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Bailey Navy’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
How the possible fuck does this film have a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, this was a catastrophe. The entire previews/trailers were centered around the “dream” aspect which felt short and rushed. Why would a Hashira be the last to escape his dream? Why didn’t we get any backstory on Inosuke and his childhood during these dreams. Most importantly, and what I felt needed more emphasis was Tanjiro leaving his family in the dream. There was no goodbye hugs, or heroic “i’ll avenge you” moment. It also makes no sense why he should just be able to look at his reflection in the water and his subconscious knows he’s dreaming... Then, the entire idea of the dreams and emotional trauma (or otherwise known as the perfect time to develops a character or dive deeper into their backstory) was completely undermined by this bullshit Stranger Things knockoff of a “living train with tentacle arms”. This whole movie had a plethora of holes and unexplained things, which is expected when you attempt to fit an entire Arc into a modernized 2 hour movie, it just won’t work. Rengoku’s death didn’t have enough significance to truly have the viewer feel pain, because he had just been introduced. (if you cried over him dying you clearly haven’t seen many Anime). not to mention after Rengoku told Tanjiro to tell his Father and Younger brother his last words he says, “and one last thing...” and proceeds to speak for another 5 minutes... how the f*$& is this man still alive... Inosuke, Zenitsu, Kanao, Giyu (and all the other Demon Slayers besides Tanjiro) are left undeveloped and we learned nothing about any of them... besides the fact that Zenitsu is useless and Inosuke is brainless. After leaving many holes and deciding to kill off an extremely tough Hashira in Rengoku they decide to allow the Upper Rank demon to just escape with Tanjiro’s sword in his back? The Movie would’ve had so much more going for it in the future if they left this on a cliff hanger (example : show a sword stabbing through the abdomen of Akaza, the sun rises, the screen then shows Rengoku coughing blood. and boom, the movie is over)... the viewer would’ve been left wanting more, i was left wanting nothing to do with this melodramatic, poor character development, teenage boy appealing anime. disappointing