World News – CA – ‘Demon Slayer’ movie draws rabid fans for 7 hours start: The Asahi Shimbun


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Many people line up to buy limited-edition products at Toho Cinemas Shinjuku in the early morning hours of October 16 on the opening day of « Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train » « It is scheduled to show 42 times at the cineplex that day (Tsubasa Setoguchi)

Company employee Akira Sakurai got up early for the 7 am opening screening on October 16 of “Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train,” which created a huge buzz on social media sites

On opening day, some theaters are scheduled to show the anime, directed by Haruo Sotozaki, up to 40 times Many die-hard fans such as Sakurai, 32, came to see him early in the morning at Toho Cinemas Shinjuku

Sakurai is having staggered commute times due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, which allows her to start her day at the movies

« I can go to work with enough time even after watching the two hour movie, » he said « But (honestly) I just want to see it ASAP »

About 100 people gathered outside the theater before it opened at 6 a.m. Shortly after opening, many people lined up to buy limited edition merchandise inside The theater staff restricted the ‘entrance to relieve congestion and led customers to take turns passing through the doors

« The anime has a classic story to describe life, death, and fate, and has a new worldview, like demons, or ‘oni’, who have different types of abilities and stories. » , he said « These things fascinate me »

The film is slated to air 42 times on 11 screens at Toho Cinemas Shinjuku, including late-night shows

According to an official from Toho Cinemas Shinjuku, around 8,000 people are expected to pack the cineplex on October 16, with most moviegoers seeing the anime

According to booking sites for other cinemas, the film is set to air 39 times at Shinjuku Wald 9 and 36 times at Nakagawa Korona Cinema World in Nagoya on opening day

People expressed surprise on SNS for the many screenings, and a poster said the screening schedule was like a « schedule for trains and buses »

The original artwork of « Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba » is a manga by cartoonist Koyoharu Gotoge The manga has been featured in the weekly comic book anthology Shonen Jump

The manga gained enormous popularity after being adapted into an animated television series, and the comic book series has over 100 million copies printed, including digital editions.

The film adaptation is also getting a lot of attention.The Aeon Cinema website started accepting ticket reservations on October 13, but the site has become difficult to access due to heavy traffic

Toho Cinemas Ltd will sell tickets for all seats in its theaters across the country by October 18 on condition that the public is prohibited from consuming food during screenings as a safety measure against the novel coronavirus

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The government significantly relaxed restrictions on audience size from September 19, but the company limited the number of tickets available on a voluntary basis

It sold tickets for all seats at some of its theaters, like Tokyo and Osaka, on October 10 and 11, but this is the first time Toho Cinemas has done so for all of its theaters

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