Many of us have only just seen the Demon Slayer anime thanks to its release on streaming service Netflix in January, but Japan has been watching the movie sequel to the smash first season for several months already. Demon Slayer: Mugen Train first released in October and quickly became Japan’s biggest box-office weekend release, raking in 32.47 billion yen ($313.9 million) according to Aniplex.
And now that movie is coming to North America. Aniplex just announced via the official Demon Slayer Twitter page that the Demon Slayer movie will hit American theatres on April 23, with a wider streaming release on June 22 on digital platforms.
Unlike most anime films, which feature a contained subplot that rarely affects the rest of the show, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train will pick up directly where season one left off. Tanjiro, Nezuko, Zenitsu, and Inosuke board a train along with the Flame Hashira Kyōjurō Rengoku to hunt down a demon that has killed many demon slayers, but along the way they're waylaid by the Enmu, Lower Rank One of the Twelve Kizuki.
There are apparently some dream sequences and some fighting, at least according to the trailer below.
You’ll be able to order tickets for select theatres starting on April 9, and you’ll be able to stream the film on Apple TV, Google Play, PlayStation Store, Amazon, Microsoft Store, and Vudu on June 22.
In other Demon Slayer news, Aniplex and developer CyberConnect2 have confirmed that Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Hinokami Keppuutan will arrive on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC in Japan later in 2021. This comes after delaying the game indefinitely back in 2020 thanks to the coronavirus.
We still don't know a whole lot about the game other than its description as a "demon-killing competitive action game." From what little has been released, it sounds like it's going to be a traditional fighter where you can take on either AI-controlled opponents or other players in two-versus-two combat.
NetEase called it a bug, but others called it a feature.