by Ewa Nowogorski
A few months ago, a popular movie came out in Japan, based on the Demon Slayer manga and anime, or Kimetsu no Yaiba as it is called in Japanese. And it wasn’t just popular, it was one of the most successful animated films ever, grossing $379,069,922 in the box-office, more than “Your Name” and surpassed only by Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away. And that’s worldwide. If we’re only talking about highest-grossing films in Japan, this movie takes the top.
When the anime for Demon Slayer first came out, it was very popular with both men and women, young and old. And even though the Japanese economy was struggling with the coronavirus outbreak and the public warned not to congregate in enclosed spaces, many people still went to see Demon Slayer: Mugen Train when it came out in theatres.
If you walk into a supermarket, toy store, or convenience store, you will 100 percent see some product with Demon Slayer packaging wrapped around it. From senbei crackers to chocolates to coffee cans, the craze for Demon Slayer paraphernalia right now is huge. People are constantly talking about the show.
Even small children are obsessed with this gory anime, and children who don’t really care still familiarize themselves with it because they need to do so in order to be accepted by their obsessed peers. Small children as young as 6 or 7 will beg their parents to be allowed to watch this mature animation.
Along with its unique, clean, and brilliant animation style, it is kind of easy to see why this shounen anime is so popular, and I have a feeling that it will be popular for many years to come. It will most surely take over as one of the top shonen jump series for a while.