We are approaching the release of Demon Slayer season 3, and that means promotion is starting to ramp up even further. This week, we now have an exact release date for season 3, plus a new English dub trailer to check out.
So, the launch of Demon Slayer season 3 is going to be a little weird. Because of the success of the Mugen Train movie, season 3 is debuting in a theatrical event around the world on March 3. This will include both the end of last season and the first episode of season 3, the Swordsmith Village Arc.
But after that, the official release date of season 3 is Sunday, April 9, 2023 . I’m still trying to figure out if that also includes the episode that is being shown in theaters, or if that’s episode 2 and beyond. It would be a little odd if that were the only place to see the premiere, so I kind of doubt it. I believe the theatrical release is just so you can see it early. And so Ufotable can make a ton of money.
Here is the new English dub trailer for season 3, which doesn’t feature a ton of new footage, but is worth watching all the same.
We of course have had a description of the Swordsmith village arc available for a long while now, as we continue to adapt the manga:
“Tanjiro journeys to a village of swordsmiths and has to explain how his sword was so badly damaged to Hotaru Haganezuka, the smith who made it. While Tanjiro waits for his sword to be repaired, enemies close in… The Mist Hashira, Muichiro Tokito, engages the demons, but he’ll need some help from Tanjiro and Genya, another Demon Slayer. It’s bad enough that they have to fight two upper-rank demons, but can they handle a foe who can split itself into four separate bodies and regenerate almost instantly?”
Again, debuting the first episode as part of a movie event may seem a little weird, but that’s until you realize that the Mugen Train movie made nearly half a billion dollars worldwide . It was a hit both in Japan and in the west, and to date it’s earned $453 million for something that easily could have just been a couple of episodes airing between seasons 1 and 2. So yes, you are going to see probably a few more of these events in the future, as a result.
Update (3/3): Thought it would be good to expand on the Swordsmith Village Arc a little bit.
We know that if it’s like the manga, it should cover around 25 chapters of the source material, which would mean it’s similar to the Entertainment District Arc, which means around a 10-12 episode season.
The current pace of the series has many fans believing that the show is going to end with season 4, given how fast they’re moving through the source material. It’s possible they go beyond that, but that would not come without some level of risk if they decided to do so.
We will be focused on two main Hashiras this time around, Love Hashira Mitsuri Kanroji and Mist Hashira Muichiro Tokito, while the main demon will be Hantengu, who is Upper Rank Four of the Twelve Kizuki. Here’s what we know about the clone-based demon:
“Hantengu was once a human thief and murderer who pretended to be innocent through his elderly appearance and frail look, constantly blaming others for his crimes.
While having several other personalities and emotions shown through his clones, Hantengu himself is no doubt nothing but an embodiment of fear and cowardice. Even during his time as a human, Hantengu kept using his age and condition as an excuse, trying to weasel away from his crimes and blaming anyone, or anything – like his very own hand. After turning into a demon/oni, Hantengu retained his human traits. While being an obviously cruel and horrendous demon who ended hundreds of lives, Hangtengu is still established as a deluded person, who kept blaming others and trying to pretend, or even to believe it himself, that he is fully innocent.”
Sounds like perhaps the toughest challenge yet, and we’ll see how he’s handled this coming season.
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