Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Tanabata Celebrations Begin in Japan

07.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train is an upcoming anime film set for release on October 16, 2020. The film is a direct sequel to the 2019 anime series adapted from Koyoharu Gotouge’s manga series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.

 

In the run up to its release, the film is being promoted in collaboration with Japan’s annual Tanabata festival which takes place every year on July 7. A special website opened today which features wishes written in Japanese and illustrations drawn by 31 voice actors and actresses from the anime series—as well as the main characters, including Tanjiro. It is customary on Tanabata to write a wish on tanzaku, which are small pieces of paper, and tie them to bamboo. Additionally, three special announcements have been made to celebrate Tanjiro’s birthday on July 14.

 

The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga has sold over 80 million copies. Along with its highly successful anime adaptation from last year, the series has won the anime community the world over, earning a high reputation for its thrilling fight scenes and memorable characters. The film was announced at the end of the anime’s final episode, teasing the “Mugen Train” arc of the story. Today, the day of Tanabata, marks just three months until the release of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train.


As well as the voice cast, five of the anime’s main characters have posted their own wishes over on the special Tanabata website. Tanjiro, a kind and gentle soul who is devoted to family, wrote: “I pray that everyone can live happily!” Such a wish is just like Tanjiro, who shows kindness to everyone even if they’re a demon. His sister, Nezuko, who is a demon herself and who can’t write, instead just tied her tanzaku paper up. You can tell she puts all of her trust in Tanjiro with whom she has a strong bond. Zenitsu simply wrote, “I wish that I can get married!!!!” Inosuke drew a picture of his favourite food, tempura, and Rengoku wrote the mantra “Daily Diligence!!”

 

You can check out the rest of the cast’s wishes over on the official Demon Slayer Tanabata website, all of which are written in Japanese.

 

Finally, to celebrate Tanjiro’s birthday which falls on July 14, three special things have been planned in Japan. Firstly, a special “Tanjiro Birthday Party” show will air on ABEMA on July 14 at 21:00 (JST) where the main voice cast Natsuki Hanae (voice of Tanjiro), Akari Kito (Nezuko), Hiro Shimono (Zenitsu), and Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Inosuke) will appear. Secondly, there will be a marathon of the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime series on ABEMA on July 11 and 12. Lastly, ufotable Cafe will be collaborating with the series for Tanjiro’s birthday, serving food inspired by the anime and more.

 

©Koyoharu Gotouge/Shueisha・Aniplex・ufotable

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  • UNIQLO’s UT Demon Slayer T-Shirt Collection to Release in Collaboration With GU

    04.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    UNIQLO’s graphic T-shirt brand is partnering up with GU to drop a new T-shirt collection in collaboration with the hugely popular manga series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba which has over 80 million copies in circulation. The first batch of the collection by UT will drop in Japan on August 7, followed by the second from both UT and GU at the end of the same month.

     

    The collection features illustrations of the popular characters from the series whom are set to appear in the upcoming anime film Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train set for release on October 16, 2020.

    UT – 1st Collection

    The first batch of the unisex collection is packed full of scenes specially selected from the Demon Slayer manga series.

    This includes iconic scenes from popular characters, including the protagonist Tanjiro Kamado in battle. It’s a must have line-up for fans.

    Each t-shirt captures essence of the characters from this sad series in which humans and demons fight each other.

    Left: GU | Right: UT – 2nd Collection

    The second collection also features kids T-shirts as well as merchandise. The full line-up is set to be revealed on August 17. GU’s line-up includes not only popular characters and scenes from the series, but words from it too, as well as colouring inspired by the clothing and hairstyles worn by the characters.

     

    ©Koyoharu Gotouge / Shueisha

  • Demon Slayer: Mugen Train New Trailer Reveals Main Theme to be Performed by LiSA

    03.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC

    A new poster and trailer have been released for the upcoming film Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train which is set for release on October 16, 2020. The trailer gives us a snippet of the main theme Homura (Flame) performed by LiSA. The singer-songwriter previously performed the TV anime’s first opening theme Gurenge.

     

    Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train is a direct sequel to the 2019 anime series adapted from Koyoharu Gotouge’s manga series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. It is being animated by ufotable.

    The showcases the protagonist Tanjiro Kamado battling it off against Enmu aboard the Infinity Train (Mugen Train). Tanjiro is clenching his teeth while Enmu smiles on, revealing what is sure to be a testing battle for our hero.

    Enmu threatens Tanjiro with the words, “To be able to die while dreaming… Just how lucky are you?” We also see Tanjiro reunite with his siblings, who are supposed to be dead, but he senses something amiss and encourages himself to wake up as he is being attacked. The Infinity Train will be an action-packed locale as Tanjiro and Enmu battle it out. We also see returning characters on the train with Tanjiro.

