Demon Slayer: Hashira Training Arc 1st Episode Ranks Number 1 In Its Opening Week

Demon Slayer: Hashira Training Arc screening earned around 4.35 million USD in opening weekend.

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KIMETSU NO YAIBA © 2016 by Koyoharu Gotouge/SHUEISHA Inc.

The theatrical release of the first episode of the Demon Slayer: Hashira Trainig Arc anime debuted in Tokyo last Friday.

Demon Slayer: Hashira Training Arc screening ranked #1 on the Japanese box office, earning around 4.35 million USD in its opening weekend.

The schedule for the world tour of the screening is as follows:

  • New York, on February 10
  • Seoul on February 11
  • Berlin on February 13
  • Mexico City and Singapore on February 17
  • Jakarta on February 18
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil, on February 19
  • Paris and Taipei on February 24
  • London and Hong Kong on February 25.

The following release dates are for countries in America, Europe, and some parts of Africa (Asian countries, including India, are yet to get their release dates soon).

  • February 21: Malta, Switzerland (French-speaking)
  • February 22: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland (German-speaking), Switzerland (Italian-speaking), Ukraine, Uruguay, Venezuela
  • February 23: Bulgaria, Canada, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States
  • February 24: Belgium, Estonia, France, Luxembourg, and select countries in French-speaking Africa
  • February 27: Austria, Germany

Demon Slayer: Hashira Training Arc will release in spring 2024 with a one-hour special episode, while the special recap movie, along with the first episode of the Hashira Training Arc, is set to release on February 23, 2024, in Japan.

The staff details are as follows:

  • Original story: Koyoharu Gotouge (Shueisha Jump Comics)
  • Director: Haruo Tonozaki
  • Character Design/Chief Animation Director: Akira Matsushima
  • Script production: ufotableSub-character
  • Design: Miyuki Sato, Yoko Kajiyama, and Mika Kikuchi
  • Prop Design: Shoji Koyama
  • Art direction: Masaru Yanaka, Yuri Kabasawa
  • Art direction: Koji Eto
  • Director of photography: Yuichi Terao
  • 3D director: Kazuki Nishiwaki
  • Color designer: Yuko Omae
  • Editing: Manabu Jono
  • Music: KAJIURA Yuki, SHIINA Go
  • Opening theme song: MY FIRST STORY x HYDE “Yumegen” (BEAT SEEKER MUSIC)
  • Animation Production: Ufotable

About Demon Slayer:

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotouge. It was serialized in Shueisha’s shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from February 2016 to May 2020, with its chapters collected in 23 tankōbon volumes.

The 26-episode first season of Ufotable was broadcast from April to September 2019. October 2020 saw the release of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: The Movie: Mugen Train, a sequel that became the highest-grossing anime film and Japanese film of all time.

Demon Slayer entered its second season with 18 episodes, which debuted in October 2021 and concluded in February 2022, covering the Entertainment District arc. Concurrently, in February 2023, a compilation film titled Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba—To the Swordsmith Village was released. From April 2023 to June 2023, a third season consisting of eleven episodes was broadcast, showcasing the Swordsmith Village arc.

Crunchyroll describes the overall plot of Demon Slayer as follows:

It is the Taisho Period in Japan. Tanjiro, a kindhearted boy who sells charcoal for a living, finds his family slaughtered by a demon. To make matters worse, his younger sister, Nezuko, the sole survivor, has been transformed into a demon herself. Though devastated by this grim reality, Tanjiro resolves to become a “demon slayer” so that he can turn his sister back into a human and kill the demon that massacred his family.

Source: Kogyo Tsushin