Demon Slayer Slashes Into April With Thrilling New Arc Premiering on Crunchyroll

This month, Crunchyroll begins airing the next installment of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has been revealed as the "Swordsmith Village Arc."
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This month, Crunchyroll begins airing the next installment of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has been revealed as the “Swordsmith Village Arc.” Crunchyroll and Aniplex of America announced the latest season of the iconic anime series, featuring memorizing sword action and intense drama. The next chapter of the story following Tanjiro, Zenitsu, Inosuke, and Nezuko, will continue from the conclusion of the recent, Entertainment District arc, and will feature a range of introduced characters in the spotlight. 

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has been an iconic anime series since its release in 2019, which currently consists of 2 seasons and two movies. The cinematic release of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – To the Swordsmith Village recently debuted as the 2nd movie from the franchise, which combined two final episodes of the Entertainment District Arc with the 1st new episode featured in the upcoming release. The manga adaptation will now begin the ninth story arc of the franchise, which is featured in chapters 98 to 127 of Koyoharu Gotoge’s Kimetsu no Yaiba. 

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Begins A New Arc this Weekend 

Hot off the heels of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -To the Swordsmith Village- World Tour and cinematic experience, Aniplex of America and Crunchyroll will be officially premiering Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc starting Sunday, April 9, 2023. As part of its previously announced Spring season lineup, Crunchyroll will simulcast new episodes every week.

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is based on the manga series by Koyoharu Gotoge, published under SHUEISHA’s JUMP COMICS, which consists of 23 volumes and over 150 million copies in publication. The animation production is by ufotable. 

The story begins when Tanjiro Kamado, a boy whose family is killed by a demon, joins the Demon Slayer Corps to turn his younger sister Nezuko back into a human after she is transformed into a demon. In April 2019, the TV anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba first premiered with the Tanjiro Kamado, Unwavering Resolve Arc, followed by the release of the feature film Mugen Train in October 2020, and the TV series Mugen Train Arc and Entertainment District Arc from 2021 through 2022. 

Starting in February 2023, the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -To the Swordsmith Village- World Tour kicked off with a worldwide cinematic screening in 95 countries and regions. In April, the TV adaptation of the Swordsmith Village Arc is confirmed to begin airing. 

And the story makes its way to a new location ─  

Tanjiro’s journey leads him to the Swordsmith Village, where he reunites with two Hashira, members of the Demon Slayer Corps’ highest-ranking swordsmen – Mist Hashira Muichiro Tokito and Love Hashira Mitsuri Kanroji. With the shadows of demons lurking near, a new battle begins for Tanjiro and his comrades.

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The first episode of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba “Swordsmith Village Arc” premiered in movie theatres around the globe during the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -To the Swordsmith Village- World Tour, which brought talent from Japan to fans for advance screenings in Tokyo, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Paris, Berlin, Seoul, and Taipei. Special guests included Natsuki Hanae, the Japanese voice of main character Tanjiro Kamado, Aniplex producer Yuma Takahashi, and more along with a breath-taking performance by Aimer in select cities. 

The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba TV series, which debuted in 2019, and Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train, which took the world by storm in 2020, are currently available to stream on Crunchyroll.  

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Cast

Japanese voice cast and 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 
Nobuhiko Okamoto as Genya 
Toshio Furukawa as Hantengu 
Kousuke Toriumi as Gyokko 

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Fans have been excited for the next chapter of the story as a new location takes center stage in the latest arc. The last two arcs have featured Harisha, the top member of the Demon Slayer Corps, so another was expected in the upcoming episodes as a character focus. However, it appears that this arc will include two Harisha, which are Muichiro and Mitsuri as highlighted characters. The Swordsmith village will place a focus on the swordsmiths, including Hotaru Haganezuka, who hilariously attempts to kill Tanjiro when upset for breaking his Nichirin Sword. The inclusion of Genya will also be an interesting addition and it will be awesome to see how these characters will interact in the new episodes.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba “Swordsmith Village Arc” will start as the third Season of the anime series. The first episode of the new installment will be simulcast with English subtitles via Crunchyroll on Sunday, April 9, 2023. The following episodes will debut every Sunday as part of the Spring line-up of the anime streaming platform. 

Are you excited about the new arc of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba? Did you join the world tour? Do you prefer sub or dub? Let us know what you think on social media!

Source: Crunchyroll

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Long time fan of Tokusatsu fan since Power Rangers was first released in the 90s. Whereas most Superhero fans grew up with DC Comics and Marvel, my childhood was surrounded by releases from Saban Entertainment such as Beetleborgs, along with anime, and other various fads of the generation. Anime is also a great passion with Digimon, That Time I Was Reincarnated As A Slime, and Demon Slayer being significant favorites. It was the love of both Power Rangers and Digimon that led to the path of becoming a Senior Writer for The Illuminerdi.