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Fantasy Anime Demon Slayer Makes History With Incredible Box Office Record

Whether you’re an anime fan or not, chances are you’ve seen pictures and videos of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.

Since its first season in 2019, Ufotable’s hit adaptation of Koyoharu’s original manga has taken the internet by storm.

But did you know that Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train (also known internationally as simply Demon Slayer: Mugen Train) holds the record for highest-grossing Japanese anime film at the global box office?


Establishing itself as a direct sequel to the first season of the anime series, the film was distributed by Aniplex and premiered in Japan on October 16, 2020.

Conquer the box office, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train easily surpassed every other animated film ever released, establishing itself as the highest-grossing animated film in history.

From the start, buoyed by an acclaimed first season and successful manga serialization, the 2020 fantasy got off to a flying start, managing to gross $475,761,339 (£336m; 52bn yen) at the box office. worldwide as of May 28, 2021. , according to Figures.

However, the series’ fame continued to grow – as did its fan base.

The film did so well that it broke the record a second time a few months after the initial success: by December 2022 it had grossed $506,523,013 (£411m; 69bn yen) at the box office worldwide and pulverized any previous amount by animated films ever.



The film, set in a fictional Japan plagued by demons, follows the protagonist’s journey aboard the Mugen train.


The train also lends its name to the anime’s namesake arc.

The plot focuses on Tanjiro Kamado, a young demon slayer searching for a cure for his sister after she was turned into a demon by Muzan, the same demon who also murdered the mother and siblings. of Tanjiro and Nezuko.

At the end of the first season, as the movie kicks off, Tanjiro boards the Mugen train with fellow Demon Slayers Zenitsu Agatsuma and Inosuke Hashibira.


With the help of his sister, Tanjiro and his friends will face off against a demon that has infected the train, causing over 40 passengers to disappear, fighting for their lives throughout a long night on the train.

The group will also be accompanied by Kyojuro Rengoku, one of the nine Hashira: the highest ranking and most important fighters in the Demon Slayer Corps.

Rengoku, the Hashira of Fire

The film is packed with action, flashy animations, thrilling battles, and emotional moments (we’re looking at you, Rengoku fans).

It’s no surprise, then, that Ufotable’s hit film not only broke a record, but also marked the first time in film history that a non-Hollywood production topped the global box office. annual.

Its success gave the green light for the continuation of the animated series, leading to a second film. (Kimetsu no Yaiba – In the village of blacksmiths, 2023) as well as a third and fourth series (respectively the entertainment district And Blacksmiths’ Village bow).

Such an incredible result broke the previous record held by Shinkai your name (also known as the original title of Kimi no na waJapan, 2016).


The film, a romantic fantasy anime that broke many hearts, was one of the early box office hits that launched Shinkai’s directing career.

The story follows two high school students, Taki Tachibana and Mitsuha Miyamizu.

Reaching an incredible $361,024,012 at the global box office in 2018, and snatching a record that hadn’t been broken since 2001, your name secured the title for just over three years before being overtaken by Demon slayer.

Makoto Shinkai’s latest work, internationally titled susume (also known by the original title of Suzume no Tojimari)debuted in 2023.

It quickly became the fourth highest-grossing Japanese film of all time (we’re sure you’ve heard its viral theme song over the past few months).

Therefore, we can confidently say that anime movies are on the rise – also thanks to social media, which acts as a powerful boost for the anime community across the globe.

Chihiro looking at the camera

Another name that is impossible not to mention whenever anime movies are mentioned is Miyazaki’s masterpiece. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (Taken away as if by magic2001).

Widely known in western market as Taken away as if by magic and often considered the anime film that changed the perception of Japanese animation for the general public, the film made history by becoming the first animated film to win an Oscar.

The story follows Chihiro, a 10-year-old child who accidentally finds herself in a supernatural world inspired by bathhouses where humans are turned into pigs.

As she navigates this world of gods, ghosts and spirits, in a fascinating story enriched with beautiful animations and a dreamlike imagination, Chihiro will have to find her parents and save herself.

Co-founder of Studio Ghibli in 1985 and producer of big names such as My neighbor Totoro and Howl’s Moving Castle, Miyazaki has become one of the most important figures in contemporary animation.

After his retirement was announced in 2014, Miyazaki also received an honorary Oscar from the Academy’s Board of Governors.

Eloise with certificate

“The soundtracks are breathtaking, the characters are charismatic and enduring, and the themes are now more relevant than ever in our society,” said Eloïse Von Velvet (France), the proud holder of a record collection of the Studio Ghibli, explaining why she loved Miyazaki’s Creations.

“Princess Mononoke is 25 years old, for example, and looks like she was made in the present day.”

In 2021, Eloïse broke the record for the largest collection of Studio Ghibli memorabilia.

Displayed in a Studio Ghibli-themed room in his apartment, his collection has 1,304 items from every film ever produced by the Japanese animation studio.

Eloise looks at a black cat

Her favorite item is a statue of the black cat Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery Service, while the rarest items in her jaw-dropping collection are the Orgel music boxes from the movie. Ponyo.

“Ponyo items are really, really hard to find, it’s like the Holy Grail,” she commented.

Unsurprisingly, Studio Ghibli also made history as most successful foreign language animation studio.

As of November 2021, it has grossed over $1,395,722,174 (£1,046,950,000) worldwide from 19 feature films.

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