The official theatrical and digital release date for the Demon Slayer movie ‘Mugen Train’ has been confirmed, so how can you watch the film?
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 4th 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 movie would then continue to break records for the best opening weekend and the best second weekend at the Japanese box office, selling more than 8 million tickets.
By January 2021, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train has grossed more than $390 million and is now considered to be the 4th highest-grossing movie of 2020.
Demon Slayer Mugen Train: English release date
- Demon Slayer: Mugen Train will release in US and Canadian theatres on April 23rd and digitally worldwide on June 22nd.
Aniplex of America officially licensed the movie and was planning to release Mugen Train with GSC Cinemas in late-February. The film was then released for one week in Miami, Florida, in order to qualify Mugen Train for the Academy Awards.
Today, March 16, it was announced that Demon Slayer: Mugen Train will release in US theatres on April 23rd and digitally on June 22nd.
Across Europe, the movie will premiere with Manga Entertainment (UK and Ireland), Selecta Vision (Spain), Dynit (Italy), Wakanim (Sweden, Denmark, France, Holland, Norway, Finland and Belgium) – but a specific release date remains unconfirmed in these territories.
However, the movie will release in German, Austrian and Swiss cinemas on March 25th thanks to Peppermint Anime.
In India, PVR Cinemas are reportedly in talks with distributors to bring Mugen Train to theatres in 2021.
It is currently unknown whether a similar partnership will be made with theatres outside of these territories. However, considering the incredible success of so far, certain theatres are likely to ask for special permission to showcase Mugen Train.
Interestingly, IMAX Cinemas will showcase the movie in the US and Canada, offering hope that Mugen Train could release with IMAX 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.
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 or Crunchyroll.
However, Mugen Train will also available digitally through Apple TV, Microsoft Store, Vudu, Google Play, PlayStation Store and Amazon beginning on June 22nd.
Pre-orders for the digital version will start on April 26th on Apple TV, Microsoft Store and PlayStation Store.
It is highly likely that Funimation will be streaming the film eventually, 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 digital premiere.
This article will be updated as soon as more information is officially announced.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]