The screenings are being held to qualify the anime film for the Academy Awards
Japan News Network reported today that the long-awaited North American screenings of Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train will be starting for a limited time on February 26. The screenings will be held for one week in just the city of Miami to help the anime film qualify for this year's Academy Awards–of which the film is already in the selection, it just needed to be released publicly either online or through traditional means for at least a week.
The report comes from an interview with a spokesperson for the Japanese TV news station Japan News Network. The spokesperson stated that these screenings were just for the Academy Awards and that a full theatrical release is still in the works. Usually, to qualify for the Academy Awards, films must be screened in either New York or Los Angeles for at least a week, but due to the coronavirus, other cities were allowed on the list, including Miami. Streaming the film was also an option.
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, and currently the second highest-grossing anime film and Japanese film worldwide. You can read our review of the film here. The anime film is opening in Australia and New Zealand on February 25.
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.