If you have not heard of “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba,” it is an anime about a character named Tanjiro who comes home one day to find his family dead, except for his sister Nezuko who has been turned into a demon. His goal is to train and become stronger to help others and get rid of the demons.
The anime has been blowing up since it first came about in 2019, but it is when the movie “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train” really became popular that caused people to be curious about the anime. The movie came out in October of 2020, only in Japan. Many fans around the world were anticipating the movie to be released in their country, to the point where people would travel to Japan just to watch the film.
The film has shattered records in Japan, and it is also the highest-grossing anime and highest-grossing Japanese film of all time. The film earned $100 million in just 10 days, beating the Japanese animated film “Spirited Away” in 2001. The film has gained over $400 million since it was released.
The movie was released in the United States on Friday, April 23, 2021, and tickets sold out quickly. Many fans had high expectations for the movie after hearing good reviews from the Japanese audience. I, on the other hand, did not have much expectation because highly anticipated movies sometimes disappoint me. I came into the theater with no expectations, but the beginning of the film caught my attention right away since it started off where the anime series left off. It keeps you very engaged throughout the film, my eyes never left the screen, and the animation was beautiful. The storytelling of the movie was very well portrayed, especially for each character. Although you may think the movie is just about fighting and having arguments, it has the right amount of comedy and a good amount of scenes that will make you feel emotional. No wonder fans traveled across the world to see this movie.
It did meet the expectation of fans, and before the movie was released in the U.S., the creator of the manga had confirmed there will be a season 2 coming later this year. I would recommend this movie to anime fans even if many haven’t seen the series.