Three new Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba TV specials have arrived on Funimation.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Sibling's Bond, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mt. Natagumo Arc and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba The Hashira Meeting Arc, serve as a recap of the anime's first season, preparing Japanese viewers for the 2020 film. The last special also contains new, never-before-seen footage focused on the demon-slaying organization Hashira.
These TV specials have previously only been available via Japanese broadcast. However, thanks to Funimation's partnership with Aniplex of America, the three specials will finally be broadcast to a global audience in time for Mugen Train's theatrical and digital North American release on April 23. Funimation will provide both a subtitled and dubbed version of the specials upon their release, with Portuguese and Spanish subtitles arriving at an undetermined later date. Currently, the three TV specials are available for streaming on Funimation in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Mexico and Brazil, and they will stream on AnimeLab in Australia and New Zealand.
Since the anime's debut in 2019, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba has become a cultural phenomenon. Whether through the manga or the anime, the story of aspiring demon-hunter Tanjiro's quest to avenge his family and cure his cursed sister Nezuko has resonated with a massive worldwide audience. Over 150 million volumes were sold during the manga's four-year run, solidifying the series as one of the bestselling manga of all time, and author Koyoharu Gotouge became the first mangaka to make Time's 100 Next list. Furthermore, the manga's critically praised anime adaptation has already been confirmed for a second season, titled Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba - Yūkaku-hen.
Although it has not yet had its international debut, the canonical film Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba The Movie: Mugen Train has already smashed several box office records. Mugen Train is the first Japanese film to ever gross over $400 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing Japanese film of all time, as well as the highest-grossing animated movie of 2020.