Season 2 of Demon Slayer has become one of the biggest things in the world of anime today because of its amazing storyline and unbeatable animation. As of this writing, Demon Slayer season 2 is nearing its conclusion as the finale draws near. And unlike other anime, the finale of this season will receive a runtime that is longer than the usual anime episode. So, what is the runtime of the Demon Slayer season 2 finale, and what is it about?
It was revealed in the Demon Slayer official Twitter account that the final episode of season 2 would be 45 minutes long. While no details about the finale have been revealed, the theory is that the extra 15 minutes that were inserted into Demon Slayer season 2, episode 11, is to set up the events of season 3.
Demon Slayer season 2 has caused quite an explosion in the anime world due to the amazing work that Ufotable has done to give life to one of the most visually appealing series of all time. But, as the season is about to close, we are going to see a longer episode that will be full of action and possibly plenty of revelations, especially in relation to the rest of the Upper Moon members.
What Is Demon Slayer Season 2 Finale Episode Called?
When episode 10 of Demon Slayer season 2 dropped, it took the anime world by storm because of its gorgeous visuals and amazing animation.
Of course, after the episode aired, a teaser for episode 11 was shown, as fans eagerly wait for episode 11, which is the finale of season 2 of Demon Slayer. So, what is the title of the finale of Demon Slayer season 2?
Episode 11 of Demon Slayer season 2 will be entitled “No Matter How Many Lives.” This episode will follow up on the events of season 2, episode 10, which is entitled “Never Give Up,” as Tanjiro never gave up against his opponent in what was a massive cliffhanger that will set us up for the events of the season 2 finale.
Demon Slayer Season 2 Finale Episode Release Date
The Demon Slayer season 2 finale, entitled “No Matter How Many Live,” will be released on Sunday, February 13. It will start airing in Japan at 11:15 in the evening on that date.
Demon Slayer Season 2 Finale “No Matter How Many Lives” Runtime
When it comes to anime, the usual runtime for each episode is usually somewhere close to 30 minutes, including the commercial breaks when the episode airs on television. However, without the commercial breaks, anime episodes usually run for about 24 minutes. This was the same case for all of the episodes of Demon Slayer up to the recently released episode 10 of season 2.
However, it was confirmed by Demon Slayer’s official Twitter account that the Demon Slayer finale would be taking a different route by stretching the episode to a 45-minute runtime.
The tweet roughly translates to:
“Thank you to everyone who watched the tenth episode, “Never give up.”
The final episode of the TV anime “Kimetsu no Yaiba” Yukaku will be broadcast on the Fuji TV series nationwide from 11:15 pm on Sunday, February 13th, with the broadcast frame expanded to 45 minutes.”
This will probably include TV advertisements, as the actual episode might be somewhere close to 35 minutes. But it might also be that the entire episode itself will be 45 minutes and that it will be stretched to an hour due to the TV advertisement.
However, considering that the tweet says that the broadcast frame will be expanded to 45 minutes, we are leaning towards the entire TV broadcast going for 45 minutes, and that means that the anime will be shorter than the 45-minute timeframe that was given for the Demon Slayer season 2 finale.
What Will “No Matter How Many Lives” Be About?
To understand what “No Matter How Many Lives” will be about, it is necessary to do a quick recap of the events of the previous episode.
Episode 10 allowed us to see an epic battle between Tanjiro’s group and Gyutaro. Meanwhile, Tengen Uzui and Inosuke are still in the middle of recovering from their own tough battle, as Tanjiro and Zenitsu help them to try to win against the Upper Moon Six duo of Gyutaro and Daki.
However, Gyutaro uses his blood sickles to poison Tanjiro and his friends, as the entire Yoshiwara is now in danger of falling to the duo of Gyutaro and Daki. This leads to a massive cliffhanger that will leave those who haven’t read the manga wondering what will happen to our heroes.
The finale will stem from the events of the cliffhanger and the aftermath of what happened between Tanjiro and the Upper Moon Six demons. As seen in the episode 11 teaser, we see Nezuko backing up his brother to take on the duo of Gyutaro and Daki. Of course, they are most likely going to win this battle.
So, the reason why the finale of Demon Slayer season 2 has a 45-minute broadcast time is yet to be revealed. However, if we were to make some theories, we can guess that the extra time that was inserted into the episode is meant to allow us to see the upcoming plot in season 3, as we might get teased by the events that will lead us to the next arc in the Demon Slayer story.
In the manga, the Upper Moon demons had a meeting, and this meeting also revealed the identity of Kokushibo, who holds the highest rank of Upper Rank 1 in the Twelve Demon Moons under Muzan Kibutsuji. This happened after the events of the Entertainment District Arc.
As such, it is possible that the extra time of the season 2 finale will be dedicated to this event in the manga, as this will open up the next arc in the Demon Slayer anime. This allows animators to save time in season 3, as they will no longer include this event in the next season. It will also allow the fans to stay excited about the next arc in the series, similar to how the end of season 1 teased us to the Mugen Train Arc in the final moments of the finale.
Then again, there are also theories that will suggest that the TV broadcast partner is simply going to take advantage of the popularity of the anime by trying to plug in as many advertisements and product placements as possible in the extra time given to the episode. Still, that is a worst-case scenario that may or may not happen, but we are leaning towards the extra time becoming dedicated to setting up the next arc in the Demon Slayer series.