Why did the ratings drop with the serialization of Demon Slayer: Mugen Train?

We won’t deny it in a million years: Demon Slayer It is a worldwide phenomenon that has marked a before and after in the history of anime. And the amazing movie Mugen Train managed to conquer not only attendance records in Japanese cinemas (in the midst of a pandemic, with zero infections by the way), but also to transcend the entire world with box office records that not even Studio Ghibli films had achieved.. What a success!

And when you watch the movie (available right now at Funimation) you get it all – it’s perfect in every way!

However, the strategy of ufotable and Aniplex It was peculiar when deciding when and how the second season of the anime that adapts the original work of the mangaka would continue Koyoharu Gotouge: continue with Entertainment District Arc, but BEFORE retelling the arc of Mugen Train, this time in series form and with some additional scenes, dialogues and score pieces… on 7 episodes!


And why didn’t it work in terms of rating? The first episode of this arc premiered on October 10, and it did well because it showed an unpublished preview of Kyōjurō Rengoku, BEFORE boarding the infinite train. There was also interest in listening to the entry and exit themes of the wonderful LiSA, who as usual, did not disappoint.

But after that … ratings in Japan they went down precipitously! And surely the numbers of views on the platforms Funimation and Crunchyroll for the rest of the world they went through something similar


According to a report by Yahoo! News Japan, It is because there were no new or different things to the film, in addition to the transmission schedule chosen for Fuji TV, NTV, Tokyo MX and TBS (Sundays at 11 pm, in Japan). Thus, the audiences in Japan they got off a 10% from the first episode to a 5.7% for the fifth.

That is to say that, on the one hand, fans of Kimetsu no Yaiba You’ve probably seen this film not once, but MANY times, and most took it for granted that it is exactly the same thing. But actually the episodes 2 a 11 include more than 70 new sequences and new music. There are things that complement the movie theater experience!

In any case, if you are in the group of those who want to skip the arch of Mugen Train, you have to know that this sunday December 5th (10:45 am CT Time) will premiere the first of 11 episodes corresponding to the new arc Yūkaku-hen, available both in Crunchyroll What Funimation.


And don’t forget that the latest episode of Mugen Train is extended and brings NEW THINGS, so you do not miss it before starting the next arc of this sensational anime!