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Film Review: Demon Slayer

(Japanese Translation below)

By Sogo Nishimura

The popular TV anime series “Demon Slayer” began broadcasting in 2019 and was made into a movie in October 2020. The story begins when after the main character, Tanjiro, leaves his house, his family is killed by a demon.

Tanjiro was one of six children. He lost his father when he was young and lived with his siblings and his mother. He was deeply saddened, so he decided to become a Demon Slayer.

The story is about a demon who captures some people on the Mugen Train. The demon likes the disappointment and pain of humans. Demon Slayers went to the train to kill the demon, but all the slayers disappeared into thin air.

Therefore, Tanjiro, his sister Nezuko, Zenitsu, Inosuke, and Kyoujuro, went there on a mission. Can they get rid of the demons and protect the train passengers? And can they come home alive?

In this movie, demon slayers use a lot of tricks to kill demons. The quality of the tricks is very sophisticated. In addition, there is an interesting story about the structure of the human body. Humans can breathe, so by working out how they breathe, they can become physically stronger. In the story, something called “Total Concentration Breathing,” is a breathing technique devised to defeat demons.

Humans inhale large amounts of air into their lungs, then their body becomes hot and strong. This helps to dramatically improve one’s physical fitness in order to increase movement speed and sword swing speed.

The movie grossed over 40 billion yen (about 2 billion dollars) in Japan, and over 500 billion yen (about 3 billion dollars) worldwide. You should see the anime before watching the movie.


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