"How is this possible?" asks one of Japan's biggest anime creators
Everyone knew that Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba THE MOVIE Mugen Train would be popular when it released in Japanese theaters on October 16, but no one could predict this record-breaking amount of success for the anime film. One person who is shocked, but also pleased by the success, is director Makoto Shinkai, who currently holds the top title of highest-grossing anime film of all time worldwide with Your Name.
"Wow! ... How is this possible at the Japanese box office? A huge accomplishment!"
And truly it is! Demon Slayer: Mugen Train absolutely slayed the competition on opening weekend, opening higher than the lifetime grosses of hits such as Wolf Children, and Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Because of that though, the Aniplex/Toho-produced film is being compared with the opening weekend of Shinkai's own Weathering with You in terms of box office success (though really, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train brought in 3x that of Weathering with You), with some pundits estimating that Mugen Train might come close to the Japanese box office run of Your Name, but next weekend will help give a clearer picture on how far the Weekly Shonen Jump adaptation will go.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba THE MOVIE Mugen Train continues to adapt the manga series by Koyoharu Gotouge, which saw a TV anime series adaptation in 2019. It is scheduled to be released in the west early 2021. The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba TV anime series streamed on Crunchyroll as it aired.
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.