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Final Thoughts: Demon Slayer Movie Mugen Train

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I apologize again for the uncharacteristic break in content, this semester just ended up being incredibly stressful for no reason. On the bright side though, we’re almost at 400 followers on WordPress! That is absolutely insane and I just want to thank everyone whose followed me up until this point, especially those in the last month or so. With that being said, man the “Demon Slayer” movie was really good, huh?

I know I am extremely late to the party, but it really only became safe to actually go and watch the film in theaters where I live recently, and I had a lot of other priorities in the mean time. However, I managed to catch it with a couple of friends, and after watching it in the original Japanese, here are my final thoughts.

The Animation is Great…duh

I talk often about how my approach to criticism is trying to go into any piece of media with fairly neutral expectations, if any at all, because I feel as though things should be judged on individual. With that being said, I would have been quite surprised to find out that the animation ended up being subpar. One, because its UFOTABLE, and two, because movies generally tend to have a higher overall production value than TV anime.

Luckily, though, those higher than usually expectations were met and exceeded over the course of the film. Not only do the action scenes stand out as being incredibly expressive, but the slower moments are handled with care as well. One scene in particular that represents this fairly well is the part where Tanjiro begins to realize he is in a dream, and his clothes become surrounded by flames as his demon slayer costume comes back. While their isn’t much action here, the flames create a sense of realization and urgency, both in Tanjiro and the dream versions of his younger siblings, that feels both powerful and also frightening.

The Story Continues

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While I have yet to read the “Demon Slayer” manga, this film definitely feels like it did the arc justice in a narrative sense. One of the things that I really enjoyed is that the movie really put a pretty big emphasis on Rengoku, who was left as being a kind of looming figure at the end of the first season. Admittedly, he did come off as being kind of annoying in the first 15 minutes or so (certainly and interesting directorial choice). Ultimately, though, I would say that he was one of the best parts of the film. His backstory was definitely sad in a way that I think is relatable to a lot of people. Not to mention, his fight with Akaza was raw as hell.

A lot of the film also focused dreams and looking back to the past, which I think makes sense given where “Demon Slayer” is at in its storyline, as far as the anime goes anyway. Mugen, whose power gives him the ability to control people’s dreams, buts Rengoku, Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke. For Tanjiro, of course, this is cathartic, given what happens to him at the very beginning of the series. Rengoku is forced to live out the rejection of his father when it comes to becoming a Hashira.

As weird as it might sound, the only thing I did not like about this part of the film was Zenitsu and Inosuke’s dreams. Look, I get it, they are supposed to be the comic relief, so it make sense to use their dreams to alleviate some of the heaviness coming from the other two. Still, it feels like there was a real opportunity to grow them as characters. After all, they spent the first 30 minutes of the movie acting like idiots.

Mugen

I don’t know if this is entirely fair to say, but as far as villains go, Mugen felt…meh. Like, the whole fusing with the train things was cool and all, and the action scenes that resulted from it were some of the best in the series, no doubt. Still, I feel like his motivation is a little underwhelming. Given that his options were “succeed in killing the demon slayers” or “die,” I guess it kind of makes sense.

Conclusion

Most importantly, I do not want people to come away from this post with the impression that I think the movie is bad, far from it. In fact, I would be willing to say that it is among the best anime films to come out in the last few years. Absolutely, 100%, no question. However, I do think there were some odd choices as far as story and character writing goes, and a few things that could have been cleaned up to make the film that much better. Also, next time can we maybe not concentrate all of the screaming at the very beginning and end of the film. It got really annoying really fast.

Regardless, fans of “Demon Slayer” who have yet to see it should absolutely do so.


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Kimetsu no Yaiba Episode One Reaction

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Well, I think Ufotable did it again. They managed to take an IP that I had heard nothing about whatsoever, and make me want to go back and read it in addition to watching the anime. Kimetsu no Yaiba, while not necessarily on the level of some of their best work, at least so far, has managed to come off as incredibly exciting.

Kimetsu no Yaiba follows Tanjiro, a young boy who works to provide for his family after his dad died when he was young. One night, after leaving to go to town, he comes back only to find his family dead and his sister Nezuko barely alive. He soon realizes after going to look for a doctor that his sister is a demon, and is attacked by Nezuko. Soon, he is saved by a demon hunter.

On the surface, Kimetsu no Yaiba seems like a fairly straightforward show, with its plot in episode one set up pretty seamlessly in combination with the ending credits which shows a steady progression of Tanjiro learning to become a demon hunter and avenging his family against multiple foes. In classic shonen action series fashion, Tanjiro will probably continue to power up while making new allies who will also continue to power up and help him along on his quest.

However, even despite this someone simplistic vibe that the show gives off, I am still fairly excited for it. The plot seems to be moving in fairly fast-paced way, and a lot of questions have already been established right off the bat. For example, is there a way to cure his sister of being a demon? I do not know, but I definitely want to find out.

Other than that, though, I do not have much to say other than that I have faith that Ufotable will deliver on the animation, if nothing else.


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Top Five Anime to Look Forward to in Spring 2019

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The winter 2019 season, as stacked with goods shows as it is, is now coming to a close, it will soon be time once again to embrace a new season, and while Spring does not seem to be as loaded as Winter was, there is still plenty there worth paying attention to.

5. Attack on Titan Season Three Part Two

While I haven’t actually been keeping up with Attack on Titan recently, I am definitely still invested in the series as a whole. The end of the season two and the beginning episodes of season three that I caught have been enough to keep me wondering about the core questions that lie at the heart of the series: What is in the basement? where is Erin’s dad? I want to find these answers because the show does such a great job of keeping these questions relevant.

