Demon Slayer:Kimetsu no Yaiba Season 2 is finally going to be released soon. Following the success of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train, the blockbuster shonen anime series based on the manga by Koyoharu Gotouge will be returning with new episodes.
In 2019, Gotouge's manga was adapted into anime with 26 episodes in the first season. Its story follows Tanjiro Kamado, a teenage boy who strives to become a demon slayer after his family is murdered and his sister Nezuko is turned into a demon.
Surprisingly, Ufotable, the studio behind the anime adaptation of Demon Slayer, has released a good amount of information for the upcoming season. A new trailer has already been released, hinting at new characters, unique abilities, and sinister new villains. The story of Season 2 will continue the conflict started from the Mugen Train film.
Demon Slayer Season 2 Release Dates for Mugen Train Arc and Entertainment District Arc
On Sept. 25, Ufotable has announced that while the Entertainment District arc won't begin until Dec. 5, Demon Slayer Season 2 will technically start on October 10, with seven new episodes featuring a new version of the Mugen Train arc featured in the film. There will be seven new episodes with brand new footage not shown in Demon Slayer: Mugen Train movie, but if you rather wait for a new story arc, Dec. 5 is the official release date for the Entertainment District arc.
The Entertainment District arc will premiere with a special hour-long episode and air on television every Sunday at 11:15 p.m. JST over the following weeks.
Traditionally, anime shows are divided up into several release windows throughout the year. Popular shows usually return during the Spring, Fall, and Winter seasons.
On Monday Sept. 6, the official website for Demon Slayer anime announced that Season 2 will air on a programming block on Fuji TV in two cours (quarters of a year) this coming fall and winter seasons.
Fuji TV will also be compiling five special sessions of Season 1 through September with new footage. The Sibling's Bond will air on September 11, followed by Asakusa Arc on September 12, Tsuzumi Mansion Arc on September 18, Mt. Natagumo Arc on September 19 and The Hashira Meeting/Butterfly Mansion Arc on September 23.
In Oct. 2021, Crunchyroll announced that Demon Slayer: Mugen Train movie is now avialable to stream on its streaming service, so if you're trying to catch up to the latest episodes, here's your chance to watch the most successful Japanese anime film of all time.
Demon Slayer Season 2 Trailer: first teaser already released!
Ufotable and Aniplex USA have released the first teaser for Demon Slayer Season 2, showing the details of the Demon Slayer Corps' excursion to the entertainment district in Yoshiwara. There's a special focus on Tengen Uzui, the Sound Hashira, who will likely tag along with the trio of Tanjiro, Inosuke, and Zenitsu in a similar way to how Rengoku did during Mugen Train.
Demon Slayer Season 2 Plot: Do you need to watch Mugen Train before watching the new episodes?
Demon Slayer Season 2 will adapt the Entertainment District arc of the manga series, which takes place after Mugen Train, but if you haven't seen the Mugen Train film, you can watch the seven-episode adaptation of the film when Season 2 releases this October. There will also be a never-before-seen original episode of Kyojuro Rengoku, who'll take on a new mission on his way to the Mugen Train. You can read the spoilers for that episode in the article for Demon Slayer Season 2, Episode 1.
At the end of Season 1, Tanjiro, Inosuke, and Zenitsu were summoned to their first major assignment as part of the Demon Slayer Corps. They were accompanied by Rengoku, a member of the Hashira (elite Demon Slayer swordsman), and the events of the film followed Tanjiro and company's mission to take down the Lower One of the Twelve Moons, the demonic organization led by the slayer of Tanjiro's family, Muzan Kibutsuji.
The Slayers faced Enmu, a demon of the Twelve Kizuki who's been terrorizing passengers of the Mugen Train. The Twelve Kizuki are the most powerful group of demons assembled by Muzan Kibutsuji, the original demon who can turn humans into demons.
Following the tragic events of Mugen Train, and the end of the Infinity Train saga, Tanjiro, the Demon Slayer Corps, and the Hashira will have to deal with the fallout of the film, as well as the emergence of new villains. Fans also should expect more of the Mugen Train arc, including the never-before-seen Kyojuro Rengoku episode.
The trailer above shows Tanjiro's group heading to Yoshiwara, the entertainment district known for its bright lights and dark desires. With Tengen Uzui, the Sound Hashira, accompanying them, there's a good chance that they might encounter someone from the Upper Moon.
However, if you haven't seen Demon Slayer: Mugen Train movie, you'll be able to watch an extended version of the Mugen Train arc starting Oct. 10, when Season 2 technically begins. On Sept. 25, it was announced that there will be seven new episodes that will feature the Mugen Train arc before the Entertainment District arc begins on Dec. 5. Expect never-before-seen footage from the Mugen Train arc episodes, but if you want fresher story material, you'll have to wait until December. There will be 70 brand new scenes, new music, as well as new open and ending animations.
According to Yuriko Nakamura, head of programming at Fuji TV (the broadcaster of Demon Slayer Season 2 in Japan), the mature themes of show's Red Light District setting won't be toned down. "In regards to content for [Demon Slayer Season 2], it was subject to the usual examination, but we intend to broadcast it without making any changes," he said.
Demon Slayer Season 2 Cast: Who are the voice actors?
Based on the trailer, it looks like the core Demon Slayer voice cast of the original Japanese version will all return for the upcoming season. The original voice cast includes Natuski Hanae (Tanjiro), Akari Kito (Nezuko), Hiro Shimono (Zenitsu), and Yoshitsugu Matusoka (Inosuke). The main antagonist, Muzan Kibutsuji (voiced by Toshihiko Seki), is also returning. The new upper-rank demon, Daki, will be voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro (Sinon in Swort Art Online; Kurapika in Hunter x Hunter).
Animeplex hasn't announced the English voice cast for Demon Slayer Season 2 yet.
Where can I watch Demon Slayer Season 2?
Funimation and Crunchyroll will release Demon Slayer Season 2 in 2021. The English dubbed and subbed versions of the new episodes will come out in the streaming services following their premiere in Japan. According to Funimation's press release, Demon Slayer Season 2 will be streaming on Funimation in 2021 for the English-speaking audience. The new episodes will be available to stream in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland.
The new episodes will also be available on the European streaming service Wakanim. Season 2 will arrive sometime later for Funimation in Latin American territories, and it'll be available in Hulu and Crunchyroll in the United States on Sunday, Oct. 10.
It's also likely that Netflix will acquire streaming rights for Season 2 in the near future since the first season is now available to stream on Netflix, but it probably won't be exclusive to the streaming service. You can find out more information on whether it will be available to stream on Netflix here.
Demon Slayer Season 1 is currently available to stream on Crunchyroll, Funimation, Netflix, and Hulu in the U.S. and the U.K.
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