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Japanese airline to fly ‘Demon Slayer’ themed aircraft

By Kara Santos Published Nov 18, 2021 11:31 am

Anime fans will soon be able to ride in style on the Demon Slayer Mugen Plane.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced that they will be flying a plane adorned with characters from the global hit anime series Demon Slayer starting late January 2022.

The special themed flight which will ply the domestic route is being done in collaboration with the hit anime Kimetsu no Yaiba, which is set to air its second season in early December, according to Kyodo News.

ANA Holdings Inc., the parent company of the Japanese airline said the special Demon Slayer-themed flight will also feature in-flight announcements with the characters’ voices and limited merchandise for passengers.

Images of Demon Slayer characters, including hero Tanjiro Kamado, will appear on a B-767, with a second aircraft bearing the Demon Slayer theme expected to operate sometime during fiscal 2021, which runs through March next year.

Starting Dec. 1, the airline will also launch a year-long campaign on all domestic flights providing children onboard with in-flight services, anime-inspired paper cups, and limited edition toys.

All 26 episodes of Demon Slayer, which tells the story of Kamado, an adolescent boy fighting human-eating demons while searching for a cure for his sister, who has turned into a demon, will also be screened on both international and domestic flights.

The flights will also broadcast songs each from the TV anime, original soundtrack and orchestra concert.

“We are excited to partner with Demon Slayer to generate excitement and share Japanese culture with a wider audience,” said Junko Yazawa, senior vice president of customer experience management and planning at ANA.

A film based on the Demon Slayer manga series became the highest-grossing film in Japan’s box-office history, dethroning Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away after its release in October 2020.

The manga series, which put out its 23rd and final volume in book form that year, has sold over 150 million copies.

The first season of the anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and the film Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Movie: Mugen Train are currently streaming on Netflix.