Good news to Demon Slayer fans in North America! Funimation and Aniplex of USA announced that the much-awaited Kimetsu no Yaiba— The Movie: Mugen Train (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-hen) film will be released in N. American theaters in early 2021! The announcement was made during the special New York Comic Con panel on the Kimetsu no Yaiba series.
In case you missed it, check out Aniplex’s English-subbed movie trailer here!
The video features the film’s theme song Homura (“Flame”) sung by popular anisong singer LiSA, who also performed the TV series’ mega-hit opening theme song Gurenge. Just recently, Gurenge hit 1 million downloads in Japan, making LiSA the first female Japanese artist to achieve this feat.
The TV series’ cast and staff will be returning to the movie. Haruo Sotozaki (Tales of Zestiria the X) will be directing the film, while Akira Matsushima (Maria Watches Over Us) will still be in charge of character design. The film will still be animated and produced by studio ufotable.
Main cast Natsuki Hanae, Akari Kito, Hiro Shimono, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, and Satoshi Hino will still be voicing their characters Tanjiro, Nezuko, Zenitsu, Inosuke, and Rengoku, respectively.
The film is set for an October 16 release in Japan.
The manga’s story is described by Anime News Network as such:
“Since ancient times, rumors have abounded of man-eating demons lurking in the woods. Because of this, the local townsfolk never venture outside at night. Legend has it that a demon slayer also roams the night, hunting down these bloodthirsty demons. For young Tanjiro, these rumors will soon to become his harsh reality. Ever since the death of his father, Tanjiro has taken it upon himself to support his family. Although their lives may be hardened by tragedy, they’ve found happiness. But that ephemeral warmth is shattered one day when Tanjiro finds his family slaughtered and the lone survivor, his sister Nezuko, turned into a demon. To his surprise, however, Nezuko still shows signs of human emotion and thought. Thus begins Tanjiro’s request to fight demons and turn his sister human again.”
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a shonen manga series written by Koyoharu Gotoge. It was first published in February 2016 in Weekly Shonen Jump and ended last May. The manga’s English license is currently held by Viz Media.
Source: Anime News Network