The Eiga Engeki Bunka Kyoukai announced the winners of the 40th Award Fujimoto. The production team for the film Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-hen, received the award in this edition year.
The Fujimoto Award, in honor of the producer of the Shachou and Wakadaishou series, Sanezumi Fujimoto, recognizes the achievements of film producers who have worked on popular and entertaining films. This year’s awards recognized films released between April 2020 and March 2021. The association’s committee stated:
The animated film, which started as a manga series in Koyoharu Gotouge’s Weekly Shonen Jump and peaked in popularity through anime broadcasts, has become a social phenomenon with its overwhelming visuals and music. Its captivating story that spanned generations, captivating the imagination of young and old, combined with Lisa’s powerful theme song, created a social phenomenon that resonated with almost 30 million viewers. The film was also a huge international success, breaking records in the United States.
The feature premiered in Japanese theaters on October 16, reaching the world’s biggest box office on its opening weekend. It is currently the highest-grossing film in Japanese history, and also the highest-grossing Japanese film globally.
Japan, it was Taisho. Tanjiro, a kind young man who makes living selling coal, finds out that his family has been slaughtered by a demon. To make matters worse, Nezuko, his youngest and only surviving sister, was also turned into a demon. Devastated by this grim reality, Tanjiro decides to become a demon slayer to turn his sister back to humans and to kill the demon that killed his family. A sad tale about two brothers, where the fates of humans and demons intertwine, begins now.
Koyoharu Gotouge’s manga has already inspired a television anime that debuted in April 2019. The main members of the anime series team are returning for the sequel. The TOHO and Aniplex are dealing with the distribution of the film. Haruo Sotozaki directed the anime at Ufotable was also credited for the scripts. Akira Matsushima was the character designer, with Miyuki Satou, Youko Kajiyama, and Mika Kikuchi serving as sub-character designers. Yuki Kajiura and Gou Shiina composed the song. Hikaru Kondo produced the series.
Finally, the manga debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in February 2016. The manga series is inspiring a new smartphone game titled Kimetsu no Yaiba: Keppuu Kengeki Royale as well as a separate action game for PlayStation 4, titled Kimetsu no Yaiba: Hinokami Keppuutan. In addition, the manga-inspired two novels and a play.