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Demon Slayer movie breaks record in Japan

In a year that’s been all but normal, the movie Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Train hit the rails at full steam, despite COVID-19 restrictions, breaking a 19 year-old record to become the top grossing film in Japan.

Since 2001, Hayao Miyazaki’s enchanting animated feature Spirited Away held that title with ¥31.6 billion JPY in ticket sales.

According to NHK World-Japan, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Train had amassed ¥32.4 billion JPY (just shy of $401 million CAD), with some 24 million people navigating theatre capacity restrictions to catch the follow-up flick to the popular anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.

Demon slayers Tanjiro Kamado, Zenitsu Agatsuma, Kyōjurō Rengoku, and Inosuke Hashibira, along with Tanjiro’s possessed sister Nezuko are shown boarding a train in the dead of winter. Reports of mysterious disappearances in the train’s many coaches have spurred interest from the group. Like many of their adventures, it’s anything but a normal trip as the train itself has another demonic customer riding on board…

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Train premiered in Japanese theatres on October 16th, 2020. A North American release is expected sometime in 2021.

Source: NHK World-Japan

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