The Hochi Shimbun newspaper on Wednesday revealed that the Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train anime film has won the animation category in the newspaper's 45th Hochi Film Award.
In addition to the film, the other films (including non-Japanese animated films) nominated in the category include ON-GAKU: Our Sound, Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's New Dinosaur, Onward, Marona's Fantastic Tale, Violet Evergarden: The Movie, Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare, The Addams Family, Missing Link, and Stand By Me Doraemon 2.
Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train has sold a total of 20,532,177 tickets for 27,512,483,050 yen (about US$265 million) in 45 days as of November 29. The film has now eclipsed the total gross of James Cameron's Titanic (26.2 billion yen) to become the second highest-earning film of all time in Japan. Only Spirited Away (30.8 billion yen) now sits above it. Mugen Train already topped China's Legend of Deification as the highest-grossing animated film worldwide in 2020, and it overtook Dolittle as the #6 film worldwide in 2020.
The Hochi Film Awards started in 1976. It is in its 45th year this year. The Animation Film Awards have been established since 2017. So far, movies such as "Weathering with You", "Detective Conan Zero Enforcer", and "SING" had received the award.