The Japanese box office has released their recent numbers revealing that the third season episode premiere of the anime adaptation of Koyoharu Gotouge’s Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba) has earned over ¥2.6 Billion (~US $19 Million).
The episode premiere, Demon Slayer: The Upper Ranks Gather and Onward to the Swordsmith Village (Kimetsu no Yaiba Jōgen Shuuketsu, Soshite Katanakaji no Sato e), has sold over 1.87 million tickets in Japan. The film grossed over ¥1.16 million (~US $8.8 Million) in its first 3 days, and ¥2 Billion in the first 10 days (~US $15 Million).
The episode was released in limited theatres across Japan on February 3rd. The theatrical release features the final episode of the anime’s second season and the first episode of season 3.
North American licensor and distribution platform Crunchyroll will be bringing the film to a limited release in North America from March 3rd. For more information, visit https://tickets.demonslayer-movie.com/
Season 3 of the anime will be titled Demon Slayer: Swordsmith Village Arc (Katanakaji Sato-hen) and will adapt the manga’s next canonical arc. The arc runs from volumes 100 – 127. Season 3 is still slated for a general April broadcast.
A new promotional video has been released for the Demon Slayer anime, which teases the upcoming upper-rank demons that will appear in the third season and beyond:
Here is the first PV:
Here is the announcement video for season 3:
The anime’s website has also revealed the Demon Slayer World Tour which will begin on February 3rd, 2023. The World Tour will visit over 7 locations around the world and will feature stage greetings as well as previews for the new season. The announced locations are Tokyo, Los Angeles, Paris, Berlin, Mexico City, Seoul, and Taipei.
There will also be a movie version of the final two episodes in the anime’s second season, which will also release in February. The movie will be released in over 80 countries worldwide.
The main cast of the previous seasons will return for season 3:
- 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 as the role of Zenitsu Agatsuma
- Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Kirito in Sword Art Online) as Inosuke Hashibira
- Kengo Kawanishi (Rei Kiriyama in Sangatsu no Lion) will voice Muichiro Tokito
- Kana Hanazawa (Kanade Tachibana from Angel Beats!) as Mitsuri Kanroji
The leading members of the second season’s staff will also return:
- 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)
- Animation Studio: ufotable (Fate/Zero, Kara no Kyoukai)
Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba) is a supernatural, action manga written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotouge. The series ran from February 2016 until May 2020, published in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump. A total of 23 volumes have been compiled and published. The manga has enjoyed much success in Japan where over 40 million copies have been sold as of February 2020. The series received a TV anime adaptation in April 2019 for a total of 26 episodes. It was directed by Haruo Sotozaki (Tales of Symphonia the Animation, Tales of Zestiria the X) and produced by ufotable (Fate/Zero, Kara no Kyoukai). The anime was followed up with a sequel film in late 2020, which had a record-breaking run becoming the highest-grossing film of all time in Japan. A second season of the anime ran during the Winter 2021/2022 anime season.
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 3rd season of the Demon Slayer anime will premiere in April 2023, during the Spring 2023 anime season.
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