Given its record numbers in Japan and its staggered launch in some international markets it seemed only a matter of time. Anime News Network reports that Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-Hen) has already become the highest grossing anime film –and Japanese film– in history globally, surpassing Spirited Away (2001), by Hayao Miyazaki.
According to ANN estimates, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train has raised the equivalent of more than $ 399.1 million in Asia, where the film has already been released in other territories such as South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam. With this, Tanjiro and company surpassed the $ 383.3 million that Spirited Away generated at the world box office. However, the media states that it is important to take into account that the exchange rate has varied significantly in the last 20 years.
With the first feature film in the franchise still pending release in most cinemas around the globe, these numbers will only continue to rise. At the moment, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train has not yet been confirmed to hit theaters in Latin America.
Set in the Taisho era, the plot of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba follows Tanjiro Kamado, a gentle and noble-hearted young man, who makes a living selling coal to support his brothers and mother. Returning home to the mountains one day, Tanjiro finds his family slaughtered by a demon. Her younger sister Nezuko, the only survivor, has been transformed into a demon from the attack. Tanjiro decides to become a demon hunter in search of finding a way to restore humanity to his sister.
The franchise has its origin in the manga written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotōge, which was serialized in the pages of Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine between February 2015 and May 2020, being compiled in 23 volumes. The saga would become a phenomenon as a result of the anime adaptation developed by the Ufotable studio (Fate / stay night) in the spring of 2019. The anime will have a second season in 2021.
For its part, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train premiered on October 16 in Japan and would eventually become the highest grossing film in history locally, already exceeding ¥ 37.776 million yen (approximately $ 359.7 million). The film is a direct continuation of the anime, which adapts the manga’s seventh arc, where Tanjiro and his friends accompany Kyōjurō Rengoku, the Pillar of Flames, to investigate a series of mysterious disappearances on a train. The production will seek a nomination for Best Animated Film at the 93rd Academy Awards.
The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga is published in Mexico by Panini Manga. Meanwhile, the anime series is available on Crunchyroll and Funimation.
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