Today, I finished watching Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen train, and I am still in awe. While still hot-headed, I will try to express my initial thoughts about it in this review.
TL;DR: Masterfully done, Mugen train sets a bar high for its competitors. With superb animation, brilliant sound effects, and a decent story, Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train is a movie you do not want to miss!
“After a string of mysterious disappearances begin to plague a train, the Demon Slayer Corps’ multiple attempts to remedy the problem prove fruitless. To prevent further casualties, the flame pillar, Kyoujurou Rengoku, takes it upon himself to eliminate the threat. Accompanying him are some of the Corps’ most promising new blood: Tanjirou Kamado, Zenitsu Agatsuma, and Inosuke Hashibira, who all hope to witness the fiery feats of this model demon slayer firsthand.
Unbeknownst to them, the demonic forces responsible for the disappearances have already put their sinister plan in motion. Under this demonic presence, the group must muster every ounce of their willpower and draw their swords to save all two hundred passengers onboard. Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie: Mugen Ressha-hen delves into the deepest corners of Tanjirou’s mind, putting his resolve and commitment to duty to the test.”
Characters and Writing (3/5):
The main problem with writing is manga. We can not expect something jaw-dropping when the original piece is not written in some spectacular manner either. Despite that, it does its job decently enough to not get in a way of amazingly done art, which is the strongest point of the show. Characters are well made, vividly colored, and are easily distinguished!
The real highlight of the story is the way they managed to introduce flame hashira Rengoku Kyoujurou and made us fell in love with him, almost instantly. He is an honorable warrior, who believes in the code of morals and principles that were instilled into him by his mother! What’s more, he is one of the most skilled Demon Slayers out there.
We learned nothing new about Tanjiro. Love for his family and a wish to have his sister Nezuko saved is still what drives him. Emotional and emphatic as ever, Tanjiro saw how much he has to grow to battle with the strongest demons.
What I found great, is that we did not see any plot armor for protagonist, and as I mentioned before, that he saw and realized how much he is yet to grow. Nezuko, Inosuke, and Zenitsu had a supporting role, with a few shining moments here and there.
The main antagonist was Enmu, a sadist whose sole purpose was to torture and kill people after emotionally wrecking them. He had the power to put people to sleep, where he would let them have unrealistic fantasies which turned into nightmares pretty quickly. Aside from his sadistic personality, there are not many layers to this character, which was not the case with previous bad guys we encountered in the anime.
Let me start this by expressing my appreciation for the voice-acting crew of this show. They nailed it! They acted their hearts out. It was a truly remarkable performance!
In addition, the sound effects were astonishing. One could feel the tension, and how the tide of the battle was shifting. Demon Slayer has one of the best-orchestrated soundtracks in an anime that I have ever seen.
LiSA and Yuki Kajiura made a theme song named “Homura”, and that is hands down one of the best songs you will hear this year!
Ufotable studio has outdone themselves. We knew that they are a top-tier studio, but this? This was otherworldly. A bigger budget certainly did help a bit, but it did pay out massively after all!
The animation was flawless, smooth as hell with superb CGI effects and great, what looked like 3D camera movements. The breathing techniques animation was breathtaking, and possibly one of the highlights of the show!
No matter what critics are saying, Mugen Train is an amazingly successful film, which broke box-office records and established itself worldwide as one of the most popular movies ever made. I highly recommend you to watch season 1 first, or otherwise, you could fail to connect some dots here and there.
Despite Demon Slayer the movie: Mugen Train having some minor flaws, and missing on some opportunities it had, it still delivers, and with stunning art, wonderful sound and amazing acting crew is a piece you don’t want to miss!