Tanjiro Kamado’s quest will continue in a sequel to the blockbuster anime feature Demon Slayer: Infinity Train (a.k.a. Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie- Mugen Train), set to premiere on Japanese TV at the end of this year, according to distributor Aniplex. Details of the new film — including which broadcaster will do the premiere honors — have yet to be revealed.
Based on the manga created by Koyoharu Gotoge (published by Shueisha), Demon Slayer: Infinity Train continues the events of the hit anime series as avenging hero Tanjiro, his demon-turned sister Nezuko, Inosuke and Zenitsu board a train that they quickly learn isn’t quite as it seems. With help from Rengoku, the Flame Hashira, they sense a demon presence on board, and it’s up to the group to protect the train’s passengers and survive their trip. The movie is produced by series studio ufotable and directed by Haruo Sotozaki.
The film was a smash box office success in Japan, setting multiple records in rapid succession despite COVID-19 restrictions. In 73 days, Demon Slayer; Infinity Train grossed 32.48 billion yen (~$308.2 million USD) to become the highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, surpassing Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away which held the record for 19 years. The film has exceeded 36.8 billion yen ($350.7 million USD) at the Japanese box office on the back of over 26.88 million tickets sold. Though it is now the second highest-grossing film in the country since the release of live-action romcom Loved Like a Flower Bouquet at the end of January, Demon Slayer: Infinity Train remains Japan’s top performing animated movie of all time.
Funimation Films and Aniplex of America are planning to release English subtitled and dubbed versions of Demon Slayer: Infinity Train in the U.S. this year. The pic is currently on the list of movies eligible for consideration in the Best Animated Feature category of the Academy Awards.
[Source: The Mainichi]