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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a manga series written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotōge, whose publication began on February 15, 2016, in Shūeisha’s weekly Shūkan Shōnen Jump magazine. An anime series adaptation was released on April 6, 2019, and ended on September 28 of that same year. The continuation of the story was adapted into a film titled Kimetsu no Yaiba: Mugen Ressha-hen; it opened on October 16, 2020, in Japan. A second season of the anime began airing in November 2021. A third season has been announced and confirmed for a 2023 release, and in this article, we are going to tell you everything about it and the upcoming To the Swordsmith Village World Tour.
On December 10, 2022, the producers behind the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba anime series announced a special event, the To the Swordsmith Village World Tour, which would bring a cinematic special leading into the third season, whose premiere will be in April 2023. The event will be a worldwide cinematic event that will start in March 2023.
The rest of this article is going to bring you all the known and unknown information related to the upcoming season 3 of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, as well as the To the Swordsmith Village World Tour. You’re going to find out about its global release date, whether there is a trailer, what the story could be about, and much more about this great anime series.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Season 3 and To the Swordsmith VIllage US release date
The 26th issue of Shōnen Jump 2018, published on May 28, 2018, stated that a “very important announcement” would be made in the next issue. It was revealed in the 27th issue, released on June 4, that the studio Ufotable is going to produce an anime adaptation of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, and at the same time, the opening of a dedicated site was made.
Ufotable is also credited for the scripts of the series, the realization of which is entrusted to Haruo Sotozaki, with Akira Matsushima as character designer, accompanied by Miyuki Sato, Yōko Kajiyama, and Mika Kikuchi, who are the designers of the secondary characters; the series’ soundtrack was composed by Yuki Kajiura and Gō Shiina. Hikaru Kondo produced the series.
It was broadcast for the first time in Japan between April 6 and September 28, 2019, on 20 different TV channels, including Tokyo MX, GTV, GYT, BS11, etc. The series consisted of 26 episodes. Aniplex of America streamed it on Crunchyroll and FunimationNow in America, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and Ireland; AnimeLab also simulcast the series in Australia and New Zealand. Wakanim holds the rights to simulcast the series in French-speaking countries but also in Germany, Austria, Nordic countries, and Russian-speaking countries. In Italy, Dynit (has acquired the rights to the series and has been simulcasting it on the VVVVID portal. Selecta Visión distributed the series in Spain. In China, the series was broadcast by Bilibili.
Four short episodes, titled Kimetsu Gakuen: Valentine-hen, were also produced by Ufotable on the theme of Valentine’s Day; they aired throughout the online event celebrating the animated television series’ two-year anniversary on February 14, 2021, and were then uploaded to Aniplex’s YouTube channel afterward. It was also during the same event that Aniplex announced the production of a second season by the same production team as the first series.
As soon as the broadcast of the first season ended, the studio announced the production of a film titled Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train, which premiered on October 16, 2020. A batch of seven episodes was broadcast on October 10, 2021, taking up the arc already presented in the film Mugen Train.
From December 5, 2021, the story continued with the Entertainment District Arc, adapting volumes 8 to 11 of the manga. The broadcast of the season ended on February 13, 2022. On the same day of the broadcast of the last episode of the second season, Ufotable announced via its official website that the third season was in production. The season will adapt the Swordsmith Village arc, which follows the Entertainment District Arc. And while, initially, we did not know when the series would premiere, please take the time to watch the following video and read the announcement underneath:
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is headed to the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on February 18th for a premiere event featuring special appearances by Natsuki Hanae, the Japanese voice of main character Tanjiro Kamado, Aniplex producer Yuma Takahashi, plus a breathtaking performance by Aimer, as part of the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -To the Swordsmith Village- World Tour.
The star-studded red carpet event will include the North American premiere of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -To the Swordsmith Village-, a feature-length cut of Episode 10 and 11 of Entertainment District Arc, and the extended Episode 1 of the highly anticipated Swordsmith Village Arc in 4K with remastered audio.
Aniplex of America and Crunchyroll will partner together to bring Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -To the Swordsmith Village- to the big screens in the United States and Canada on March 3rd in both Japanese with English subtitles, as well as dubbed in English.
Kicking off the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -To the Swordsmith Village- World Tour will be a two-day event in Tokyo, followed by events in Los Angeles, Paris, Berlin, Mexico City, Seoul, and Taipei.(Credit: demonslayer-anime.com)
As you can see, on December 10, 2022, a special worldwide event titled Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -To the Swordsmith Village- World Tour was announced as a special intro to the broadcast of the third season, which was officially scheduled for an April 2023 release. Additionally, a movie that bundles the last two episodes of the previous arc in 4K with enhanced audio and a preview of the first episode is slated to hit theaters in over 80 countries between February and March 2023. The cities that will see a special event include Los Angeles, Paris, Berlin, Mexico City, Seoul, and Taipei, and many more.
As for the American premiere, it is going to happen in the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on February 18th, 2023. The tickets for the Los Angeles event will go on sale on January 7 on Ticketmaster.com, so be sure to grab your seat on time. Now, this is definitely a great announcement for all Demon Slayer fans since not only will they have the opportunity to take part in a global event, but they will also get a preview screening of the highly-anticipated new season; on top of that, we now know that the season is only four months away (as of the time of writing) and that makes us very excited. With the premiere of Jujutsu Kaisen’s season two coming soon and the To the Swordsmith Village event starting in February, Winter and Spring 2023 seem to be promising periods for anime fans.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Season 3 and To the Swordsmith VIllage trailer
You now know all the facts and our thoughts related to Demon Slayer season 3, as well as the To the Swordsmith Village event, which means that you’ve probably deduced by yourselves that there is no official trailer for the third season of Demon Slayer. This is simply because it’s still too early for a third season trailer; the season is still several months away, so we’ll just have to wait for a bit longer to actually see a full trailer, especially with the focus shifting on the worldwide event as of December 2022.
