the manga, Kagura Bachi achieved semi-ironic popularity on social media, with users hailing it as one of the greatest manga of all time and comparing it with the likes of Naruto, Bleach and One Piece, naming Kagura Bachi as one of The Big Three series.

Before the trend started, several posts criticizing and expressing dislike the upcoming manga went viral on X. For example, on September 14th, X[4] user @kareemmpie used the synopsis of Demon Slayer manga series to describe Kagura Bachi, with the post (shown below, left) garnering over 1,400 reposts and 33,700 likes in five days. On September 15th, 2023, user @CharMayCry[5] made a post that received over 1,100 reposts and 13,800 likes in four days (shown below, right).


kareem @kareemmpie apparently the plot for this manga is about a boy that sells charcoal who one day comes back to his entire family slayed by a demon and has to turn his sister back into a human € 8:34 AM . Sep 14, 2023 2M Views : Jirachi Owner (Gen 3) @CharMayCry My mom asked me if I did the dishes. I yelled "Weekly Shonen Jump". She smiled. She knew they were washed kareem @kareemmpie・Sep 14・ the manga translates to "i will become the worlds greatest swordsman and turn my demon sister back into a human" ならない らなきゃ カグラバチ だいま、 ▼第1話 おわり 1:33 AM Sep 15, 2023749.9K Views 奴 俺 お 奴らを :

The semi-ironic trend, known as Kagura Bachi Glazing, started on September 13th, 2023, when an X[6] user made a Greater Than post stating that Kagura Bachi is a greater manga than Boruto, with the tweet gaining over 50 retweets and 180 likes (shown below). Later that day, Redditor ForsenBruh posted a screenshot of the post in the /r/Kagurabachi[7] subreddit, where it received over 560 upvotes in two weeks.


★Timmy Cook @cuntfiltered101 Enough time has passed. 1:37 PM . Sep 13, 2023 32K Views . V

In the following days, multiple posts presenting Kagura Bachi as one of the greatest manga series of all time went viral on X, and later on TikTok and Reddit. For example, on September 17th, 2023, X[8] user @yousorohno posted a joke that received over 400 reposts and 2,000 likes in two days (shown below, left). On September 17th, 2023, Redditor oarakonSeven posted a Greater Than meme that received over 2,600 upvotes in the /r/okbuddybaka[9] subreddit in two days (shown below, right).


Big Meaty Claws @yousorohno "Are you ready for your peak writing lessons?" *One Piece gulps* *JJK breathes heavily* *Berserk nods nervously* *Hunter x Hunter sighs* "Yes, Kagura Bachi" they say in unison C 1:26 AM . Sep 17, 2023 60.8K Views : V. 1994 √ K-ON!!

The format is closely associated with the phrase "enough time has passed."

Chihiro Unsheathing a Katana Redraws

Chihiro Unsheathing a Katana Redraws, also known simply as Kagura Bachi Redraws, refers to a series of redraw art of Chihiro Rokuhira unsheathing a katana. The redraw trend achieved popularity as a part of the Kagura Bachi Glazing trend that involved excessively praising the manga in September 2023.


3 HOLY CRAP LOIS IM KAGURABACHING B ww Cool Dude

Various Examples


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7280371080777190699
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7280198988584717610


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7280298187288513824
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/7279278151060999442

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