What I thought when I saw”Demon Slayer” movie *I had no idea of the anime before

This is an official poster of the movie

Hello everyone. Actually, I watched the film which was far beyond the talk of the town and almost talk of the nation from October. The Damon Slayer movie, I’m talking about. Every media took it as a main culture topic those days (maybe still now?), and actually I hated it. Why Japanese TV media is always like this? Aren’t you feeling boring? Every time, every channels pick up the same scandal or slightly hit music topic and they introduce those as a miracle hit or totally bullshit or something like that. Since I don’t own TV, so I am in peace though, please don’t make anything wrong and on air.

Anyway, I’m not writing for Japanese corrupted TV media, but the beauty of the movie. First of all, I was totally not a fan of this animation series, but since the movie made a huge hit in Japan, and that made me to see the movie in a theatre (After all, I’m a huge fan of movies). Before going to the theater, I asked one of my Damon Slayer fan friends, “Hey, can I really understand the movie even if I didn’t have any knowledge at all?” and he says “I think you can enjoy it. At least 70%, or more?”. Then, I actually checked a short clips on YouTube which explain the world of Demon Slayer briefly.

And, actually I went to see it just after the opening date. Since I went to the theatre on Tuesday 3 pm, accidentally the day was my paid holiday, the audiences were almost adults or college students. And I watched the movie. The movie seemed very intense from the beginning to the end, but there are some scenes you gonna be crying. In those kind of scenes, I could hear the sounds of many lazy adults’ crying and sniffing. Then I thought how miserable they are with crying and sniffing too.

After finishing the movie, I realized the movie was really excited and touching. I totally understood why the movie got the super hit even under this COVID term. The down below is my personal analysis of this movie.

Reasons of Hit (Netflix, Matsuri (Japanese word of Festival) and Story)

Actually, in my opinion, the movie was totally unlike to Japanese huge hit animation film family tree like Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki or Your Name by Makoto Shinkai. It is just because the Damon Slayer movie is basically made for the anime series audiences. And in my opinion, the movie was kind of an animation program which can be aired on TV. Of course the movie was well made and must be a masterpiece though, it seems just like the TV animation in the theater.

Then why this huge Japanese people went to see it? Many people assume that is thanks to the Netflix or Amazon Prime Videos which allow people to watch every animation episodes anytime anywhere. If somebody recommended you to watch an anime series, you couldn’t watch without going rental shop. But today, the speed to catch up is dramatically increased. But anyway, I didn’t watch any series (simply because I’m afraid of being into the original series).

However, the biggest reason for the big hit I think is because we all Japanese lost every MATSURI (meaning basically festivals. But it can be used for competition, or some big events in Japanese) in this 2020. We lost Olympic and almost any big events. We had prepared for celebrating or getting high for such festivities, but we lost everything. Japanese really loves Matsuri because it’s a day for the most shy Japanese people to be shameless super Japanese. Then, Japanese almost every main media try to pick this movie as a national festival. And people are dying from quarantine, but try to feel together by watching the movie.

Overall, I made a stupid hypothesis though, the world of this Demon Slayer was really simple, strong and well made. I personally felt encouragement from this movie. The characters are in very scary and terrible world, but there they never forget the truly important spirits or lessons and they try with their all hearts and souls. Then, we watch the beauty of never giving up, and maybe sometimes cried.

I wrote too much though, lastly I’d like to introduce one of my favorite lines from the movie (translated by me). This is the word of RENGOKU san (the person who is trying to kill a demon in that picture up above, known as Hashira; a kind of captain or leader).

However you feel you were defeated by your weakness or incompetence, keep burning your soul, grit your teeth and don’t look down. Even if you stop walking and crouching, time never stop flows. It will never stand with you.

Rengoku Kyojyurou

What a strict but really strong phrases. Please check the movie out, and stay safe!

Author: Tomoharu Watanabe

Hi there. I'm 28 years old Japanese guy who currently live in northern part of Japan; Hokkaido, and a high school English teacher. Love reading books and watching movies and especially traveling around the world. Playing the guitar and kendo (Japanese traditional martial arts) is also my pastime.

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