The official live-action Demon Slayer has unveiled new footage from its upcoming adaptation of the Mugen Train arc.
The new stills show the actors from the adaptation in costume, including Ryota Kobayashi as the series’ main hero, Tanjiro Kamado, and Karen Takahashi as his sister, Nezuko. The two actors are reprising the roles they had played in the previous two shows based on the famous shonen anime and the manga. Newcomers to the Mugen Train play include Taiki Naito as low-ranking demon Moon Enmu, and Jin Aoki as Akaza, one of the most powerful demons in the world. The live-action will be played at the Tokyo Dome City Hall on September 10 and 11, then at the Kyoto Theater from September 16 to 25. Fans in Japan will be able to purchase tickets for one of the performances starting August 20.
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A previous success
Set after the events of the anime’s first season, the Mugen Train arc sees the series’ central trio of Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke allied with one of the Demon Slayer Corps’ most powerful warriors, the perpetually enthusiastic and optimistic Flame Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku. The group is tasked with investigating the Mugen Train, a steam locomotive associated with a number of mysterious disappearances.
The Mugen Train arc was previously adapted into the Demon Slayer franchise’s first animated feature, which was released in 2020. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train was released to generally positive reviews and became a massive commercial success; despite being released during the COVID-19 pandemic, the film managed to gross over US$500 million, making it both the highest-grossing anime film of all time and the highest-grossing Japanese film. profitable ever released. The film was later revamped and aired on television as the first part of the second season of the Demon Slayer anime. The TV version of the story includes additional scenes and content, including an all-new episode that shows more of the events leading up to Kyojuro Rengoku’s arrival at the Mugen Train.
Although the live-action can only be seen by Japanese audiences, Demon Slayer fans around the world can still look forward to the anime’s third season, which is currently in production. The new season will focus on the Blacksmith Village arc, which will see Tanjiro travel to the town where his unique Nichirin katana was created.