Tanjirou and the group have completed their rehabilitation training at the Butterfly Mansion, and they arrive to their next mission on the Mugen Train, where over 40 people have disappeared in a very short period of time. Tanjirou and Nezuko, along with Zenitsu and Inosuke, join one of the most powerful swordsmen within the Demon Slayer Corps, Flame Hashira Rengoku Kyoujurou, to face the demon aboard the Mugen Train on track to despair.
Source: Official Site
I saw this in theaters in Japan.So firstly definitely recommend seeing it in theaters. The screen really does it justice. THEIR EYEBALLS ARE BEAUTIFUL.If you're going to watch it in Japanese (which is totally doable as a non-Japanese speaker myself) I recommend reading manga chapters 54-66 (chapter 69 is where I think it should've ended but *shrug*). It is identical to this. This'll let you skip the subtitle-wait if you so choose. So the artwork of the characters are beautiful, but some of the CGI + 2D animation style was a little funky. It gave an uncanny valley feeling due to the realism background, CGI demon-y stuff and the style of the original art for the characters. Literally, my only problem. The 2D character designs are stunnnnniiinnnnggg. I'm so happy with the choreography and movement, but jeez that CGI and even sometimes the background clash. Sound track is on point. I became hyper aware of the soundtrack during perfectly executed moments with certain character buildups. Comic relief was perfect and the characters were true to form. If you like the anime you'll like the movie. Easy as that. I'm super happy I saw it in general, but especially on a big screen. PS If you're not reading the manga but want to continue watching the next anime season, this is a must-watch movie. It's not a filler movie you can ignore, it has influence over the next season. So add it to the list.EDIT: clearly the second season has been released and is literally the movie. (Still not mad about theatre viewing)
I don't understand why it needed a theatrical release for what was basically a mini-sequel to hold us over until season 2 came out. It was fine, it was more demon slayer. Budget wasn't that great for being a film, with some pretty poor tv grade CGI. Pretty subpar for being a Ufotable movie in terms of animation and sound. It's much like One Piece/Bleach/Naruto movies in terms of quality. But if you like Demon slayer, then you're gonna like this *Shrugs*
If you have seen other shounen anime or simply other live-action films like the MCU, it's going to be hard to top those. This film delivers amazing visuals, but it is one of those stories that is more about the emotion than the logic of the plotline, which doesn't sit well with people like me. There were various scenes in the film where beneficial things happen to the protagonist and I reacted with "No, that's a little bs." In essence, this Demon Slayer film and the franchise as a whole is the anime/manga equivalent of what you get when you emphasize graphics/action over the plotline.
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