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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Landing on Crunchyroll, Hulu, and FunimationNow

Demon Slayer
©Koyoharu Gotoge / SHUEISHA, Aniplex, ufotable

“Whenever happiness is destroyed, there’s always the smell of blood.”

Aniplex of America proudly announced yesterday that Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba will be available on Hulu, Crunchyroll, and FunimationNow starting April 6, 2019. This highly anticipated new series produced by ufotable (Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] trilogy, Fate/Zero) is based on a popular manga by Koyoharu Gotoge, which quickly became a major hit in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine since it was first published in 2016 and currently boasts over 3 million copies in print. Set during the tumultuous Taisho period (1912 to 1926) in Japan, two siblings must learn to survive after their family is viciously slaughtered by demons. Aniplex of America recently hosted a special premiere event at the Aratani Theatre in Los Angeles on March 31, where lucky fans got to see the first five episodes of the series specially edited together as a feature-length film.

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Nezuko Kamado

The series stars Natsuki Hanae (Your lie in April, Fate/Aporcypha) and Akari Kito (BLEND-S, Record of Grancrest War) as siblings Tanjiro and Nezuko Kamado, alongside Hiro Shimono (Durarara!!x2, WWW.Working!!), Takahiro Sakurai (Cells at Work, Fate/Grand Order), and Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Sword Art Online, Eromanga Sensei) in supporting roles. Haruo Sotozaki (Initial D: Third Stage, Naruto: Konoha Sports Festival) serves as the director with Akira Matsushima (Maria Watches Over Us, Tales of Zestiria the X) handling the character design.

In addition to animation production, ufotable is also in charge of the screenplay with esteemed composers Go Shiina from God Eater and Today’s MENU for Emiya Family and Yuki Kajiura from Sword Art Online and Puella Magi Madoka Magica teaming up to create the music for the series. It was recently revealed that renowned anisong singer LiSA (Sword Art Online, Fate/Zero) sings the opening theme for the series titled “Gurenge.” I’m really excited about this news because her songs give us that classic 90’s feel.

Sword Strike

 

About Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba:

It is the Taisho Period in Japan. Tanjiro, a kindhearted boy who sells charcoal for a living, finds his family slaughtered by a demon. To make matters worse, his younger sister Nezuko, the sole survivor, has been transformed into a demon herself.

Though devastated by this grim reality, Tanjiro resolves to become a “demon slayer” so that he can turn his sister back into a human, and kill the demon that massacred his family.

Unsheath

 

Don’t sleep on this anime it may pan out to be one of the highest rated shows of Spring. How will it stand up against big shows like Attack on Titan, Fruits Basket, Ace of Diamond Act II, and The Rising of the Shield Hero?

For more information on Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, please visit the official website: http://www.demonslayer-anime.com/

STAFF:

Original Story: Koyoharu Gotoge (Weekly Shonen Jump / SHUEISHA)

Director: Haruo Sotozaki

Character Design: Akira Matsushima

Sub Character Design: Miyuki Sato, Yoko Kajiyama, Mika Kikuchi

Screenplay Production: ufotable

Conceptual Art: Koji Eto, Masaru Yanaka, Kasumi Takeuchi, Yuri Kabasawa

Directors of Photography: Yuichi Terao

3D Director: Kazuki Nishiwaki

Color Setting: Yuko Omae

Editing : Manabu Kamino

Music: Yuki Kajiura, Go Shiina

Animation Producer: Hikaru Kondo

Animation Production: ufotable

Opening Theme: “Gurenge” by LiSA

CAST:

Tanjiro Kamado: Natsuki Hanae

Nezuko Kamado: Akari Kito

Zenitsu Agatsuma: Hiro Shimono

Inosuke Hashibira: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka

Giyu Tomioka: Takahiro Sakurai

Sakonji Urokodaki: Hochu Otsuka

Sabito: Yuki Kaji

Makomo: Ai Kakuma

Genya: Nobuhiko Okamoto

Black-haired Guide: Aoi Yuki

White-haired Guide: Shiori Izawa

Haganezuka: Daisuke Namikawa

Kasugai Garasu: Takumi Yamazaki

Demon in the temple: Hikaru Midorikawa

Teoni: Takehito Koyasu

 

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