Fans and Critics Alike Are On Board With Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train

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Kelly Knox has been an anime fan for over 20 years. She's an entertainment writer in the Seattle area who also contributes to StarWars.com, DCComics.com, IGN, and more.

Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train exploded into movie theaters in the United States and Canada this past weekend and delighted reviewers and audience members alike!

From Aniplex of America and Funimation, the film features your favorite Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba characters as they board the mysterious Mugen Train alongside fiery Flame Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku. Together, they investigate the disappearance of over 40 people aboard the train in an unforgettable, heart-pounding adventure.

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Now that critics and fans have seen the action-packed anime, we wanted to round up some of our favorite reactions to the movie from fans of the eye-popping animation, the incredible cast of characters and the just plain fun of returning to a movie theater.

Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train is a brilliant encapsulation of the series’ strengths and appeal, filled with moments of pulse-pounding action, heady emotional gravitas, and fantastic character-affirming moments of levity and humor,” reports Polygon.

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Kate Sánchez of But Why Tho? agrees that those character moments are powerful.

Mugen Train manages to bring beautiful and violent animation, a thrilling soundtrack, and emotional character moments that showcase the resiliency of humanity…” she said. “…and more importantly, the strength it takes to maintain it.”

On Twitter, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba fan TurtleHall put it a even more succinctly.

One character in particular made an impression on both audience members and critics: Rengoku.

“Rengoku has a surprising amount of emotional impact that slowly builds a connection to the audience before you even notice,” says The Observer. “His backstory is tragic without feeling soapy, his personality pops up the instant he’s on-screen, and his fighting skills are awe-inspiring.”

Den of Geek agreed, and found Rengoku’s scenes some of the most thrilling.

Mugen Train really becomes more of a story for Rengoku than anyone else. He shares the spotlight with Tanjiro, but Rengoku has more to both lose and gain through all of this,” writes Daniel Kurland.

And you can always count on Twitter to sum it all up in one statement.

Of course, this is Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, so it’s not just heavy emotional moments from your favorite characters that you can expect from the well-balanced blockbuster.

“When it’s fun, it’s fun, but when it’s time to get serious or tug at the heartstrings, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train does exactly that,” sums up The Mary Sue.

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Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train is now in theaters across the U.S.! The animated record-breaker hits U.K. cinemas in May, and in June you’ll find it on digital video storefronts.

RELATED: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba TV Specials to Stream First on Funimation

Have you already seen the movie? Share this post and let us know! And stay tuned to Funimation for the latest on all things anime, this season and beyond.

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