Demon Slayer, record US start for Japanese animated film


After reaching the first place at the Japanese box office in February, the production of Haruo Sotozaki, has just won nearly $ 20 million in a weekend across the Atlantic, unprecedented for a feature film in a foreign language. .

A hellish train, a bloodthirsty demon and a handful of brave heroes in pursuit: such is the promise of Demon Slayer: Infinity Train, the Japanese animated film that breaks all records. If he ranked at the top of the Japanese box office in February, dethroning Spirited away, the classic by Hayao Miyazaki released in 2001, it has just set a record in the United States.

Produced by the Japanese studios Aniplex, a Sony subsidiary, the film was directed by Haruo Sotozaki, a specialist in what are known as “animated” with in particular Tales of Zestiria the X or Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Yes Demon slayer was released on October 16, 2020 in Japan, it was only available to Americans last week. This weekend, he had the best start ever recorded in North America for a feature film in a foreign language, pocketing nearly $ 20 million. The film thus dethrones Hero, a Chinese film which had collected 17.8 million in American theaters in 2004 over the same period of time. In total, the adaptation of Demon slayer has already reportedly hit 399 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing Japanese animated film of all time.

This film is directly inspired by the manga series Demon slayerKimetsu no yaiba in Japanese -, released between 2016 and 2020, written by Koyoharu Gotoge and illustrated by Aya Yajima. In all, 23 books that tell the story of Kamado Tanjiro, a boy who seeks at all costs to return his sister to her human form, after she has been transformed into a demon. Together, they will act to fight creatures more cruel than the others. It is the biggest bookstore success in Japan in 2019 and 2020. And 100 million copies have been sold worldwide. Faced with such a craze, the works had already been adapted in 2019 into a television series of 26 episodes. A video game and another for mobile phone are in production.

For French fans, however, it will take a little more patience. If the output of Demon slayer is well scheduled for 2021, no specific release date has yet been put forward.

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