The movie takes off right from where the anime ended. Flame Pillar Kyojuro Rengoku is assisted by Tanjiro, Zenitsu and Inosuke on his vital investigation of mysterious disappearances of people on the Mugen Train. The action begins within the minutes into the movie as of right when Rengoku tagged along with the trio steps onto the train, falls asleep and hence incompetent as the situation suggests. The things start messing when the demon Emmu pulls strings from the shadows and unravel its presence on the train.
A movie simply has to be outstanding if it is earning millions of yens and breaking the box office records with limited theatres opened, relatively lesser screens screening the movie, amidst an ongoing pandemic within the very first week itself. Wooh! That was a lot to cover. But Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie Mugen Train covered all of it effortlessly.
Mugen Train proved out to be a flawless crowd pleaser. The story was pretty much known to most of the fans around the world as the manga chapters had released much earlier to the movie. Yet with a revealed story and high bars to reach, director and creators of the movie have done an impeccable job in giving this movie the justified results.
The world already witnessed some out-of-this-world pieces of animation in the first season of the show itself. Tanjiro swinging his blades against demon Rui, and Zinetsu’s eyes popping stint against the Spider demon Son are to mention a few. The animation used in the movie Mugen Train also doesn’t fall any short in nailing it on the screen and pleasing the crowd, making them go all-out screaming with enthusiasm in the theatres.
The Flame Pillar of Hashiras, Kyojuro Rengoku is characterized by his yellow-mandarin hairs that look like hot, fiery flames covering up his charismatic face. His coat gives him the appearance of a reputed and experienced member demon slayers corps, which is undoubtedly a significant aspect of his character. Animators have commendably worked on the scenes that include Rengoku to give this tough piece of animation more than better look in front of the audience. The battle scenes featuring Rengoku are meticulously decorated as the animators had to limit his movements and still provide him with the glory and to his character, the integrity of being a Hashira. People in charge of animation worked carefully on this aspect and created the majestic aura around the Flame Pillar.
Animation peaks in the battle scenes where demon slayers are fighting against an extremely powerful demon. The escalating soundtrack, background score and appropriate animation make the fights memorable theatrical experiences. The screenplay has the right pace and it works well for the movie in the second half of the movie, where graphics are really convincing that it takes the audience to the immersive degrees. UFOTSABLE, has aced the animation project given to them yet another time, just adding another entry to their board of accomplishments.
As far as the story is concerned, the director tried to keep the movie as close to that of the manga. And that works out well, instead of launching an original side movie to the roaster; Mugen Train continues the story from the anime. The demon this time, one of the twelve moons of Muzan Kibutsuji, is a demon that can control one’s dreams. Here he plays with the trio of Tanjiro, Zenitsu and Inosuke in their head, giving the viewers a more personal peep into the past lives of these characters and it is fresh to watch.
On the dull side, the movie starts off really slow that in fact, the first 40 minutes of the movie have nothing to show. It’s only after half an hour that the movie escalates and gives the audience something to cheer about. The second half, however, compensates to the slow start and gives a satisfying climax and a hard to forget the experience.
Characters were limited for the entirety of the movie is played on that bloody train. Rengoku, obviously, has the major role battling against the demon Emmu. Other than these two, only Tanjiro has some skills to display with Zenitsu and Inosuke lacking any solid plot, existing more like the sidekicks and comic reliefs in the middle of all the tensions of battles.
Fans of the series will definitely love this movie being the continuation of the original story. Music is mind-blowing and plays a pivotal role in the success of the movie.
Story and plot lacked the depth, yet the movie, in the end, feels to be quite satisfying to the viewers. The aspect of character development was completely overlooked by the creators which wounded the further outlook of the movie and the future of the franchise.
The movie is highly recommended, but only to those who have followed the first season of the show Demon Slayer. Manga readers felt a little underwhelmed for they expected more from it though. Overall, the movie is really an enjoyable ride for those who are familiar with the storyline. So you mustn’t miss out on this opportunity of the enthralling animated gift of entertainment.
Art and Animation – 9/10
Story and Plot – 7/10
Music – 9/10
My score for Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Movie – 7.5 on 10