Those who love Japanese anime know what to expect from animation. This is a different type of production from Western Disney-style animations – they are loaded with very dramatic emotions and don’t necessarily focus on a closed, linear story, but rather on building challenges and adventures so that the mission of your characters to be constantly implemented. Check. That’s more or less the case with most Japanese animated series which, if successful – and a good chunk of them do – get full-format expansions. This is the case of the series “Demon Slayer”, which launches its film “Demon Slayer – Mugen Train: O Filme” in Brazilian cinemas.
Tanjirô (Natsuki Hanae, in the original Japanese dub), Zenitsu (Hiro Shimono) and Inosuke (Yoshitsugu Matsuoka) run to catch the train on the platform which is already leaving for Mugen town. They need to know which chariot is Kyôjurô (Satoshi Hino), a mighty master. However, the journey is quickly threatened by the presence of terrible demons that invade people’s sleep and trap them there, in happy memories they don’t want to give up, as their bodies are threatened with death inside the car. . Therefore, Tanjirô will have to learn to master his own strength in order to protect all the passengers on the train.
First of all, “Demon Slayer – Mugen Train: The Movie” is a production designed for fans of the series. Simply put, if you are dumb and decide to watch this movie, there are some key plot points that you probably won’t understand as it is built directly with elements from the anime. Not that the functionality is incomprehensible, of course not. But it has a much more intense impact on the kids who are fans of the Demon Hunter Trio.
Dramaturgically, it must be said that “Demon Slayer – Mugen Train: The Film” is extremely dramatic, in the same way that it is extremely over the top. At the same time that his characters have bursts of infantilism (which attracts the pre-adolescent audience), at the same time he has very heavy scenes for these children (which justifies the age rating of 16).
With a youthful appearance – since the characters are from very young age groups, although they deal with themes of adult responsibility – Koyoharu Gotouge’s storyline, based on the manga ‘Kimetsu no yaiba’, is crafted into four arcs that develop in almost two hours. The first three are interconnected by a very cohesive linear story – the adventure of the protagonists facing the demons that threaten the train – however, when you think that the film ends, a new arc appears with the appearance of a new character who takes the plot in another direction, leaving it open because, as we said, functionality is part of the universe of the series.
In other words, “Demon Slayer – Mugen Train: The Movie” is like a super extended episode of the anime: it works better as an OVA than a movie. But fans will enjoy every moment of the cinema, without a doubt, as the feature is filled with incredible battles and incredible shots that fill the screen with lots of colorful light and brightness.
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