Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -To the Hashira Training Review: Cinematic Feast Unleashed

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -To the Hashira Training Review:  Cinematic Feast Unleashed
Directed by: Haruo Sotozaki 
Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae, Akari Kitō, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Hiro Shimono    
 Duration: 2h 10m   

A bridge between two seasons unfolding on the big screen as Hashiras step up against all odds. 

Story and Pacing 
As far as the narrative journey is concerned, it's seamless. Right from action to emotion to even progression of plot, you will be invested nonetheless. Loyal fans will be able to revisit moments from previous seasons, and new details will jump out. But at its core it comes off as a filler episode, more of a fan service than adding anything new to it. The Demon slayer universe has always held a special place for its impactful storytelling therefore even in this movie a whole lot of nothing will appear captivating. The movie clocks almost at 2 hours and the central narrative will move with steady pacing. 

Surely the movie could benefit from more in-depth plot rather than abrupt shifts. But it appears to foreshadow the finale. The movie is a journey of little clues to that. One thing that is set in stone is you will enjoy the action sequences. It's a hallmark of this universe to provide the most riveting ones. So strap yourself, because you are in for a treat. 

Animation and Visuals 
Breathtaking visuals setting the stage for characters and their arcs. The animation quality is top notch with grace, rendering an immersive quality to it. Artistic design upholds a high standard. Its equal parts terrifying and imaginative. The cinematic landscape has a fiery intensity to it that doesn't miss a beat in any scene. The visual storytelling is what makes this movie worth a watch in theaters. It rather compensates for all its shortcomings, presenting a well-established genre of movies.
You can secure your tickets just to watch this cinematic grandeur on screen. 
Technical prowess 
The clash of swords doesn't shy away from curating an audible experience for its viewers. However at certain times it will feel like there is an overuse of musical cues, which is emotions are heavily depended on it rather than dialogues or story. The lines between sound effects and music blurs from time to time. For what it's worth the sound design is well versed with the universe and you will indulge in its nostalgia. 

Overarching value 
Before stepping into the theaters it's crucial to understand the broader significance of this film. It's a continuation of a much loved series. Rather than new additions it's more of fulfilling a gap. There will be a lot of inside jokes, Easter eggs and homages that will make this movie fun to watch. Additionally the collaboration of Japanese folklore with the contemporary touch is bound to serve a good impact. 

Final thoughts: Watch or Skip? 
Should you watch this without the previous context of the shows and movies? No. But will it be an enjoyable experience? Depends on the takeaway. If you are a fan of the Demon Slayer universe and want to revisit the world that it has created, you can watch it in the theaters.