The 26th and final episode of Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba) ended with an announcement on Saturday that a sequel anime film is in production. The film will cover the Mugen Ressha-hen (Infinity Train arc, also known as the Demon Train arc).
Haruo Sotozaki (Tales of Zestiria the Cross) is returning to direct the film at animation studio ufotable. Akira Matsushima (Maria-sama ga Miteru) is also reprising as the character designer. The lead cast members from the television anime will also reprise their roles.
Ever since the death of his father, the burden of supporting the family has fallen upon Tanjirou Kamado's shoulders. Though living impoverished on a remote mountain, the Kamado family are able to enjoy a relatively peaceful and happy life. One day, Tanjirou decides to go down to the local village to make a little money selling charcoal. On his way back, night falls, forcing Tanjirou to take shelter in the house of a strange man, who warns him of the existence of flesh-eating demons that lurk in the woods at night.
When he finally arrives back home the next day, he is met with a horrifying sight—his whole family has been slaughtered. Worse still, the sole survivor is his sister Nezuko, who has been turned into a bloodthirsty demon. Consumed by rage and hatred, Tanjirou swears to avenge his family and stay by his only remaining sibling. Alongside the mysterious group calling themselves the Demon Slayer Corps, Tanjirou will do whatever it takes to slay the demons and protect the remnants of his beloved sister's humanity. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Kimetsu no Yaiba adapts Koyoharu Gotouge's supernatural action manga of the same title, which began airing on April 6. Aniplex of America licensed the anime series and streamed it on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu. Adult Swim's Toonami programming block will run the show with English dub beginning October 12.
Prior to serialization, Gotouge received an honorable mention at the 70th Jump Treasure Newcomer Manga Awards in 2013 for their Kagarigari one-shot, which became the prototype for Kimetsu no Yaiba. The latter began serializing in Weekly Shounen Jump in February 2016. Shueisha published the 16th volume on July 4, with the 17th volume planned for an October 4 release. Kimetsu no Yaiba has a cumulative 10 million copies of its compiled volumes in circulation.
VIZ Media licensed the manga in English in July 2017 and publishes it simultaneously with the Japanese release in their Shounen Jump service. The eighth volume went on sale on September 3, and the ninth volume will be published on November 5. Shueisha's Manga Plus platform also began simulpublishing the manga in English this January.
Kimetsu no Yaibaranked among the top 20 manga in the male readers category in the 2018 Kono Manga ga Sugoi rankings.
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