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Demon Slayer movie USA release date: FUNimation’s Kimetsu no Yaiba English dub confirmed for early 2021

Demon Slayer movie
The Demon Slayer movie is a direct sequel to the anime series that’s based on a manga. Pic credit: Studio ufotable

When does the Demon Slayer movie come out in the USA?

During the New York Comic Con Metaverse panel, FUNimation and Aniplex discussed the Demon Slayer movie U.S. release date. Representatives revealed that the Demon Slayer: Mugen Train premiere was scheduled for early 2021 in North America.

The Demon Slayer movie release date in Japan is scheduled for October 16, 2020. Japanese theatergoers are being treated to IMAX theater screenings and special copies of the Rengoku Volume 0 manga.

Animation studio Ufotable is returning to produce the film. Demon Slayer Season 1 director Haruo Sotozaki and character designer Akira Matsushima are returning for the Demon Slayer movie.

The returning Japanese voice cast includes many of the main characters:

  • Natsuki Hanae as Tanjiro Kamado
  • Akari Kito as Nezuko Kamado
  • Hiro Shimono as Zenitsu Agatsuma
  • Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Inosuke Hashibira
  • Satoshi Hino as Kyojuro Rengoku

Hopefully, the Demon Slayer Season 2 anime will be announced by the end credits. Anime news leaker Spytrue is already teasing that this might be the case.

This article provides everything known about Demon Slayer: Mugen Train (Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Rssha-Hen) and all related news. As such, this article will be updated over time with news, rumors, and analysis. Meanwhile, let’s delve down into what is known for certain.

Demon Slayer Mugen Train Movie Trailer August 2020

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Demon Slayer movie English dub and sub

FUNimation has confirmed that a Demon Slayer movie English dub will release in the USA. However, they recognize that some anime fans prefer a Demon Slayer movie English sub with the original Japanese audio language.

For other movies, FUNimation has handled this issue by screening the two different audio versions on different days in the USA. Therefore, it’s likely that the English dub and sub will be in theaters on limited days.

Note: This story will be updated with the relevant information once FUNimation provides the details.

Demon Slayer movie U.S. release date likely depends on COVID-19’s second wave in America

Although it’s been confirmed that the film will be released in American and Canadian theaters in 2021, FUNimation and Aniplex did not specify the exact month or time frame of the premiere.

While they’re targeting early 2021, which could mean winter 2021 (January through March), some of the uncertainty might be due to the potential for a second wave of COVID-19 in the USA.

Already, Europe is bracing for a second wave of coronavirus infections during the fall and winter. On October 12, 2020, according to Newsweek, the UK reintroduced COVID-19 restrictions as part of a new lockdown.

In America, movie theater safety guidelines have varied widely by city and state. For example, Florida’s movie theater reopening has no restrictions, whereas San Franciso is limited to 50 percent occupancy or a max of 200 people per theater.

According to The Hill, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has kept all movie theaters closed since the spring. Cuomo has indicated more restrictions are upcoming due to the second wave.

The lack of NYC movie theaters reopening is a huge factor for studios determining when to launch their movies since it’s the number one market in America.

The 2020 American election also plays a factor since Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has favored lockdowns, whereas current U.S. president Donald Trump is not. (Keep in mind that the states and their respective governors are in control of state lockdowns, not the U.S. federal government.)

Since FUNimation and Aniplex want the potential audience to be as big as possible, they are certain to be watching how the second wave plays out in America. They will likely schedule the Demon Slayer: Mugen Train U.S. release date based on American theater reopening schedules.

Demon Slayer Movie Poster
The Demon Slayer: Mugen Train movie poster released in early August 2020. Pic credit: ufotable

Demon Slayer movie compared to the manga

The Demon Slayer: Mugen Train movie will adapt Chapters 53 through 66 of the Kimetsu no Yaiba manga series by writer and illustrator Koyoharu Gotoge.

Presumably, the Demon Slayer Season 2 anime will continue the story where the movie leaves off. The second season will likely adapt two story arcs (Chapters 70 through 127) with two anime cours.

A “cour” is a three-month unit of TV broadcasting based on the physical weather seasons. Most anime seasons feature 12 or 13 episodes per cour.

The Demon Slayer manga ended in spring 2020. That means the Demon Slayer Season 3 anime will likely be the final season, although it’s possible the final story arc could be adapted into a second film.

Demon Slayer: Mugen Train story summary

The last time we watched Tanjiro Kamado and his sister Nezuko they were confronted by the Demon Slayer Corps leaders, the Hashira, and put on trial because Tanjiro was protecting his demonic sister, which was considered a violation of conduct.

Meanwhile, villain Kibutsuji Muzan summons the Lower Moons, the six lower-ranked members of the Twelve Demon Moons. Furious at the Lower Moons failure after the death of Lower Moon Five Rui, the demon leader begins brutally killing them one by one.

Only Lower Moon One, a demon named Enmu, was spared because he was thankful that Muzan wanted to kill him personally. Muzan stabs Enmu and gives him an injection of his own blood. Enmu is charged with killing Tanjiro and the Pillars of the Demon Slayers Corps.

Fully recovered in the care of the Hashira, Tanjiro and his friends embark on their next Demon Slayer Corps mission. They’ll go aboard the Infinity Train of Dreams, a demon train that takes them into the dreams of demons.

Tanjiro’s mission requires that they face the Infinity Train’s demonic spirit while protecting the 200 human passengers of the train. Joining Tanjiro in protecting the passengers is Kyojuro Rengoku, Flame Pillar of the Demon Slayer Corps.

Patrick Frye is Monsters and Critics' Anime Editor. He considers himself a "woke-taku" and he enjoys covering all the latest news related to Japanese entertainment.... read more

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