After an incredible finale that included some of the demons Slayer’s most impressive fight scenes to date, the hugely successful anime franchise wrapped up its second season in May of 2022.
Demon slayers also had a 23-month operation thanks to the massive success of the spinoff/sequel film Denom slayer: Mugen Train
When Mugen Train was released in 2020, it became the highest-grossing Japanese film of all time at the international box office.
So, now that the dust has settled in the entertainment district, what does Tanijro’s future hold? Here’s everything we know about the third season of Demon slayers.
However, demon Slayer is almost ready to return to our screens. A film that bridges the Entertainment District and Swordsmith Village arcs is currently in theaters.
Then, on April 9, we’ll be back with Tanjiro full-time as he continues his demon-slaying quest alongside his friends Zenitsu and Inosuke. Expect to meet some new friends and foes.
Release Date: When Will Demon Slayer Season 3 Air?
It is now official! Season 3 of Demon Slayer is set to be released in Japan on April 9. A date for an international release on Crunchyroll has yet to be announced.
The Swordsmith Village arc will also begin with a one-hour special episode, rather than the standard 22-minute runtime.
The first episode of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba season three will also air early as part of a global ‘theatrical screening event’ (similar to the Mugen Train situation) that will also include episodes 10 and 11 from Demon Slayer season two.
Details on those global screenings can be found below:
- UK Cinemas – March 1
- United States and Canada – March 3 in ‘over 1,700 theatres’
- Paris – February 25
- Berlin – February 26
- Mexico City – March 4
- Seoul – March 11
- Taipei – March 19
Cast: Who’s In Demon Slayer Season 3?
The majority of the cast from the first and second seasons are likely to return. Mist Hashira, Muichiro Tokito, and Love Hashira, Mitsuri Kanroji, who were both first introduced in episode 21 of season one, will be the two major additions.
The Swordsmith Village arc cast includes Tanjiro (Natsuki Hanae), Zenitsu (Hiro Shimono), Inosuke (Yoshitsugu Matsuoka), and Nezuko (Akari Kitou).
Expect more Hashiras and members of the Twelve Upper Moons/Twelve Kibuki to appear in future seasons.
Doma, one of the Upper Moons, is set to appear in Demon Slayer season 3, and an official sketch of the villain was recently released.
All of Demon Slayer’s main characters Japanese and English voice actors are here:
- Tanjiro Kamado – Natsuki Hanae / Zach Aguilar (English)
- Tsuguko Kanao Tsuyuri – Reina Ueda / Brianna Knickerbocker (English)
- Zenitsu Agatsuma – Hiro Shimono / Aleks Le (English)
- Flower Hashira, Kanae Kocho – Ai Kayano / Bridget Hoffman (English)
- Kagaya Ubuyashiki – Toshiyuki Morikawa / Matthew Mercer (English)
- Water Hashira, Giyu Tomioka – Takahiro Sakurai / Johnny Yong Bosch (English)
- Muzan Kibutsuji – Toshihiko Seki / Greg Chun (English)
- Nezuko Kamado – Akari Kitô / Abby Trott (English)
- Love Hashira, Mitsuri Kanroji – Kana Hanazawa / Kira Buckland (English)
- Mist Hashira, Muichiro Tokito – Kengo Kawanishi / Griffin Burns (English)
- Inosuke Hashibira – Yoshitsugu Matsuoka / Bryce Papenbrook (English)
Key members of the production team will also return, including original story director Koyoharu Gotoge, director Haruo Sotozaki, and character designer Akira Matsushima.
Story: What Is The Swordsmith Village Arc?
The Swordsmith Village Arc is the official name of the third season of Demon Slayer. Don’t worry, we won’t go into too much detail about the source material, but we believe it will cover chapters 100-127 of the manga.
Entertainment District Arc covered a similar range from 70 to 99, so this season is likely to be 12 episodes, give or take a few.
Unless there are major deviations, Tanjiro should go to Swordsmith Village to get a new weapon.
As it happens, the village is home to an ancient weapon. But it’s not quite that simple, with the story involving the Love and Mist Hashiras, as well as an Upper-Rank demon or two.
However, the ending of Entertainment District hinted at the direction the show will most likely take after Demon Slayer season 3.
Tengen is no longer on the board, but he is still alive and well. Tanjiro, he told Iguro, was his likely Hashira replacement.
Moreover, the Demon Slayers will be able to finally strike back at their ultimate target, Muzan Kibutsuji, from there.
Plot: What Will Happen In Demon Slayer Season 3?
Season three of Demon Slayer will center on the original manga’s ninth arc, the Swordsmith Village arc.
It’s worth noting that the Demon Slayer manga officially ended in 2020, creating a unique situation for anime fans to learn (roughly) what the future holds for Tanjiro and the gang.
Furthermore, the Swordsmith Village arc immediately follows the end of the Entertainment District arc, which saw Tanjiro and Sound Hashira Tengen Uzui defeat the demon siblings Gyutaro and Daki.
Fortunately, Tanjiro’s demon-slaying sword was the only permanent casualty of this epic battle.
Tanjiro will travel to the Swordsmith Village in season three to have his blade repaired by Hotaru Haganezuka.
However, Tanjiro and company will, of course, be attacked by a swarm of demons while there. (including an Upper-Rank Six that splits themselves across multiple bodies). Fortunately, Mist Hashira, and Muichiro Tokito, step in to deal with the threat.
Satoshi Hino (Rengoku) identified the key to Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba’s worldwide success. (via AnimeNewsNetwork).
At last, season three will continue to develop these important themes if the show is to build on its success.
Trailer: Any Demon Slayer Season 3 Footage Yet?
Along with the show’s release date, an official trailer for Demon Slayer season three, which you can watch below, was released.
The trailer is more of a tease than anything else, but it does feature some of the series’ trademark action and our first new look at the Love and Mist Hashiras.
Ufotable also recently shared the video below, which features the ‘Upper Moon’ demons, aka the strongest members of Kibutsuji’s Twelve Kizuki, some of whom we know will appear in Demon Slayer season three.
Where Can I Watch It?
Earlier in 2022, Ufotable and streaming service Crunchyroll confirmed that Demon Slayer season three would be streaming on the service when it releases.
As well as that subtitled and dubbed versions of Demon Slayer seasons one and two were both made available to international viewers via the service, with the English dub released around four weeks after the Japanese broadcast.
Demon Slayer season one aired back in late 2019, while the second aired from October 2021 to April 2022.
However, Crunchyroll’s base-tier ‘fan’ membership costs £6.50 per month, or $7.99 in the US, while the premium ‘Mega fan’ tier costs £8.99 and $9.99 respectively.
The first season of Demon Slayer is also available on Netflix in some countries including Japan, India, Australia, Canada, France, and Brazil. Demon Slayer is available to watch on Crunchyroll and Netflix.
And that’s all there is to it… for the time being. In the meantime, check out our guides to Jujutsu Kaisen season 2 and Attack on Titan The Final Chapters to see what else is on the way.
Fans of the series, on the other hand, are looking forward to the continuation of the story as well as the introduction of new characters and plot developments.
However, fans and media outlets will be sure to spread the word as soon as any updates become available.
While waiting for the next chapter in this exciting anime series, fans can continue to enjoy the first two seasons as well as the feature film Demon Slayer: Mugen Train.
We’ve put together a guide to Demon Slayer season 3, also known as the Swordsmith Village arc, to help you prepare.
Additionally, we’ve got the most recent information on release dates, trailers, and even which chapters of the manga the Ufotable anime will adapt.
There’s also a sneak peek (or should that be a sneak listen?) at the new OP for the third season, which you can hear below.