‘Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train’ Review: Anime Record-Setter Serves Up Toon Action for Cult Audiences

You’re either already on the “Demon Slayer” train or you’re not, and the hit Japanese feature — arriving stateside having surpassed “Spirited Away” as the highest-grossing anime movie of all time — is hardly the vehicle for the popular franchise to pick up new passengers.

That doesn’t mean the action-packed toon won’t appeal to those curious to check out the sensation that has earned more than $415 million internationally.

But .Produced by the same team at Ufotable, “Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train” looks even more rudimentary than its small-screen counterpart, “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba,” which has amassed a cult following among Funimation, Crunchyroll and Netflix subscribers in the U.S.

The slight downgrade in quality may come as a surprise to those expecting slicker visuals from the theatrical blockbuster.

At times, the imagery hardly qualifies as animation, coming across as a sequence of still drawings: fixed expressions

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