In Demon Slayer 2 Episode 2, “Deep Sleep,” Tanjirou Kamado, Inosuke Hashibira, and Zenitsu Agatsuma boarded the Mugen train looking for the Hashira Kyoujurou Rengoku. There were only two problems. First, as the train got under way, Inosuke went wild with delight at the train’s speed. It was all Zenitsu could do to keep Inosuke from plastering his face to every window they passed. The second was that some random guy towards the front of the train kept shouting “Umai!” every few seconds. Tanjirou was shocked to find that Umai-man was actually the Hashira they were looking for! But then an exhausted-looking conductor punched their tickets, and everything started to go downhill from there.
One thing that absolutely jumped out during this episode, however, is that it seems like Ufotable has touched up the fantastic animation of the film even more. It always looked phenomenal, but now the color seems a little more vibrant. At the same time, there’s a flashy new opening and ending for fans to enjoy, with music done by LiSA, the same artist behind the first season’s opening. After the credits there’s also a new “Taisho Era Secrets,” segment, returning from the first season. I imagine we can expect these after every episode, which could serve as a small, but fun little addition to Mugen Train.
For anyone that hasn’t watched the Mugen Train film, this second episode does a good job of introducing you to the new villain and setting the stage for the struggle the main cast is about to encounter. If you’ve seen the film it’s nothing but a retread, which is mostly unavoidable in such an adaptation. If you haven’t, however, this is a fine second episode that does a lot of setup work with some emotional payoff that’ll come later down the road.
It remains to be seen how many new scenes are added to the arc as a whole, but this second episode is pretty much a direct translation of the film. Still, I’m starting to wonder if an episodic format is going to be the best way to experience the Mugen Train film, as it almost feels like the movie was designed around the idea. With five episodes left, we’ll soon find out if that’s the case.
The release date for episode 3 will soon be posted,stay hyped everyone.