HK police criticized for Demon Slayer-like mascot

Social media users are criticizing Hong Kong police over their anti-fraud campaign mascot, which resembles a character from the popular Japanese anime "Kimetsu no Yaiba," or "Demon Slayer."

The Hong Kong police department posted an image of its mascot called "The Little Grape" on Facebook earlier this month. It wears a checked outfit and carries a black sword. And part of its name uses the same Chinese characters as Kamado Tanjiro, the hero of the anime whose film version has become a record-breaking hit.

Social media users have commented on the mascot's resemblance to the anime star. Some have described it as a near-complete copy of Tanjiro except that it's a grape. Others have accused the police of copyright infringement.

Hong Kong's pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow tweeted, "Kimetsu no Yaiba becoming a tool for Hong Kong police makes me sad."

Hong Kong media reports say the police insist "The Little Grape" is their original creation.