disneydreamdiary’s review published on Letterboxd:
Got the Science Juice injection so I could see this.
I like the sentiment about the strong existing to protect the weak, and the demons basically being cowards who fear death above everything, which inverts the Sadeian/Nietzschean/Isayaman myth about the strong preying on the weak and gives the movie a moral center akin to Berserk. Unfortunately in real life those three were right and the strong do prey on the weak in the form of factory farms and factory schools, etc. and there are no anime sword fights or common tangible enemy for us to unite against like demons, so ideologies have to constantly invent them (the Danganronpa insight).
The moral arc in a movie like this came as an extremely pleasant surprise after a full hour of boring fanservice, and as far as I know the series has yet to make the claim that "killing demons is wrong" or something that the sort of bankrupt media like Undertale commit when they think they're being insightful. It's easy to see how this could be dismissed as babby's first shounen but in reality both this and to some extent Hero Academia have effectively refined shounen tropes to needle point simplicity and precision after a decade of "genre deconstruction" and other pretentious stuff that only a handful of people like Togashi were ever remotely good at (this probably reached its bullshit thresholds at Shingeki no Kyojin chapter 139). Anyone can pick them up and understand them immediately, and without having to wade through volumes and volumes of filler either, which is why they transgress demographics where Dragon Ball fans were comparatively unisex.
So good I might even watch the series.