Indian Anime Community welcomes the Demon slayer movie

Demon Slayer: To The Swordsmith Village was released in India on Friday, 17th March, and fans of the series have flocked to the theatres to watch and celebrate its release. Despite receiving mixed reviews, the movie’s release was significant for India’s evergrowing anime community.

The anime and manga community is talking a lot about Demon Slayer: To The Swordsmith Village following its release. The film has shattered box office records in many nations, including Japan, Mexico, etc. Due to its international success, distributors are now anticipating the film’s release in other regions, such as India, due to the rise in popularity of anime and manga in India.

One of the most eagerly awaited film releases of the month, To The Swordsmith Village, was released in India on Friday, March 17, 2023. With great anticipation, fans have already flocked to the theatres. The movie, however, drew mixed reactions from its audience.

Indian Anime Community welcomes the Demon slayer movie.
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What is Demon Slayer?

Demon Slayer, also known as Kimetsu no Yaiba in Japanese, is one of the biggest anime shows worldwide. The anime is based on the manga series also named Kimetsu no Yaiba, which was written by Koyoharu Gotouge in 2016. The series exploded in popularity when the anime adaptation started airing in the summer of 2019. 

Demon Slayer is set in Taishō-era Japan; the story follows Tanjiro, a young man who trains to join a secret group called the Demon Slayer Corps after a demon murders his entire family. Nezuko, his younger sister, escapes the assault but turns into a demon; as a result, sending Tanjiro on a mission to change her back into a human and get revenge on the rest of his family. Along the way, he joins forces with Zenitsu Agatsuma and Inosuke Hashibara, two more demon slayers.

Reactions to the film

The fanbase’s dissatisfaction with the film’s content was one of the most common reactions. It appears that several viewers were unaware that the first half of the film served as a recap of the Entertainment District arc.

However, the one-hour special from the Swordsmith Village arc (the arc’s first episode) was presented after the intermission. It should be, however, noted that the English dubbed trailer for the theatrical release, which was released two weeks ago, did specifically mention the episodes that would be covered in the movie. 

There were also a few technical issues surrounding the film. To the surprise of many viewers, the movie (whose original language is Japanese) was played without English subtitles, which led to most of the fans having trouble in understanding the movie. 

While most Demon Slayer fans shared similar opinions, some of them really found the on-screen fights quite fascinating. The anticipation of seeing the Upper Moon monsters on a large screen for the first time is also pretty strong.

It appears that most of the Demon Slayer fandom would have loved the movie if they had been aware of the material to be shown. Aside from that, the film’s high-octane action and outstanding animation quality were well-received.

As a result, Indian anime lovers who want to see the film this weekend can enjoy Demon Slayer: To The Swordsmith Village with a better understanding of what to expect.

However, despite the technical issues and problems related to the content, the anime community in India is quite excited about the release of the movie; the release of the movie in India follows a recent trend where the distributors finally understand the hype and craze surrounding anime in India; the anime community of India is finally getting the recognition it deserves.

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