The story of Demon Slayer Game is a shortened version of the anime

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When a game adaptation of an animated series appears, there will always be a question of whether it tells the story. Plus, there’s a good chance it won’t recreate the experience perfectly, due to the inherent differences between the two mediums and other constraints. With Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles, we have the CyberConnect2 game running through the first season of the animated series and Train Mugen story of the film. While sacrifices have ended up being clearly made, it works in a way. It should never be a primary source for the story, but there are many major points for those already familiar with the anime, manga, and film.

Although it starts at a point that makes sense, its introduction is one of the main ways Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles fails the source material. While the anime and manga begin with the tragedy of the Kamado family and an introduction to Giyu, the game begins after important events. Tanjiro is already in the middle of a battle against Sabito, which serves as a tutorial. There is no introduction to anyone. It’s understandable and okay if people are already familiar with the show, but it’s not great.

It also gives rhythm to Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicleshistory and progress over manga and anime. The subtleties tend to be absent. Major beats that cannot be avoided are included. Things like an introduction to Muzan or a moment that helps establish Tanjiro, Inosuke, and Zenitsu as friends. Overall, the game cuts things down. Do you need to know something to understand Tanjiro’s current mission? It will be there. Is it optional? It will be a fragment of memory.

These fragments of memory and the important points of the story itself are the moments when the Demon slayer anime and game intersect. Actual clips from the show appear at these times. For specific stories, they are quite short and implemented in the main campaign missions. As for memory fragments, they are optional. You don’t have to watch them. However, you have to do things like find them in Campaign Missions to see them. In some cases, critical details about the characters’ lives are withheld. It is not exactly ideal. The things that matter may appear there rather than in the story itself. I will say that on the positive side, at least they are present. I’d rather see a reference to them, rather than nothing at all. Plus, it means that for people who really care, these items are waiting.

But what works in Demon Slayer: The Hinokami ChroniclesThe favor is that this cut removes any filler that might appear in the anime. The show and the movie are good enough to keep a steady pace. What the game does too. What really helps here are the more trivial moments that are replaced by players controlling the action. For example, the Tsuzumi Mansion Arc speeds up, as players control Tanjiro, Inosuke, and Zenitsu as the Mansion moves. Also, the rhythm of a longer arc like that of Natagumo Mountain ends up feeling a little more different, but still appropriate, due to the adaptation.

Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles tries to focus on the most important information in anime and manga history. Unfortunately, that means you miss a bit along the way. To CyberConnect2’s credit, some of this is clawed back. They are simply hidden in fragments of memory. But since things are run the way they are, it might not be as comprehensive as people might hope. Ideally, someone who is already familiar should come for more fun. Or if this is a person’s first meeting, they are reading or watching one of the original side-versions of the game.

Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles is available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.

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