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Demon Slayer season 2: release date, cast, story, and more

Demon Slayer season 2
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Demon Slayer season 2 nears ever closer. With news that the Mugen Train movie is set to release in the West shortly, we now have a greater idea of when the next full chapter in the hit anime series is going to land on the likes of Funimation and Crunchyroll.

But that’s not all we're previewing ahead of Tanjiro’s big return. Away from musings on a Demon Slayer 2 release date there’s also a trailer to get excited about. It’s our first glimpse at 2021’s new season, and there’s every chance you won’t have seen it before – so scroll on down below.

There’s even a bit of an explainer for those who are confused by whether they should watch Mugen Train before Demon Slayer 2. Short answer: yes. It’s an essential primer to the new season and is a canonical continuation of the adventures of the Demon Slayer Corps. Find out more about that – and everything else you could possibly want to know – in our guide to Demon Slayer season 2.

Warning: Spoilers for Demon Slayer season 1 and mild spoilers for Mugen Train follow.

Demon Slayer season 2 release date

Demon Slayer season 2 release date

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As is the case with most anime, the Demon Slayer season 2 release date is decidedly vague for the time being. For now, the only official announcement says the new season will air sometime in 2021.

Traditionally, anime is divided up into several release windows throughout a calendar year. Spring, Fall, and Winter each see the premiere and return of several popular shows, though Demon Slayer season 2 has missed any chance of debuting in Spring. The original series ran from April until September 2019 so, unless a release date drop is imminent, Fall 2021 or Winter 2021 is looking likely

If that’s the case, expect Demon Slayer season 2 to drop beginning in September/October. A Winter 2021 window would see a rough December release judging by the timeframe of when other anime, such as Attack on Titan, have launched around this period.

Before then, the Mugen Train movie will be on most fans' radars. It launched in October 2020 in Japan and is out in the US on April 23. It will be available to purchase digitally on June 22. That's the greatest indication yet that Demon Slayer season 2 will debut in the second half of 2021. 

Demon Slayer season 2 story: do you need to watch Mugen Train?

Demon Slayer Mugen Train

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The Demon Slayer season 2 story will adapt the ‘Entertainment District’ arc of the manga. In the source material that takes place after Mugen Train. So, yes, you will need to have watched the Demon Slayer movie before starting season 2 – unless you want to be spoiled. It's a brave move to tie canonical events to a movie (a rarity in anime), but it's worth knowing now, unless you want to miss out on a large chunk of the plot.

So, what can we expect from the story? Without diving too much into specific movie spoilers, the first season ended with Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke are summoned to their first major assignment as part of the Demon Slayer Corps.

Rengoku, a member of the Hashira (elite Demon Slayer swordsman) is tasked with accompanying the trio – and with Tanjiro’s sister-turned-demon Nezuko in tow. The events of the movie surround Tanjiro and company’s attempts to take down the Lower One of the Twelve Moons, the demonic group led by original demon – and slayer of Tanjiro’s family – Muzan Kibutsuji.

After the dramatic events of Mugen Train, and the end of the Infinity Train saga, Tanjiro, the Hashira, and the Demon Slayer Corps will have to deal with the fallout of the movie, but also the emergence of new foes.

The second season, as shown by the trailer below, sees the group heading to Yoshiwara, a town with bright lights and dark desires. Fertile ground for demons, then, and with the Sound Hashira (Tengen Uzui) also in tow, expect Tanjiro to maybe come into conflict with an Upper Moon or two.

Demon Slayer season 2 trailer: first teaser for the new season

You can watch the first Demon Slayer season 2 trailer now. Detailing the Demon Slayer Corps’ excursion to the entertainment district in Yoshiwara, Inosuke is seen charging away in one scene, while there is a special focus on the Sound Hashira. Could he tag along and mentor the fledgling trio of Tanjiro, Inosuke, and Zenitsu in much the same way Rengoku did during the Infinity Train arc.

Don’t expect more trailers, however, until over the summer.

Demon Slayer season 2 cast

Demon Slayer season 2

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Judging by the trailer, the core Demon Slayer voice cast all return for season 2 – at least in the original, subtitled version. No word yet on the English dub.

That means Natuski Hanae (Tanjiro), Akari Kito (Nezuko), Hiro Shimono (Zenitsu), and Yoshitsugu Matusoka (Inosuke) should all be back. Expect other secondary characters, including Tengen Uzui and Shinobo, to also crop up. The main villain, Muzan Kibutsuji (voiced by Toshihiko Seki), is also expected to make an appearance.

Where can I watch and stream Demon Slayer season 2?

Demon Slayer season 2 how to watch

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Demon Slayer season 2 doesn’t yet have an official home in the West. The first season, however, landed on Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu, and Netflix in the US, and Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Netflix in the UK.

Expect both major streaming services, Crunchyroll and Funimation, to get the new subbed episodes shortly after they air in Japan. Netflix may also potentially snap up streaming rights further down the road.

In the meantime, check out the Attack on Titan season 4 release schedule. For your more general streaming needs, here are the best Netflix shows.

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