Ayakashi Triangle manga moves to Shonen Jump Plus in 2022, AyaTri fans worried about censorship


Matsuri and Suzu from the Ayakashi Triangle.
Matsuri and Suzu from the Ayakashi Triangle. Photo credit: animenewsandfacts.com

Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump revealed that the manga Ayakashi Triangle would be moved from the magazine to the Shonen Jump+ app and website, starting with its latest chapter, which was released on April 25, 2022.

In recent months, new chapters of the manga Ayakashi Triangle have been censored or removed directly from Viz Media. Now that Viz Media is no longer the distributor, fans of the manga are hoping that the unnecessary and inexplicable removal of chapters with risqué content — content that subscribers paid for — will be a thing of the past.

Despite being racy, Ayakashi Triangle is getting an anime adaptation

Ayakashi Triangle, also called AyaTri, is a Japanese fantasy rom-com manga series written and illustrated by Kentaro Yabuki.

It was published in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from June 2020 to April 2022 and has been carried over to the Shonen Jump+ app since April 2022. In March 2022, Shueisha collected the manga chapters and published them in eight tankobon volumes.

Viz Media has licensed the manga for English release in North America, while Shueisha is publishing the series for free in English and Spanish on the Manga Plus app and website. It has been announced that Ayakashi Triangle is getting an anime adaptation!

Poster visual for the upcoming anime directed by Ayakashi Triangle.
Poster visual for the upcoming anime. Photo credit: https://ayakashitriangle-anime.com/

The Ayakashi Triangle has a unique world setting

The story takes place in a fictional town called Omiko, which is located in the countryside of Japan. Omiko is populated by “ayakashi” or “ghosts” who are invisible to most humans. The only people who can see ayakashi possess large amounts of at least one of two types of energies that humans possess: haku, life energy, or kon, spiritual energy.

The story of Ayakashi Triangle revolves around Matsuri Kazamaki, an exorcist ninja. Most ayakashi are friendly towards humans, but there are also malicious ayakashi. Clans composed of exorcist ninja whose empowered kon allows them to perform jutsu have a responsibility to protect the public from ayakashi threats.

Matsuri’s childhood friend Suzu Kanade is an “ayakashi medium” who is plagued by evil spirits. An ayakashi medium is a rare type of human who has excess haku – the energy that makes up ayakashi, and thus ayakashi mediums are worshiped as god-like figures by the majority of ayakashi.

During a battle against an ayakashi that puts Suzu’s life in danger, Matsuri does his best to defend her and ends up being cursed and turned into a girl by Shirogane, the king of the ayakashi! Matsuri is forced to live in public as a girl while he and Suzu contend with both friendly and malicious ayakashi. Things get complicated when they start developing romantic feelings for each other and they try to find a way to break Matsuri’s curse to return him to his original male form.

The Manga Boldly Proclaims “Love Is Love”

A person’s sexual orientation is one of the main themes in the series and how the romantic attraction one feels for another has nothing to do with their sex or gender.

This is mostly addressed in the interactions between Matsuri and Suzu – the latter’s behavior mirrors that of a person unsure of her sexual preferences, as Suzu begins to question over several chapters if it’s acceptable to her, now to enter into a relationship with Matsuri that he is a girl.

Matsuri’s transformation into a girl could be seen as an allegory for being queer, as his physical transformation forces him to reconsider his romantic interest in the same sex. In July 2020, Yabuki announced that he plans to include various “relationship triangles” in the manga that go beyond pure romance.

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