KEY POINTS

  • The U.S. theatrical release of "Demon Slayer: Mugen Train" was scheduled for April 23
  • The movie ranked second after "Mortal Kombat" with $15.9 million sales
  • "Demon Slayer: Mugen Train" is currently the best-selling film of all time in Japan

Both the English subbed and dubbed versions of the full anime movie "Demon Slayer: Mugen Train" have been made available on the PlayStation Store for several hours on April 27, ahead of its official digital release on the platform.

"Demon Slayer: Mugen Train" was scheduled for a North American theatrical release on April 23. The English digital release was scheduled for June 22, while the DVD and Blu-Ray versions with English subs were set in the next few days. Many fans were surprised when they discovered that the hit anime movie is available on the PlayStation Network (PSN) store on April 27 for $12.99 or $9.99 for the SD version.

It began in the U.S. and fans initially thought it was just an error on the part of PSN. However, when they tried to make the purchase, it surprisingly went through. The successful transaction was obviously shared on various sites, communities and anime fora. The movie stayed on the online store for a few hours before it was taken down from the store and removed from subscribers' library.

Demon Slayer Season 2 Demon Slayer Season 2 official trailer Photo: アニプレックス ANiplex Official YouTube Channel

Those who were able to purchase, however, got to keep their copy of "Demon Slayer: Mugen Train." For the uninitiated wondering how the hit anime movie ended up on the PSN, the anime's production company is Aniplex, which is owned by Sony. As such, some anime series and movies are available digitally on Sony's digital store. This has been a practice since the time of PlayStation 3.

"Demon Slayer: Mugen Train'' is not yet available on PSN Japan despite being released in the country in October 2020. The accidental listing of the movie in the digital store made a big wave to anime fans and introduced the highly anticipated anime flick to a bigger audience. Meanwhile, its theatrical U.S. release is very successful. The movie came in second to "Mortal Kombat" with a staggering $15.9 million haul.

The anime's first season is streaming through Crunchyroll and Funimation. It is also available on Netflix in various regions. Aniplex and Studio Ufotable announced a sequel to "Demon Slayer: Mugen Train," a new "Kimetsu no Yaiba" anime series featuring the Red Light District. It is currently in the works and will be released sometime in the late part of this year.