Anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba hits the big screen in a feature-length adventure that has become the highest grossing film in Japan – ever!
We rejoin Tanjiro, Zenitsu, Inosuke and Nezuko immediately following the conclusion of season one, jumping aboard the Mugen train to meet with the flame pillar, Kyojuro Rengoku.
After meeting with the impressively powerful pillar, the group sets about discovering the reason so many passengers have been disappearing aboard the train…
The film verges on a shot-for-shot adaptation of the manga, and those who have read the series will love seeing the images brought to life in this epic story arc. Japanese studio Ufotable masterfully mixes 2D and 3D animation, a style that Demon Slayer has become renowned for. The addition of painterly artwork for the different sword forms creates layers within the animation that are always a visual feast.
What sets Demon Slayer apart from the competition is its emotive characters, and amidst the incredible action sequences here, there are moments of sadness, pain and hilarity straight from the original manga. The love our main character Tanjiro has for those around him provides an uplifting thread throughout this dark story, as well as a crucial theme that binds the tale. For a Shonen anime, it’s a refreshing, heart-warming experience.
LiSA provides the theme song for the movie, Homura, and the film’s soundtrack borrows from the anime series while adding new genres of music to complement the introduction of new characters.
For those who follow the manga/anime, Mugen Train hits all the beats they’ve been waiting for, and then some, expanding the original manga and enhancing the world and story of Demon Slayer. However, those unfamiliar with this universe will probably be firing questions at their anime enthusiast friends or checking old pal Google.
A feature film between seasons is an odd move for a franchise, but it proved a winner in Japan, and fans can look forward to the continuation of the story in season two, coming later this year.
As an arc within the Demon Slayer world, Mugen Train is a great example of why this franchise has such a large and dedicated fan base. The animation alone is worth the price of admission. All aboard!
In cinemas: February 25, 2021
Starring: Natsuki Hanae, Akari Kitō, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Hiro Shimono
Directed by: Haruo Sotozaki