Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a Japanese anime series based on the same-named manga series written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotouge. On February 14, 2021, the second season, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Entertainment District Arc, was revealed.
The season will be directed by Haruo Sotozaki, with character designs by Akira Matsushima and animation by Ufotable; crew and cast from the first season as well as Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train will return. The season was divided into two parts, the first of which was named Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Mugen Train Arc, a seven-episode version of “Mugen Train” as seen in the film with new music and additional animation that aired from October 10 to November 28, 2021. From December 5, 2021, through February 13, 2022, the second arc aired.
Release Date of Demon Slayer Season 3: Swordsmith Village Arc
Nothing formal has been announced, but we can expect Demon Slayer season 3 to arrive in Fall 2022 at the very least, with Winter 2023 also being a possible possibility.
Why? The animation company behind the series, Ufotable, is usually fairly consistent in their work production. Demon Slayer will be released in Japan in the fall of 2019, followed by Mugen Train in the fall of 2020. Demon Slayer’s Mugen Train recap arc for television began airing in Fall 2021, so it stands to reason that Demon Slayer’s trend of continuous Fall debuts will not be broken here.
For the uninitiated, ‘Fall’ is historically one of anime’s best release seasons, lasting from September through November. However, there is a chance that the Swordsmith Village Arc release date will be pushed back to Winter 2023 (December 2022-January 2023). More information will be added as it becomes available.
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What Arc is Demon Slayer Season 3 Adapting?
The Swordsmith Village Arc is officially the third season of Demon Slayer. We won’t get into source material spoilers here, but we believe it will cover chapters 100-127 of the manga. Entertainment District Arc spanned a similar range from 70 to 99, thus this season is likely to comprise 12 episodes, give or take a few.
Unless there are big deviations, Tanjiro will most likely travel to Swordsmith Village to obtain a new weapon. As it happens, the community is home to an old weapon. But the scenario involving the Love and Mist Hashiras, as well as a demon or two, isn’t quite that simple.
On a broader topic, the ending of Demon Slayer season 3 hinted at the direction the show will most likely take beyond Demon Slayer season 3. Tengen is no longer on the board, yet he is still alive and well. Tanjiro, he said Iguro, was his likely Hashira replacement. The Demon Slayers will be able to finally strike back at their ultimate target, Muzan Kibutsuji, from there.
Who are the New Characters and Demons in Demon Slayer Season 3?
Tanjiro (Natsuki Hanae), Zenitsu (Hiro Shimono), Inosuke (Yoshitsugu Matsuoka), and Nezuko (Akari Kitou) will all return as Swordsmith Village arc cast members.
They are joined by two characters from the series: Mist Hashira Muichiro Tokito and Love Hashira Mitsuri Kanoji. Expect more Hashiras, as well as members of the Twelve Upper Moons/Twelve Kibuki, to come in future seasons.
Haruo Satozaki will direct, with Akira Matsushima designing the characters.
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Season 3 Trailer for Demon Slayer:
Unfortunately, the first Demon Slayer season 3 trailer is fairly quick and doesn’t reveal anything.
As is customary in anime, the new Swordsmith Village Arc has been teased with only a few essential images of both the Love and Mist Hashira designs. Given industry tendencies, we should expect a full trailer in Summer 2022, with more teasers and TV advertisements released in the weeks leading up to the release. The trailer, which lasts 1 minute & 40 seconds, can be seen above.