The release date for Demon Slayer season 2 has finally been confirmed by Ufotable, but there is some considerable confusion as to when new content will air.
‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba’ is arguably one of the most successful and popular anime franchises of the past few years.
Season 1 not only won the ‘Best Anime’ award at the 2019 Newtype Anime Awards, but also the ‘Anime of the Year’ at the 2020 Crunchyroll Anime Awards.
Since then, the sequel movie ‘Mugen Train’ has broken countless Box Office records in Japan and even became the highest-grossing film of 2020 internationally.
However, Ufotable have recently confirmed the release date for season 2, but with an unusual twist that has caused some confusion online amonst fans.
Demon Slayer season 2 release date…
Demon Slayer season 2 will premiere on October 10th 2021 by re-adapting the Mugen Train movie, before the new content in The Entertainment District Arc is set to release on December 5th.
You can read a full breakdown of the release time for episode 1 here.
During the ‘Demon Slayer Matsuri Online -Anime 2nd Anniversary Festival’, it was confirmed that season 2 of the hit anime would return in 2021. It was then revealed that Demon Slayer season 2 would premiere on the broadcasting slate Fall and also run through to the Winter slate.
However, there is a twist to the Demon Slayer season 2 broadcast, with the first seven episodes in season 2 being a re-adaptation of the Mugen Train movie, starting on October 10th.
The first of these seven episodes will consist of original content, focusing on Rengoku as he travels towards the Mugen Train. However, the remaining six episodes will then be a reboot of the 2020 feature film.
The Entertainment District Arc, i.e. the events following from Mugen Train, will then premiere on December 5th, 2021 with a special one-hour broadcast.
New episodes will air on Fuji TV in Japan at 11: 15 PM every Sunday, but an international release time has not been confirmed.
Demon Slayer season 2 plot…
The first seven episodes of season 2 will be the Mugen Train story, before picking up with new content from December 5th.
Season 2 will adapt the ‘Entertainment District Arc’ which ran from chapters 70 through 99 of the manga series.
In this arc, Tanjiro, Inosuke and Zenitsu accompany the Sound Hashira (Tengen Uzui) on a mission to Yoshiwara, where reports of demons are spreading.
As the anime is a direct adaptation of the original manga series, we can confidently predict more of the plot for season 2. However, there is nothing worse than spoilers, so you can read the hit manga series for yourself here.
Where to watch Demon Slayer season 2…
At the time of writing, only Funimation has confirmed that season 2 will be simulcasting on their platform.
Crunchyroll and Hulu are also expected to air the series, as they did with season 1, but this is yet to be confirmed.
However, fans should note there is a chance that Funimation could snag the exclusive broadcasting rights for season 2, considering their exclusive streaming deal for Mugen Train.
The second season is not expected to be made available on other platforms such as Amazon Prime or Toonami until after the entire season has finished airing.
The main voice cast from season 1 and the Mugen Train movie are expected to reprise their roles for season 2, including the addition of Tengen Uzui.
- Natsuki Hanae (Japanese) and Zach Aguilar (English) as Tanjiro
- Hiro Shimono (Japanese) and Aleks Le (English) as Zenitsu
- Akari Kito (Japanese) and Abby Trott (English) as Nezuko
- Yoshitsuga Matsuoka (Japanese) and Bryce Papenbrook (English) as Inosuke
- Katsuyuki Konishi (Japanese) and Ray Chase (English) as Tengen.
Opening and ending theme songs…
The opening and ending songs for season 2 of Demon Slayer will be performed by two artists.
LiSA will perform the opening and ending themes for the Mugen Train Arc (episode 1 – 7), which are titled Akeboshi” (Morning Star) and “Shirogane” (Silver).
Aimer will then take over for the Entertainment District Arc, with “Zankyō Sanka” (Song of Reverberation) and “Asa ga Kuru” (Daybreak).
The success of Demon Slayer: Mugen Train…
The box office sensation ‘Demon Slayer: Mugen Train’ premiered in Japan on October 16th, 2020.
Since then, the movie has broken countless records, including the highest-grossing film of all time in Japan, the best opening day weekend in Japanese film history and has become the highest-grossing movie of 2020.
The movie was released in selected theatres across North America, Australia and New Zealand in early-2021 – you can read more on the English release here.
Mugen Train then began streaming on June 22nd, 2021 – you can find out more here.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]