Demon Slayer Specials Available Ahead of Movie Premiere
Three Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba television specials are now available to stream on Funimation.The three special episodes, titled Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Sibling’s Bond, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mt. Natagumo Arc, and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba The Hashira Meeting Arc, were added to the Funimation library on April 15, and are available to stream in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil and Mexico; and on AnimeLab in Australia and New Zealand.
Newly subtitled and dubbed for a global audience, the three TV specials offer fans a recap of all 26 episodes in the show’s first season, with a condensed overview of the key characters, storylines, and overarching adventure of Tanjiro and his comrades. Each episode has been edited using existing footage from the show, however, the episode focused on the Hashira features some new footage.
The three specials of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba will serve as a quick refresher for fans who are anticipating the North American premiere of Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train, which is set to roll into theaters in the US and Canada on April 23 and arrive on digital video storefronts such as Apple TV, Microsoft Store, Vudu, Google Play, PlayStation Store, and Amazon on June 22.Demon Slayer: Mugen Train is set after the events of the 2019 anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, and picks up with Tanjiro, Nezuko, Zenitsu, and Inosuke as they embark on a new mission. Together with one of the most powerful swordsmen of the Demon Slayer Corps, Flame Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku, they investigate the mysterious disappearance of over 40 people aboard the Mugen Train.
The movie is a direct sequel to the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime series directed by Haruo Sotozaki and produced by Ufotable. The original anime series told the thrilling tale of a young man in search of a cure for his sister, who was turned into a demon after the rest of the family was viciously slaughtered by demons. It won Anime of the Year at Crunchyroll’s fourth annual anime awards last year.
Having opened in Japan on October 16, 2020, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train currently stands as the highest-grossing anime and Japanese movie of all time after grossing an estimated $368M in Japan. The R-rated anime adventure surpassed Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away to earn the coveted ranking. It’s also enjoyed further success in Australia and New Zealand, where it opened at number one in February.
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