Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train| Movie| “50% of the action with 100% of the animation.”

Hey guys, how’s it going? Rahul here coming in with a brand new blog. I hope everyone is having a great, safe, and healthy week. I apologise for the week late post. I took a week off last week and really just lazed around. So, let’s begin.

Story:

Tanjiro, Nezuko, and Inosuke join Rengoku, the flame Hashira on his journey to hunt down an extremely strong demon. However, on the way, they encounter one of the demons from the Lower 12 kizuki. Now, they must find a way to defeat him. But, more lies ahead beyond the difficult battle of the lower 12. An intense battle pursues and the sheer difference in demon abilities and human abilities is exemplified.

Review:

Finally got my friends together and saw this movie. It was much awaited considering it was a continuation from where we left off in season 1. And I must say the movie did not fail to impress.

Firstly let’s talk about the plot. While the movie seemed to have an extremely linear plot line, there doesn’t seem to be much depth in terms of plot development as well. It was a plain and simple, introduction to action plot line. That being said, to be able to fully grasp the movie, you have to be able to enjoy and understand the season 1 plot as well. You can’t go into this movie with little to no knowledge because you’ll be extremely lost. However, if you’re in just for the animation and action you surely won’t be disappointed as well. However, like I said in my review for the first season of this anime, the plot line is nothing special at all. At the end of the day, it seriously is just demons vs demon slayers which is the most basic plot line any anime can really have. And the way this is portrayed in the movie further shows just how plain and simple the plot lien really is. There’s nothing that really sets this plot apart from the rest. It is far from unique. Regardless of all the criticism, it is still quite enjoyable and exciting to see what the anime will have in store for us.

Coming to the action in the anime. This was great. Finally getting to see lower and upper members of the kizuki was great to keep the audience excited. At the same time showing them both in one movie really sets a standard of what to expect in terms of power levels and action in the upcoming seasons or movies. The way the anime dedicated exactly half the movie to the best of the lower kizuki and made you believe that this was strong in itself and then transitioned to a higher kizuki who is only third rank but was able to defeat a Hashira really set up a lot of expectations. The whole, escaping from the dream thing was super fun to watch. You really feel for Tanjiro because while he does wish he could stay in that dream world forever, he realises that he can’t stray from his main goal of avenging his family. You really see the mental strength of all three of our heroes and then of course the true mental strength of the flame Hashira who manages to defend himself even while unconscious. The fight following after everyone wakes up was quite disappointing however. Although there was a lot done by Tanjiro, Inosuke, Zenitsu, and Nezuko, I couldn’t help but feel that the entire first half of the movie was lacking a lot. It felt as though the movie lacked a certain push that would make everything all the more thrilling and enjoyable. I didn’t feel like it was nail-biting action and that really set me up to believe that the movie wasn’t gonna do that well overall. However, all my opinions were reversed when we see Hakuji (upper kizuki) against Rengoku. This was an absolutely phenomenal fight. It not only displayed the sheer difference between Tanjiro and the Hashira’s allowing for more potential character and strength development, but it also displayed some great guts from possibly one of the best Hashira characters. And why I saw Rengoku was one of the best Hashira’s is because while we all know he is extremely strong, he still has a set of values and beliefs that he abides by. His sense of judgement and leadership makes him a loveable character. Till the very end of the fight, Rengoku put up a great show of strength and guts and it honestly almost brought a tear in my eye to see him go. However, hats off to the creators for making his death so peaceful and nice. You can truly see the efforts to ensure that Rengoku’s death was given enough time to enjoy and cry over. And to me, it is the entire fight between these two monsters that made the movie phenomenal.

Like always, one part of this anime you can’t sleep on is the animation. More than any plot, any action, or any other aspect, this anime time and time again displays to us some of the best animation style anime has ever seen. Not only is this exemplified through the nail-biting action but it also is seen through the beautiful scenery and smoothness in movement of each object and character. The animation is what makes everything better than what is deserved.

I must recommend to watch this movie. Although, like I said, there was no real “plot development”, I do feel the anime has laid a foundation for potentially great action scenes with even more power, strength, and even greater animation. The anime has also laid out the potential for character development and further leading to more enjoyment for a huge fan base. I can’t wait to see what this anime has in store for us in the future. Overall impressed.

Rating:

I would give this movie 3.5/5 stars.

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