     

    Fans also get to hear the main theme Homura by LiSA for the first time. The song was composed by Yuki Kajiura who also wrote the TV anime adaptation’s ending theme from the edge which is performed by FictionJunction feat. LiSA.

     

    Natsuki Hanae (Voices: Tanjiro Kamado) | Comment

    “When I read the Mugen Train arc, I saw so many scenes I wanted to hurry up and voice act for, so I’m so happy that I get to perform for this film. All the other voice actors during the recording sessions were on fire. When it was over, I was so burnt out, I really thought I was gonna die. ufotable’s gorgeous animation and the beautiful music both come together wonderfully. It’s a really amazing film. Like the fans, I wanna watch it in the cinema already. I hope you’re looking forward to it just as much as I am!” (Translated from Japanese by MMN)

     

    Akari Kitō (Voices: Nezuko Kamado) | Comment

    “It had been a while since we’d done voice work for Demon Slayer, but getting to work on the Mugen Train arc, which is a popular one in the manga series, I psyched myself up like the rest of the cast! Despite us not having any visuals to work with for the recording sessions, everyone really put their all into it. Seeing that actually brought tears to my eyes. I think what we achieved by the end of it exceeded our expectations! I hope you all enjoy watching it in the cinema!” (Translated from Japanese by MMN)

     

    LiSA | Comment

    “I previously performed for the TV anime series, now I’m doing them main theme for the Mugen Train film arc. It’s personally my favourite arc from the manga, so I was able to add another layer of strength to the song. While the characters face sadness, they still have a fire lit in their hearts. I hope that all of you who may be sad have the strength to move forward just like them.” (Translated from Japanese by MMN)

     

    ©Koyoharu Gotouge/Shueisha・Aniplex・ufotable

  • Demon Slayer: Mugen Train New Information and Main Theme Song to be Revealed in Special Broadcast

    28.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    A special program for the upcoming anime film Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train will broadcast on ABEMA Anime Channel in Japan at 21:00 (JST) on August 2, 2020. The program will showcase a new trailer, new information, and will reveal the first hear of the film’s main theme song.

     

    Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train is an upcoming anime film set for release on October 16, 2020. The film is a direct sequel to the 2019 anime series adapted from Koyoharu Gotouge’s manga series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.


    The film was announced at the end of the final episode of the anime series with a title card. When the first trailer was released for it, it blew up on Japanese social media, making it into the trending list.

     

    The upcoming special program will detail plenty of juicy new information that fans will be excited to hear about, and will also feature four of the main voice cast members: Natsuki Hanae (Tanjiro), Akari Kitō (Nezuko), Hiro Shimono (Zenitsu), and Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Inosuke).

     

    ©Koyoharu Gotouge/Shueisha・Aniplex・ufotable

  • Kyoto’s Famous Kifune Shrine Celebrates Tanabata With Bamboo Lamp Light-Up

    07.July.2020 | SPOT

    Kifune Shrine, which is dedicated to the god of water Takaokami no Kami, is currently holding evening illuminations with Tanabata bamboo lamps until August 15, 2020.

     

    About Kifune Shrine

    Kifune Shrine is one of Kyoto’s foremost historical shrines. Records show that the shrine was already built in 677 during the reign of Emperor Tenmu. It is located near the source of Kamo River and is dedicated to the god of water who is said protect Kyoto’s water sources. The area is also known for kawadoko which is where Kibune’s restaurants build platforms over the river where visitors can enjoy their meal as the water flows beneath them.

     

    Kifune Shrine and Tanabata

    Tanabata is said to originate from the Suijinsai Festival (Water God Festival), with the stars themselves as the god of water. At Kifune Shrine, which is dedicate to Takaokami no Kami—the god of water—people not only pay their respects to the blessing of water, but hold Tanabata events as well as the Kifune Water Festival.

     

    For this year’s Tanabata event, bamboo lamps will be lit up with wishes written on them by people.

     

    Tanabata Shinto Rituals and the Kifune Water Festival

    Tanabata Shinto rituals and the Kifune Water Festival will be held on July 7 where people will express their gratitude to the god who watches over Kifune’s waters as well as pray for water’s blessing throughout the year.

  • Tanabata and Milky Way Inspired Food and Drink Arrives at PLANETARIA TOKYO

    06.July.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    KONICA MINOLTA PLANETARIA TOKYO, a twin-dome planetarium in Tokyo’s Yurakucho district, introduced a new menu at its Cafe Planetaria on July 1, 2020.

     

    A cafe where you can taste the stars

    Cafe Planetaria’s concept is that customers happened upon it during a trip through the galaxy. It is the only cafe in space—one where you can delight in cocktails that shine bright like a nebula, or tuck into finger food that’s like fragments of planets.

     

    The new menu hopes to serve customers a day they won’t forget after they have gaze upon the starry night sky.

