Why the New Demon Slayer Movie Disappointed the Fandom Explained

The Demon Slayer franchise is known for its ethereal animation, exhilarating fight scenes and a powerful sense of character. This has made the series incredibly popular among manga and anime fans worldwide.

Jenny Tapia
March 4, 2023 1:04 PM

When the first movie adaptation of Demon Slayer blew box office records, it was a win for both anime fans and the industry as a whole. Now, it's been released internationally, and the fandom is eager to see if this new film lives up to its hype.

The main complaint among fans is that the movie was mostly a recap of the previous season. However, that's not necessarily true.


Fans of the series were not happy about the repetition of scenes from the last two episodes of season 2, the “Amusement District” arc. Many also criticized the inclusion of an extended version of the first episode of season 3, the “Blacksmith Village” arc.

Despite this, some people were still able to see the movie and have praised the animation, action scenes and how it helps bridge the gap between seasons 2 and 3. Some of these fans even defended the film, saying that it’s worth the price of admission.

Besides the repetition, the new Demon Slayer movie also has its share of shortcomings, including inconsistencies and lack of originality. For instance, it’s a shame that the film doesn’t have a female demon slayer character. Despite the fact that the film is the latest in the long line of Demon Slayer anime entries, it should have been more creative when it came to designing a female demon slayer.

Lack of originality

Despite the popularity, the new movie disappointed many of its fandom. In an interview with Nikkei Entertainment, Hiroyuki Nakano, editor-in-chief of Weekly Shonen Jump, explained why.

Originality is one of the most important factors to consider when making a film. It can be used to differentiate a movie from the competition and help it stand out from the crowd.

This can be done through a variety of different approaches, from the concept to the design and visual effects. However, originality can also be a trap.

The problem is that a lot of films tend to be heavily based on known content, rather than completely original concepts. This can lead to a lack of creativity, innovation and bold artistic choices.

Lack of character development

One of the most popular anime series of recent years, Demon Slayer has quickly gathered a passionate fandom. The show is based on manga writer and illustrator Koyoharu Gotouge's story about a young boy who joins the mysterious Demon Slayer Corps after his family is slaughtered and his sister Nezuko turned into a demon.

The new Demon Slayer movie continues the franchise's excellent storytelling and delivers some of its most jaw-dropping fight sequences yet. But it also carries over the series' tenderness, which makes it a great movie for both experienced and novice fans.

In addition, the new movie expands on the series' characterization to make Tanjiro and his comrades even more fleshed-out. This is especially important for Rengoku, who had little character development as he only appeared in the final few episodes of season 1.


As a big fan of the Demon Slayer series, I was extremely disappointed to see that they decided to retell the Mugen Train arc in an anime film. This is a huge mistake and it should not happen in a franchise that has such an incredible backstory.

The movie starts off with Tanjiro, Nezuko, and Zenitsu boarding the Mugen Train to help Flame Hashira Demon Slayer Kyojuro Rengoku kill a demon who has been killing the passengers on the train. They encounter Enmu, a high-ranking demon who is empowered with the magic to send people into deep sleep.

However, Rengoku and his companions are soon unable to stop the Upper Three of the Twelve Kizuki, Akaza, from attacking them. Fortunately, Kyojuro is able to defend himself against the upper demon with his immense power.


Jenny Tapia

Jenny Tapia is an anime lover and writer from New York City. She has been an avid fan of anime since she was a child, and her passion only grew as she got older. She has written countless articles and reviews on anime, manga, and other related topics. She has also written and edited scripts for various animated series. Her love for anime and knowledge of the medium have made her an invaluable asset to any project she takes part in. She is always looking to further her understanding and knowledge of the medium, and she is always excited to share her enthusiasm with other fans.

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