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Cinematic Success or Film Flop? Demon Slayer: Mugen Train

  Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- the Movie: Mugen Train has come out in theaters and on streaming platforms. Impressive in many ways, it notably overcomes the challenges that come with not just being the first film of one of the hottest anime franchises of the past five years, but also daring to be canon. WARNING: MOVIE SPOILERS BELOW! The Story Demon Slayer: Mugen Train follows the continuing journey of Tanjiro Kamado, a kind-yet-strong boy who becomes a Demon Slayer to avenge his family and restore his demon-turned sister back to her human self. Along with his allies, he boards a train in order to assist one of the Corps’ strongest members, the flame-wielding “Hashira” Kyojuro Rengoku, on a mission...

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and the Matter of Family

  Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has been one of the big shounen success stories in recent years, in Japan and internationally. Whether in anime or manga, the series is filled with charismatic characters, a compelling world, and exciting battles. Of course, that describes plenty of other series, so someone looking in from the outside might wonder what exactly Demon Slayer brings to the table—is it just the latest hit shounen battle manga, or is there something more?  While Demon Slayer is in many ways a conventional work, what makes it stand out among similar titles is the bond between its two central characters: Kamado Tanjiro and his sister Nezuko. That core relationship, built on familial love and a world-defying...

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What Does the End of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mean for Its Anime?

After four years and 205 chapters, Koyoharu Gotouge’s manga Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has reached its finale. Although there’s nothing inherently strange about a series finishing after a pretty lengthy run, Demon Slayer is precisely the type of series that seemed poised to keep going forever. It was a popular series running in the most famous of all manga magazines, Weekly Shonen Jump. It’s a battle manga, the bread and butter of shounen storytelling, and boasts compelling action, story, and characters that can keep an audience’s attention. It even received a successful and critically acclaimed anime adaptation in 2019 by Ufotable, winning awards in Japan and abroad. All signs pointed to it being another long-haul megahit, yet here we...

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