Title: Demon Slayer the movie: Mugen Train
Release Date: April 23, 2021 (North America, English Dub), October 16, 2020 (Initial Release, Japan)
Director: Haruo Sotozaki
Based On: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime Series Released in 2019
One of the most anticipated Anime movies of all time finally came with raging flames. Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train has left all of us in tears of excitement, rage, and sorrow. On 23rd April, the entire States followed by the rest of the world, felt the heat of those red-crimson flames drawn out by the sword of Flame Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku. With the Indomitable Titles like The Highest Grossing Movie of the World in 2020 (Animation), Best Opening for an Animation non-English Movie in the US, and The Fastest Movie to Reach ¥10 billion in Japanese Box-Office History, Demon Slayer is on the path to be counted among the legendary movies of all times.
We can’t go on talking about the records created and broken by this movie since there are so many. What we are going to do is, give you a clear idea of what was so great about it and where it left us a bit disappointed. So let’s get right into it, The Review of Demon Slayer The Movie.
The Successive Storyline & Unwavering Spirit of Tanjiro Kamado
First of all, if you are new to the Demon Slayer realm and planning to watch the movie just on our recommendation, Don’t do that. You have to watch the complete Anime series first. It’s non-negotiable; otherwise, you won’t be able to understand the movie at all. Secondly, if you haven’t watched the movie yet, I’d recommend not to proceed any further than here.
The movie continues from where the Anime series left us. Tanjiro, along with her demon sister, Inosuke and Zenitsu, left us boarding the Mugen/Infinity Train at the end of the series. The movie’s story calmly takes us to the same mood and setting, with a streamlined and fascinating plot.
As expected, We got to see some more of Inosuke but a bit less of Zenitsu. The whole plot revolves around the open leadership of Rengoku, The Flame Hashira, and Tanjiro. Though it was just an hour and 57 minutes of Slaying, the Director Haruo Sotozaki successfully managed to explore the backstory of Rengoku, who came out as the lead character in the movie. That’s to say, Rengoku ingrained himself as an upright and powerful leader who’s hoping to one day make his former Hashira father proud.
Moreover, Tanjiro is as lively and good of heart as always. His highly admired ability to balance between ‘pragmatic and good morals’ is as always driven by his strong commitment to getting her sister back into human form. Also, the storyline does not hold back. I mean, we expected to see some lower demon in the movie, and we did, with a big unexpected entry of Upper-level demon. How the Mugen Train gets turned into the insides of the demon was very creative as well.
Stunning Animation with Graceful Yet Fearsome Techniques
Once again, the breathtaking animation, the blue-white water dragon, and crimson-red flames rendered behind the swords of Tanjiro and Rengoku take us on the edge. Everyone was waiting in awe to see some grand techniques of an Hashira, the strongest one at that.
That’s to let you know that it’s not only Hashira’s who are crazy skilled in Martial Arts and Sword Fighting. It was fascinating to think that the Upper Three quite eagerly wanted Rengoku to join him as a demon. However, the sudden appearance of Upper Three could have been a little more connected to the story.
The enraging curiosity of Tanjiro to know more about Hinokami Kagura, out of the blue attempt of Upper Three to kill Tanjiro, and acceptance of Rengoku towards Nezuko was some of the complex-binding moments of the movie. The creativity with how the Lower Demon manifests itself is exhilarating. The way Rengoku handles the situation quickly shows the immense power between a Hashira and a Mizunoto ranks.
So what we missed and felt disappointed about…
Despite all the power punch and thrilling slashes by Nichrin Sword, Demon Slayer does disappoint on certain expectations. At the very least, we really wanted to see more of Tanjiro’s newfound Fire Breathing Technique. That means his father must have known about demons and their existence. We, however, did get to receive some glimpses of Hinokami Kagura at the end.
The entry of the Upper Moon was completely out of the blue. There was no context, no pretext, and no intro for him. Also, it was a little disappointing that the most powerful Hashira of them all, Rengoku was almost defeated by an Upper Moon. We really wished to see some more of Rengoku and Tanjiro, exploring the secrets of fire breathing techniques.
Nonetheless, it was after all, a 2-hour movie. We can’t really expect them to fill everything related to the characters. Moreover, Season 2 of Demon Slayer has been announced, and it’s going to feature some more Hashira material for us. I’m sure you all must be cheering for Giyu Tomiyoka, the Water Hashira. There are some possibilities to see Muzan Kibutsuji and his incredible powers in the coming season.
Just sit tight and keep your eyes on our updates and features. There’s a lot more where this comes from.
Also, be bold to tell us what do you think about Demon Slayer Mugen Train itself…
Does it deserve all the praises it’s receiving? Let us know in the comment section.
- Dazzling Visual Animation
- Engaging Storyline and screenplay
- New characters explored with a plot for next season
- Meets the hype and excitement
- Failed to explore certain key concepts/ techniques.
- The sudden entry of a major villain, element of surprise indeed but without any base.