The story of the Mugen Train came to a close last year in the second season of Demon Slayer’s anime, following the story of the runaway locomotive helping the franchise net the honor of having the number one anime film ever, and it seems as though the arc is set to receive a live-action adaptation via a new stage play. This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen Tanjiro and his friends within the Demon Slayer Corps hit the stage in the past few years, but this certainly might be one of the biggest.
The news, and first image from the upcoming stage play, hit one of the recent issues of Weekly Shonen Jump, with the Mugen Train play hitting theaters in Japan, specifically Tokyo and Kyoto, in September and October of this year. Set to star in this play will be Rota Kobayashi and Hiroshi Yazaki as Tanjiro and Rengoku, both reprising their roles, though this definitely might be the final time that we see Yazaki considering how the events of the Mugen Train play out. Kenichi Suemitsu is set to write and direct the play, having worked on the Demon Slayer plays of the past and musician Shunsuke Wada will be putting together the soundtrack.
Demon Slayer: Mugen Train shattered records when it came to box office profits, quickly becoming the biggest anime film of all time and it doesn’t seem as though anything will be coming close to stealing its crown. The closest example to date is Jujutsu Kaisen 0, the prequel film that is also a supernatural Shonen series, which is set to become the number two anime film based on its opening weekend profits.
Fans in the West have unfortunately not been able to experience stage plays such as this one, with many anime franchise creating adaptations including the likes of My Hero Academia, Naruto, Beastars, and Yu Yu Hakusho to name a few. While North America has received live-action takes such as Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop, we would imagine that there are plenty of anime fans that would love the chance to dive into one of these plays in the future.
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