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“Demon Slayer: Infinity Train” Review

“Demon Slayer: Infinity Train” Review

It took a long time for the movie to come out in the United States but Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train has finally reached Western shores. For the sake of brevity, I’m going to refer to this movie as Demon Slayer: Infinity Train because that’s what ‘mugen’ translates to.

Now, when this movie came out in Japan, it was an overwhelming success back when it opened in October of last year. Before it came to the U.S., it made $417 million worldwide, making it the first Japanese movie to hit the $400 million mark and the country’s highest-grossing movie of all time.

There was a lot of hype going into this movie, and I can confidently say it exceeded it.

Let’s Get This Out of the Way

Before I say how good the movie was, let me discuss the negatives first because there are so few.

The movie utilizes some CG in its action sequences and for the most part, they look fine, but sometimes look really ugly and goofy looking. The comedy can, at times, feel out of place and take you out of the heartfelt scene. Tone-wise, the movie is a little inconsistent, but nothing that will ruin the movie.

And lastly, the final fight felt tacked on. It came out of nowhere, but the scene is so fantastic, you forget how random it is.

Overwhelmingly Good

What did I like? Everything. I liked everything in this movie. Criticizing this movie feels like nitpicking because very little of the movie can be considered “bad”.

The animation is beautiful; it takes “Season 1” and bumps it up a notch. The animation is sharp and bombastic in that the colors leap out at you. Seeing this movie on the big screen is a must. The studio behind the movie, Ufotable, went crazy and pulled out all the stops.

Red Hot Story

The story and characters take first prize. I went into this movie not expecting a great story. I thought it was going to be a typical shonen anime story where the bad guys come on board the train and our heroes stop them without breaking a sweat.

But this movie has one of the best stories I’ve seen all year. The star of the movie is the Flame Hashira, Kyojuro Rengoku. I didn’t think the movie would do him justice.

In less than two hours, the movie was able to establish a lovable and awesome character, give him a tragic backstory, and some of the best fight scenes. This is a movie that doesn’t know restraint. I only wish my favorite character, Inosuke, got more screen time, but that’s just my bias.

It’s not hyperbole when I say this is one of the best movies I’ve seen this year. The passion that went into this film is obvious from the get-go, and what a great way to hype up “Season 2”.

I can’t wait to see more Demon Slayer, and I hope they make another movie.

I give Demon Slayer: Infinity Train a 9/10. I highly recommend you all watch this.

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