Latest box-office figures show that "Demon Slayer," an anime based on a popular manga by Koyoharu Gotoge of the same name, is single-handedly propping up the country’s ailing film industry.

More than 17 million people have visited theaters nationwide in the past month to watch the film since it opened on Oct. 16, bringing in a cool ¥23.3 billion at the box office over that period.

Experts are even forecasting that "Demon Slayer — Kimetsu no Yaiba — The Movie: Mugen Train" may eventually replace Studio Ghibli's "Spirited Away" as the No.1 Japanese blockbuster of all time. In terms of success, the future couldn’t be brighter for the anime and its 10-year old protagonist Tanjiro Kamado.