It’s not always that easy to watch an anime movie here in the United States. It was especially hard considering there’s a pandemic going on. However, all of the buzz surrounding the release and performance of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie – Mugen Train certainly caught my attention. It is one of my favorite anime of recent times after all.
While it did come to theaters by me, due to scheduling constraints, and the pandemic, I did not go to the theaters to watch. Once the movie became available to stream, I decided it was time to see if it deserved all of the hype and records that had come its way. While Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie – Mugen Train is certainly an excellent anime movie, I’m not sure if it’s at the top of my all-time best list.
Where can I watch Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie Mugen Train?
This movie is what finally made me take the plunge and get a subscription to Funimation. You can stream it there. It’s obviously not something that Funimation offers for free with commercials. It’s behind a paywall. If you haven’t signed up there yet, you could use the trial period to watch it for free and then cancel. Just make sure to cancel your membership prior to that first day you get charged.
You could decide to go all in and just go ahead and buy the movie over at Amazon. As of the time of this review, the HD version is on sale for $19.99. The SD is on sale for $14.99. That’s not too bad of a price for this movie. I’d consider it if there weren’t other things on Funimation that I want to watch.
One thing to note real quick, I’m not compensated for any of these links. The info is here in order to make it easier for you to get where you need to go. I have no affiliate link with any of these sites at the moment. Should that change I’ll be sure to say so. Now back to the review.
Besides those two options, I can’t recommend anything else. With this being a popular anime movie, there are plenty of other sites that say that you can watch Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie – Mugen Train. I’m not too sure about how well they are at delivering. One of the sites just linked to a bunch of other places that may or may not have it.
How was the story in Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie Mugen Train?
We pick up where the first season of the anime left off. Tanjiro, Zenitsu and Inosuke board the Mugen train to assist the Flame Hashira, Kyojuro Rengoku. There’s a demon on the train who’s been amassing a serious body count. The demon slayers who have been sent prior to the events of the movie have all disappeared.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba was the first anime series that I wrote about when I started this blog. It was around the time that the movie was scheduled to come out so I thought a refresher would be a good idea. Feel free to go back and take a look at my reviews if you want. Just be warned, those were some of my early reviews. I look at them now and cringe a little bit. I’d like to think that my writing and organizing is a little bit better since then.
As with the main series, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie – Mugen Train does a good job of making Tanjiro a sympathetic character. Enmu, the demon who’s taken over the train, kills people by putting them to sleep and making them dream. They first dream pleasant dreams until Enmu decides to put them into a nightmare. Tanjiro, Zenitsu, Inosuke and Rengoku are no exception.
Tanjiro’s dream was hard to watch. He was reunited with his dead family. They got to spend some well-deserved time together. The only problem is that it wasn’t real. Tanjiro was in a dream the whole time. In reality, Tanjiro and the others were in real danger as Enmu sent some puppets to destroy their spiritual core.
What were they trying to destroy?
According to the world of Demon Slayer, humans have spiritual cores that can be destroyed. Enmu wants to do this prior to consuming his prey because he gets a kick out of it. He enjoys breaking someone before having them for his meal. He’s quite the sadist.
As you’d expect, the first real challenge is for the demon slayers to realize what’s going on and get out of their dreams. If they don’t, they’re done for. It’s actually a pretty effective way of heightening the tension. I felt stressed out, that’s for sure. Who would want to see one of the heroes die with such a cheap trick? This is Demon Slayer, we want to see some breathing techniques and some swordsmanship.
Enmu’s ability to put people to sleep becomes is used about as effectively as you could imagine. Once you know the trick to it, it’s easy to overcome. You just have to be willing to put everything on the line. If you’re wondering what it is, just know that SAO rules don’t apply to a dream world. You can figure it out from there.
How was the showdown between Enmu and the duo of Tanjiro and Inosuke?
I get into this a little bit later, but the fighting between Enmu and his demon slayer opponents was just alright. Compared to what comes at the end, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie – Mugen Train was at it’s weakest point here. The big reveal about Enmu was a little disappointing. I also wasn’t too big of a fan of the animation at this point.
“But don’t you like watching Tanjiro in action?” Yes, I do. There was just a lot of other stuff going on around him that didn’t seem to fit in the anime as a whole. Maybe it was just the way that Enmu and the train were animated that threw me off. I just felt like the story just kind of fell off here. Perhaps if the fight was made a little bit more difficult it would’ve been better.
