You want Tokyo Ghoul, but vegan? Or maybe Chainsaw man with plants instead of demons? Or Demon Slayer with no demons? Wild Strawberry is a new manga on Shonen Jump and it seems perfect for you if any of the concepts above sound appealing to you. Ire Yonemoto’s Wild Strawberry came out with its first chapter and it has brought in readers with its peculiar storyline.
Even with just Chapter 1, it’s too soon to judge the manga just yet. At the same time, there’s no denying the fact that the plot is unmistakably similar to a lot of manga like Chainsaw Man and Demon Slayer. The direction the manga goes in will set it apart from these titles or make it a replica of them. But for now, in the absence of a definite direction let’s analyze the cliches in Wild Strawberry.
The similarities between Wild Strawberry and Chainsaw Man
Broadly speaking, the dark-shounen anime-manga series will remind you of one another somehow. In the case of Wild Strawberry though, the events will scream Chainsaw Man.
- The dark-shounen vibes in both manga are blanketed with the same atmosphere. It’s a melancholic story where the MC is trying to find moments that make life worth living.
- At the end of chapter 1, we see Kayano merging with Kingo’s body to save him. This reminds us of what went down with Pochita and Denji.
- In case, the association of Kingo grows with the Flower Funeral Force, the manga will become even more similar to Chainsaw Man.
Tropes present in both Wild Strawberry and Demon Slayer
Both the manga have some very similar plot points which are hard to miss.
- Kayano is the only family left for Kingo. He wants to save her at any cost even though she has transformed into a Jinka. Sounds like the Nezuko-Tanjiro dynamic much?
- Kayano has become a Jinka but she’s a good one. Unlike the other Jinka, she doesn’t harm humans. She only uses her power to save her brother. Nezuko never hurts humans even though she’s a demon.
- Not only Kayano is a Jinka but a special one. She’s more powerful and able to suppress and control her Jinka. A more powerful Jinka. Nezuko as a demon is the same, special, and more powerful than the rest.
Now if someone sinister and powerful takes interest in Kayano and Kingo’s case, the similarities will shoot through the roof.
Chapter 1 of Wild Strawberry threw in lots of cliches and the mix of different famous anime titles is blatantly apparent. It’ll be impressive to see if the manga sets out on a different path and redefines the tropes it used to kickstart the story. It already has a distinct, beautiful, melancholic, gory, and detailed art style to support the plot.
Ire Yonemoto is a name pretty unheard of. So, the manga will also be showcasing the skill set of Ire Yonemoto besides the ability to draw gripping visuals and backgrounds. Wild Strawberry has started strong and piques interest, and hopefully satiates it as it goes on.