By Cassidy Reyna
The new anime film “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train” is an action-packed tear-jerker that fans will love. With a run time of two hours and an R-rating, the film takes place right after the events of season one of the anime series “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.” It follows the demon slayers, Tanjiro Kamado, Zenitsu Agatsuma, Inosuke Hashibira, and Nezuko Kamado, Tanjiro’s demon sister. They board the mugen train to team up with Kyojuro Rengoku, who is a part of the high ranked Demon Slayer group known as the Hashira, to defeat a demon who has been terrorising the train.
When the group boards the train Kyojuro decides to take the boys under his wing, especially Tanjiro.
The demon Enmu on board plans to put everyone to sleep so he can feast on them while they are deep in their sleep.
Viewers will get to learn more about the breathing techniques that the demon slayers use in combat as well as see how the techniques contribute to each character.
Fans will go through a rollercoaster of emotions as the film has hilarious scenes as well as heart-wrenching moments that will leave viewers sobbing. Viewers who have watched the show and read the manga will realize how well the film was adapted. The fight scenes look fantastic, and show how well it is adapted from the manga to anime. The voice actors continue to do an amazing job in their roles, having each character going through a range of emotions.
The film does an awesome job at keeping fans on the edge of their seat wondering what will happen next. It isn’t a stand alone movie and audiences will have to watch all of season one to understand what is happening throughout the film. Unfortunately those who haven’t watched the anime may end up lost and confused due to the lack of background information.
Fans of the series must watch the film as it is essential to the storyline. Using film format allows for the intensity of a movie instead of the start and stop of separate episodes of the tv show.
Audiences will have the choice to watch the film “subbed,” where the dialogue is in Japanese with English subtitles provided, or “dubbed,” which is English dialogue only with no subtitles.
“Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train” is making history at the box office reaching third place in the highest-grossing anime film in the U.S. and becoming the first anime in 10 years to be number one in the box office.
The film was originally released in October in Japan, where it also did amazingly well. It has surpassed notable Studio Ghibli films “Spirited Away,” “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Ponyo” placing itself at number one in the highest-grossing anime films worldwide. Season two of “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” is set to air toward the end of this year. It’s home platform in the U.S. has yet to be announced. However, it will more than likely be on Netflix, Funimation, Crunchyroll and Hulu in the U.S.. “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train” is in theaters now.