     

    How best to enjoy Cafe Planetaria

    Cafe Planetaria’s menu can be enjoyed at DOME 1 inside the planetarium so you can enjoy cocktails and food while watching the starlit show. It’s open to those who aren’t using the planetarium too, so if you’re looking for a quick stop-off on your time through the galaxy and don’t have time for stargazing you can enjoy the galactic delights too.

    Nebula Soft Serve Ice Cream: ¥550 (Tax Included)

    This purple soft serve ice cream is inspired by nebula imagery.

    Moon Parfait: ¥770 (Tax Included)

    A colourful parfait topped with the moon and sweet-tasting planets.

    Mercury (Cocktail): ¥880 (Tax Included)

    Part of the planetary cocktail series.

     

    Observe “Tokyo’s Milky Way”

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    Make a wish upon a falling star

    A popular service at PLANETARIA TOKYO that is also free is getting to see falling stars in real time with a system set up by Meteor Broadcaster. They are shown across a giant 12m long screen. On the Gregorian calendar, Tanabata is celebrated on July 7, but on the old Japanese lunisolar calendar it will fall on August 25 this year. If you’re in Tokyo around that time, why not visit the planetarium and make a wish?

     

    Online shop to enjoy the Milky Way at home

    Gallery Planetaria is a concept shop in PLANETARIA TOKYO whose concept is based around being a secret shop hidden away somewhere in the galaxy. Their online shop is selling plenty of fun items that you can only get on this side of the galaxy. The service is available in Japan only, but check out their website to see what they’ve got in stock.

     

    Gallery Planetaria Online Shop
    https://planetaria.theshop.jp/

     

    Starry Sky Guide: Summer – At Home Version (Narrated by Yoshimasa Hosoya)

    PLANETARIA TOKYO has posted an at-home version of their summertime starry sky guide which was shown at the venue. It’s narrated by Japanese voice actor and narrator Yoshimasa Hosoya and features a 360° VR experience. Check it out here.

  • Cute and Dreamy Tanabata Inspired Confections Arrive at Q-pot CAFE. in Omotesando

    29.June.2020 | FOOD

    Q-pot CAFE. is celebrating Japan’s Tanabata festival with a limited-time menu which was introduced on June 27.

    Romantic Star Plate w/Drink: ¥2,060 (Tax Included)

    This starry delight is plated with a fromage blanc filled with ganache cream and peach jelly. There’s star-shaped meringue macarons filled with cream, creamy blueberry and blackcurrant panna cotta, star-shaped chocolate to represent the Tanabata deities Orihime and Hikoboshi, and a luxurious Q-pot CAFE. macaron.

    さらに、レモンの皮を練り込み、サクッと焼き上げた星型クッキーには短冊のようにグラサージュショコラで願い事を込めて・・・クッキーを残さず口にすれば、願いもきっと叶うはず!

    Romantic Peach & Elderflower Soda: ¥750 (Tax Included)

    Refresh yourself with a summery glass of this peach and elderflower soda which is filled with blue, purple, and pink transparent jelly which twinkle like a kaleidoscope.

    Bottled Drinks (Takeout Only): ¥1,296 Each (Tax Included) *Limited quantity available / *¥100 off if you take your own bottle

    Enjoy a takeout bottle of “Aurora Lychee Tea Soda” with its romantic pink, purple, and blue gradation. This herb tea changes colour like magic, and contains marrow cheese plant, lychee puree, and Blue Curacao. The twinkling pearl powder makes it glow like an aurora.

    There is also bottled Strawberry Tea Soda, Ginger Ice Milk Tea, and Honey Lemon Vinegar Soda.

     

    If you’re in Tokyo this summer, head to Q-pot CAFE. to enjoy a round of pastel-coloured Tanabata confections and drinks.

  • Demon Slayer’s Zenitsu Gets His Own Japanese Custard Pudding at Lawson Convenience Stores

    06.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Lawson Store 100 has teamed up with the internationally popular TV anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba to release a purin (a type of Japanese custard pudding) based on the popular character Zenitsu Agatsuma. The pudding hit Lawson Store 100 branches nationwide across Japan on June 3, 2020.

    Demon Slayer: Kimetsu you Yaiba is a manga series written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotōge which follows Tanjiro Kamado who becomes a demon slayer after his family is killed and his younger sister Nezuko turns into a demon. It was serialised in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 2016 and recently concluded with its 20th volume on May 18, 2020. It has shipped 60 million copies. The upcoming anime film Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train will continue the story of the anime series’s first season when it drops on October 16, 2020.
    The pudding’s yellow colour is inspired by Zenitsu’s fiery yellow hair. Zenitsu himself likes sweet foods too, making this the perfect collaboration. It’s a simple and classic Japanese purin made with eggs and milk.

    The pudding also comes with a free seal featuring an illustration of Zenitsu when he uses his Thunder Breathing technique.

