The upcoming television anime Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Katanakaji no Sato-Hen) rated first in its first weekend of theatrical showings. In its first three days in Japan, the movie sold 813,000 tickets and made 1,158,765,410 yen, or nearly $8.75 million.
On February 3, the first showings began at 418 theaters throughout Japan. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc episodes 10 and 11, as well as the debut episode of the Swordsmith Village Arc, are included in the screenings. Over 95 nations and territories will host screenings of the films. Muse Asia will theatrically release the episodes in Singapore and Malaysia on February 18–19. In April, a one-hour special of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc will air on television. The primary crew, the animation studio Ufotable, character designer, chief animation director Akira Matsushima, and director Haruo Sotozaki are all back for the new arc.
The First Slam Dunk, the new anime adaptation of Takehiko Inoue’s Slam Dunk basketball manga, on the other hand, sold 193,000 tickets and made 287,971,190 yen (about $2.17 million) from Friday to Sunday, falling from #2 to #3 for its 10th weekend. 6.82 million tickets have been sold for the movie, bringing in a total of 9,947,765,280 yen, or roughly $75.11 million. In Japan, the movie is currently the 43rd-highest-earning movie of all time.
In its first weekend, the movie came in at number one. Over the course of its first weekend, the film sold 847,000 tickets and brought in 1,295,808,780 yen (about $9.50 million). The movie premiered on December 3 in Japan. The film will be screened in IMAX in 40 theaters around Japan and Dolby Atmos in 34 cinemas.
At Toei Animation, Inoue himself created the storyline and directed the movie. Character designer and animation director Yasuyuki Ebara (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress) is listed among the staff members, along with technical directors Katsuhiko Kitada (Attack on Titan episodes, Major: Yj no Winning Shot), Naoki Miyahara (Digimon Adventure, Popin Q), Toshio Hashi (LayereD Stories 0), and Y Kamatani (Looking for Magical DoReMi, Precure Super Stars!).
The CG was produced by Yuta Ogura, with direction from Daiki Nakazawa, and Kazuo Ogura oversaw the artwork. Meanwhile, Yota Tsuruoka and Koji Kasamatsu directed the sound.
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