It has been a couple weeks since the finale of the TV anime adaptation of Koyoharu Gotouge’s Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba) manga, but the craze goes on in Japan. The manga’s 17th volume released earlier this week, but due to the series’ immense popularity the latest installment was sold out in numerous stores across Japan.
The 17th volume of Demon Slayer released earlier in the week on the 4th, however it didn’t take very long for the manga to sell out. Stores across Japan had their stock depleted within hours, with many placing up signs notifying fans that Demon Slayer volume 17 being sold out at their location.
Many fans on Twitter have documented the countless posters and even bookshelves devoid of any demon slaying manga.
The popularity spike is due to the completion of the series’ anime adaptation, which finished on September 28 after 26 episodes. The series garnered a larger audience as it series aired, culminating in the 19th episode where the series began trending on Twitter in Japan.
Fans won’t need to wait long before seeing the series animated, as a film was announced at the anime’s finale. The film’s full title will be Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train (Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie: Mugen Ressha-hen). The upcoming arc includes chapters 53 – 66 of the manga, part of the 7th and 8th compiled volumes.
Here is the full teaser for the movie’s announcement:
The announcement appeared at the conclusion of the anime’s 26th episode. The series began its broadcast on April 6th during the Spring 2019 anime season, lasting for 2 consecutive cours.
The anime’s main cast consists of:
- Natsuki Hanae (Ken Kaneki in Tokyo Ghoul) voicing Tanjirou Kamado
- Akari Kitou (Calen from Time Bokan 24) as Nezuko Kamado
- Hiro Shimono (Keima Katsuragi in The World God Only Knows) voicing the role of Zenitsu Agatsuma
- Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Kirito in Sword Art Online) as Inosuke Hashibira
- Takahiro Sakurai (Suzaku Kururugi in Code Geass) voicing Giyuu Tomioka
- Saori Hayami (Yukino Yukinoshita from Oregairu) who voices Shinobu Kochou
- Toshihiko Seki (Duo Maxwell from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing) as Muzan Kibutsuji
The anime’s production staff has:
- Director: Haruo Sotozaki (Tales of Symphonia the Animation, Tales of Zestiria the X)
- Anime Character Designer: Akira Matsushima (Maria-sama ga Miteru, Tales of Zestiria the X)
- Art design: Masahiro Kimura (Black Lagoon and Tokyo Babylon 2 Animation Director)
- Music Composers: Go Shiina (God Eater and Tales of. Games) and Yuki Kajiura (Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica, Fate/Zero)
- Animation Studio: ufotable (Fate/Zero, Kara no Kyoukai)
Here is the official trailer for the Demon Slayer TV anime:
Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba) is a supernatural, action manga written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotouge. The series began syndication in February 2016, published in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump. To date a total of 16 compiled volumes have been published. The manga has enjoyed much success in Japan where a total of 6 million copies have been sold as of March 2019. The series received a TV anime adaptation in April 2019 during the Spring 2019 anime season. The series ran for a total of 26 episodes; directed by Haruo Sotozaki (Tales of Symphonia the Animation, Tales of Zestiria the X) and produced by ufotable (Fate/Zero, Kara no Kyoukai).
Here is the series synopsis from MAL:
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.
The 17th volume of the Demon Slayer manga is selling out across Japan, so fans who want a physical copy of the manga need to act fast. There will also be an anime film adapting the Infinite Train arc in production.