Demon Slayer Mugen Train Anime Episode 5 Review: Move Forward!

Good news! Somebody woke up to save Tanjiro and the train. Bad News! It is Inosuke, who’ll probably kill all the passengers alongside the Demon. Let’s see what Demon Slayer Mugen Train Anime Episode 5 was all about in this review!

Demon Slayer Mugen Train Anime Episode 5 Overview

Demon Slayer Mugen Train Anime Episode 5 title
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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 5 in original Japanese.

– Demon Slayer Mugen Train Anime Episode 5 Review does not contain spoilers –

Demon Slayer Mugen Train Arc Episode 5- The Review

Tanjiro Inosuke
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Perhaps a day will come where an episode of Demon Slayer Mugen Train will receive all positive reviews. This wasn’t it, however. I had a lot of qualms about the happenings here, but I would still start with the positive stuff. Inosuke was surprisingly helpful and toned down this episode, and Tanjiro’s matter of fact responses to his insane ramblings were quite funny. The action was also good, and the plans the group made to take the Demon down was logical and smart. Now for the bad part.

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Demon Slayer Mugen Train movie has a runtime of 1 hour and 57 minutes, including credits. When I heard that six of the seven episodes would be telling the story that the movie told, I assumed that there would be additional footage to account for the around 10-minute increase in runtime. Well, Mugen train Episode 5 showed us where the additional time went, and oh boy, is it infuriating. Yes, there are a few extra scenes added here and there, but they only make up about 3 minutes of extra content.

Nezuko Zenitsu
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Demon Slayer Mugen Train Episode 5 begins with a 3-minute long recap of the previous episode’s ending. Just because watching the scene in the movie and the previous episode wasn’t enough, we had to watch the entire scene copied and pasted into this episode too. There went three out of the ten minutes of extra 10 minutes. After the credits, there was another fantastic use of the extra time- the most godawful “comedy” skit that I have ever seen, which was truly an insult to the entire art of making people laugh.

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The show also doesn’t explain how any of the other Demon Slayers woke up other than Tanjiro. He required Nezuko to burn down the entire rope to come out of the trance, so how are the others running around freely, having done no such thing (in front of our eyes)? It makes sense that the train driver was in on it the entire time, but then why wouldn’t the Slayers know that already? Even after doing what he does, why is their first instinct to protect him instead of themselves? Sometimes I think Shonen protagonists are required to be stupid.

There was some fluid and slick looking animation in Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Episode 5, but it means nothing if the thing that you are competing against looks like the awfully rendered CG semi-liquid goop that it is. The series is usually amazing with animation, so this monstrosity sticks out like a sore thumb amidst all the fun gore and action. The varied colours and sword styles look great, still, and are a delight to see whenever on screen.

Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc Episode 5 also didn’t have any major differences from the movie, other than the addition at the end I’ve already talked about. This makes reason #579 why this anime edition of the movie was a bad idea. It just feels creatively bankrupt and very tacky, and it had no reason to exist in the form that it does. So far, the series has failed to provide any good reason for its existence, which is very damning of the entire production.


Demon Slayer Mugen Train Anime Episode 5 should not exist. It brings nothing special to the table, and everything new about it would make any sensible person’s eyes bleed.

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Demon Slayer Mugen Train Anime Episode 5 should not exist. It brings nothing special to the table, and everything new about it would make any sensible person's eyes bleed.

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