What did Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie Mugen Train get right?
I love the animation of the breathing techniques. It’s something that caught my eye early on in the anime and I’ll never get enough of it. Watching Tanjiro, Zenitsu and Rengoku let loose with their fighting styles was brilliant. Even Inosuke got in on the action, although his technique wasn’t as visually appealing to watch.
Of course, they can’t use their breathing techniques if there’s no one to fight. While I was a little down on the fight between Tanjiro, Inosuke and Enmu just a little while ago, I did like parts of it. The fact that Tanjiro kept bringing himself back from Enmu’s sleeping technique was impressive. I also appreciated how Enmu tried to work Tanjiro’s determination against him. It’s a good thing Inosuke was there.
If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, it’s similar to part of the plot in the movie Inception. If you die in a dream, you wake up. What happens if you think that reality is a dream? You might kill yourself. Enmu tried to pull this off with Tanjiro. He would’ve gotten away with it too, if it wasn’t for that pesky Inosuke.
Why do you like the action so much?
Watching the Demon Slayer Corps fight is probably one of my favorite things in all of anime. The bright and vibrant colors mixed in with the intense drama just grabs my attention. I’m strapped in and along for the ride. It’s hard trying to watch something as intense as Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie – Mugen Train with the intent to review it. I just want to put pen and paper down so I can enjoy what I’m watching.
The real highlight of the fighting comes after the Mugen Train has been derailed. Akaza, one of the upper moons, shows up. For those who don’t know, the ten demon moons are the ten highest ranking demon subordinates to Muzan Kibutsuji. Kibutsuji is the main villain in this series and he wants Tanjiro dead. We don’t know specifically why, but he’s ordered it.
When Akaza shows up, we watch as he and Rengoku show why they’re two of the strongest characters we’ve seen so far. It’s one of those moments in anime where the onlookers, even Tanjiro and Inosuke, can’t keep up. It’s a flurry of punches and slices that should leave any action junkie satisfied. I won’t spoil the ending if you haven’t watched it, at least not here.
Were there any other things that you liked?
Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie Mugen Train wasn’t all seriousness. Zenitsu and Inosuke’s dreams were pretty hilarious. My favorite was Inosuke’s dream of leading his minions into a cave to fight the Mugen Train. The train was a giant centipede. Tanjiro, Zenitsu and Nezuko were all half human, half animal flunkies. It was appropriate for Inosuke and pretty hilarious.
The part about the dreams that I had the highest level of anticipation for was Zenitsu’s reaction to it all. We know from the first season of Demon Slayer that Zenitsu really becomes useful when he’s unconscious. If you put him into a dream and put Nezuko in distress then you’ll get Zenitsu at his best. I have to tell you, I’m a big fan of Zenitsu when he’s not worthless. His might be my favorite breathing technique.
One final thing to put here, I did like the ending. I won’t ruin it for you if you haven’t seen the anime movie yet so don’t worry. The ending is very emotional and well done. It left me satisfied with my two hours. The events on the Mugen Train was wrapped up with enough room to move on into Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba season 2. It’s not one of those movies where you go “That’s it?” at the end of it.
What did Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie Mugen Train get wrong?
I did find Enmu’s fusion with the train, as well as the whole animation of it, to be a little bit of a letdown. There were parts of it that worked, but the overall feel of it was less than what we’re used to with Demon Slayer. I’d expect something like this from one of the million average anime out there, not one of the best.
I’m also not sure how I feel about Tanjiro throwing his sword. Is he going to get it back? I mean, I understand why he did it, but now he’s unarmed. I don’t think Akaza is going to be in a rush to return Tanjiro’s sword to him anytime soon. What’s he going to do in the meantime? It was just kind of a throwaway moment.
Is Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie Mugen Train worth watching?
Yes. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie – Mugen Train is worth watching. It’s not my favorite anime movie of all time. I don’t think it’s the most critically excellent anime movie of all time either. Personally, I like Grave of the Fireflies more than this. That doesn’t mean Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba The Movie – Mugen Train is bad. Far from it. It’s a good anime movie.
I think the hype and records that this movie garnered were helped by its circumstances. Demon Slayer is a popular anime and the movie came out at a time where people just wanted to get out of their houses. Just being able to go to the movies was a treat back in October of 2020. Here in the U.S., it was 2021. I’m just glad I was finally able to watch it and I think I’ll be coming back to this one again soon. You should give it a try if you haven’t already.
Now go and watch some anime!