It’s hard to argue against the massive success and popularity of the samurai action series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. The gorgeous manga inspired a 2019 anime from hit anime studio Ufotable that ended up becoming a global phenomenon. Normally, you would expect success like this to guarantee the announcement of a 2nd season. Fans were shocked, though, when the final episode of the anime confirmed that the story would instead be continuing in a full-length feature film titled Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-Hen (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Train Arc). Now, we know exactly when the exciting new entry in the series will arrive, as the release date for the film has just been revealed.
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Announced on the official Japanese Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Twitter account, Japanese fans can expect the latest story arc of the hit series to arrive in theaters on October 16th. TOHO and Aniplex are handling the distribution of the film in Japan. While a North American release for the film has yet to be confirmed, given the success of the series and the history of prior Aniplex projects screening overseas, it’s likely that this film will be screening outside of Japan sooner than later.
The animation staff from the television anime are set to return for Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Train Arc, which is once again being animated by Ufotable. Haruo Sotozaki, who previously directed Tales of Zestiria the X and Tales of Symphonia the Animation, is directing the film. Akira Matsushima of Maria Watches Over Us and Tales of Zestiria the X fame will once again be handling character designs along with sub-character designers Miyuki Sato, Yoko Kajiyama, and Mika Kikuchi. Yuki Kajiura and Go Shiina will be composing music for the film. Kajiura previously worked on Sword Art Online, Fate/Zero, and Madoka Magica, while Go Shiina previously composed for Tales of Zestiria the X, Juni Taisen: Zodiac War, and God Eater. Hikaru Kondo will be producing the film.
Aniplex of America describes the series as follows:
It is the Taisho Period in Japan. Tanjiro, a kindhearted boy who sells charcoal for a living, finds his family slaughtered by a demon. To make matters worse, his younger sister Nezuko, the sole survivor, has been transformed into a demon herself.
Though devastated by this grim reality, Tanjiro resolves to become a “demon slayer” so that he can turn his sister back into a human, and kill the demon that massacred his family.
Source: Anime News Network