Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (Kimetsu no Yaiba) is a 2019 television anime series based on Koyoharu Gotōge’s manga of the same name. It was adapted by studio Ufotable with director Haruo Sotozaki and publisher Aniplex. The series first broadcast in Japan on April 2019 as part of the Spring season.
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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.
A sorrowful tale of siblings in which the fates of humans and demons intertwine…begins now!”Plot Synopsis via Anime Limited, August 2021.
Even after seven months, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is still on everyone’s minds. The theatrical film Mugen Train recently released in theaters and digital platforms, while a second season is airing this Autumn 2021. All thanks to that one viral episode that made the series popular in all honesty.
As mentioned in my Part 1 unboxing, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a shonen series that serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump which covers One Piece, Black Clover, My Hero Academia, Jujutsu Kaisen and Chainsaw Man. I enjoyed watching the anime adaptation and look forward to its second season, though I have yet to watch Mugen Train because there’s currently no home video release in the UK as of yet (which is unfortunately going to be distributed by Funimation rather than Anime Limited).
Aniplex of America have the English-speaking rights for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba franchise and it’s surprising that they still do considering Funimation over-promotes the series a ton here and there. In North America, the series was given the unique treatment in which Aniplex of America releases it first as a limited edition followed by Funimation offering a standard edition. The discs were almost the same as the on-disc bonus features are stripped from the Funimation release but both editions were using geo-locked discs (which works the same way that Sentai does it).
For Anime Limited, they were able to acquire the home video rights for the UK & Ireland and release the series in two parts using their traditional collector’s edition layout. The first part was released back in December 2020 while the second part is now finally here.
Collector’s Edition Contents:
Anime Limited loves providing collector’s edition releases for their catalogue and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is one of those getting the best looking package whenever possible.
This release is very similar to Part 1’s package. The biggest difference is that there’s also an outer rigid box that will house both collector’s edition parts together for the shelf which is great and it’s artwork is based on the Aniplex of America Box Set 1 look which is pretty cool to see.
For the rest of the package, it’s presented with a rigid box containing an Amaray case to house the Blu-ray discs. The box also comes with a 20-page booklet and 5 art cards which are pretty much the same contents included in the Aniplex of America release. The artwork used throughout the set is a mix of artwork from the Aniplex release but also others that Anime Limited was able to get access to.
Like Part 1, we also don’t get access to the original soundtrack CD, but in this instance I’m not that bothered because Aniplex in recent years has re-released music as a standalone product in Japan, especially with Yuki Kajiura’s composed soundtracks as seen with Fate and Madoka Magica. The music in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is technically composed between Yuki Kajiura and Go Shiina (GOD EATER, numerous Tales of projects) but even so, the series is super popular so it honestly would not surprise me if it happens in the next few years.
The artwork is free of any information or BBFC content and the info o-card covers the information and specification like previous Anime Limited releases. The collector’s edition Blu-ray apparently has way more units than the usual 1000 due to demand (so it’s probably 2000) for an SRP of £79.99 (the higher price is due to Aniplex). This is also a Blu-ray only release and is expected to receive a standard edition over time if Aniplex allows one.
I pre-ordered the series via Anime Limited’s store during its early bird week for £34.99 plus the 10% store discount from Screen Anime (which is now replaced by the (Un)Limited membership).
- Outer Rigid Box to house both Collector’s Edition Part releases
- Rigid Box with Amaray packaging and clean artwork
- Info o-card for specification and BBFC description
- 20-page Booklet
- 5 Art Cards
Distributor: Anime Limited
Released: 16th August 2021
Part 2 of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba contains episodes 14 to 26 of the show’s first season across three Blu-ray discs. These discs are authored and encoded from the Aniplex of America release, which means the on-disc bonus features are also included as well.
The audio options available for the series include Japanese with English subtitles and the Bang Zoom! English dub commissioned by Aniplex of America. The white subtitles are unlockable during playback, and the regions are locked to B for Blu-ray.
|Audio||English Linear PCM 2.0|
Japanese Linear PCM 2.0
|Video||1080p High Definition Native format|
16:9 aspect ratio
|Discs||1 BD-50, 2 BD-25|
Blu-ray On-Disc Extra Features:
- Trailers (Teasers #1, #2 & #3)
- Commercials #1, #2 & #3
- Demon Trailers #1, #2 & #3
- Hashira Trailer
- Character Trailers (Zenitsu Agatsuma, Inosuke Hashibira)
- Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train Teaser
- Retail Release English Dub Trailer
- Episode 19 “Hinokami” Textless Ending
- Episode 19 Audio Commentary with English Cast: Johnny Yong Bosch (Giyu Tomioka), Erika Harlacher (Shinobu Kocho)
- Episode 23 “Hashira Meeting” Textless Opening
- Episode 26 Audio Commentary with Japanese Cast: Natsuki Hanae (Tanjiro Kamado), Akari Kito (Nezuko Kamado), Hiro Shimono (Zenitsu Agatsuma), Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Inosuke Hashibira)
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