‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba‘ is an anime television show made by Ufotable and dubbed into English by Aniplex with the show streaming to Funimation for North America. The first part of season two expanded on the film with the seven-episode “Mugen Train” Arc.
High-ranking Demon Slayer and flame Hashira warrior Kyōjurō Rengoku (Mark Whitten) investigates the disappearances of commuters on the Mugen Train. After saving a station from a demon, he meets up with rookie Demon Slayer members Tanjiro (Zach Aguilar), his demon-infected sister Nezuko (Abby Trott), boar-masked hot-head Inosuke (Bryce Papenbrook), and the cowardly Zenitsu (Aleks Le). They soon fall into a deep sleep prompted by the demon Enmu (Landon McDonald) with plans to kill them in their dreams. Little do they know, the Upper Demon known as Akaza (Lucien Dodge) waits in the wings.
When I first heard that show director Haruo Sotozaki was double-dipping into the events of the “Mugen Train,” I did not know what to expect. Dragon Ball Super did the same thing and all it did was serve as filler for the series, though I enjoyed them. With ‘Demon Slayer,’ I honestly enjoyed it.
As with season one, this is probably one of the best anime, especially in this modern era. The story is well-crafted, the animation is superb, the voice acting is excellent, and the character development of Tanjiro is on point. He has gone from an innocent boy to a man who has witnessed the slaughter of family, his sister turned into creature, and has battled demons. We have watched him grow as a swordsman, but also somehow maintain his belief in the good.
Yet, the highlight of these seven episodes is Rengoku. While we enjoyed his sharp attitude at the end of season one and his impressive skills in the film, we never got time to get to know him. This time around, we learn about his passion for justice, his disdain for demons, and how tragic his life has been, but through it all, he calls on folks to “set your heart ablaze.”
Also, Papenbrook seems to have waited his whole life for the role of Inosuke. He grabs the role by the tusks and runs with it. He has some truly cool sequences and his dialogue is hilarious. I was impressed with his dedication to the role.
I would like to remind viewers that just because it is animated does not make it a kid’s show. There is a lot of bloody violence and some minor language. Be wary of that, but otherwise, enjoy this anime.
Check out the trailer below:
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Strong violence, Disturbing images, Some foul language,
This review is based on the dub.
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