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

Matsuri and Suzu from Ayakashi Triangle.
Matsuri and Suzu from Ayakashi Triangle. Pic credit: animenewsandfacts.com

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

Over the past several months, new chapters of the manga Ayakashi Triangle have been censored or outright removed through Viz Media. Now that Viz Media is no longer the distributor it is the hope of the manga’s fans that needless and unexplained removal of chapters with risqué content – content that subscribers were paying for, will be a thing of the past.

Despite being racy Ayakashi Triangle gets anime adaptation

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

It was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from June 2020 to April 2022, and has recently transferred 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 in English and Spanish for free on the Manga Plus app and website. It has been announced that Ayakashi Triangle is getting an anime adaptation!

Poster visual for upcoming anime of Ayakashi Triangle.
Poster visual for the upcoming anime. Pic credit: https://ayakashitriangle-anime.com/

Ayakashi Triangle has a unique world setting

The story is set in a fictional city called Omiko which is located in Japan’s countryside. Omiko is populated by “ayakashi” or “spirits” that are invisible to most people. The only individuals who are able to see ayakashi possess a large amount of at least one of two kinds of energies that humans possess: haku, life energy, or kon, spiritual energy.

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Ayakashi Triangle’s story revolves around Matsuri Kazamaki, who is an exorcist ninja. Most ayakashi are pacific towards humans but there are malicious ayakashi as well. Clans that consist of exorcist ninja whose strengthened kon allowed them to perform jutsu have the responsibility of protecting 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 ayakashi are made of and as a result Ayakashi Mediums are worshipped by the majority of ayakashi as a godlike figure.

During a battle against an ayakashi where Suzu’s life is in danger, Matsuri does his best to defend her and ends up being cursed by Shirogane, the King of the Ayakashi, and turned into a girl! Matsuri is forced to live publicly as a girl while he and Suzu deal with both friendly and malicious ayakashi. Things get complicated as they begin to develop 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 bravely expresses the opinion that “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 is unrelated to their sex or gender.

This is addressed mainly in the interactions between Matsuri and Suzu – the latter’s behavior reflects that of someone who is uncertain of their sexual preferences since Suzu begins to question herself in several chapters whether or not it is acceptable for her to pursue a relationship with Matsuri now that he is a girl.

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Matsuri’s transformation into a girl could be seen as an allegory for being queer since due to his physical transformation he is forced to examine his romantic interest for the same sex. In July 2020, Yabuki stated that he plans to include various “relationship triangles” in the manga that go beyond just romance.

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