4. Fruits Basket

I remember being in middle school and having one of my best friends at the time tell me about this series. Since I trusted his opinion a lot I went to check it out. Of course, being a middle school boy and seeing the cute anime school girl and reading the premise, I was immediately skeptical. I am definitely glad that my skepticism was not warranted, because I ended up loving Fruits Basket.

When I heard there was going to be a remake, and that most of the original dub cast was going to be in it again, I was genuinely excited, and still am as of now.

3. Kimetsu no Yaiba

When it comes to evaluating anime, much like I would for anything, I always look to what has come before. Kimetsu no Yaiba immediately sets off Dororo alarms for me, but in a really good way. However, having a similar story does not always mean that a show is going to be boring. As long a story can bring something noticeably different with its storytelling, there is always something to look forward to. Plus, getting the Ufotable treatment always helps.

2. One Punch Man Season Two

The first season of One Punch Man is undoubtedly one of the more interesting shows to come about in the last few years. A story about a super-hero that doesn’t have fun being a hero because he beats almost everyone in one punch. Now, with the second season upon us, as well as a change in hands for the studio behind the show, there remains to be seen a lot about what the show’s second season will bring, but still, it’s pretty hype.

1. Carole and Tuesday

So, let’s see. A futuristic society in which people now inhabit mars, A story focused on two girls, one coming from an extremely low-class background and the other from a wealthy background who want to make music, and animation from BONES. Yeah, I was sold the minute I heard about this show. I honestly have no idea about where the story is going to go, because I am not familiar with the source material, but Carole and Tuesday definitely has me the most hyped.


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This Week in Anime: The Promised Neverland, Attack on Titan, and More…

Welcome, everyone, once again to This Week in Anime, where I talk about all of the most important anime related stories from the week. There were a lot of new anime announcements this week, along with some interesting statistics, so without further ado, let’s get into it.

New Anime Releases

Here are details on all the new anime that were announced in the last week.

“The Promised Neverland” Receives Anime Adaptation

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The highly praised and extremely popular manga series from mangaka Kaiu Shirai “The Promised Neverland” has officially received an anime adaptation. This comes on the heels of the manga’s success, which has sold over 4.2 million copies. Although it has not been confirmed yet, the show will reportedly be animated by UFOTABLE.

The story revolves around a group of orphan children: Emma, Norman, and Ray. The three of them live at the Grace Field House, where they are free to do pretty much whatever they wish. One day they discover something is happening to one of their friends, after which they forgot the one rule they have been given: never go to the gate or the compound.

“Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer” to Receive Anime Adaptation

On the other hand, for shows that have been confirmed to be animated by UFOTABLE, in comes “Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer” Running in the weekly shonen jump slate, “Kimetsu no Yaiba” is said to be much darker than its contemporaries and has been compared to much older manga series.

The story takes place in the Taisho Era of Japan. One day, after returning home from selling cole, Tanjiro finds that all of his family has been killed by a demon except his sister Nezuko. After finding out that his sister is now also a demon, a hunter name Tomioka comes to kill Nezuko. From that moment on, Tanjiro vows to find a way to make his sister human.

“Shoumetsu Toshi” Gets Anime Adaptation

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Smartphone games are not the first place people think of for anime adaptation material, but it is not the first. “Shingeki no Bahamut” was also originally adapted from a smartphone game, and now Studio Madhouse will be doing the same. “Shoumetsu Toshi,” a game originally developed by Wright Fly Studios, will now be getting an anime adaptation.

The anime will be an adaptation of the game’s original story, which follows Yuki, who initially appears to be the sole survivor of a town now disappeared, a Takuya, a smuggler. After the two meet up and analyze the situation, they look towards a mysterious corporation for answers.

Other News

And here are the other stories not directly related to new releases.

Oricon Releases Sales Statistics on the Best-Selling Manga and Light Novels for the First Half of 2018

Oricon, an organization that reports on arts and entertainment, has released their stats for the best selling Manga and Light Novels of the first half of 2018. The numbers include all sales from November 20, 2017, to May 20th of 2018. The full numbers can be seen here. Among the best-selling light novels are “The Ryo’s Work is Never Done,” “Re:Zero” and “Overlord,” and among best-selling manga includes “One Piece,” “Attack on Titan” and “Seven Deadly Sins.”

“Attack on Titan” Season 3 Will Air in Theatres, Along with a Recap Film

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Funimation has announced a two-day special event for the premiere of the long-anticipated season 3 of “Attack on Titan.” The first episode of the series will be shown in the theatre. According to Funimation and the promotional art, the dubbed version will air on July 11th while the subtitled version will air on the July 10th. Along with the premiere of the third season, Funimation will also air a recapped version of the of the show’s second season in order to keep fans up to speed.

Article Highlights

And now for the portion where I shout out other articles from fellow bloggers or other publications that I really enjoyed.

Karandi’s Review of “Are You Alice?”

In this blog post, blogger Karandi of 100WordAnime talks about the first volume of “Are You Alice,” a collaborative effort by writer and illustrator Ikumi Katagiri and author Ai Ninomiya. Karandi uses the review to point out the laziness of Alice in Wonderland type stories where plot points are excused as being totally justified by the fact that they are in wonderland. It resonated with me a lot and was very well written. Check it out.

Youth in Succession and the OWLS’ “Movement” Month

In her piece for the OWLS’ April Blog Tour titled “Movement,” Lita of LitaKinoAnimeCorner talked about a Chinese drama called “A Love So Beautiful,” which focuses on the relationship of Chen Xiaoxi and Jiang Chen. Her piece wonderfully talks about the need to for kids to rebel against authority as means of escaping a pressure-filled, sometimes extremely stressful life. Definitely worth a read.


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