Ever since Demon Slayer captivated audiences with its 2019 debut, anime fans have been wondering when the series will return. However before Season 2, the epic story will be continued by a movie titled Mugen Train. Here is everything we know about the sequel film – including it's release date.
Demon Slayer was the breakout anime of 2019, taking the medium by storm with its gripping tale of a boy's quest to avenge his family after they are brutally murdered by demons – all except his sister, who is turned into one.
After the final episode aired in September 2019, fans have been left wondering when the series would be making its return. Here is all the details about the sequel film that will continue the brutal story.
Demon Slayer: The Movie announced
After the final episode of Season 1 aired on television, it was followed by an announcement that the series would be coming back as a feature length film before Season 2.
The name of the film is titled Demon Slayer: The Movie - Mugen Train. According to the creators, the film will serve as a "direct sequel" to the first season, while also bridging the gap for the eventual second one.
After the announcement, it was also revealed that the project was being helmed by Haruo Sotozaki who has directed Tales of Symphonia and Tales of Zestiria the X. All of the original cast members will also be returning to reprise their roles.
The announcement trailer
Following a short tease, fans got their first taste of the film with a full length trailer in October 2019. The ominous one minute video leads with some spooky narration. "Within a short period of time, over 40 people have disappeared from this train," it begins.
"The corps sent a few swordsmen, but they all went silent..." it continues, before cutting to Tanjiro and Zenitsu discovering that the train has demons on board.
Fans then get an epic introduction to the Flame Pillar, who exclaims "With the crimson flame blade of Rengoku, I shall burn you to the bone!"
The plot of the film
Those who stay up to date with the manga already know that the film's title refers to the "Infinity Train" arc in the story, which runs from chapter 54-69. The train plot is what the film will solely focus on.
In the story, Tanjiro and his allies, Zenitsu and Inosuke, purchase tickets to ride the Infinity Train in the hopes of meeting the Flame Pillar, Kyojuro Rengoku.
However, the powerful swordsman is investigating a mystery on board where people are mysteriously vanishing, and the series main cast finds themselves entangled in its web.
What is the film's release date?
The release date for the highly anticipated film was announced on April 10 through a post on the official Demon Slayer Twitter account. Attached to the tweet was new full length trailer which revealed the date at the end.
Mugen Train will be officially hitting theaters in Japan on October 16, 2020. In a rough translation by Google Translate, the post states: "Released on Friday, October 16, 2020. The first trailer of the movie version of Mugen Train has been released!"
— 鬼滅の刃公式 (@kimetsu_off) April 10, 2020
The film's social media account also updated followers with an official movie poster for its theatrical release, and its stunning visuals is enough to get anyone excited.
At the time of writing, there is currently no date for a Western release, although we imagine fans of the series won't have to wait too long to watch it subbed.
The 2020 film is a must-see for viewers excited to see how Tanjiro's epic journey continues, as the theatrical release will bridge Season 1 and 2 together.