Have you seen Demon Slayer: Mugen Train movie yet? I know why they made it a standalone film. In the current state of how anime is created, produced, and paid for, things are done a certain way. We all know the anime industry doesn’t benefit everyone the same. Animators seem to be the last man to get a piece of the anime pie. This is where movies come in to play because the television season pays based on a flat rate before one episode aires.
So, we’re talking before the countless hours of work to produce each episode. This includes redoes, re-edits, and more cuts. Countless and countless hours, and for a television show, your ratings and popularity are the only indications you get more seasons. Yet, with a movie, everyone gets a contract for the film itself. A person is paid for making the movie, but then with ticket sales and merch, that residual is included in the contract. So, an anime movie can get the actual people that work on the anime extra income simply.
Mugen Train, though, is a two-hour anime movie with the basis being one section of the manga. It’s mainly out of place, though, but not out of place in the manga. I say that because the entire plot centers on riding in a train which is its world. We never know really where the train is going and who cares really about that. Instead, we care what’s going on in the train. So the scene and plot are perfect for a one-shot movie.
I’m not sure if Koyoharu Gotouge, the manga creator, intended for this part of the manga to be more of a one-shot, or he just came up with this based on some of his experience. Indeed, at the end of the film, it certainly makes us want even more of the series as it leaves us with emotions and feelings that we don’t know where to put. We also see this expressed in the feelings mostly with Tanjiro at the end of the film. His only hope is the fact that he still has an obligation and duty to continue his fight.
What can I say about art and animation? The art and animation are excellent as usual. Using slick 3D glossed art for blade techniques and moves. There’s a lot of big names that had a hand in bringing this to North America. You can thank the film director, Haruo Sotozaki, for making this very dramatic and well put together, especially the scenes where the music kicks in heavy. This score is near perfect and well placed throughout the film. Ufotable with the visuals as always brought the big guns. Then thanks to Aniplex, Sony, and Funimation for bringing it to the U.S. Many of the said companies Sony has a majority shareholder stake in if not outright owning them. Shueisha, of course, gets credit for the source material or manga published by them.
We get our first complete look at the abilities of a Hashira and where they stand vs. ranked demons. The fire breathing Hashira Rengoku shows us what it really takes to obtain Hashira levels. I didn’t think that the gap would be so huge from our three Demon Slayers in Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke. It’s entirely on another level, even after the boys just attained another status. The Hashira have more than just advanced sword techniques; they have advanced footwork and the ability to stitch up wounds internally. So I thought it was mega essential to learn about the attributes of each sword style, especially with Water and Fire being the first two main bases than the other three mains. Then the other Hashira that have taken the bases and made an entirely new style out of it.
Now that I’ve seen the movie twice in sub and dub, you’re not missing anything either way. They still hit their mark, and the jokes are still translated so that it makes sense. This is a fantastic movie, and the ending grabs at our hearts and anguish. It now makes me either want to wait for the soon released second season or forge ahead and read the manga. I need to know about some easter eggs dropped in the film. If you don’t keep a log, you’ll miss a handful that pertains to Tanjiro.
Demon Slayer continues to break records not only in Japan but in the U.S. now. $40 Million Domestic and $475 Million Worldwide.-The Numbers
Anime Pad gives the movie, 9/10