The biggest anime film of all time finally made it onto home video in Japan
After breaking every theatrical record in Japan, and breaking most records for an anime film worldwide, Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train finally released on home video yesterday in Japan and once again conquers yet another ranking list, two in fact!
Oricon announced last night that for the first day (which includes pre-orders), the limited edition Blu-ray version of the film topped the Blu-ray ranking chart for the day with 268,000 copies sold, most likely topping the week as well, and even surpassed the first week sales for the previous top spot, Snow Man Asia Tour 2D.2D. The regular edition of the Blu-ray, which is counted separately, was second, though the amount it sold wasn't announced.
On the DVD side, Mugen Train also topped the daily chart with 218,000 copies sold of the regular edition, once again surpassing Snow Man Asia Tour 2D.2D's first week of sales on the format. The limited-edition DVD version of the film came in second, again with no solid number of copies sold.
Limited edition cover
It's safe to say that Demon Slayer: Mugen Train has once again crushed the market. While it'll be a few days before the full week of sales come out, the physical Mugen Train releases are on track to be one of the biggest animated releases since Oricon started tracking. And that's in 2021, where digital versions and streaming is becoming more and more widespread in Japan.
Demon Slayer: Mugen Train is still being shown in some theaters across Japan, though is slowly being phased out as its historic run comes to a close. At the Japanese box office, the film has reached 40.13 billion yen (US$368.78 million), continuing to widen its lead as the highest-grossing film in Japan of all time.
Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train opened in Japanese cinemas on October 16 and had the best opening weekend in Japanese cinema history, becoming the highest-grossing film in Japanese theaters ever, the highest-grossing anime and Japanese film worldwide, and the highest-grossing film of 2020. You can read our review of the film here. In North America, Mugen Train made its stop in theaters on April 23 both dubbed and subbed formats, with a digital release of the film on June 22, becoming the first anime film to top the US box office since Pokémon: The First Movie in 1999.
The Ufotable-produced anime film continues to adapt the manga series by Koyoharu Gotouge, which saw a TV anime series adaptation in 2019. The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba TV anime series streamed on Crunchyroll as it aired. The second season of the TV anime series, subtitled "Entertainment District arc", will premiere sometime in 2021 on Japanese TV.
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.