Young Tanjiro of the Demon Slayer Corps is on a mission to figure out how to turn his sister back into a human. And his emotional journey continues as the new film that has slayed box office records in the Asia-Pacific region heads to the big screens in North America.
Aniplex of America and Funimation brings the cinematically praised, emotionally charged, and action-packed anime film Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train to theatres nationwide in the U.S. and Canada on Friday, April 23, 2021, including in 4DX and on IMAX screens. The film will be available in both English dub as well as subtitled. Tickets are available beginning April 9 at funimation.com/demonslayermovie.
In addition to theatres, it was also announced that fans could 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 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. Since bursting on the scene, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is an action-packed, thrilling tale of a young man searching for a cure for his sister, who has been turned into a demon after demons viciously slaughter their family.
With a captivating story and distinct visual aesthetic by studio ufotable, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaibaoffers a glimpse into Japan in the early 1900s, inhabited by demons those that vow to slay them.
Set after the television series’s events, 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 potent swordsmen of the Demon Slayer Corps, Flame Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku, they investigate the mysterious disappearance of over 40 people aboard the Mugen Train.
“We are thrilled to be bringing Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train to theatres 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 honoured to be the home and distributor of the film in many territories worldwide.”
Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train opened in Japan on October 16, 2020, and is now the highest-grossing anime and Japanese film (animated or live-action) of all time. The film opened on 403 screens (including 38 IMAX theatres). It is the fastest film to achieve over $100 million at the box offices in Japan after only ten days in theatres and is the most successful IMAX release of all time in the market. The film opened at #1 in Australia and New Zealand last month.
About Aniplex of America Inc.
Aniplex of America, Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex, Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan), a division of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), Inc., and a leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan.
The company’s ever-growing lineup of shows includes Sword Art Online, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD, Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works], Fate/Zero, KILL la KILL, Gurren Lagann, Monogatari series, Anohana -The Flower We Saw That Day-, Cells at Work!, The Promised Neverland, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED, and many more.
In 2017, the company released the English version of the popular mobile game Fate/Grand Order.
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