I should’ve paid a little bit more attention to the fine print. From what I can tell from the comments, so should a lot of other people. Demon Slayer Mugen Train arc episode 3 was cut and pasted directly from the movie. That’s exactly what the press release said was going to happen after the first episode gave us some original content. That means that the remaining four episodes are just going to be the story of the movie as well. The only change that was noted was in the background music. With all that in mind, let’s take a look at episode 3.
Where can I watch Demon Slayer Mugen Train arc episode 3?
There are plenty of places you can go to watch this mini-arc. The first that I’ll recommend is Crunchyroll. If you’ve read any of my other reviews, you’ll know that Crunchyroll is one of my favorite places to go to watch anime. It has its problems from time to time, but overall it’s a great place for an anime enthusiast to get their fix. A new episode of the Mugen Train arc comes available every week and I always look forward to watching it.
If you would rather go somewhere else to watch your anime, Funimation is also a good place to go. Funimation, like Crunchyroll, is releasing new episodes of Demon Slayer every week. They’ve also been the ones who’ve had the entire movie available to stream since that option became available. It’s actually the reason why I ended up with a Funimation account.
Can I watch for free?
Not at the time of this writing. It’s possible that you’ll come across this review after Crunchyroll has made it available free-to-watch. They typically do that after the new episode of a series debuts. Funimation will also make episodes available for free, but I’m not exactly sure if they follow the same process that Crunchyroll does. I’d highly recommend using one of these two sites if you’re wanting to go that route.
On the other hand, there are sites out there that pirate the episode and make them available for free right out of the gates. They’ll make you go through tons of add walls to finally get to the content that you want. Who knows what gets downloaded onto your device during this process. You’d be better off staying away from the illegal sites and stick with the legit ones.
Anywhere else I can watch?
VRV is another legit place where you can watch Demon Slayer episodes. They’ve got a working arraignment with Crunchyroll that allows them to stream Crunchyroll’s content. VRV’s site might be better for you so go take a look. You could also find some of their other non-Crunchyroll content interesting.
Finally, you can also watch Demon Slayer over at Hulu. Their focus is on TV and movies as a whole. That means that the anime side of things is a little bit lacking. If you want to watch commercial free then you’re also going to have to pay more than other streaming services. The standard plan still forces you to sit through three different commercial breaks. Why do that to yourself when you don’t have to?
How’s the story in Demon Slayer Mugen Train arc episode 3?
This is the challenging part of the review. It’s easy to say where you can watch the anime episode, it’s not so easy to analyze it when it’s just a portion of a movie you’ve already reviewed. Really, from now on the Mugen Train arc is just going to be the movie all over again. If you’re wondering what’s going to happen just find the spot in the movie where episode 3 left off and go for it. I’m not going to stop you.
Obviously, anyone who’s seen the movie already knows what’s happening here. That doesn’t make it any easier to watch. I found myself still getting antsy while Tanjiro agonized over whether or not he needed to kill himself in the dream or not. It was also really hard to see Tanjiro with his family knowing that they’re all dead except for Nezuko. In that way, the story is strong enough to elicit emotions even on a second watch through.
That’s a pretty impressive feat when you think about it. It’s not easy to be able to emotionally connect with your audience after the initial viewing. The element of suspense is gone. There aren’t going to be any surprises. You have to have a story with staying power and that’s exactly what Demon Slayer Mugen Train arc episode 3 has.
What part of the story has staying power?
The most obvious answer to this question is Tanjiro’s dream. His pleasant dream of the life he could’ve had with his family is just sad. It’s a picture of what could’ve been. No matter how many times you see it, there’s going to be that tug at your emotions. Zenitsu and Inosuke’s dreams are entertaining enough as they are, but they don’t compare to Tanjiro’s.
I believe the reason that this is the case is because we already knew Tanjiro was going to have to have an emotional goodbye. I didn’t watch Demon Slayer The Movie and expect Tanjiro to get lost in his dreams and stay with his family forever. The focus of the scene was on how difficult it was going to be for Tanjiro to finally tear himself away from his family. As a viewer, you don’t want that, but at the same time you know it’s necessary. It’s easy to empathize with Tanjiro in this moment.
