Kimetsu no Yaiba: The Movie - Mugen Train ( () (めつ) () (やいば) : () (げん) (れっ) (しゃ) (へん) Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha Hen?, lit. "Demon Slayer: The Movie - Infinity Train) is a Japanese animated action-adventure dark fantasy historical tragedy film based upon the Mugen Train Arc of Koyoharu Gotōge's Kimetsu no Yaiba manga series. The film premiered on October 16th, 2020, and serves as a direct, canon sequel to the TV anime adaptation. The film will be premiered on North American theaters in both English and Japanese dub on April 23rd, 2021.

An exclusive, 84-page volume titled Rengoku Volume 0 is to be distributed among individuals who attend the screenings of the movie, beginning from its debut on October 16th. The volume is limited to 4.5 million copies and consists of the Special One-Shot plus various other bonuses. The movie was officially set for a North American release on Aniplex and Funimation as a part of Sony theatrical animated films.

Despite its premiere, where it became the first major R-rated animation release in the U.S. since 2016’s Sausage Party.[1] The film receives highly positive for its music, characters, and action sequences were praised; though the opening sequence and production quality from the studio's film standards drew polarized response. It broke numerous box-office records and was submitted in the Best Animated Feature Film category for the 93rd Academy Awards, however it was not nominated.

Synopsis

The movie fully adapts the Mugen Train Arc of the manga.

Enmu, Lower Rank 1, is sent to kill Tanjiro Kamado as well as the other Demon Slayers in order for him to become an Upper Rank and receive even more blood from Muzan Kibutsuji.

Meanwhile, Tanjiro Kamado, Zenitsu Agatsuma and Inosuke Hashibira decide to buy tickets to board the Infinity Train and join Kyojuro Rengoku, the Flame Hashira, with the hope of learning more about the Hinokami Kagura as well as defending the onboard passengers.

Plot

Tanjiro, Nezuko, Zenitsu, and Inosuke board a train to assist the Flame Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku in his mission to hunt for a demon that has killed many demon slayers and civilians. Soon after boarding, all of them are enchanted and fall into a deep sleep. Enmu, Lower Rank One of the Twelve Kizuki, instructs four passengers, all suffering from severe insomnia, to enter the demon slayers' dreams and destroy their spiritual cores so that they can't wake up again. In exchange, Enmu will allow them a peaceful sleep with all of their own dreams.

During their sleep, Tanjiro and his companions have happy dreams. Tanjiro realizes that he is dreaming and tries to wake up, succeeding after a vision of his father instructs him to kill himself in the dream. At the same time, Nezuko uses her power to sever the intruders' connection, and awaken the passengers. In fear of Enmu, they attack Tanjiro, who knocks them out.

While Nezuko awakens the others, Tanjiro confronts Enmu, and in the ensuing battle, beheads him. However, Enmu does not die, and reveals that he fused his head with the train. Kyojuro instructs Inosuke and Tanjiro to look for Enmu's neck while he, Nezuko, and Zenitsu stay behind to protect the other passengers. Tanjiro and Inosuke find Enmu's neckbone in the engine room and Tanjiro severs it, killing Enmu and stopping the train.

However, Akaza, Upper Rank Three, appears soon after and attacks the demon slayers. Kyojuro fights him alone, and is fatally wounded, although Akaza is forced to flee when the sun begins rising. Tanjiro angrily calls him a coward for running away and declares Kyojuro the real winner of the fight. Kyojuro encourages Tanjiro and his friends, and dies. The Hashira and the entire Demon Slayer Corps are informed of his death, while Tanjiro and the others mourn his sacrifice.

Staff

Information provided by the official English website
  • Original Story: Koyoharu Gotōge
  • Animation Studio: ufotable
  • Direction: Haruo Sotozaki
  • Character Design: Akira Matsushima
  • Chief Animation Direction: Akira Matsushima
  • Screenplay: ufotable
  • Sub Character Design: Miyuki Sato, Yoko Kajiyama, Mika Kikuchi
  • Prop Design: Masaharu Koyama
  • Conceptual Art: Koji Eto, Masaru Yanaka, Yuri Kabasawa
  • Photography Direction: Yuichi Terao
  • 3D Direction: Kazuki Nishiwaki
  • Color Setting: Yuko Omae
  • Editing: Manabu Kamino
  • Music: Yuki Kajiura, Go Shiina

Cast

Information provided by the official English website

Japanese

English

Music

  • Theme Song: "Homura" ( (ほむら) Homura?) by LiSA[2]

Reception

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 100% based on 11 reviews, with an average rating of 7.60/10.

Box office records

As of April 9, 2021 on Wikipedia.It has grossed over US$435.23 million worldwide, making it the first Japanese film and anime film to reach the milestone of US$400 million worldwide box office and was the only R-rated animated film to broke multiple box office records according to;

  • The highest-grossing anime film, and Japanese film of all time in Japan.
  • The highest-grossing animated film of 2020, and fifth highest-grossing traditional animated film of all time.
  • The third highest-grossing film of 2020.
  • The highest-grossing horror film of 2020, and 12th highest-grossing horror film of all time.
  • The 13th highest-grossing foreign language overall, and 2nd highest-grossing foreign language of all time without Chinese-related.
  • The highest-grossing R-rated film of 2020 and animated film of all time, and the 29th highest-grossing R-rated film worldwide.
  • The 2nd highest-grossing animated film distribute by Sony.
  • Most of other Asia regions, where it became several highest-grossing film.

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