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Japanese Smash Hit ‘Demon Slayer’ Set For Theatrical Release In North America – See Trailer

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Japanese Smash Hit ‘Demon Slayer’ Set For Theatrical Release In North America – See Trailer

Demon Slayer – Kimetsu No Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train, which took the Japanese box office by storm is set for a North American theatrical release on April 23. Aniplex of America and Funimation are distributing the anime adaptation, which became the highest-grossing film in Japanese history back in December, dethroning previous record holder Spirited Away, after a 19 year reign.

©Koyoharu Gotoge / SHUEISHA, Aniplex, ufotable

Opening in October 16, 2020, Demon Slayer, appearing on 403 screens (including 38 IMAX theaters), reached over $100M at the Japanese box office in just 10 days. It has now grossed an estimated $368M in Japan and is also the most successful IMAX release of all time in the market. The film opened at #1 in Australia and New Zealand last month. The film will release in the U.S. and Canada in 4DX and on IMAX screens. The film will be available in both English dub as well as subtitled. Tickets are available beginning April 9th at funimation.com/demonslayermovie.

In addition to theaters, it was also announced that fans can enjoy the film on EST (Electronic Sell-Through) beginning June 22, 2021 on Apple TV, Microsoft Store, Vudu, Google Play*, PlayStation Store, and Amazon. Pre-orders for the film will begin on April 26, 2021 on Apple TV, Microsoft Store, and PlayStation Store.

Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train is directed by Haruo Sotozaki featuring the original story by Koyoharu Gotoge (JUMP COMICS/SHUEISHA) with screenplay and animation production by studio ufotable. The running time for the film is one one hour and 57 minutes and is rated R. The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime series, streaming on Funimation both subtitled and dubbed, premiered in 2019 and is based on Koyoharu Gotoge’s manga, which boasts over 150 million copies in circulation in Japan.

©Koyoharu Gotoge / SHUEISHA, Aniplex, ufotable

Since bursting on the scene, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is an action-packed, thrilling tale of a young man in search of a cure for his sister, who has been turned into a demon after their family is viciously slaughtered by demons. Together with a captivating story and distinct visual aesthetic by studio ufotable, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba offers a glimpse into Japan in the early 1900s, which is inhabited by demons and those that vow to slay them.

Set after the events of the television series, Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train has Tanjiro, Nezuko, Zenitsu, and Inosuke embark on a new mission. Together with one of the most powerful swordsmen of the Demon Slayer Corps, Flame Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku, they investigate the mysterious disappearance of over 40 people aboard the Mugen Train.

©Koyoharu Gotoge / SHUEISHA, Aniplex, ufotable

“We are thrilled to be bringing Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train to theaters in North America,” said Shu Nishimoto, president of Aniplex of America. “The support from fans worldwide has truly been the driving force behind the series, and we can’t wait for everyone to experience the next chapter in Tanjiro’s journey as a Demon Slayer.”


“Demon Slayer’s record-breaking box office sales in Japan have elevated the series—and anime itself— to a new level,” said Colin Decker, CEO of Funimation Global Group. “It is a truly global-scale franchise, and we’re honored to be the home and distributor of the film in many territories worldwide.”

For more information on Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train, visit demonslayer-anime.com and follow the official Facebook and Twitter.

Check out the official trailer:

L. Lamar Booker

L. Lamar is Owner/CEO, Editor-in-Chief, Chief Content Officer of Up Your Geek. He hails from Philadelphia, PA. He is a writer, reporter and interviewer as well, and has been covering a wide range of pop culture and entertainment news and events for the last 5 years. Opinions expressed are my own.

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