So, fully outing myself as a weeb in the second week of uni, I went to watch Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train in big, beautiful IMAX. As the very complicated name suggests, this movie is set on a train. We find our classic team of idiots sent on a mission to help the Flame Hashira, Kyōjurō Rengoku, investigate ominous disappearances that radiate strong Murder on the Orient Express vibes.
Somehow, in the span of a 2 hour movie, Tanjiro has managed to grow his skills faster than law students writing essays. However, despite Tanjiro trying his best, Koyoharu Goutaro (the creator) loves making him and the audience suffer with numerous plot twists that physically shake you to your core. Someone give this poor boy a break.
If you love sitting in a cinema with surround sound, physically short of breath, on the brink of tears, and genuinely wondering how the plot could develop any more, this is the movie for you. Not to mention all the impressive technical aspects. There is nothing quite as beautiful as when the dramatic music stops and the cinema is dead silent. All that you hear is the subtle background noises of leaves rustling. Every blade movement, every jump and leap is animated with action packed precision.
In defense of anime, this movie blends art and entertainment in the most unpatronising way possible. You get caught up in the action, in the joy, in the sadness, and by the time the ending credits have passed and the lights have turned on, you want to watch it all over again.