The Demon Slayer movie ‘Mugen Train’ continues to break records in Japan, but how can you watch the anime film in the US and around the world?
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is arguably one of the best and most popular anime series in the world right now, so it’s understandable that fans are desperate for new content.
Immediately following the finale of season 1 in September 2019, it was announced by writers of the series ‘Ufotable’ on Twitter that the next project would be a feature film.
The movie would be called ‘Mugen Train’ and would be a direct continuation from season 1, with Tanjiro, Inosuke, Zenitsu and Nezuko boarding the ‘Infinity Train’ after 40 people were reported missing on the locomotive.
However, fans want to know how they will be able to watch the Demon Slayer movie, including what date it will release outside Japan and which sites will be streaming the film.
The 7th biggest film of 2020…
The ‘Demon Slayer: Mugen Train’ anime movie released on Friday, October 16th in cinemas across Japan.
After a record-breaking opening weekend, the official Demon Slayer Twitter account revealed that Mugen Train made more than 10 billion yen ($95 million) in just 10 days.
The anime movie would then break the records for the best opening weekend and the best second weekend at the Japanese box office, selling more than 8 million tickets.
As of November 13th, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train has now sold more than 15 million tickets and made more than $197 million in Japan alone.
Despite only being available in just one country, Mugen Train is now the 7th biggest movie of 2020.
The film’s success is also partially down to its release in IMAX cinemas across Japan. According to reports, the special IMAX version makes “use of the enhanced sound to give viewers the experience of being inside the battle when Tanjiro uses his Water Breathing techniques.”
Demon Slayer Mugen Train: English release date
- In the US, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train will release for fan screening in December 2020 and January 2021, with general screening starting February 2021.
On October 16th, GSC Cinemas announced on Twitter that fan screening would take place on December 5th, 2020 and January 23rd, 2021 – with general screening scheduled for February 4th, 2021.
It is currently unknown whether a similar partnership will be made with theatres outside of North America. However, considering the incredible success of so far, certain theatres are likely to ask for special permission to showcase Mugen Train.
Depending on the success of the release of Mugen Train in IMAX cinemas in Japan, a similar licensing deal could be made for IMAX cinemas around the world – with 41 countries currently possessing official IMAX venues.
However, it is important to note that international releases entirely depend on the theatres being open, which remains uncertain considering the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
More information on the international release of Demon Slayer Mugen Train is expected to be revealed in the build-up to the US theatrical premiere, so keep checking in for the latest updates.
Will the Demon Slayer movie be streaming on Funimation or Crunchyroll?
At the time of writing, there is no information to suggest that the Demon Slayer movie will be releasing on Funimation, Crunchyroll or other streaming services.
However, fans are expecting that the movie will be made available on streaming platforms at some point following the theatrical release.
The most likely platform to showcase the movie first would be Funimation, with the North American theatrical release by Aniplex of America being produced in partnership with Funimation Films.
Although the anime series remains extremely popular on other streaming platforms such as Crunchyroll and Hulu, so the movie may become available on these sites a few months after the Funimation premiere.
This article will be updated as soon as more information is officially announced.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]