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The story of the Flame Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku featured in the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba movie Mugen Train blazes a path forward into season 2 of the series.
The movie released in the US on April 23, 2021, and was a box office hit grossing $22,789,600 on the first day.
The film picked up where season 1 ended.
Tanjiro, Inosuke, and Zenitsu were sent on a mission to the Mugen Train to meet up with the Flame Hashira Rengoku.
This pairing is due in part to Tanjiro’s questions about his father and the Hinokami Kagura, which relates in some way to the flame breathing technique.
The season finale itself immaculately set up the plot and storyline for Mugen Train.
The film was action-packed with displays of various techniques and complex storylines.
Once Tanjiro and the others resolved the issue with the train, the film began to close with an intense battle between Rengoku and the Upper 3rd Demon, Akaza.
Rengoku had to keep everyone alive to fulfill his mission. Honoring his mother’s memory, Rengoku shows his true fighting spirit and sense of justice.
Rengoku responded that growing old and dying was the beauty of being human after Akaza offered to turn Rengoku into a demon so they could fight each other forever.
What made the ending heart-wrenching wasn’t just because of the death of the quirky but loveable Flame Hashira.
His wise words to Tanjiro, the flashbacks on notable scenes from his life, and the vision of his mother made Rengoku’s final moments more robust and tender.
All this while there was a demon arm sticking out of his chest.
Rengoku didn’t waiver in his core beliefs, but he did have a change of heart when it came to Nezuko, a demon who is a member of the Demon Slayer Corps.
Rengoku’s acceptance is significant because when Tanjiro first met the Hashira, Rengokuwas among those who could not accept Nezuko. He voted to chop off Tanjiro’s head before being put on trial.
The news of Rengoku’s death traveled quickly to the other Hashira. There were tears, expressions of anger, and a pledge to kill all the demons. Will Rengoku’s last words to Tanjiro hold up with the other Hashira who have yet to accept Nezuko?
The death of Rengoku may also foreshadow two things. First, someone will have to fill Rengoku’s place. It could very well be Tanjiro once he has a better grasp of the Hinokami Kagura and how to use it.
It could also spell death for more Hashira, particularly if anyone behaves rashly regarding Rengoku’s death.
Ubuyashiki, head of the Corps., praised the fact that there were no replacements between the meeting that was Tanjiro and Nezuko’s trial and the one before. However, Ubuyashiki’s reaction to Rengoku’s death also hints that his ability, aside from having a soothing voice, may have a clairvoyant aspect to it.
The expected release of Demon Slayer Season 2 is in the latter part of 2021.
If you want to talk about anime classics, let’s take a moment to appreciate Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure by Hirohiko Araki.
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is a 5 part anime series about the Joestar family, particularly those whose names begin with J (with one exception whose name starts with G.)
It begins with Jonathan Joestar, an average British guy who was a gentleman through and through.
He had the misfortune of crossing paths with a Mr. Dio Brando, who will wreak havoc for Joestars through several generations.
Along the way, each Joestar following Jonathan meets some great characters, good and bad.
Today we’ll list 5.
Speedwagon is probably one of the most loyal characters and a hype man, even after his death with the Speedwagon Foundation. Speedwagon came into the story as a ruffian on the streets of London with a hat that’s like a boomerang blade. After his fight with Jonathan Joestar, Speedwagon changes his ways and becomes a big supporter of the Joestar family. He last appears in part 2 with the grandson of Jonathan, Joseph Joestar, and much like our number one on this list, Speedwagon is an influential character to the story directly and indirectly in all five parts.
4. Bruno Bucciarati
Bruno Bucciarati is not just a handsome character. He is also a badass. He appears in part 5 as a leader of a segment of an Italian gang. Bucciarati is a stand user whose stand is named Zipperman. He can put a zipper anywhere to zip and unzip anything, including creating them on people. Bucciarati is a just leader, or at least as just as a gangster can be, and his sense of justice strengthened when he met one Giorno Giovanna (our Jojo with a G.)
3. Guido Mista
Guido Mista is another Jojo character from Jojo part 5. Mista’s stand is called 6 Pistol, consisting of 6 bullets— 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7. There is no number 4 because 4 is an unlucky number for Misra. He is a calm guy in a crop top that is a characteristic of male fashion in Jojo. Mista made the list because of his calm character, and his relationship with his stand is adorable and is unique amongst all stands and users. One notable characteristic of this is he makes sure his stand eats lunch at the same time every day, whereas most stands don’t eat.
2. Rohan Kishibe
Rohan Kishibe is a character that appears in Jojo part 4. He is a mangaka (manga artist) who lives in the town of Morioh. His stand’s name is Heaven’s Door which turns the victim’s features, particularly the face, into a book. Rohan is known to go on his own bizarre adventures as he immerses himself in research as source material for his stories. Rohan is towards the top of this list because he’s an intelligent, practical character who has a very serious knack for the petty. Rohan also has his own spin-off shows that are fantastic.
1. Dio Brando
Dio has to be hands down the best and most iconic villain in history. He is the reason why extreme poses are associated with Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. Dio’s story starts when he is taken in by Jonathan Joestar’s dad. There is no real indication of why Dio is such a jerk to Jonathan, and there is no real reason why he should be the bane of the existence of Jonathan’s descendants. The reason he is at the top of the list is because of how prolific he is as far as just being a villain and his influence is over the story either directly or indirectly in all five parts. When he is present, this man has some of the best one-liners in the whole show.
If you’ve never seen Jojo, you can check it out on Netflix, Hulu, and Crunchyroll.
The Rohan Kishibe spin-offs are available on Netflix.
As I sit here looking at my poor bookshelf, I can’t help but think about the evolution of reading.
I started collecting manga when I was in middle school, and I believe my first series was Peach Girl by Miwa Ueda.
If you don’t know about the series, it follows Momo, who is blonde because that’s her natural hair color, and tan because she was on the swim team.
However, her “best friend” Sae is basically out to ruin her life for seemingly no good reason, and unfortunately, Momo is an easy target. People who look like Momo tend to have a bad reputation, so Momo is easily the butt of the rumor mill, and Sae is the miller.
The Peach Girl collection grew to Chobits by CLAMP, then Dragon Knights by Mineko Okhami, and so on.
My bookshelf is inundated with my book collection; however, I haven’t purchased a physical manga in years though, thanks to the advent of smartphones and apps.
An app can give you access to EVERYTHING without accumulating a lot of books to find space for.
My favorite manga reading apps include the Shonen Jump app and the Viz Media app.
Both of these have allowed me to keep up with One Piece, Black Clover, and soon I’m going to start reading Yona of the Dawn because the anime ended way too soon, and that made me a little sad.
Something about it not being popular enough or whatever.
Yona is good. You should read/watch it. Just watch out for Su Won.
That guy makes me want to throw things.
Anyway, each has its pros and cons, and it depends on how you like to read in general.
I love digital because my phone is always in my hand anyway, and up until recently, I was moving around a lot.
One of my best friends prefers print because she likes to physically hold the book and be able to look at her collection.
She pointed out that her vast collection is partially my fault because the first manga she got was a gift from me.
Physical or digital, whatever your manga reading preferences, remember to turn or swipe to the right.