JONAR COWAN WRITES — It has been little longer than a year since the start of the pandemic and the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter. As vaccines are given out, the world seems to be slowly returning to normal, especially for moviegoers. Movie theatres are starting to open again, having major positive impacts on people’s happiness, especially for the anime community.
On April 23, 2021, the popular manga/anime, Demon Slayer, came out with a movie sequel that premiered in theatres. The Demon Slayer manga, created by Koyoharu Gotouge, was one of the more popular manga that was printed in Weekly Shonen Jump back in 2016. Due to its popularity, the manga received an anime adaptation that is currently ongoing and is massively praised for its animation style.
Demon Slayer is set during Japan’s Taisho period, the story follows a war between demons and humans. The protagonist Tanjiro goes headfirst into this war in order to figure out a way to turn his sister, Nezuko who has been turned into a demon, back into a human. Along this journey, Tanjiro and Nezuko gain friends, Inosuke and Zenitsu. With their help, Tanjiro and Nezuko have better chances of surviving the extremely powerful demons that stand in their way.
Demon Slayer: Mugen Train takes place after the end of the first season of the Demon Slayer anime. The gang is tasked to find out why many people have been disappearing on a mysterious train. They join a strong ally, Kyojuro Rengoku, who is a powerhouse of the Demon Slayer Corps, and together they try to find out the reason for the disappearances.
They find out it was a powerful demon named Enmu that has the power to control dreams. Enmu planned to put everybody on the train to sleep and devour them.
Similar to the anime, the animation of the movie lived up to the expectations of quality animation. The dream sequences were extremely visually pleasing, as well as adding depth to each character. The fight scenes were so intense that it would have anybody on the edge of their seats. The protagonists are all likable and relatable to a point that you care about, while the villains left a distaste in your mouth, which fueled your passion to root for the good guys. The flow of the story fell into place like a perfect puzzle; everything felt connected. There were no loose ends to this movie. The main concern is that if you have not seen the animation leading up to the movie, then the movie might seem a little overwhelming. Nonetheless, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train is well worth the watch.
LMU’s Jonar Cowan is an Asia Media staff writer.