The latest on Demon Slayer season 3, including what arc it’s adapting next..
Demon Slayer season 3 (AKA Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba) has been officially confirmed, and it’s adapting the Swordsmith Village Arc. Better still, Studio Ufotable has already revealed the first scraps of info from the upcoming series, namely that it is a series (not a Mugen Train-style movie). We also know which chapters of the manga it will be adapting next, some of the characters who will be appearing, and also the first key art for the next set of episodes.
At this early stage, that’s a surprising amount. But it’s not everything. Yet, we’ve been in a similar position before. Demon Slayer has previously only dripfed us information, much to the frustration of fans everywhere.
What about those who want more? Thanks to past history, patterns, and the manga source material we should be a little more clued in as to some of the more crucial information. Below, we’ll attempt to second guess Ufotable and piece together a potential Demon Slayer season 3 release date to look forward to alongside all of the more official news.
Nothing official yet, but we can expect Demon Slayer season 3 to release in Fall 2022 at the earliest, with Winter 2023 also a distinct possibility.
Why? Ufotable, the animation studio behind the series, is usually very consistent with its work output. Demon Slayer debuted in Fall 2019, with the Mugen Train movie rolling into Japan in Fall 2020. Demon Slayer’s Mugen Train recap arc for television began airing in Fall 2021, so it stands to reason that the streak of continuous Fall debuts for Demon Slayer won’t break here.
For the unitiated, ‘Fall’ is one of anime’s traditionally strongest release windows, running from September-November. There’s a small chance the Swordsmith Village Arc release date could be pushed to the Winter 2023 (December 2022-January 2023) window, however. More as we get it.
Demon Slayer season 3 story: What arc is it adapting?
Demon Slayer season 3 is officially the Swordsmith Village Arc. Don’t worry, we won’t get into source material spoilers here, but we believe it will cover chapters 100-127 of the manga. Entertainment District Arc covered a similar range from 70-99, so this is again likely to be a 12-episode season, give or take a few episodes.
Unless there are any major deviations, it’s likely to involve Tanjiro heading to Swordsmith Village to get a new weapon. As luck would have it, the village is home to an ancient weapon. But it’s not all quite that straightforward, the story that drawing in the Love and Mist Hashiras, and maybe a demon or two.
On a broader note, the Entertainment District ending also tipped us off on what road the show is going to likely take beyond Demon Slayer season 3. Tengen is off the board, but still alive and kicking. He told Iguro that his likely Hashira replacement should be Tanjiro. From there, the Demon Slayers can finally strike back at their ultimate target: Muzan Kibutsuj
Demon Slayer season 3 cast: who are the new characters and demons?
Tanjiro (Natsuki Hanae), Zenitsu (Hiro Shimono), Inosuke (Yoshitsugu Matsuoka), and Nezuko (Akari Kitou) will all return as part of the Swordsmith Village arc cast.
Joining them are two characters we’ve already glimpsed in the series: the Mist Hashira Muichiro Tokito and the Love Hashira Mitsuri Kanoji. Also expect more of the Hashiras to appear in future seasons, as well as members of the Twelve Upper Moons/Twelve Kibuki.
Haruo Satozaki is set to direct, with Akira Matsushima on character design duties.