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Demon Slayer: Mugen Train To Be Shown As TV Episodes

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Most anime adaptions of hit manga save the direct storylines for weekly episodes and make up a barely canon plotline for any feature films. Demon Slayer decided to handle it differently…an entire arc of the manga was adapted for their first movie, Mugen Train, making it required viewing for anyone following the show.

Did the gamble pay off? And then some. Demon Slayer: Mugen Train raked in over $300 million in Japan, and when it showed up in the US earlier this year, it grossed an additional $49 million. Now that it’s made the rounds from theaters to streaming to Blu-Ray (look for the disc December 21), what’s left? Believe it or not, Funimation just announced Mugen Train will be carved up into seven episodes and folded into the anime’s run as its own mini-season.

It’s a surprising choice — ordinarily this type of move is made when an anime movie underperforms. Though the Mugen Train arc is part of the canon and some viewers might not have seen it, plenty of them did. If you’re one of them and you’re feeling annoyed about the prospect of sitting through reruns, the actual second season of Demon Slayer will be premiering right afterward, starting in December. Also, there will be a little bit of new bonus content bridging the arcs.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc is a seven-episode arc that adapts the popular film with an original episode, 70 news scenes, new music tracks, new open and ending animation, episode previews and new theme songs.  It will all connect the Tanjiro Kamado, Unwavering Resolve Arc with the Entertainment District Arc, featuring a never-before-seen original episode of Kyojuro Rengoku taking on a new mission on the way to the Mugen Train. LiSA returns to sing the theme songs for the series, with the opening theme “Akeboshi” and ending with the theme “Shirogane.”

Does this also mean, in a roundabout way, Toonami could be running Mugen Train soon? We haven’t heard anything about Demon Slayer returning to the lineup, but given that the block has usually managed to hold onto future seasons of hit shows (except for Boruto) we feel it’s likely. We’ll see.

The first “episode” of Demon Slayer’s Mugen Train arc will appear October 10 on all streaming services the anime is available on, with the other six appearing on a weekly basis. The first episode of Demon Slayer Season 2 Proper will appear December 5.