After Demon Slayer season 2 made its return last weekend, we breakdown the official release date and time for episode 2 on Crunchyroll and Funimation.

After more than two years, the Demon Slayer anime series has finally made its epic return to the small screen!

Of course, the franchise went supernova last year with the release of the highest-grossing movie of 2020, Mugen Train.

It’s fantastic to see the popular franchise return to television screens around the world, but there may not be another community as impatient as anime fans.

Now, the release date and time for Demon Slayer season 2 episode 2 has been officially confirmed online.

Demon Slayer Season 2 | Official Trailer

Demon Slayer Season 2 | Official Trailer

Demon Slayer season 2 episode 2: Release date and time

Demon Slayer season 2 episode 2 will release through the Crunchyroll and Funimation streaming services at 4: 45 PM British Standard Time on Sunday, October 17th.

The episode will be available from the following international times:

  • Pacific Time – 8: 45 AM PDT
  • Central Time – 10: 45 AM CDT
  • Eastern Time – 11: 45 AM EDT
  • British Time – 4: 45 PM BST
  • European Time – 5: 45 PM CEST
  • India Time – 9: 15 PM IST
  • Philippine Time – 11: 45 PM PHT
  • Korea Time – 12: 45 AM KST
  • Australia Time – 2: 15 AM ACDT

However, fans should note that this only concerns the launch of new content for premium users, with season 2 episode 2 scheduled to release for free on October 24th.

Has an official preview for S2 ep 2 been shared?

Yes, the official preview video for the next episode was incorporated into the post-credit scene from season 2 episode 1 i.e., the shorts-style clip of our Demon Slayers meeting Rengoku.

The official title for season 2 episode 2 is being labelled by websites as ‘Mugen Train Arc Episode 2’, but was revealed to be ‘Deep Sleep’ in the trailer.

The preview video has now been shared online by fans with English subtitles, see below:

A quick recap of S2 episode 1…

Season 2 episode 1 of Demon Slayer was called ‘Flame Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku’ and focused on the title character’s original journey towards the infamous Mugen Train.

Rengoku arrives in a small village whilst investigating a series of attacks from a mysterious entity known to locals as ‘The Slasher’. After meeting with another member of the Demon Slayer Corps in a local noodle bar, he heads to the train station where he finds a young girl called Fuku and her grandmother selling Bento.

Fuku is upset at the constant mentioning of demons, which she believes do not exist, and ends up throwing a bean bun straight into the Flame Hashira’s face. Undeterred, he explains how he is looking for the demon responsible for the Slasher attacks and kindly buys the entire stock of Bento.

Rengoku goes to where the Mugen Train is being repaired with the Bento and offers the food to the workers, when the Slasher demon suddenly appears and takes a young boy hostage.

The Slasher activates his Demon Blood Art, which enables him to reach incredibly fast speeds and is preparing to kill the boy. Thankfully, Rengoku is too fast and cuts off the demon’s hands, but as he treats the boy’s wounds, the Slasher escapes to find Fuku and her grandmother.

Using his Total Concentration Breathing, Rengoku is able to catch up to the demon just in time before Fuku and her grandmother is murdered. He then mocks the demon for being too slow, as he unleashes First Form: Unknowing Fire (see below) and decapitates the monster.

After saying goodbye to Fuku and her grandmother, who his father saved as a child, he again buys their entire stock of Bento and boards the Mugen Train.

Play the new Demon Slayer video game

Can’t get enough Demon Slayer? Did you know that a new video game has just been released?

Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles is a 3D fighting game from CyberConnect2, JP Aniplex and Sega that launched worldwide on October 15th.

The Hinokami Chronicles is available for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

Featuring a single-player storyline taken from season 1 and the Mugen Train movie, there is plenty for fans to enjoy here.

However, the online multiplayer is where a warrior’s true strength will be tested, with fights feeling like a fantasy of any Kimetsu no Yaiba fan.

You can find out more about crossplay here.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles | Launch Trailer

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles | Launch Trailer

Fans react to the return of Demon Slayer…

There had been some concerns amongst the Demon Slayer community that the global excitement for season 2 would be hampered by the television adaptation of Mugen Train.

However, kicking off the second season with an original episode appears to have been the right move for many viewers, but how was the episode rated?

Unfortunately, neither Crunchyroll nor Funimation will publicly reveal their official viewership for season 2 episode 1; however, season 2 episode 1 is currently scoring an 8.59/10 on MyAnimeList with over 16,000 reviews.

Interestingly, the first season scored the exact same score of 8.57/10 (with over 1.3 million reviews), whilst Mugen Train is sitting at an 8.72/10 – showing how season 2 is maintaining the exceptional fan response from prior titles in the franchise.

“First episode of Demon Slayer Rengoku Edition was great…! loved how we got the backstory on how Rengoku got all those ekiben before boarding the train his reverence and respect for all the food and its makers were really relatable and touching.” – Soukatsu, via Twitter.

“Aaaaaaa I just watched the NEW Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba episode and it was sooooo good I got to see new faces that weren’t in the Mugen Train movie! Also confession this is my first anime I’m watching subbed but I’ll also watch the dub too!” – DivineJustice93, via Twitter.

“Right now I’m currently watching the newest episode of Demon Slayer, and it’s beautiful! @ufotable and @aniplexUSA did an breathtaking and astonishing job capturing the magnificent essence of Demon Slayer. I commend all who are working on this anime.” – TheDaikonSprout, via Twitter.

How did you rate the first episode in season 2? Let us know below!

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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