Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - Mugen Train

Alt title: Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-hen

TV (7 eps)
Fall 2021
4.419 out of 5 from 11,811 votes
Rank #54

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.

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Mugen Train Once Again Sets The Bar High For The Show!"Set your heart ablaze!"Having already seen the super successful movie, I thought I'd rewatch the Mugen Train arc again and I think I like it in this format more, a movie is great but there's just something about watching it in Episodes that builds up that suspense. Mugen Train continues the journey of Tanjiro and friends as they assist the Flame Hashira on the Mugen Train, as there's supposedely a demon that's killing people on the train. Quite a simple story that doesn't fully feel like a full arc but it still packs all the things you love about Demon Slayer.We get more action from our favorite Demon Slayers here with everyone getting a chance to shine, but I think the one who steals the show here is the newly introduced Flame Hashira, Rengoku Kyōjurō, with his bright flamy hair, majestic eyebrows and super encouraging will and fire to protect others and push himself to the limit. Mugen also introduces it's best villain to date, as a reminder that the show isn't always going to go the way of the Demon Slayers.The animation was on point once again and the sound team does a incredible too. The music is great as well as another great opener from LiSA with the song Akeboshi. The voice acting is stellar with a unforgettable performance from Satoshi Hino (Sawamura from Haikyuu!) as Rengoku. Overall Demon Slayer hasn't missed a beat and continues to deliver beautiful sequences and thrilling moments, steadily building up for the currently ongoing Red District Arc which is already delivering another incredible story.+ Short Sweet Story Arc.+Rengoku!.+ Stellar Visuals and Sound Work.


Thoughts: Would it be wrong to say that I prefer this format over the movie one? I just feel like the pacing of it was so much better when laid out like this, but perhaps this is more of a personal preference than anything since I've been feeling this way in regard to a lot of movies lately. Well, whatever it is, I enjoyed it for what it was and I actually really liked this arc a lot.  Story: 9/10 I feel like most people would know what the premise of the story is since this did come out as a movie, but in case you don't, Mugen Train is an arc within the 'Kimetsu no Yaiba' franchise in which Tanjiro and his peers face a demon who has gained control of the Mugen Train; within a short period of time 40 people have disappeared without a trace while onboard the train, and in order to solve the mystery they must board it and face the demon head on. Pretty standard 'Kimetsu no Yaiba' type of stuff if I'll be honest, but we do get to know more about a couple of characters that appeared in season 1, and even though it is on the shorter side, and I don't know why they decided to make a short television series out of it the show itself still felt very emotional and complete upon finishing.  Animation: 10/10 Let's be real here, yeah? The entire 'Kimetsu no Yaiba' franchise animation is aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but I have to say that they have really stepped up their game for this arc and the Entertainment District arc as well. The way the swords and characters move to their facial expression are all top notch. I am literally in love.  Sound: 9.5/10 Pretty soundtrack as always and the sound effects were well-done - major props to the voice actors and sound production team.  Characters: 9/10 SET YOUR HEART ABLAZE CHILDREN! LIGHT IT ON FREAKING FIRE! Jkjkjk, don't do that because that's obviously not safe for a long list of reasons, but seriously though, I loved the characters this time around - especially the Flame Hashira Rengoku. We got to dive a bit more into their psyche, and it was honestly really nice. I've personally always loved the psychological aspect of things growing up, so this was totally up my alley. Although to be fair, our main cast didn't really change all that much although there was some character development which is better than nothing when you take into account how long they were on the train for and etc. I'm purely basing this off of the new characters if anything lol, and as you can see, I am a big fan. 

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