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Demon Slayer: Mugen Train movie sequel release date, trailer, plot, more

Published: 11/Apr/2020 17:09 Updated: 11/Apr/2020 17:10

by Brent Koepp


Ever since Demon Slayer captivated audiences with its 2019 debut, anime fans have been wondering when the series will return. However before Season 2, the epic story will be continued by a movie titled Mugen Train. Here is everything we know about the sequel film – including it’s release date.

Demon Slayer was the breakout anime of 2019, taking the medium by storm with its gripping tale of a boy’s quest to avenge his family after they are brutally murdered by demons – all except his sister, who is turned into one.

After the final episode aired in September 2019, fans have been left wondering when the series would be making its return. Here is all the details about the sequel film that will continue the brutal story.

The popular 2019 anime is getting a feature length film sequel in 2020.

Demon Slayer: The Movie announced

After the final episode of Season 1 aired on television, it was followed by an announcement that the series would be coming back as a feature length film before Season 2.

The name of the film is titled Demon Slayer: The Movie – Mugen Train. According to the creators, the film will serve as a “direct sequel” to the first season, while also bridging the gap for the eventual second one.

After the announcement, it was also revealed that the project was being helmed by Haruo Sotozaki who has directed Tales of Symphonia and Tales of Zestiria the X. All of the original cast members will also be returning to reprise their roles.

The announcement trailer

Following a short tease, fans got their first taste of the film with a full length trailer in October 2019. The ominous one minute video leads with some spooky narration. “Within a short period of time, over 40 people have disappeared from this train,” it begins.

“The corps sent a few swordsmen, but they all went silent…” it continues, before cutting to Tanjiro and Zenitsu discovering that the train has demons on board.

Fans then get an epic introduction to the Flame Pillar, who exclaims “With the crimson flame blade of Rengoku, I shall burn you to the bone!”

The plot of the film

Those who stay up to date with the manga already know that the film’s title refers to the “Infinity Train” arc in the story, which runs from chapter 54-69. The train plot is what the film will solely focus on.

In the story, Tanjiro and his allies, Zenitsu and Inosuke, purchase tickets to ride the Infinity Train in the hopes of meeting the Flame Pillar, Kyojuro Rengoku.

However, the powerful swordsman is investigating a mystery on board where people are mysteriously vanishing, and the series main cast finds themselves entangled in its web.

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The seventh arc of the manga will be the focus of the 2020 film.

What is the film’s release date?

The release date for the highly anticipated film was announced on April 10 through a post on the official Demon Slayer Twitter account. Attached to the tweet was new full length trailer which revealed the date at the end.

Mugen Train will be officially hitting theaters in Japan on October 16, 2020.  In a rough translation by Google Translate, the post states: “Released on Friday, October 16, 2020. The first trailer of the movie version of Mugen Train has been released!”

The film’s social media account also updated followers with an official movie poster for its theatrical release, and its stunning visuals is enough to get anyone excited.

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Mugen Train also got an incredibly detailed poster for its theatrical release.

At the time of writing, there is currently no date for a Western release, although we imagine fans of the series won’t have to wait too long to watch it subbed.

The 2020 film is a must-see for viewers excited to see how Tanjiro’s epic journey continues, as the theatrical release will bridge Season 1 and 2 together.


Attack on Titan fans furious over anime’s “excessive” censorship

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:42 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 7:32

by Brent Koepp


Despite releasing in 2013, some Attack on Titan fans are only now discovering the anime’s censored violence in comparison to the manga. A YouTube video went viral after showcasing the stark differences. 

Attack on Titan made its groundbreaking anime debut in 2013, and quickly exploded in popularity. Viewers around the world became captivated by its intense themes and relentlessly brutal story.

A YouTube video about the series went viral on November 15 after showing the difference between the manga and the anime adaptation’s depiction of violence – and some fans were not happy about it.

Promotional image of Attack on Titan Season 1 featuring Eren Jaegar.
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The 2013 hit anime has become a worldwide phenomena.

Attack on Titan fans discover manga is darker

For decades, it has been the norm that the manga version of a story is almost always more fleshed out story-wise, and often more graphic compared to its animated counterpart. Just like traditional shows, anime aired live has to dial back elements not suited for TV.

Despite this common wisdom, some Attack on Titan fans were not aware of just how much more brutally violent the written version actually was. YouTuber ‘Zmyh’ went viral after uploading a video that showcases just that.

The upload compares iconic scenes from the anime and manga, and puts them side-by-side to demonstrate the visual differences between them. The video quickly exploded online, and has over 1.6 million viewers at the time of writing.

For some fans of the series, this was their first time seeing the changes the anime made. One viewer wrote, “Interesting how there is censorship for Attack on Titan. Like seriously?” Another user said, “And here I thought that AOT was brutal…looks like I should read the manga.” Another YouTube comment exclaimed, “WHAT MAN THEY BETTER MAKE IT UNCENSORED FOR THE FINAL SEASON.”

Screenshot of Attack on Titan fans reacting to the YouTube video.

Many hit out at the alterations made in the animated series, arguing that it takes way from the story’s original impact. “They need to stop censorship, it completely ruins the more powerful impact it can have,” one commentator replied to the video. Another fan stated, “And that’s why you absolutely need to read the manga version of the Uprising arc, because it is literally just better in every way.”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to Attack on Titan anime censorship.

Not everyone was critical of the changes though. A handful of fans pointed out that Wit Studio did the best job they could given that the animated version also airs on TV. Some even argued that the changes were for the better.

The viral video is just another example of the divide that can sometimes exist between a manga and its anime adaptation. There will always be those that prefer the former to the latter. However, it is interesting to see the difference nonetheless.