Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Anime Film to Have Massive 4.5 Million Copy Print Run of Exclusive Bonus Manga for Theaters
The manga 'Rengoku Volume 0' will be given out the cinemagoers at screenings in Japan
The official Twitter account for Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba revealed on September 19 that theatergoers in Japan will be given a limited-edition manga when they see Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba THE MOVIE Mugen Train in cinemas in Japan.
The 84-page booklet will feature a story from manga creator Koyoharu Gotouge, titled 'Rengoku Volume 0', which follows the flame Hashira on his first mission as a Demon Slayer, and interviews will the staff and cast of the film, along with a full cast/staff list. The booklet will see a "limited" print run of 4.5 million copies and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis in theaters across Japan.
To put how massive of a print run that is into perspective, when a One Piece volume is released, the series only sees a print run of around 3 million copies, and it's the manga with the highest print run of all time. If the books run out, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba THE MOVIE Mugen Train will have sold around 8 billion yen (US$76.5 million) worth of movie tickets, making it the 12th highest-grossing anime film of all time in Japan.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba THE MOVIE Mugen Train is scheduled to arrive in Japanese theaters on October 16, with a western release to follow in 2021 from Aniplex of America and Funimation.
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.