Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Review
“No matter how many precious lives the demons take…A strong will can never be taken.”
It has been a traditional practise to receive theatre adjustments for the most famous anime shows. It’s also not shocking that Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is the latest to make this jump in view of the anime’s huge popularity. Often these film efforts may be a mixed bag due to the ability to function as recap compilation or enjoyable sagas which essentially fill in the background of the anime..
The popularity of Mugen Train for devotees and virgins of Demon Slayer is also attributed to the seamless design of the film. The biggest conflict is that Tanjiro and his band of demon slayers have a suspicious railway, where many people have missed from a supposed demon activity. That’s all. That’s it. It isn’t anything to break down and encourages the film to enjoy its scenes and to let them live more excitingly. The choreography of animation and combat is undeniably the most entertaining feature of Mugen Train, but that does not suggest that other areas such as characterisation are entirely poor. It is style about substance, but not in a manner that robs deep characters.
Mugen Train doesn’t waste any time. It quickly identifies Enmu, the Lower Demon Moon member that wreaks havoc on the train, as well as Rengoku, the Flame Hashira that’s supposed to aid Tanjiro on this mission. Mugen Train really becomes more of a story for Rengoku than anyone else. He shares the spotlight with Tanjiro, but Rengoku has more to both lose and gain through all of this. Rengoku was previously introduced in the anime, but Mugen Train is his real showcase and origin story. This focus on Rengoku doesn’t come across as jarring and Tanjiro’s growth is able to compliment Rengoku’s mission in a way where their purposes diverge. There is even a huge Agatha Christie-esque twist around the central premise, but it applies such an exaggerated anime slant to the staple.
Rengoku’s excitable, gung ho energy basically powers the movie and keeps everyone moving forward. Mugen Train is very well-paced at under two hours and it feels like it constantly has action on the screen. Enmu is also a genuinely terrifying villain that feels a cut above what’s seen in the anime. He utilizes a disembodied talking hand to do his grunt work that feels like a more disturbing version of a Jujutsu Kaisen set piece. Demon Slayer has always been more of an action series than a horror showcase, but it’s appreciated that Mugen Train experiments with these darker visuals and ideas.
Why is Demon Slayer Mugen Train one of the best movies in the anime world?
1. The Pacing & Content Of Demon Slayer Mugen Train Arc
The Mugen Train Arc of Demon Slayer is recorded in just two volumes, and can be seen in a number of season 2 episodes. However, if the content and pace of this specific tale are analysed, an episode series is too sudden and repetitive. The film splits the arc into two main events: Tanjiro and his friends battling Enmu, who was the demon for lost passengers and Kyōjurō Rengoku’s rivalry with one of the Upper Moon devil, Akaza. The event is such a self-contained arc, that it might contribute to repetitive material and needless fillers if it were divided into a few episodes.
Usually the protagonists will be divided into smaller units of many separate foes concurrently, which would provide a very entertaining plot. However, in this situation, the arc is in one place—the train—as Tanjiro and his friends are to meet a mutual adversary, Enmu. Lengthening one fight sequence in many episodes will be boring and perhaps lack a new material adding to the growth of the storyline or character.
2. The Emotional Impact Of The Flame Hashira, Kyojuro Rengoku
Demon Slayer Mugen Train: The star of Mugen Train is notTanjiro, instead Kyōjurō Rengoku. We first see Rengoku on the train him saying “delicious” humorously as he eats his food with no expression but smiling. He then reveals his sad backstory and a desire for family recognition . We also see his immense strength in the battle against Akaza as the Flame Hashira. The production of Rengoku character takes the audience on an emotional rollercoaster.
Similarly, the background of Tanjiro reveals how badly he wants to meet his family again. In Season 1, it was constantly stated, but the extent of these wishes is unknown in Mugen Train. In contrast to episodic formats that can interrupt the emotional experience, the viewer can easily process these dramatic moments.
It would have been good to see Rengoku grow more character. His passing, though, should be regarded as a seasonal cliffhanger rather than a mid-season shift, as it is important to Tanjiro’s character growth—not to mention the emotional effects on audiences. In order to achieve a dramatic result in a season, his death should be placed at the end of a 12-episode course that prolongs the plot on Mugen Train — this was not logical because of the essence of its content.
While it is feasible to adapt the Mugen Train Arc of Demon Slayer in Season 2, the emotional influence of the movie will not be identical when it comes to the growth of Rengoku’s role. Therefore it was certainly better to display this arc as a video as it is brief and can be a special attraction of its own.