Thu. May 13th, 2021

An anime epic in which a teenager hunts down and beheads demons has become the surprise sensation of Japanese cinema during the pandemic, and could soon be the country’s top-grossing film of all time.

“Demon Slayer”, a full-length flick based on the hit manga series is threatening to dethrone Studio Ghibli’s “Spirited Away”, the fantastical 2001 tale that won an Oscar for best animated feature.

The story of Tanjiro, whose life transforms when his family are killed in a demon attack, has taken 30.3 billion yen ($290 million) at cinemas since its October release.

At one recent screening in Tokyo, a group of female friends told AFP they had come to see the film because “it’s a hot topic” in Japan.

Drawing long lines around the country, “Demon Slayer” has dispatched “Titanic” from the number two spot and looked on track to beat Hayao Miyazaki’s classic by Christmas.

“This movie is a big hit because the animation is very unique and beautiful. It’s very creative,” he said.

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