“Demon Slayer” was named Crunchyroll’s anime of the year in 2020, an award decided by both a judging panel and fan votes. It was praised for its ethereal animation, beautifully choreographed battle scenes, and the strength of its characters. Its success has only grown in the weeks leading up to the film’s release.
“Mugen Train” picks up just after the first season of “Demon Slayer.” On a train plagued by unexplained demon-related disappearances, Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke enter Kyojuro Rengoku, an elite slayer with the title of Flame Hashira. It’s not a stand-alone film, but rather a continuation of the main story that begins right after the first season of “Demon Slayer.” That makes it very unusual in terms of success: there’s a narrative hurdle to overcome in order to comprehend the film, but it’s required viewing for fans of the series, of which there are many.
“Mortal Kombat” and “Mugen Train” posted the highest American box office figures of the pandemic so far, according to Variety, citing Comscore. According to Variety, this is a positive sign for box office experts, as theaters continue to open with larger capacities.