Demon Slayer Season 2 is tackling the Mugen Train Arc from Koyoharu Gotouge’s best-selling manga, but the anime covered similar ground in its recent film. Demon Slayer: Mugen Train hit Japanese theaters back in 2020, and it debuted overseas in early 2021. Since then, the film went on to break a number of records at the box office before heading to streaming and DVD and Blu-ray. Those who haven’t had a chance to watch it can officially do so from the comfort of their homes. But where can you watch the Demon Slayer movie?
What is ‘Demon Slayer: Mugen Train’ about?
Demon Slayer: Mugen Train picks up where the first season of the anime leaves off, with Tanjiro and his companions boarding a train. They’ve been called on to assist with a mission involving a powerful demon. Per Crunchyroll, the film’s synopsis reads as follows:
“After completing their rehabilitation training, Tanjiro and his comrades arrive at their next mission on the Mugen Train, where over 40 people have disappeared. Together with one of the most powerful swordsmen of the Demon Slayer Corps, Flame Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku, they face the nightmare on board.”
Unlike the majority of anime films, Mugen Train is canon, so it draws directly from the manga and connects to the anime’s main storyline. According to Box Office Mojo, it grossed an estimated $452,974,619 worldwide when it was playing in theaters. Between its relevance to the anime and theatrical success, it’s well worth the watch. Where can fans find it?
Fans can stream the anime movie on Funimation and Crunchyroll
Now that the film has been out of theaters for several months, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train is available to watch on streaming platforms. The Demon Slayer movie is a part of Funimation’s and Crunchyroll’s current lineup. Hulu subscribers also have access to it through the Funimation and Crunchyroll add-ons.
Although Netflix and HBO Max both currently have the first season of the anime, neither platform is streaming the film. There’s no word on whether or not that could change in the future. Additionally, it’s available to purchase on Amazon Prime Video — though there’s currently no rent option.
Should you watch the movie before ‘Demon Slayer’ Season 2?
If you’re wondering whether it’s necessary to watch Demon Slayer: Mugen Train ahead of season 2, the answer is no. The film is technically canon, but the first part of the second season is covering the same ground. Of course, the new episodes bring additional features to the arc, including new music, bonus scenes, and an entirely original premiere episode.
Watching the movie before diving into Demon Slayer‘s second season will allow you to compare the two iterations of the arc. However, those who jump right into the series won’t lose anything by doing so. The anime is making sure everyone is on the same page by rehashing Tanjiro’s treacherous train ride.