Demon Slayer: Mugen Train is bringing a fun new movie tradition to fans
Anime fans rejoiced today at the launching of Satanic Force Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Motion Picture: Mugen Train in The United States And Canada. The motion picture had a terrific start and made approximately $21.1 million, making it the most significant United States foreign-language ticket office launching ever. And with all those sales came a significant event of anime fans for the very first time given that the start of the pandemic.
The pandemic still has a result on the movie-watching experience, obviously. A repeating joke on the web hypothesizes about whether individuals will understand how to act typical after investing over a year far from other people. Anime fans are currently utilized to being informed they don’t “act normal,” or hearing jokes that they don’t use antiperspirant. However the anime fans visiting Satanic Force Slayer have actually chosen to welcome the cringe.
It all started with a sound clip on TikTok that combined a bunch of cliché phrases that anime fans say on “weebtok,” the part of TikTok where people post anime content. There’s a person shouting “Dekuuuuuuuu!,” a reference to My Hero Academia, and a person saying “You’re such a silly ‘baka’”, the Japanese word for fool. It’s meant to make fun of how anime fans act in public, but part of the video took off. Specifically, people latched onto the clip’s dramatic pronunciation of “Eren Yeager,” the name of Attack on Titan’s protagonist. Other videos using the audio soon followed suit and made the same joke in different variations.
This video points to the fact that their parents will be attending the premiere: “PLS GUYS!!!! My parents are gonna be there!!!”
While the “Eren Yeager” clip wasn’t initially based on a real thing, folks decided to bring it to life. Like clapping when a plane lands or when a movie finishes, people are now actually shouting “Eren Yeager,” just after the Funimation credit rolls pre-movie. Posting videos of yourself (or others) shouting it has now become a popular trend on TikTok, with some of the clips garnering over 700K views. The videos are silly and have actually a prank-like quality to them. One person who recorded themselves shouting the name posted a video saying, “I did what needed to be done.”
While the original sound clip makes fun of various fandoms, individuals still found it funny. Videos of individuals speaking up at the start of the movie usually have comments like “why wasn’t my experience like this, it was so quiet,” suggesting that the jokes were entertaining even if they were trolling. In some videos, people will chime along with people making the joke, adding silly comments like, “sheeeeesh.”
Shouting “Eren Yeager” has become a way to add color to viewing the movie. A meme and inside joke extended from an online community out into the greater world. And unlike that time when anime fans notoriously yelled during a various big movie best, folks don’t seem to see this meme as disruptive — everyone’s simply pleased to lastly be social after a year of distancing.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.