Following its roaring box-office success, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train has been steadily accumulating awards in Japan. It has just won its most prestigious accolade yet: the animation of the year award at the 44th Japan Academy Film Prize, the country’s equivalent of the Oscars.
The film, which is the highest-grossing in Japanese history, also won best sound and the popularity award. In the animation category, it beat Violet Evergarden: The Movie, Poupelle of Chimney Town, Stand by Me Doraemon 2, and Josee, The Tiger and the Fish.
A follow-up to the Demon Slayer anime series, which is based in turn on the manga series of the same name, Mugen Train has grossed over $400 million worldwide. Aniplex of America and Funimation will release the feature theatrically in the U.S. and Canada on April 23; a new subtitled trailer was released last week (watch it at this link). The film qualified for this year’s Oscars but was not nominated.