‘Demon Slayer’ is heartwarming

Mattie Beck, Staff Writer

Many movies hit theaters this past weekend, and one of them was remarkably different from the rest.

“Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train” was released in the U.S. on April 23 and became very successful at the box office within just three days of showings.

This animated film had a run in Japan back in fall 2020 and just made its way to the U.S. this past weekend.

An article for Forbes titled “’Demon Slayer’ and ‘Mortal Kombat’ Both Score Flawless Victories At Friday Box Office” by staff writer Scott Mendelson reported the earnings.

“Released by Funimation, ‘Demon Slayer’ earned a whopping $9.5 million on Friday (counting Thursday previews),” Mendelson said. “Which will likely lead to $20 million Friday through Sunday in just 1,600 theaters.”

It already had success in Japan as well, earning over $400 million, making it the highest grossing film ever in Japan, Mendelson said.

The movie is a continuation the anime “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaibu” that was released back in 2018, and picks up directly where season one left off.

The plot is simple to follow for those who have watched the season beforehand, but may be hard for those new to this series.

To put it simply, a boy trying to save his possessed sister hops on a train with his companions to fight a demon that is wreaking havoc on passengers of the train.

While this film may turn some away due its anime style movie, there’s more to it than what appears.

The film evokes many emotions, including a sad but heartwarming message throughout.

It looks into familial relationships, such as losing family members, wishing things had or had not been said and learning that sometimes you have to let things go no matter how much they hurt.

No spoilers, but the ending of this film is certainly one that causes a few tears to be shed, ending with a message that resonates after viewing.