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Sgathaich: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train

No this isn’t a Halloween review. Just because something has the word Demon in it doesn’t mean it has to be involving the month of spooks. Halloween is over for now and we’re in that month where we have to endure the stores ramping up the Christmas stuff early even more than they already were.

Demon Slayer proved to be an explosive hit and the manga is beating the entire comic book industry. (Just let that sink in, not going to go into how I would fix the West’s comic book industry, though I have thought about that.) But the series ended on the journey continuing with a clear indication of where it was going, that was answered in that a movie would be in the works.

While some movies for series tend to be side series or even non canon this was directly the next part of the series. You will be very lost if you don’t watch season 1 of Demon Slayer, so I shan’t be going into too much details of why Tangiro’s adorable sister Nezuko is living in a box and wearing something to cover her mouth.

As mentioned, this is the next part of the story so it picks up as season 1 ended with them all boarding a train also on the train is one of the big top demon slayers Flame Hashira Kyōjurō Rengoku. (You can tell it’s him by the anime protag hair)

Despite being a movie, the story is clearly split up into different acts which challenges and endangers switching with each for our heroes to face and overcome, also giving the other leads their strong moments. This isn’t a story where the lead alone is the solution, in fact without the others he would be rather… well deed.

The animation is once again beautiful to behold as we can go from some disturbing imagery thanks to the demons to the pure serenity and beauty present within Tangiro’s soul, all combined with some truly heart-breaking moments.

This film is a must see (though once again watch Demon Slayer season 1 first) in fact it was so well regarded it is currently the highest anime film of all time. Just let that sink in. I was able to watch it on Crunchyroll which is where I also saw the series.

If however, by the time you read this it’s not there and can’t find a means to watch it then the first part of season 2 of Demon Slayer (currently on going) covers the mugen train arc in an extended format. I’ve not seen it yet so can’t tell if that is better or worse.

Rating: spear spear spear spear spear 

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