Koyoharu Gotouge’s manga may have ended over a year and a half ago, but Demon Slayer continues to break and set records as a franchise. The latest came after the recent Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Mugen Train Arc movie TV broadcast in Japan, when it became the most watched anime broadcast in the 21st century.
The Japanese website Livedoor News reported that the film achieved an average audience rating of 21.4% in the Kanto Region during its television broadcast on the night of September 25 in Japan. This means that on every 100 TV devices turned on in that period of time, 21.4 were following the broadcast of the film. The highest moment was recorded at 11:08 PM at 22.9%. In terms of numbers, about 11 million households watched the film, peaking at 11.76 million.
The September 25 broadcast of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Mugen Train Arc is the biggest since a Detective Conan special from April 1999, which had a rating of 23.4%. However, it’s important to remember that the number of households with satellite television in Japan in 1999 was around 12.5 million, which is obviously a lot lower than today.
This is a huge number for Japanese television, especially when it comes to animated films. The opening of the Tokyo Olympic Games had a 56.4% audience rate, but other animated or live-action films normally don’t exceed a rate of 10-12%. There were several factors that helped boost it, however. It received 5 compilations in the weeks prior to the movie, each covering a part of Season 1 with new scenes. In addition, they teased that Season 2 news would come after the broadcast over a month in advance. That had a lot of fans excited with anticipation, which likely affected the ratings of the broadcast.
The very same content that got so much attention as a movie is now coming as a TV anime. The first part of the new season will cover the Mugen Train in 7 episodes. The first one will be an all-new original, covering the day before the events of the movie. The next 6 will be the movie with new scenes and songs. LiSA is returning to sing for Demon Slayer for this part of the show. The opening theme’s title is “Akeboshi”, while the ending theme’s title is “Shirogane”. It will premiere on October 10 in Japan, and Funimation will also stream it.
On December 5, the Entertainment District Arc will begin. The premiere will be a 1-hour long episode. Aimer will perform the theme songs for this part of the anime. The opening theme is “Zankyosanka” and the ending theme is ”Asa ga kuru”. It was previously confirmed that there would be no changes due to the content in this part of the story. The official synopsis for the Entertainment District Arc:
Tanjiro and his friends accompany the Hashira Tengen Uzui to an entertainment district where Tengen’s female ninja agents were gathering information on a demon before they suddenly disappeared. In order to investigate, Tanjiro and the others disguise themselves as women to sneak in! (volume 9 of the manga)
Demon Slayer is our fans’ most anticipated Fall 2021 anime! Do you think Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Mugen Train Arc will be the peak for the franchise, or will it set even more records in the 21st century? Let us know!
Source: Livedoor News
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