Demon Slayer continues to treat fans with various goodies that will no doubt lead to season 3’s first episode.
From a rebroadcast of season 2’s Mugen Train arc to a kabuki stage play adaptation of the series, it’s clear that the buzz around Demon Slayer Season 3 and the series, in general, are at an all-time high.
Thanks to an official Demon Slayer Twitter announcement immediately after season 2’s last episode, we already know season 3 is in production, with Ufotable at the helm again.
Here is that official tweet:
【「鬼滅の刃」刀鍛冶の里編】— 鬼滅の刃公式 (@kimetsu_off) February 13, 2022
Demon Slayer Season 3 Release Date Information
Demon Slayer season 3 has no official release date yet. Considering the announcement’s timing and the series’ popularity, season 3 will likely be in late 2023. That gives Ufotable over a year and a half to work on the episodes since the announcement on February 13, 2022.
A Spring 2023 release is also possible, depending on how much progress Ufotable already has before the official Twitter account announced the season. Likely, the studio was already hard at work before the February announcement, especially since the tweet seems to have been prepared beforehand.
Demon Slayer season 3 is officially called “Kimetsu no Yaiba: Katanakaji no Sato-hen” in Japanese or “Demon Slayer: Swordsmith Village Arc” in English, which picks up right after the events of season 2’s Entertainment District Arc.
Animation studio Ufotable will continue their work on the series, so fans can expect the same level of visual quality for the upcoming season.
Demon Slayer Season 3 Trailer
In April 2022, Crunchyroll published the third season’s official trailer. It gives a quick recap of how Tanjiro’s journey started, leading up to the current arc.
Watch the video below to get a glimpse of what’s waiting for you in season 3:
Demon Slayer Season 3 Key Visual
The official tweet after season 2 immediately gave us a key visual featuring Muichiro Tokito and Mitsuri Kanroji, hinting that season 3 will heavily feature them.
Muichiro Tokito and Mitsuri Kanroji are what’s known as Hashira, the most powerful members of the Demon Slayer Corps.
Considering their prominence on the key visual, fans can expect to see more of them in battle as they assist the protagonist, Tanjiro Kamado. And since two Hashiras are present for this arc, expect intense battles with some equally strong demons.
Demon Slayer Season 3 Plot
Demon Slayer Season 3 continues the story immediately after the Entertainment District Arc battle in season 2. Here, we’ll see Tanjiro heading to a swordsmith village to get his broken sword repaired.
After explaining to swordsmith Hotaru Haganezuka how the blade broke, the smith proceeds to create a stronger sword.
Meanwhile, Demon King Muzan Kibutsuji dispatches two upper-ranked demons to the swordsmith village, believing that the destruction of swordsmiths will severely weaken the Demon Slayer Corps.
Muichiro and Mitsuri battle the powerful demons while Tanjiro waits for swordsmith Hotaru to finish working on his new sword.
Once Tanjiro receives his new weapon, he no longer limits himself to observing and giving helpful insights against the demons. Instead, he joins the fray, defeating the last of the two demons terrorizing the village.
Tragedy seems to strike as he believes to have lost his sister to the sun, only to find out that she can withstand sunlight.
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Demon Slayer Season 3 Cast
The official Demon Slayer website has already confirmed the voice actors for six main characters:
- Natsuki Hanae as Tanjiro Kamado
- Akari Kito as Nezuko Kamado
- Hiro Shimono as Zenitsu Agatsuma
- Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Inosuke Hashibira
- Kengo Kawanishi as Muichiro Tokito
- Kana Hanazawa as Mitsuri Kanroji
There’s no news yet of any voice actor changes for the other characters, so they’ll likely be back in season 3 to reprise their roles as needed.
Also read: 20 Best Female Demon Slayer Characters Ranked
How Many Episodes Will Demon Slayer Season 3 Have?
Swordsmith Village Arc spans 30 chapters, going from chapter 98 to chapter 127. Considering Ufotable’s average rate of two chapters per season, Demon Slayer Season 3 will likely have anywhere between 12 to 15 episodes.
However, season 3 can also become a split cour, just like season 2. The next arc, known as the Hashira Training Arc, is only nine chapters long. It seems implausible to animate the training arc as its own season, especially since the next arc starts the Final Battle Arc.
If season 3 does become a split cour, Swordsmith Village will likely air with 12 episodes, stopping at a major cliffhanger for the arc. After that, it will return with another set of episodes, approximately 8, to finish the Swordsmith Arc and continue into the Hashira Training Arc.
Also, if season 3 first cour releases during Spring 2023, then Demon Slayer fans might get the second cour in the same year, possibly Winter 2023.
How Successful Were Demon Slayer Seasons 1 and 2?
The Demon Slayer franchise has enjoyed massive success worldwide, resulting in various media adaptations such as a video game, an orchestra concert of its soundtrack, and a kabuki stage play.
The first season proved to be a hit with viewers, ranking 105 overall in MyAnimeList and grabbing the number 7 spot in popularity. Season 2’s split cour arcs ranked 181 and 26 on the site.
Where Will Demon Slayer Season 3 Be Available to Watch?
Most anime lovers can watch Demon Slayer season 1 and season 2 episodes on Crunchyroll for free. As such, Crunchyroll will likely provide a simulcast for season 3 once it starts airing. However, keep in mind that you need a premium membership to catch anime simulcasts on their site.
Other streaming providers, such as Netflix and Hulu, carry Demon Slayer in their catalog. Availability may differ depending on your location.