The official website for the anime of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Sunday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "Gurenge" (Red Lotus) by LiSA. (Note: The YouTube video on the website is region-locked to Japan. The official Twitter account posted a region-free version, embedded below.)
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The show stars:
- Natsuki Hanae as Tanjirō Kamado
- Akari Kitō as Nezuko Kamado
- Hiro Shimono as Zenitsu Agatsuma
- Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Inosuke Hashibira
- Takahiro Sakurai as Giyū Tomioka
- Houchu Ohtsuka as Sakonji Urokodaki
- Yuuki Kaji as Sabito
- Ai Kakuma as Makomo
- Nobuhiko Okamoto as Genya
- Toshiyuki Morikawa as Kagaya Ubuyashiki
- Shiori Izawa as Guide (White-Haired)
- Aoi Yūki as Guide (Black-Haired)
- Daisuke Namikawa as Haganezuka
- Takumi Yamazaki as Kasugaigarasu
- Hikaru Midorikawa as Odō no Oni
- Takehito Koyasu as Teoni
Viz Media is publishing the manga digitally and in print, and it describes the story:
Since ancient times, rumors have abounded of man-eating demons lurking in the woods. Because of this, the local townsfolk never venture outside at night. Legend has it that a Demon Slayer also roams the night, hunting down these bloodthirsty demons. For young Tanjiro, these rumors will soon to become his harsh reality…
Ever since the death of his father, Tanjiro has taken it upon himself to support his family. Although their lives may be hardened by tragedy, they've found happiness. But that ephemeral warmth is shattered one day when Tanjiro finds his family slaughtered and the lone survivor, his sister Nezuko, turned into a demon. To his surprise, however, Nezuko still shows signs of human emotion and thought… Thus begins Tanjiro's request to fight demons and turn his sister human again.
Haruo Sotozaki (Tales of Zestiria the X, Tales of Symphonia the Animation) is directing the anime at ufotable (Fate/Zero, Kara no Kyoukai, Katsugeki: Touken Ranbu). ufotable is also credited for the scripts. Akira Matsushima (Maria Watches Over Us, Tales of Zestiria the X) is the character designer, with Miyuki Sato, Yōko Kajiyama, and Mika Kikuchi serving as sub-character designers. Yuki Kajiura (Sword Art Online, Fate/Zero, Madoka Magica) and Gō Shiina (Tales of Zestiria the X, Juni Taisen: Zodiac War, God Eater) are composing the music. Hikaru Kondo is producing the series.
The theatrical version of the first five episodes of the television anime is titled Kimetsu no Yaiba: Kyōdai no Kizuna (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba: The Bonds of Siblings). This version will screen in 11 theaters in Japan for two weeks starting on March 29. Aniplex of America will then host the United States premiere of the theatrical version at the Aratani Theatre in Los Angeles on March 31 at 3:00 p.m. PDT.