It seems like I got back into watching anime and reading manga at the right time because after years of not watching or reading anything even remotely related to the genre, there are some fantastic anime series out and one that caught my attention was Demon Slayer, since there was a lot of hype online about the new movie that continued the story from the first season that’s on Netflix at the minute.
So I binged the series and fell in love with it all, then I couldn’t wait to see the movie and now I finally have. Here is my review!
At the end of the series, we saw Tanjiro, Inosuke, and Zenitsu, finish their rehabilitation training at the Butterfly Mansion, in the secret Headquarters of the Hashira, the most accomplished of all Demon Slayers, but there is little time to waste, as our heroes have been sent on an important mission to aid the Fire Hashira with a demon problem on board the train bound for Mugen. However, the task will not be an easy one as the group will soon discover.
Tanjiro, Nezuko, Inosuke and Zenitsu must all accompany Rengoku on board a moving train that has had reported cases of missing people. Together they will face some of the toughest challenges they have faced so far, and not all of it requires a physical battle.
All the trouble becomes clear, when the team discover the existence and presence of Enmu, a demon of the Twelve Kizuki. If you haven’t watched the series, the Twelve Kizuki are a higher ranking form of demon, closer connected by blood to the King of all demons, Muzan Kibujutsi. The Twelve Kizuki are the elite, and pose the biggest threat to the human race, so the only question is; Can our team of young heroes, with the help of the Hashira, Rengoku, put an end to the nightmare that has taken a hold of the Mugen Train?
The story to this film is one that hits all the right notes, sending the audience on a roller coaster of love, laughter, awe and sadness.
Some of the big themes within the film include family, loyalty and togetherness as our heroes are put to through difficult trials within their own mental states that will cause them to fight harder than they have ever fought before, and remind them of where they came from, and what they are fighting for.
Every teary-eyed scene where you feel hit by strong sympathies, is followed by a scene filled with laughter to keep the emotional roller-coaster going. There’s some truly epic action sequences and the beauty of the animation leaves you in awe as we watch a story of love and self-sacrifice that tugs at the heartstrings of the viewers.
The art in this film is absolutely stunning, with crisp clear colours that bring the characters to life, and more so the effects of the film such as Rengoku’s fire that lights up the screen and burns bright across the pictures as the animation plays out. The effects of the sword techniques, such as Tanjiro’s Water Breathing forms that unleash his inner abilities, really stand out from the rest of the animation and leave you in awe of their beauty as the waves glide across the screen.
An incredibly heart-felt story with lots of laughs and even tears. There is so much emotion put into this series and the film is no different. It hits hard and it clearly hit every note with audiences as it has now become the highest grossing anime film in the world with huge success over in Japan as well as overseas.
If you want to watch this film, I would strongly recommend watching the series first as the film carries on the story that was left with us at the end of season one. Watching the series first will also give you an introduction and backstory to the characters that the film can’t quite cover all of the details of, since it has a much deeper story to tell without wasting time retelling what has been shown in the series.
That being said, I’m sure there is plenty for audiences to enjoy even if they haven’t seen the series beforehand.