What about the other dreams?
As I just mentioned, Zenitsu and Inosuke’s dreams are entertaining for what they are. They’re ridiculous, but if you think of them as dreams then they fit perfectly. How many times have you had crazy dreams that didn’t make sense? Both dreams bring a little bit of levity to an otherwise series anime episode. It’s good for what it is.
Rengoku’s dream is more like Tanjiro’s. He’s dealing with his own family issues. You walk away from Rengoku’s dream with an understanding of the responsibility of his position. Not only is he a Hashira, but he’s also the leader of his family. His father really isn’t worth much now after deciding to throw all his care away. That’s not an easy position for Rengoku to be in. I think it’s also a position that plenty of people with recognize in their own lives, just without the demons, sword fighting and everything else.
What did Demon Slayer Mugen Train arc episode 3 get right?
How am I supposed to write this review when I’ve already got one for the Demon Slayer The Movie Mugen Train? Aren’t I just saying the same thing? There’s plenty of stuff here to compliment, but I feel like I’m just repeating myself. I guess we’ll take a look at it from the perspective of a second viewing. I guess a better question to ask would be “what impressed you even though you’ve seen it before?”
The first thing that I’ll say is the animation. I’ve always enjoyed Demon Slayer’s art style and execution of that style. When you look at the character movements, color scheme and thought put into every episode you’re watching the work of people who know what they’re doing. There always seem to be at least one or two moments each episode where I go “that was fantastic!” But what do I know? I’m as illiterate about art as anyone could be. I just know I like what Demon Slayer is offering.
I won’t go into Tanjiro’s dream. I’ve already said how much I enjoy the story behind it. His story is a gut punch every time it comes up. I will highlight how much I enjoyed Tanjiro’s decision making process at the end of episode 3. It was no easier to watch the second time around. I felt myself tightening up as he prepared to cut his own throat.
“Isn’t that what he’s supposed to do to wake up?” Possibly. If you haven’t watched the movie then I won’t spoil it for you here. You’d think that Tanjiro needs to die in his dream in order to wake up. That’s a sound decision made in logic. It’s also logical to think that he could just be killing himself. What if Enmu is operating under A Nightmare on Elm Street rules where your dreams can kill you? There’s no way for Tanjiro to know for sure until he commits to act.
Demon Slayer Mugen Train arc episode 3 does a perfect job of showing us just how difficult that decision is to make. On one hand, Tanjiro could stay with his family and be happy until Enmu kills him. On the other hand, he could kill himself and potentially live to fight another day. There’s no way you can sit there and say “I would do it, no problem!” It’s a hard decision and Tanjiro forces himself to go through with it. Well done!
What did Demon Slayer Mugen Train arc episode 3 get wrong?
I wrote in my notes originally that this story is the same as the movie. As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, that’s to be expected. The only original content that we were promised was the first episode. Therefore, I can’t say that the lack of original content is a negative. We were warned ahead of time.
Don’t get me wrong, I would’ve loved to get a little bit more from Demon Slayer here. I was hopeful that Ufotable was going to give us an expanded story, but I can’t fault them for giving us exactly what they said they would. It does still feel a little bit weird to have the movie chopped up into official episodes. I can’t help but think that anyone watching the Mugen Train story for the first time should just go watch the movie.
That’s really all I had to say for this section. I’m a huge fan of Demon Slayer and it’s because Ufotable does such a good job in giving us a quality anime. There’s really nothing to complain about.
Is Demon Slayer Mugen Train arc episode 3 worth watching?
Yes and no. If you haven’t seen the movie, Demon Slayer Mugen Train arc episode 3 has some value. It does beg the question of why you haven’t seen the movie? It’s available to watch everywhere the anime is. Fans of Demon Slayer will enjoy episode 3 even if they’ve already seen the movie as well. It’s not like the story has changed or anything.
The problem comes with the realization that this mini-arc is just the movie chopped up. If you watched Demon Slayer Mugen Train and you’re wanting new content, watch episode 1 of this arc and skip the rest. Episode 3 won’t be anything that interests you. It’s still good, but it’s a repeat. In that way, Demon Slayer Mugen Train arc episode 3 is not worth watching.
Now go watch some anime!