As we have said, Demon Slayer was a sure candidate for renewal, but it’s still too early in the production for a proper trailer. The manga was a true hit, and the anime is practically one of the most popular in the history of the genre, so renewal was more than likely. And while we now know that the season is set to premiere in April, this means that it’s still a tad too early for a proper trailer, as we have said. What we do have, though, is an official teaser, which you can check out here:
Along with the teaser, we have also received some official artwork focusing on the two Hashira who are going to play a major role during the Swordsmith Village Arc. The Hashira are, of course, Muichiro Tokito, the Mist Hashira, and Mitsuri Kanroji, the Love Hashira.
At last, a more concrete teaser trailer was released on April 16, 2022, and you can check it out here:
As you can see, this is not a proper Demon Slayer Season 3 trailer but rather a longer recap of what we’ve seen so far, similar to the promotional reel we’ve seen above, along with a brief glimpse into what we can expect from Season 3 of Demon Slayer. We’ve seen the Swordsmith Village, and, of course, the trailer focuses on Tokito and Kanroji, the two Hashira that are going to be the focus of the season; no information on the villains has been provided, but we’ll definitely see more of them in the proper trailer, once it arrives.
Taking into account everything we’ve said, a proper trailer for Demon Slayer season three is unlikely to appear before early 2023, depending on how busy of a schedule the production is going to have related to the event.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Season 3 and To the Swordsmith VIllage plot
Knowing what we know now, the upcoming third season of Demon Slayer will be adapting the next major arc that follows the Entertainment District Arc. That arc is the Swordsmith Village Arc, which, along with the shorter Hashira Training Arc, leads into the Final Battle Arc. Since we now know what the third season will adapt to, we can introduce the Swordsmith Village arc to you. Here is a brief synopsis of both.
To pick up his new Nichirin Blade, Tanjiro Kamado was dispatched to the Swordsmith Village. He runs into Mitsuri Kanroji and Genya Shinazugawa there. While strolling around the hamlet, Tanjiro comes into Muichiro Tokito, who is requesting a key to give Kotetsu. The key would enable Yoriichi Zeroroshiki, a rare Nichirin Blade-holding ancient doll, to be launched.
Muichiro fractures one of the doll’s six arms while practicing with her. Kotetsu flees, distraught at the idea that he won’t be able to mend the doll and follow in his father’s footsteps as a craftsman. Tanjiro locates him and offers assistance. Kotetsu then asks Tanjiro to grow stronger than “that darn indifferent bastard” when he arrives at the broken doll.
Training with the combat doll begins, which is hard and brutal. Tanjiro continues to hit the doll after seven days, and after acquiring the capacity to smell the enemy’s movements through smell, the following day, he lops off Yoriichi Zeroshiki’s head. The heroes discover a vintage nichirin sword within the doll, which Hotaru Haganezuka takes to be polished and mended.
Both the Fourth and the Fifth Upper Moons appear and unexpectedly assault the Swordsmith Village. Hantengu faces them as a fight breaks out, just as Tanjiro Kamado and Muichiro Tokito are having the chat that will eventually have an impact on Muichiro Tokito. Genya Shinazugawa and Nezuko Kamado had a connection to this conflict. After being expelled from the combat, Muichiro runs upon Gyokko, who is about to murder Haganezuku but stops him by interrupting his polishing.
By surpassing himself, Muichiro awakens a mark that resembles a mist and vanquishes Gyokko. In the meantime, Mitsuri Kanroji joins the conflict with Hantengu and also gets a heart-shaped mark. Tanjiro wields his brand-new, imperfectly polished blade to pursue the actual body of the fourth moon. Nezuko Kamado overcomes her demonic abilities and is no longer hurt by the sun’s rays, and the fifth and fourth Kizuki is defeated.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Season 3 and To the Swordsmith VIllage cast
Demon Slayer is a show whose main cast won’t be changing much until the final arc. Some new characters will be introduced, and a lot of antagonists are going to disappear after their demise, but the main cast will remain – for the most part – unchanged until the very end. This is why we think that the main voice cast since that is an unwritten rule in modern-day anime adaptations, will return for the third season but also for all potential future seasons.
We don’t have confirmation of that, so we’ll have to wait a bit for it to be official, but we assume that most of the names in our table will return in future seasons of Demon Slayer:
|Character||Japanese Voice Actor (Seiyū)|
|Tanjirō Kamado||Natsuki Hanae|
|Nezuko Kamado||Akari Kitō|
|Sakonji Urokodaki||Hōchu Ōtsuka|
|Giyū Tomioka||Takahiro Sakurai|
|Zenitsu Agatsuma||Hiro Shimono|
|Inosuke Hashibira||Yoshitsugu Matsuoka|
|Shinobu Kochou||Saori Hayami|
|Kanao Tsuyuri||Reina Ueda|
|Kyoujurou Rengoku||Satoshi Hino|
|Mitsuri Kanroji||Kana Hanazawa|
|Moichirou Tokito||Kengo Kawanishi|
|Muzan Kibutsuji||Toshihiko Seki|