Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is having a strong year upon the success of the animated film Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train and the upcoming second season airing later in 2021; the merchandising hype train for Koyoharu Gotoge’s manga-adapted series is picking up steam.
Bandai has teamed up with Element Skateboards to bring decks and apparel decorated with artwork of the main cast featuring Tanjiro Kamado, Nezuko Kamado, Inosuke Hashibira, and Zenitsu Agatsuma, as well as the nine Hashira of the Demon Slayer Corps.
The decks range in size from 7.75″ to 8.125″ and are offered individually or as completes (fully assembled with grip tape, trucks and wheels) at ¥13,750 JPY and ¥19,580 JPY, respectively (that’s approximately $158.76 CAD and $226.08 CAD). Too expensive? Snag one of six t-shirts with varying designs, in youth or adult sizes, running small through extra-large, for ¥ 5,170 JPY (about $59.69 CAD) instead.
Sales are only offered in Japan as this collection isn’t available on Element’s North American site.
In Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, teenage Tanjiro Kamado and his sister Nezuko survive the slaughter of their family at the hands of demon Muzan Kibutsuji. Vowing take to revenge and return Nezuko to her human form, Tanjiro joins the Demon Slayer Corps in partnership with the panicky Zenitsu Agatsuma and the boar-masked Inosuke Hashibira, in a quest to hunt down and defeat Muzan once and for all.
Japan has seen a rise in skateboarding, especially with the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics that concluded last month. During the two-week long sporting event, with Yuto Horigome grabbing gold in Men’s Street, followed by Momiji Nishiya claiming gold and Funa Nakayama taking bronze in Women’s Street. The Japanese also dominated in Women’s Park with Sakura Yosozumi and Kokona Hiraki winning the gold and silver medals, respectively.
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