Demon Slayer : eternity Train is sincerely a huge success. In 2020 the movie brought enormous profit. Box offices all around the world had therefore many people, excited to see the new movie, who were not even afraid of what is still happening in the universe. It was worth it. Maybe it was not perfect, but in terms of entertainment, it was on a very gamey level. Mind-blown by the achiever, Demon Slayer gets a seven-episode television re-edit of the
Mugen Ressha-hen anime film and the question is, is it worth it? Yes, but actually, not quite.
Be that as it may, our four protagonists get on the train to assist the flame Hashira, Kyojuro Rengoku in the upcoming battle. Lately, this very train that has become the reason for a mysterious disappearance of a number of people and, most likely, it has something to do with the Twelve Demon Moons. But what? You will find it out by watching Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc. It is an open secret that the TV version is nothing but a longer version of the movie. Unlike the movie, the TV series does not seem to have an understandable structure and some episodes hardly have any importance for the story and the characters’ development. The problem here is that Demon Slayer’s central genre is ‘drama.’ Unfortunately, the TV series has some absolutely unneeded comedy episodes that only make the drama somewhat difficult to take seriously. What I mean is that when you are trying to follow the story, Tanjirou’s quest to unveil the secrets of his family, and a moment after you see some rather questionable dreams; it does not help to appreciate the story; it is not needed.
Animation and OST wise: it is the usual spectacular battles, breathtaking opening and ending themes and a whole rollercoaster of emotions. The animation studio, ufotable, truly makes every frame an absolute eye-candy. The battle scenes are aesthetic masterpieces and the many different characters designs, as well as dark and gloomy backgrounds and perfectly depicted characters’ emotions, help the viewer to appreciate the well-made treat.
The biggest problem of this TV series is, of course, the characters. Indeed, the story of the flame Hashira was amazingly beautiful and tragic; he was first depicted as the usual shounen protagonist: dumb and weird. But as the story progresses and you learn more about him, you cannot just feel any other feelings towards him but to respect his rather difficult life; he is just like a true bushi, cannot break unless the enemy is fully defeated. Regrettably, unlike the flame Hashira, our four protagonists did not quite do anything. Yes, Tanjirou had more love than other characters, but it still did not feel like it was enough. It is very unfortunate that after 33 episodes, Demon Slayer still does not have even a single well-written female character; Nezuko is more of some cute ‘bunny-girl,’ or a cute sister and nothing more, her character needs more attention and I hope that this will be done in the upcoming TV series.
Honestly, between the movie and the TV series, if you still have not seen either of them, just watch the movie. The movie was quite an enjoyable watch, I must say. The TV series, however, just seems to be in a little chaos and it does not help the viewer to like the Mugen Train Arc. The comedy only ruins the drama, which this arc has plenty of and as a result you just do not find the series enjoyable. Do not get me wrong, though, it was not bad. But my honest opinion is that they could have invested this money in the upcoming TV series, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc.
With that being said, it could have been much better than that. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc the TV series fails to deliver the drama and is more of a reminder for the fans of what happened in the movie. This goes without saying, the movie version does everything much better than the TV version, so you might want to watch the movie first and then the TV version of the Mugen Train Arc. But this is just my opinion, I cannot guess what you will like, or hate. The choice is always yours to make.
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