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241. Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-Hen (Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train) – This Just In (#238)

Hosted by Andrew Quinn and Darren Mooney, with special guests Graham Day and Bríd Martin, The 250 is a (mostly) weekly trip through some of the best (and worst) movies ever made, as voted for by Internet Movie Database Users. New episodes are released every Saturday at 6pm GMT.

This time, Haruo Sotozaki’s Demon Slayer – The Movie: Mugen Train.

Following a series of mysterious disappearances on a train from Tokyo to Mugen, three young demon slayers are dispatched to investigate possible supernatural influences. The three quickly team up with a veteran soldier in the battle against evil, and discover just how quickly their mission can go off the rails.

At time of recording, it was ranked 238th on the list of the best movies of all time on the Internet Movie Database.

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One Response

  1. Hi Darren, it’s been like nearly a year since this podcast came out, but have you checked out season 2 of Demon Slayer yet?

    My thoughts? It’s interesting to say the least. It starts out bizarrely with a 7 episode extended version of Mugen Train complete with a prologue and epilogue to the events of the film, which seems to only exist because of how incredibly popular Rengoku is in Japan, and wanting to keep milking that film’s popularity despite being the highest grossing film over there.

    And then we get to the real meat and potatoes of the next arc that lasts 11 episodes, and yet feels longer than that, due to the fact that much of its running time is dedicated to one looooooooong fight that doesn’t seem to know when it will end. Just when it seems like the fight is over, then they pull the rug from under to have another fight that lasts even longer. It’s very much more of the same, and seems to also follow that MCU model suspiciously, complete with a loud noisy third act, and a post-credits stinger for the next arc with a new character out of nowhere. Also it’s a bit skeevy with how it takes place in a red light district and the three boys disguise themselves as prostitutes to infiltrate it, and yet it doesn’t matter much because it doesn’t have anything to say about it (in addition to not being explicit at all, ironic since the guy Tengen who’s their partner for this arc has multiple wives). This whole infiltration thing you’d suspect would have a mystery investigation aspect to it to shaken things up, and yet the reveal is so obviously laid out and obvious that it’s hardly a mystery, so they can get to the fighting faster.

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