One of the hottest properties in anime right now, Demon Slayer goes from success to success. Its first movie rewrote the rulebook concerning what a TV anime film can achieve, which left fans across the world wondering when we will see a second Demon Slayer Movie.
It may be coming sooner than we thought after the Swordsmith Village Arc announced a cinema release. However, is this the second Demon Slayer movie fans are hoping for?
Is There a Demon Slayer Movie Coming in 2023?
The Swordsmith Village Arc will be premiering in most regions in cinemas, with a theatrical release announced ahead of the new series.
However, whether this counts as an actual 'movie' is up for interpretation.
Demon Slayer's first movie, Mugen Train, was an adaptation of the next arc in the series. While it was later released as a TV series the cinema release in itself was a complete, canonical story not previously seen anywhere else.
Demon Slayer: To The Swordsmith Village, the cinematic release ahead of Season 3, is a mash-up of the end of the last season – the Entertainment District Arc – and the extended first episode of the new Swordsmith Village Arc.
Unlike Mugen Train, which delivered a whole arc in itself, the Swordsmith Village movie will only be the beginning of the new season.
So, while Demon Slayer is heading back to the cinemas, it's hard to see it as a second movie in the same breath as Mugen Train.
Will There Ever Be a Second Demon Slayer Movie?
While another full-fledged Demon Slayer movie hasn’t been talked about yet, it’s fair to assume that there will be a second eventually given the success of Mugen Train.
Back in 2021, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train became the highest-grossing anime movie worldwide. The film was a commercial and critical success, attracting a small army of new fans to the series.
Not only did the film expand the anime’s fanbase, but it was also hugely appealing to existing fans who got to see their favourite series on the big screen.
Mugen Train was a success in every sense of the word. With the series continuing to reach new heights of popularity, we’ll likely see another movie come out in the future.
What Would the Second Demon Slayer Movie Cover? Our Prediction
As of the time of writing, we can only speculate what a second Demon Slayer movie might cover. However, an educated guess is that the second movie might be the Infinity Castle Arc.
Assuming the movie will be canon, as with Mugen Train, we can make an educated guess by looking through the order and release of the story so far:
|Story Arc(s)||Release||Format||Release Year|
|Arc 1-6||Demon Slayer Season 1||TV Series||2019|
|Arc 7 (Mugen Train)||Demon Slayer: Mugen Train||Film||2020|
|Arc 8 (Entertainment District Arc)||Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc||TV Series||2021/2022|
|Arc 9 (Swordsmith Village Arc)||Demon Slayer: Swordsmith Village Arc||TV Series||2023|
If the Swordsmith Village Arc is a success, one of the arcs after that may be turned into a movie.
The next arc after season 3 is the Hashira Training Arc, which might not have the big, showpiece moments like Mugen Train. There are also some rumours suggesting it might form part of season 3, similar to the Rehabilitation Training Arc at the end of season 1.
If the Hashira Training Arc is left for TV, that would leave the potential for a film adaptation of what’s called the Final Battle Arc.
The Final Battle Arc itself is broken down into two sections, the first of which is the Infinity Castle Arc.
The Infinity Castle, already featured prominently in the anime (the shifting location where Muzan addresses his demons), would make for the perfect big-screen experience, delivering major visuals and larger-than-life enemies.
Of course, there is always the potential for a spin-off movie that’s not canon, like the upcoming Black Clover movie. However, right now, that feels unlikely given the success of Mugen Train.
When Will We See a New Demon Slayer Movie?
Given the release order for Demon Slayer so far, it's fair to assume we will be waiting at least another year or two before a new Demon Slayer blockbuster.
After season 3, we might see the Hashira Training Arc as a TV series. After that, we could see a new Demon Slayer movie. Given the yearly releases so far, that would put the new movie at some time in 2024, or maybe even 2025.
Thankfully, we won’t be starved of new Demon Slayer content until the new film is released. There is plenty of Demon Slayer to watch with the TV anime, and Tanjiro’s journey is far from finished yet!
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