“Demon Slayer: The Movie: Mugen Train,” Japan’s most successful movie to date with a gross of 32.47 billion yen ($312 million) as of December 2020, is one of the few animated films that has been submitted for the 93rd Academy Awards in February.
The 2020 anime movie will join other well-known titles being considered for the Best Animated Feature category at the Oscars, including the 2020 Pixar film “Onward,” Netflix’s “Over the Moon” and Studio Ghibli’s “Earwig and the Witch,” according to The Wrap.
“Demon Slayer,” an anime series and manga, has been well-received by many fans. The title was voted as the second most popular manga of all time in the TV Asahi survey behind “One Piece.”
The “Mugen Train” movie broke multiple records when it premiered last year. It became Japan’s most successful film, overtaking Studio Ghibli’s 2001 movie “Spirited Away” at the box office when it made $305 million, according to Variety. The movie follows a Japanese boy seeking revenge on demons that killed his family.
Results of the nomination will not be revealed until March 25, Geek Culture reported. If “Demon Slayer: The Movie: Mugen Train” passes through the voting process, it would become the sixth anime film to receive a nomination in two years, the latest one being Studio Chizu’s anime film “Mirai.”
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