The stage event commemorating the release of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -To the Hashira Training—film, on Feb 2, 2024, has announced the name and artist behind the Opening theme of the Hashira Training arc anime.
MY FIRST STORY and HYDE are coming together to perform the opening theme song “Mugen” (Dreams) for the Hashira Training Arc anime while MAN WITH A MISSION x milet return to perform a special ending theme song “Shōri no Meidō ~ Kizuna no Kiseki & Nezuko Kamado no Uta REMIX” for the Demon Slayer Hashira Training theatrical film.
Hiro from MY FIRST STORY shares his experience of collabing with HYDE as follows:
“I am very happy to be able to be involved in the TV Anime ‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc” as part of the team working on making the opening theme song.
I am hopeful that the song “Mugen,” which I perform with HYDE-san, our teacher and kind senior, will add color and sublimate this effort, while I accept this enormous honor wholeheartedly. We poured our hearts and souls into it, so please listen to it alongside the work.”
Likewise, HYDE shares his thoughts on working on the opening along with MY FIRST STORY:
“I’m HYDE and I’ll be working with MY FIRST STORY on the OP for the TV anime ‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Hashira Training Arc’
The Hashira Training Arc is an important story in which the main characters deepen their bonds and grow stronger between battles, so I hope the music will help to enliven the story.
Please enjoy the music along with the story.”
The production committee of the anime also commented on the arc, telling fans what to look forward to as follows:
“In the Hashira Training arc, the Hashira and the Demon Slayers train hard with their own feelings in mind in preparation for the decisive battle with Kibutsuji Muzan. For this year’s theme song, ufotable suggested that we use twin vocals to express the intentions of Ubuyashiki, the Demon Slayer Corps, and Muzan Kibutsuji, who are engaged in a long battle, and to deliver a song that has a greater affinity with each of them. In the course of various discussions, MY FIRST STORY and HYDE got to know each other and worked together to produce the music as partners to enliven the work. We hope you will enjoy the Hashira Training arc together with the theme song.”
Demon Slayer: Hashira Training Arc will release in Spring 2024, with a one-hour special episode while the special recap movie, along with the 1st episode of the Hashira Training arc, is set to release in Feb 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: ufotable
- Sub-character Design: Miyuki Sato, Yoko Kajiyama, 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
- Colour 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 1st season by 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.