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‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba — To the Hashira Coaching’ Assessment: Monster Mash-Up

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“Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba — To the Hashira Coaching,” from the director Haruo Sotozaki and the Japanese animation studio Ufotable, isn’t really a film: It’s a feature-length presentation of two episodes from the favored “Demon Slayer” tv sequence, neatly spliced collectively however in any other case unchanged within the transition to the large display.

It’s the second such theatrical particular, after final yr’s “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba — To the Swordsmith Village,” which mixed the ending of the present’s second season with the premiere of the third. “To the Hashira Coaching” jams collectively the third-season finale and the fourth-season premiere, each of that are slightly below an hour lengthy; the fourth season hasn’t aired on TV but. As you may think, the film is supposed for followers.

A compilation of small-screen anime motion might theoretically work as a characteristic movie, particularly when the motion is as rousing and well-realized because the ultraviolent, stylized swordplay depicted right here — there’s some good demon slaying in “Demon Slayer.”

However the mixture of finale and premiere inevitably feels lopsided, because the exhilarating climax of the earlier season, during which the younger hero Tanjiro (Natsuki Hanae) vanquishes the fierce Higher 4 demon Hantengu (Toshio Furukawa), wraps up midway by the working time, leaving the considerably slow-paced starting of the subsequent arc to really feel like a glacial denouement. Tanjiro spends the again half of “To the Hashira Coaching” recovering from battle in mattress, whereas the Hashira coaching in query is merely teed up, to be continued within the following episodes. It makes you would like it have been an actual film as a substitute.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba — To the Hashira Coaching
Rated R for graphic cartoon violence and a few sturdy language. In Japanese, with subtitles. Working time: 1 hour 44 minutes. In theaters.