Bechdel Test Movie List

/bech·del test/ n.
1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something besides a man

[[0]] Demon Slayer: Mugen Train (2020) [imdb]

This movie passed 0 of 3 tests (although dubious). It was entered by randa seong on 2022-01-12 04:30:32.

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randa seong said:
the vast majority of the film is 4 (male) demon slayers, their conversations with each other, and their anime battles with (and anime battle conversations with) male demons. the one major female character, nezuko, spends the entire movie either inside a box or with a mouth gag.

i can concede that there was one scene in tanjirou's dream where his sister says "i want rice cakes!" and his mother replies "then you can have some!" or something like that. and i can concede that these characters have known names in the demon slayer universe, but i wasn't able to catch their names despite watching like a hawk. so i would give this a "no".
Message posted on 2022-01-12 04:30:32
Sol K disagreed with the rating and said:
I can't entirely say that this fail rating is incorrect, but I think it is important to take into account that Mugen Train is not meant to be self-contained. While it is a complete story, it's only one arc of the series. Nezuko's tendency to be in a wooden box, as well as wearing a gag, is explained further much earlier in the series, and if taking the entire series into account, it easily passes the Bechdel test. I simply think that that's important when looking at what not passing the test can imply about the writing.

In essence: While the movie doesn't pass the Bechdel test, it's a snippet of a larger story that easily does.
Message posted on 2022-01-24 08:30:59

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