Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Takes Over New York City’s Times Square Ahead of Swordsmith Village Arc Finale

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Crunchyroll and Aniplex of America announced that Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba will take over New York City’s Times Square with numerous visuals from the anime series. The event will take place on June 17, 2023 from 9:00 PM EST until 10:00 PM EST. 

The event is being done in support of the upcoming hour long Swordsmith Village Arc finale on June 18, 2023. 

The Swordsmith Village Arc is the third overall season of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and first premiered on April 9, 2023. The first and second season aired in 2019 and 2021, respectively. An anime film adapting the “Mugen Train” story arc was released on October 16, 2020. 

Meanwhile, the anime voice cast includes Natsuki Hanae as Tanjiro Kamado, Akari Kitou as Nezuko Kamado, Hiro Shimono as Zenitsu Agatsuma, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Inosuke Hashibira, Kengo Kawanishi as the Mist Hashira Muichiro Tokito, and Kana Hanazawa as the Love Hashira Mitsuri Kanroji.

The returning production staff for the anime includes Haruo Sotozaki as director, Akira Matsushima as character designer/chief animation director, Kouji Etou as art director, Yuuichi Terao as photography director, and Yuuko Oomae as color designer. Ufotable is in charge of the animation production for the series. 

The anime is based on the manga by Koyoharu Gotouge, which ran in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from February 15, 2016 to May 18, 2020. A total of 23 tankoubon volumes were released. Viz Media released the manga in English for North America. 

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Crunchyroll is currently streaming all seasons of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. The official English website describes the series as: 

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.

Source: press release

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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