Although an official live-action Demon Slayer film isn’t in the works just yet, fresh digital fan art depicts how Zenitsu Agatsuma might look.
The new artwork comes from an artist known on Instagram as @shefford.art. Using Photoshop and Artbreeder, a machine-learning software, as tools, the artist has created a stunningly photorealistic digital portrait that shows what the cowardly swordsman from Demon Slayer might look like if he were real. Zenitsu’s distinctive hairdo, which was turned golden blonde when the hesitant warrior was struck by lightning, is even naturalised in the painting.
Various unique images by Shefford Art can be found on their Instagram profile, where they presented many of their renditions of what other anime, video game, and cartoon characters may look like if they were real.
During the Tsuzumi Mansion arc, Zenitsu Agatsuma is presented for the first time during the Final Selection arc and goes on to become one of the series’ main characters. Initially introduced as a soft-hearted weakling who tends to make advances to every woman he meets, the young demon slayer eventually exhibits the character traits that will lead him to become one of the most popular in the series, as well as one of Tanjiro‘s most trusted allies, namely his willingness to sacrifice his own safety for others and his powerful Thunder Breathing style, which allows him to perform powerful sword swings at lightning speed.
The swordsman most recently appeared in the Demon Slayer anime’s Entertainment District arc, when he, Tanjiro, and Inosuke displayed their strength as a team by coordinating their distinct powers during the battle against the higher rank demons Daki and Gyutaro. The series just wrapped off its long struggle with the demonic sibling combo in an action-packed episode that many reviewers and fans hailed as one of the best in the series’ history.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba by Kotoharu Gotouge is one of the most popular manga series, with over 150 million copies sold worldwide. Ufotable studio developed the anime adaption, which aired in 2019. The first film in the series, Mugen Train, was released in 2020 and is the highest-grossing animated film of all time. The anime series is presently in its second season, which will conclude with a special 45-minute episode on February 13th.
VIZ Media has released Gotouge’s original manga series in its entirety in English. Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll, and Funimation have the first season of the anime available to view, while the latter two platforms have all of the currently showing second season episodes available to stream.