Demon Slayer: Mugen Train is basically everything right now. It’s setting records in Japan, and fans in the US can’t wait to see it for themselves. Sadly, we have to wait for next year until the film hits North America.
In the meantime, here are some titles to look up to feed your need for classic action and Taisho aesthetic. Give them a try, then tell us what you’re watching on your own!
Haikara-san: Here Comes Miss Modern
We can’t wait to see more of that awesome Taisho aesthetic in Mugen Train. Fortunately, Haikara-san: Here Comes Miss Modern is all about that!
Based on the 1975 manga by Waki Yamato, the recent two-movie adaptation tells the story of the thoroughly modern Benio. Tomboyish and educated, she has no interest in the 1920s concept of femininity. She attempts to dodge an arranged marriage with military man Shinobu… but both soon find themselves having feelings for each other.
Video game fans have probably been hearing a lot about Sakura Wars this year, thanks to the latest installemnt in the series. But fans eager for Mugen Train will want to hop back to the 2000 anime for a dose of 1920s style and over-the-top action.
As in all the installments, Sakura Wars features the singing and dancing soldiers of the Imperial Combat Revue. Not only do they perform onstage, they pilot steampunk robots and protect Japan! And yes, there’s some swordfighting and monsters to be had, too.
If you’re more interested in the demon-hunting part than the specific era, Dororo has you covered. Set during Japan’s Sengoku period, the adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s manga has plenty of demons to spare: 48, to be precise. The ronin Hyakkimaru is hunting them down to reclaim his humanity, thanks to a deal made with said demons by his father. Hyakkimaru is largely covered with prosthetics, including sightless eyes and sword arms, until he rebuilds his body. Also along for the ride is title character Dororo, a young orphan thief with plenty more secrets.
What will you be watching until it’s time for Mugen Train?