Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has taken the anime world by storm with its intriguing storyline, breathtaking animation, and soundtrack. Its popularity soared even more after the release of the Demon Slayer movie: Mugen Train in Japan. The movie made record-breaking box office numbers and was well-received by critics and fans alike.

With season 2 releasing soon, many anime fans have been contemplating whether or not they should watch the Demon Slayer movie before starting season 2. In this article, we will discuss why you should consider watching the movie before diving into season 2.

Understanding Continuity

Understanding Continuity

The events that take place during the Demon Slayer movie are directly linked to season 1’s finale cliffhanger episode in terms of continuity. Here’s a rundown for those who may need a refresher:

In Episode 26 (season finale), Tanjiro Kamado, Zenitsu Agatsuma, Inosuke Hashibira accompanied their mentor Tengen Uzui as a part of his mission to track down Upper Moon Three Enmu on board the Mugen Train. However, unbeknownst to them (and Tengen), Enmu had laced everyone onboard with his Blood Art power—one which induced sleep—and used Tanjiro’s vivid dreamscape against him all while carefully selecting specific passengers to become “food” on behalf of Muzan Kibutsuji himself.

Essentially without spoiling too much from it since some audiences may still want details after having not watched it yet is that Mugen Train acts as an extended arc covering Episodes #53–65 but continues seasons one timeline without skipping any significant developments.

If viewers jump straight into Season 2 without catching up on what transpired during Mugen Train’s plotline, then they might find themselves confused about certain references and character development present throughout that spillover into S2. Ultimately there won’t be enough context present to follow the timeline cohesively.

Continuity is essential because Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba builds its story around building narrative and emotional arcs for characters, as well as establishing world-building. The movie features character nuances and base motivations that Season two will need viewers to understand beforehand.

Character Development

Character Development

Demon Slayer’s real strength comes through in its characterization with all the elements combined resulting in fans falling head-over-heels regarding not just a few members of Team Kamado; rather many of DS’s various cast. Mugen Train chiefly develops both physically and emotionally core protagonists Tanjiro & Rengoku. While Tanjiro continues pursuing ways forward with his breath style, Rengoku elevated himself into someone beyond heroic legend.

After studying Shinjūrō Kurōdō’s Style, Hashira; Flame Breathing (also known as “The Beast Hunter”), like others who have undergone demon slayer training all their lives improves upon their abilities with each subsequent battle they fight improving on one another’s styles while individually making them stronger too! But when it comes right down it there are risks associated with becoming stronger hunters – one such risk seen frequently throughout series so far…the recurring motif of ‘Death’ paving the way towards consequences our heroes can ill afford to ignore.

Rengoku plays a pivotal role within Demon Slayer Mugen Train showing just how exemplary he was at protecting human life throughout tracks story events. It is additionally interesting that Koyoharu Gotouge themselves stated preferring watching major battles happen in motion over manga itself since they get to see what animators bring forth & said work ultimately echoes heavily into season 2’s aesthetic quality!

Not forgetting important facts from different sources regarding Sentinel Anime Holdings announced licensing agreements add additional reasons you should watch Mugen Train before beginning S2:

“The film has enjoyed unanimous praise since its theatrical Hagumi Kitazawa further expands coverage& ; Takeuchi Shunsuke’s distinguished animation skills draw fans’ attention like no other. Demographic preference amongst manga fandoms also looks highly promising as surveys hint at strong viewership possibility.”

The Movie Expands on the Story

Mugen Train isn’t just a quick side story; it’s an integral part of the Demon Slayer narrative and sews splintered pieces of different arcs together all while generally deepening audience concepts regarding key characters or important shared-world background infrastructure.

Some noteworthy moments in Mugen Train include flashbacks about Kyōjurō Rengoku’s childhood, revealing his genesis backstory and quest for glory, establishing a deeper understanding ingrained in another Hashira pillar (a position within demon-hunting society serving under direct orders from high-ranked slayers).

Kyojuro is introduced much more ably during the movie, adding layers to his character that highlight why he carries himself with so much pride & dignity that often sets him apart from many others. Viewers see not only what pains motivate this energetic warrior but also how deeply personal stakes strengthen resolve despite inevitable battles looming around corners threatening life itself!

Another aspect shown within DS:MT lies therein Zenitsu’s developing skill set as well capturing rapid development glimpses into Inosuke primarily via introspection. Overall these two are invested-upon enough where audiences can’t help but feel drawn-in emotionally towards both their growth & challenges.

If you watch Continuously…

Ultimately, by viewing the Demon Slayer movie before starting season 2 – you give sessions precise nuances and callbacks contextual sense capable of resonating with audiences on multiple levels without going “wait, when did this happen?” It works each time providing adequate summaries – allowing less adventurous anime-watchers understand history clearly moving forward without feeling lost while continuing underlining points GMNI-&Y-SA creates portraying exceptional action scenes running concurrently showing off its usual stunning artwork/details/fights throughout more than one platform if added incentives necessary to consider watching!


In conclusion, for optimum viewing experience, it is highly recommended that you watch the Demon Slayer movie: Mugen Train before starting season 2. If you do so, you will establish a cohesiveness when following through with continuity and get emotionally invested in pivotal characters whose development impacts future arcs.

Not only will movie watchers have more profound understandings of moments involving Zenitsu and Inosuke during Mugen Train they’d previously missed answers from between episodes #26-53 but those initial details from introducing us to Rengoku who could become one of many most influential figures throughout entire Demon Slayer canon Season Two even without fully exploring further facets surrounding relatively unexplored Hashira members.

Events from S1E26 continue straight into Mugen Train allowing new narrative connections extending on existing world-building storylines. By integrating everything together nicely makes each related facet/individual altogether stronger merely by being present at all!

Arguably making Demon Slayer as a whole much richer concerning the expanded universe-like mythologies seen therein via its occasional sharp focus towards specific character growth instances that deeper tie audiences (new & seasoned) downing-their-swords eagerly awaiting what comes next!