    This is a limited edition product and so is available while supplies last.  Lawson Store 100 is also holding a campaign for fans to win original and exclusive Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba merchandise too including a tapestry, acrylic phone stand, and more.

     

    ©Koyoharu Gotouge / Shueisha・Aniplex・ufotable

  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Collaborates With Baby Star Ramen Noodle Snack

    26.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Oyatsu Company has teamed up with the popular TV anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba to release limited-edition packaging of its popular Baby Star Ramen dried noodle snack. The product released on May 25, 2020 in Japan.

    Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

    Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a manga series written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotōge which follows Tanjiro Kamado who becomes a demon slayer after his family is killed and his younger sister Nezuko turns into a demon. It was serialised in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 2016 and recently concluded with its 20th volume on May 18, 2020. It has shipped 60 million copies. The upcoming anime film Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train will continue the story of the anime series’s first season when it drops on October 16, 2020.

     

    Baby Star x Demon Slayer

    The collaboration will be for the ume kombu onigiri (plum kelp rice ball) flavour of the popular Baby Star snack, which just so happens to be a favourite of Demon Slayer‘s main character Tanjiro. You get the refreshing taste of the plum and the delicious flavour of the kombu.

    There are four packaging designs to find as pictured above, each featuring familiar faces from the anime series.

     

    A campaign is also being held for 400 fans to win an original Demon Slayer A2 poster. Each pack of the snack features an application mark on the back which they can use to sign up. This is being held in Japan only. Full details can be found on the campaign website.

     

    ©Koyoharu Gotouge / Shueisha・Aniplex・ufotable

  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Ballpoint Pens Released by BIC

    16.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    A new series of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ballpoint pens were released as part of BIC’s “Click Gold Ballpoint Pen” series on ARMA BIANCA on May 10, 2020.


    The pen series is known for its luxurious-looking gold clip and ring. There are 13 pens in the Demon Slayer collection each based on a different character from the popular series. The pens are a compact size and have a thin body.

     

    Show your support for Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba in all weathers with one of these pens.

  • Demon Slayer Miniature Character Merchandise Released by SPINNS

    29.April.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Japanese apparel brand SPINNS, which operates 38 stores in Japan, has released a new collection of merchandise for Weekly Shonen Jump’s hugely popular manga series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.

    Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Badges: ¥418-¥550


    Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Shirt: ¥4,180 / Pouch: ¥1,320

    The line-up features a collection of tiny items to support your favourite characters from the show, from pin badges to key rings, stickers, and more.

    Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Key Rings: ¥748-¥880 

    Many of the items in the collection feature the Demon Slayer characters in superdeformed mode. The items are small enough so that even the less hardcore fans can show their support for their favourite characters without being too flashy.

  • Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Anime Film Promotional Video and Key Visual Released

    14.April.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train is an upcoming anime film set for release on October 16, 2020. The film is a direct sequel to the 2019 anime series adapted from Koyoharu Gotouge’s manga series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. The first promotional trailer and key visual for the film have finally been unveiled.

     

    The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has sold over 40 million copies. Along with its highly successful anime adaptation from last year, the series has won the anime community the world over, earning a high reputation for its thrilling fight scenes and memorable characters. The film was announced at the end of the anime’s final episode, teasing the “Mugen Train” arc of the story.

     

    Check out the new promotional trailer below.

    The film picks up where the anime series left off and adapts the Mugen (“Infinite”) Train arc from the manga. Aniplex of America posted an English-subbed version of the trailer above. ufotable is returning to animate the film.

    The new key visual released also showcases the main characters set to return for the Mugen Train arc, with the voice actors from the anime series reprising their roles. Let’s all prepare to sink into the endless dream.

     

    ©Koyoharu Gotouge/Shueisha・Aniplex・ufotable

  • Demon Slayer Styling Color Wax Styles Your Hair Like the Anime Characters

    25.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    Bandai has teamed up with cosmetics company Vina to co-develop a new line of hair styling color waxes inspired by the characters from the hit anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. They will be released in Japan on March 30, 2020 – see the Information selection below to see where you can get your hands on them.

    The anime community erupted when Demon Slayer aired last year, a series praised all around for its story, visuals, and even the characters’ fashion. The latter proved especially popular with women in Japan who flocked to hair salons to get their hair styled like the characters in the series.

     

    This has now been made even easier for fans of the anime series with the release of seven hair styling color waxes inspired by seven popular characters from the show. No water or shampoo is needed, and neither is commitment as these waxes can be washed out on the same day.

    The colors make even the darkest hair styles stand out bright.

    A sequel film, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train, is set to release sometime this year. So get yourself some styling color wax and cosplay your favourite character from the best-selling series.

     

    ©Koyoharu Gotouge/Shueisha・Aniplex・ufotable

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