Aniplex of America to Host DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA Special Premiere At the Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo
Aniplex of America is proud to present the U.S. premiere of the highly anticipated new series DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA (鬼滅の刃, Kimetsu no Yaiba, 2019) at the Aratani Theatre in the historic Little Tokyo neighborhood of Los Angeles. Attendees will be the first in the U.S. to experience this thrilling new series produced by ufotable (FATE/STAY NIGHT [HEAVEN’S FEEL] trilogy, FATE/ZERO) set to premiere in April. The premiere event will be held on Sunday March 31, 2019 at 3 PM (PDT) and will feature a theatrical feature-length animation along with a special giveaway for those who attend. Tickets are priced at $10 each and will be available starting Friday, March 8th at DemonSlayerPremiere.
DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA is based on a popular manga by Koyoharu Gotoge and serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. This melancholy tale of humans and demons has captivated readers with over 3 million copies in print, quickly becoming a mainstay of the shonen manga genre. The story takes place during the tumultuous Taisho period (1912 to 1926) when two siblings must survive after their family is viciously slaughtered by demons.
The series stars Natsuki Hanae (Your lie in April, FATE/APOCRYPHA) and Akari Kito (BLEND-S, RECORD OF GANCREST 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.
Veteran anime producer Hikaru Kondo (FATE/STAY NIGHT [UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS], GARDEN OF SINNERS) serves as animation producer with Haruo Sotozaki (INITIAL D: THIRD STAGE, NARUTO: KONOHA SPORTS FESTIVAL) as the director and 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.
Event Name: DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA Special Premiere
Location: Aratani Theatre – 244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Date & Time: Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 3 PM (PDT)
Ticket Price: $10 – General Admission
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.
For more information on DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA, please visit the official website.
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
Tanjiro Kamado: Natsuki Hanae
Nezuko Kamado: Akari Kito
Zenitsu Agatsuma: Hiro Shimono
Inosuke Hashibira: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
Giyu Tomioka: Takahiro Sakurai
About Aniplex of America Inc.
Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan), a group of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and a leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex of America has launched fan-favorite Blu-ray and DVD releases including FATE/STAY NIGHT [UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS], FATE/ZERO, the SWORD ART ONLINE series, YOUR LIE IN APRIL, KILL LA KILL, BAKEMONOGATARI, PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA, BLUE EXORCIST, NISEKOI, the OREIMO series, DURARARA!!×2, MAGI series, EXPELLED FROM PARADISE, The irregular at magic high school, and ALDNOAH.ZERO. The company’s ever-growing line-up of shows include: MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION, BLUE EXORCIST: KYOTO SAGA, ERASED, THE ASTERISK WAR, OWARIMONOGATARI, KIZUMONOGATARI, CHARLOTTE, OCCULTIC;NINE, WWW.WAGNARIA!!, GRANBLUE FANTASY, EROMANGA SENSEI, KATSUGEKI TOUKEN RANBU, BLEND-S, SLOW START and RECORD OF GRANCREST WAR. In June 2017, the company launched the English version of mobile game, FATE/GRAND ORDER, which has exceeded four million downloads.