Can Tanjiro and his ragtag group of annoying friends wake up before they die in their sleep? Demon Slayer Mugen Train Anime Episode 4 is here with all the answers and even more questions. Since we all have refreshed ourselves after a week away from Demon Slayer, let’s get right to the review!
Demon Slayer Mugen Train Anime Episode 4 Overview
One of the most popular anime of our time, Demon Slayer, is back on our screens with the anime version of its Mugen Train Arc. Ufotable will slightly alter this adaptation from the movie released in 2020 to a huge critical and commercial reception, including new footage and an entirely new first episode. The Mugen Train Anime arc will run for 7 episodes, after which the show will resume its normal storyline with the Entertainment District Arc.
Ufotable is the studio behind Demon Slayer’s anime adaptation and will be directed by Haruo Sotozaki. It is to be noted that the first episode was Anime original, which means that the story isn’t originally what was written in the manga. You can read our review of the movie while you’re at it or our review of the previous episode of the arc if you’d like. The episode is also known as Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Ressha-hen Episode 4 in original Japanese.
– Demon Slayer Mugen Train Anime Episode 4 Review does not contain spoilers –
Demon Slayer Mugen Train Arc Episode 4- The Review
I originally planned to make this entire review about everything that makes Demon Slayer great after ragging on the series continuously for three episodes. However, while watching Mugen Train Episode 4, I realised that there’s something more important that we need to discuss this time around. I believe that Demon Slayer is a series that stabs itself in the back far more than any bad review ever can.
Everything good in Demon Slayer comes at a price. It makes a lot of things work and does many things right, but in the process of making good things, it always ends up hurting some other facet of itself. It wants to be a fantastic show, and in some aspects it is, but it feels like it doesn’t really know what it wants to be. Whether it is an emotional tale of love and restoration or a goofy comedy involving crazy characters, the show doesn’t seem to know the balance between its two halves.
Nowhere has this been more applicable than Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Episode 4. The episode starts with a masterful scene showing the invader to Tanjiro’s dream being led along the way by tiny light creatures. The scene is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen in an anime and is fantastically animated. Then, towards the end of the same episode, there are CG generated fleshy tentacles that wouldn’t look out of place in Berserk (2016). That’s how bad they looked.
Demon Slayer Mugen Train Episode 4 also featured a beautiful scene that shows Tanjiro’s resolve and the hardships he has faced in life, and what makes him the tortured character he is. In the same episode, nay, literally two minutes apart, is a supremely unfunny joke about Zenitsu wanting to kill someone because he was a boy and not Nezuko, who he has a crush on. It is a good thing Inosuke was asleep throughout this entire episode.
The series has a fantastic emotional core and some fantastic characters in Tanjiro, Nezuko, and Rengoku. It’s a shame that they had to sabotage themselves with unfunny clowns like Zenitsu and Inosuke. Both of them combined have never been in a singular scene that can be called good because of them. The only thing the show that doesn’t have a drawback is the solid music all around. Those who have seen the movie know that it gets even better than this, which is certainly something to anticipate.
Speaking of the movie, Demon Slayer Mugen Train Anime Episode 4 had a grand total of six (6) differences from the movie, 4 of which were the order the scenes were in, which means Ufotable added no real content via those changes. The other two were that Tanjiro spoke one extra word during one scene, and the villain spoke one extra line during his monologue. So watching this rehash of the movie was totally necessary. Am I right, Demon Slayer fans? In case it wasn’t obvious, I’m being facetious. You get nothing out of watching these episodes in this form. Just watch the movie.
Demon Slayer Mugen Train Anime Episode 4 was fun for people who haven’t seen the movie. The emotional beats hit, and the action was great. People who have seen the movie will get nothing for watching this series in this form.
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