this a little surpriseing to me. Why not jus make another season? Theres plenty of source material. Makes me feel like that after this movie they won’t animate any more of it
Speaking on the assumption that visitors to this thread have read to the latest chapter, while I was a bit puzzled at first, adapting the Infinity Express arc as a movie is actually a very, very sound decision
See, I've been wondering for the longest time how they will adapt the next 3 arcs: Infinity Express, Yoshiwara and Blacksmith Village. Judging from how Ufotable have handled the stories thus far, there is no chance that they will adapt all 3 arcs, spanning 84 chapters, into 26 episodes.
So the next consideration is, if they split them into 2 seasons, 1 of which is solely dedicated to just one of the arcs, how would you do the split?
- Infinity Express + Yoshiwara / Blacksmith Village - the negatives though is that storytelling wise, Sumiyoshi's memories will be very awkward to adapt (Ch 99), Tanjirou's broken sword predicament will be awkward to adapt, and you'll leave viewers talking about how much of an "ass-pull" Tanjirou's Mark is between the seasons
- Infinity Express / Yoshiwara + Blacksmith Village - solves almost everything from (1), but Infinity Express is too short for 13 episodes, and risks leaving viewers with a sour no-triumph aftertaste between seasons that'll dampen their enthusiasm
However, if Infinity Express isn't its own 13 episode cour, but is instead a 120 - 160 minute film, storytelling wise it fixes everything. That can be its own movie, then have Yoshiwara and Blacksmith Village as a 26 episode Season 2, pacing will be perfect on all fronts.
Other positives to this arrangement include the following:
- Having an Anime film that's not simply a compilation will heavily help to capitalise on the Anime's popularity and earn them lots more revenue in theater
- Gives the perfect excuse for time for the studio to "recharge" before going for another high quality batch of 26 episodes, especially after having to do the Fate Stay/Night: Heaven's Feel movies concurrently
- The shortness and pacing of Infinity Express is ideal for being told in a movie, and is self-enclosed enough as is so that it won't tax on the audience memory so much
- The arc has everything: laughter, sorrow, warmth, flashiness, triumph and loss
- While the arc will have action, because it's not constant from start to end, it becomes economical
- If the whole arc is told in one sitting, Ufotable will have the freedom to streamline the myriad of idiosyncratic explanations on how Enmu's Blood Demon Art operates, and the jumps between dreams and reality will be easier to follow
- EDIT: by the manga's standards, this arc is actually less bloody/gorey compared to the rest of the series, and is something to consider for a more general audience
- Between Tanjirou's dream and Rengoku's explanation about the Breaths, there's less to "recap" and eases the "barrier of entry" for the general audience
In short, this is an unexpected but hugely advantageous decision that Ufotable had made.
Of course, it ultimately depends on the prowess of the studio of whether they can capitalise it fully, but I have faith that they can do so
Edited by gamria, 29 September 2019 - 02:34 AM.