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“Demon Slayer” Dethrones “Spirited Away” as Japan’s No. 1 Movie of All Time

Popular anime franchise “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” has officially become the highest-grossing film of all-time in Japan with its 2020 movie “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie — Mugen Train” after amassing JPY 32.47 Billion (approximately USD 313 million or PHP 15 Billion) in box-office sales as of December 28, Sunday.

This makes “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie — Mugen Train” the first movie to dethrone Hayao Miyazaki’s award-winning animated film “Spirited Away” in 19 years.

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Also worth noting is that “Demon Slayer” hit its 30 Billion yen goal only within 59 days since its premiere in local theaters. “Spirited Away” took 253 days to hit that same mark.

For those who are unfamiliar with the anime, it is about a young boy named Tanjiro who embarks on a journey to become a Demon Slayer after his parents were murdered and his sister, Nezuko, was turned into a demon.

“Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie — Mugen Train,” directed by Haruo Sotozaki, is a direct sequel to this 2019 anime series that follows Tanjiro and his friends from the Demon Slayer Corps. accompanying Kyōjurō Rengoku, the Flame Hashira, to investigate the mysterious disappearances that occur inside a train.

According to Aniplex, English-dubbed and subtitled versions will premiere in movie theaters in North America in early 2021.

A second season has yet to be confirmed but, if this record-breaking opening day premiere is of any indication, it probably won’t be long before we get to see these characters on our TV screens again.

(ALSO READ: ‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba’ Is Officially Getting a New Spinoff Manga)

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