The long-awaited return of one of the most financially successful animes of all time is drawing near. With Season 1’s thrilling release back in 2019, fans have been waiting not so patiently to see the premiere of Demon Slayer Season 2.
They won’t have to wait much longer, and with the rereleased Mugen Train movie with additional recuts added, they have more Demon Slayer content to enjoy before Demon Slayer Season 2 premieres.
The Bridge to Demon Slayer Season 2: The Mugen Train Movie
Even though fans have had to wait a while for Season 2 of the critically acclaimed series, they did get the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train on a staggered release starting on October 16, 2020.
However, some fans had to wait much longer. Japan got to enjoy the film back in October. While the rest of the world had to wait for an international release that trickled into mid-2021.
If the numbers are anything to go by, the movie was worth the wait. It raked in $435 million at the box office, making it the single highest-grossing anime and Japanese film ever released. It’s the first time in history that a film not produced in Hollywood topped the annual box office. Never before has an anime been so popular in the mainstream.
Haven’t seen the Mugen Train arc yet? Don’t worry. Crunchyroll and Funimation are giving you a convenient way to catch up! The streaming platforms are offering an episode-based rerelease that adds brand new scenes cut from the original film.
Demon Slayer: Mugen Train takes place after the end of Season 1 and was intended as a bridge between Season 1 and Season 2. This is a fairly common practice in animes. The movie follows Tanjiro, Nezuko, Zenitsu, and Inosuke as they board a train.
Help the Flame Hashira Kyōjurō Rengoku hunt for one demon in particular responsible for a large number of Demon Slayer deaths. Once they board, they realize this is no ordinary train as they fall into an enchanted deep sleep. If they can’t fight the enchanted sleep, they may never wake up again.
Demon Slayer Season 2: Release Date and More
The rerelease of Mugen Train began on October 10, 2021, for premium Crunchyroll subscribers and on Funimation, the two main streaming services for anime fans. If you’ve already seen the movie, this 7 episode rerelease is still worth the watch. Sources are reporting 70 new scenes added in addition to new open and ending animations, music tracks, and theme songs.
If you look at the time difference between the original film and the episode drop, it’s the equivalent of a whole additional episode. The film has almost two hours, which would make 6 20-minute episodes. Since it’s split into 7 episodes, that’s one whole extra episode worth of footage.
If you still can’t wait and just want Demon Slayer Season 2 Episode 1 of the Entertainment District arc to drop already, you only have to wait until December 5, 2021, for the first episode. It’s an hour-long premiere. This might help the more impatient among us. As we’ve been waiting since the series release in 2019 for the continuation of the story.
To catch the official trailer, check it out here!
Demon Slayer Anime Voice Actors and Plot
If you watch the original Japanese version with subtitles, you can be sure that the beloved voice actors from Season 1 will all return for the Entertainment District arc.
Returning you have Natuski Hanae as Tanjiro Kamado, Akari Kito as Nezuko, and Hiro Shimono as Zenitsu. Yoshitsugu Matusoka as Inosuke and Toshihiko Seki as Muzan Kibutsuji are also returning.
Joining the cast will be Miyuki Sawashiro voicing demon Daki, an upper-rank demon we have not yet met.
The episodes based on Mugen Train are known as the Mugen Train arc, while the true release of Season 2 will be known as the Entertainment District arc. It is expected to begin just as the Mugen Train arc ends, following the storylines set forth in the original manga.
Tengen Uzui is slated to be the character Season 2 of Demon Slayer revolves around the most. He’s the Hashira with the ability to command sound. He and the other core protagonists join the senior demon slayer to a place called Yoshiwara, Japan’s famous red-light district. They are searching for a particular demon known to wreak havoc in the area.
Along the way, we’re expected to learn more about the complicated world of the Hashira.
If you simply can’t wait and need more Demon Slayer, read the original manga! The original manga was extremely popular in its own right. Not only did it become Japan’s bestselling manga of 2020, but it sold almost 10 times as many copies as the manga that came in second.
Talk about winning in a landslide!
Need More Content After Demon Slayer Season 2?
Its commercial success almost guarantees that there will be no shortage of Demon Slayer anime content coming in the future.
If Mugen Train, the Mugen Train rerelease, and Demon Slayer Season 2 aren’t enough Demon Slayer content for you, you’re in luck! Demon Slayer: The Hinokami Chronicles is a video game that takes place in the Demon Slayer universe.
You follow the storyline from Season 1 in addition to the Mugen Train movie, so you get to enjoy some classic Demon Slayer in a 3D, fighting single-player game format. The game launched worldwide on October 15th from CyberConnect2, JP Aniplex, and Sega. You can enjoy it on Windows, PlayStation 4 and 5, and Xbox One and Series X/S!
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