A few days ago, the Japan Video Software Association released statistics for purchases of home video software in Japan, that is, DVDs and Blu-rays, from January 2021 to July 2021. Although physical video sales are declining constantly due to the increase in consumers of streaming services, such as Netflix and Crunchyroll, physical copies of the critically acclaimed anime film, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, contributed to dramatically increase sales.
Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, which runs directly at the end of the first series, premiered in Japan on October 16, 2020 and continued to premiere worldwide until approximately July 2021. It quickly became the highest-grossing film of 2020, grossing no less than 500 million dollars at the box office. It also became the highest-grossing anime, as well as the highest-grossing Japanese film of all time.
Box office sales quickly moved to physical sales, as the film sold more than a million copies. Total sales of “Japanese animation”, categorized especially as for the general public, and “Japanese for children”, referring to animation, contributed about 26 billion yen, which was 38% of the total. This made anime the main share by genre, surpassing music. With the long-awaited second season of Demon Slayer, which will premiere sometime in 2021, we can expect the continued rise in physical anime media sales to keep climbing as high as Tanjiro on Sagiri Mountain.
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In other news from Demon Slayer, Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles, the game that will be released in October on the first season of the anime, will be released in October and a recent tweet from the popular leaker, PS360HD2, has revealed that the playable demons, members of the Twelve Moons , Kizuki, Rui and Akaza, will be available as free update DLC.
The dubbed and subtitled versions of Demon Slayer: Mugen Train are currently available for viewing on the Funimation streaming service.