Why is Demon Slayer season 2 including a recap of the Mugen Train movie and how long will it be before we see The Entertainment District Arc begin?
The incredibly popular anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is about to return for its second epic television season. Unfortunately, some fans may be unaware that season 2 will open by re-adapting the box office sensation that was the Mugen Train movie.
Specifically, the first episode in season 2 will be set before the events of Mugen Train, likely around episodes 25 – 26 of the first television broadcast and will focus on Rengoku’s journey to the locomotive.
However, following the highly anticipated return this weekend, fans will have to show more patience before the next chapter in the story, The Entertainment District Arc, actually begins.
So, how long will Demon Slayer season 2 recap the Mugen Train movie for and why is the film getting a television adaptation in the first place?
How long is the Mugen Train recap in Demon Slayer season 2?
It was confirmed on September 25th that the first seven episodes of Demon Slayer season 2 would include a recap of the hit 2020 film.
However, there will be some added original content sprinkled throughout these seven episodes, including the debut episode and around 70 new scenes according to Anime News Network.
This means that the first chapter in season 2 will be an original episode about Rengoku, before a television version of Mugen Train is broadcast from October 17th to November 28th.
The Entertainment District Arc i.e., the chronological sequel to Mugen Train will begin its domestic and international broadcast on Sunday, December 5th.
Why recap Mugen Train in Demon Slayer season 2?
According to the official Demon Slayer website, the decision on making a television version of Mugen Train within the season 2 broadcast was to increase accessibility to the series.
“In hopes of giving as many viewers as possible an opportunity to see Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, we’re happy to announce that Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc will be adapted into a 7-episode TV series, premiering on October 10, 2021.” – Demon Slayer Website.
The recap will also better connect our main character, Tanjiro Kamado, to the Unwavering Resolve Arc and the upcoming Entertainment District Arc, allowing an easier transition to the new chapter in the story.
As previously noted, the first seven episodes will include never-before-seen content with around 70 new scenes and an entire backstory for Rengoku in the debut episode.
Is recapping Mugen Train a good or bad thing?
Giving an opinion about whether a recap of Mugen Train is a good or bad thing remains difficult when we don’t know what scenes will be added and where within the arc they will be focused.
On the one hand, a television version of Mugen Train does increase accessibility for the second season, the main goal according to the franchise’s official website.
It also means that Ufotable are given extra time and resources to animate the Entertainment District Arc to its full potential; more importantly, to meet the incredibly high standards set from season 1.
Plus, fans of the series have waited over two years to watch Demon Slayer’s return to the small screen; no one is going to complain about an ‘extra’ seven episodes of content.
However, the vast majority of Demon Slayer fans will have already watched Mugen Train and therefore, don’t necessarily need or want to see another drawn-out version of the same events.
At this early stage in season 2’s broadcast, we are optimistic that re-adapting Mugen Train will provide some more context for the upcoming Entertainment District Arc in an entertaining manner.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]