When Inosuke saw the train he immediately considered it an enemy, something we would later see in the Kimetsu no Yaiba movie Demon Slayer: Mugen Train.
Kimetsu no Yaiba’s first film has garnered much praise after an already successful first season. With Demon Slayer: Mugen Train heading straight into season 2, fans are clamoring to see the canon film that showcases an exciting chapter in Tanjiro’s quest to slay demons. The train brings a journey full of twists and turns, one of which Inosuke surprisingly saw coming.
Although Hashibira is not always the brightest or most rational traveling companion, he has earned a distinctive place alongside Tanjiro as a strong Demon Slayer.
A lover of combat, the impetuous beast-looking fighter generally handles situations with knee-jerk reactions, often going for the most obvious solution. That said, the inclination of the power of Inosuke to evaluate the train as an enemy, ironically, turned out to be successful.
Inosuke’s prediction regarding Demon Slayer: Mugen Train.
The world of Demon Slayer takes place during the Taisho era in Japan, with abundant industrial changes. As such, Inosuke’s character had never seen a train prior to the events of the film, much less hopped on one.
Dazed, he yelled, What the heck is this creature and then proceeded to start head-butting him, believing him to be the master and ruler of this land. Although to be fair, this was also the first time Tanjiro saw a train, as he credulously commented, This could be the guardian spirit of this land, so we shouldn’t carelessly attack it.
On the surface, this moment seemed to be another example of the boar-headed character’s comic antics, conveying his animal perception of his surroundings. However, in hindsight, his penchant for viewing the train as an enemy foreshadows the sinister plot twist of the film Demon Slayer: Mugen Train.
What happens in the movie Demon Slayer: Mugen Train
Enmu, one of the main antagonists, puts everyone on the train into a deep sleep filled with happy dreams, intending to leave the Demon Slayers vulnerable. While most of the screen time is devoted to Tanjiro’s dream, the film also looks at Hashibira’s, which represents a cartoon-like fantasy in which he is the heroic protagonist in command of his defenseless underlings. The dream also includes a villain this time resembling a centipede monster.
Digged in his sleep, Enmu sent insomniac children to destroy the spirit cores of Tanjiro, Rengoku, Zenitsu, so that they would never wake up again. It should be noted that the boar-headed character was the most perceptive of the intruder boy entering the dream, instantly chasing him.
However, Tanjiro was the first to wake up cutting himself in the dream, eventually tracking down and beheading the Enmu. However, in one of the movie’s biggest twists, the successful hit turns out to be useless, as Enmu had fused her body with the train itself.
With this revelation, the train began to come to life, each carriage now writhing with fleshy tentacles controlled by Enmu, not entirely different from the character’s dream. Meanwhile, the actual head of the Demon was hidden somewhere in the many compartments of the train.
The Demon Slayers eventually track Enmu’s neck down to the engine, where the two cut off the royal head as a team. Inosuke Hashibira was especially instrumental in helping Tanjiro because his boar head mask nullified Enmu’s hypnosis.
Despite his naivety, both Inosuke’s simplified view of the train in his conscious and subconscious mind proved to point him in the right direction – the train itself was the enemy. His senses alerted him to the buried threat long before the unforeseen twist was revealed.
The involuntary foresight of Inosuke, Kimetsu no Yaiba’s hero, did not openly alert him or give him a real advantage against Enmu in the end. Still, it shows that your animal nature may not always be as myopic as you might initially think.