We're still waiting for Demon Slayer season 3, but we can expect more news (and hopefully talk of a release date) to arrive in the coming months. After all, we've already seen a brief teaser of the new season, as well as information about which manga arc it's adapting. It seemingly isn't long now until we get the full story on what Tanjiro and company will be up to next.
In the meantime, we've looked high and low for every scrap and morsel relating to Demon Slayer season 3, AKA the Swordsmith Village arc. There's even confirmation of the extended cast list, plus a quick first look at the new villain of the piece. It's all here in our guide to Demon Slayer season 3.
Demon Slayer season 3 release date speculation
Nothing official yet, but we can expect Demon Slayer season 3 to release in the next 12 months, potentially in mid-to-late 2023. We had hoped Fall 2022 would be a distinct possibility but, in the COVID era, getting that done so soon was ultimately unrealistic. A Winter or Spring release (January-April 2023) could be targeted, but Fall 2023 (September-October 2023) seems the likely destination
Fall has been Ufotable's port of call for Demon Slayer. The show debuted in Fall 2019, with the Mugen Train movie rolling into Japan in Fall 2020. Demon Slayer's Mugen Train recap arc for television began airing in Fall 2021. The streak of continuous Fall debuts for Demon Slayer should break, but only for a year.
The new trailer has some footage, which indicates production has been moving along nicely but, crucially, there's no release date in sight. Keep your eyes peeled for more news in 2023.
Demon Slayer season 3 trailer: first Swordsmith Village teaser is here
The first Demon Slayer season 3 trailer finally arrived recently. Unfortunately, it mostly serves as a recap of what's gone before.
There are, however, some glimpses of new footage: the Love and Mist Hashira are seen separately in the sizzle reel, while a new sword (later wielded by Tanjiro) is being crafted at the Swordsmith Village. You can watch it in full above.
Demon Slayer season 3 story: What is the Swordsmith Village arc?
Demon Slayer season 3 is officially the Swordsmith Village Arc. Don't worry, we won't get into source material spoilers here, but we believe it will cover chapters 100-127 of the manga. Entertainment District Arc covered a similar range from 70-99, so this is again likely to be a 12-episode season, give or take a few episodes.
Unless there are any major deviations, it should involve Tanjiro heading to Swordsmith Village to get a new weapon. As luck would have it, the village is home to an ancient weapon. But it's not all quite that straightforward, with the story bringing in the Love and Mist Hashiras, and maybe an Upper Rank demon or two.
On a broader note, the Entertainment District ending also tipped us off on what road the show is going to likely take beyond Demon Slayer season 3. Tengen is off the board, but still alive and kicking. He told Iguro that his likely Hashira replacement should be Tanjiro. From there, the Demon Slayers can finally strike back at their ultimate target: Muzan Kibutsuji.
Demon Slayer season 3 cast: who are the new characters and demons?
Tanjiro (Natsuki Hanae), Zenitsu (Hiro Shimono), Inosuke (Yoshitsugu Matsuoka), and Nezuko (Akari Kitou) will all return as part of the Swordsmith Village arc cast.
Joining them are two characters we've already glimpsed in the series: the Mist Hashira Muichiro Tokito and the Love Hashira Mitsuri Kanoji. Also expect more of the Hashiras to appear in future seasons, as well as members of the Twelve Upper Moons/Twelve Kibuki. One Upper Moon, Doma, is expected to appear in Demon Slayer season 3 and an official sketch of the villain has recently been released.
Haruo Satozaki is set to direct, with Akira Matsushima on character design duties.
Where to stream Demon Slayer
Demon Slayer is now available to watch on Crunchyroll. We expect Demon Slayer season 3 to follow suit and also be streaming on there, especially given the recent merger with Funimation. Netflix users can find the first season ready to stream now in some territories.
And that's it... for now, anyway. In the meantime, be sure to see what else is on the horizon with our guide to Jujutsu Kaisen season 2. And if you're still playing catch up, here's how to watch Demon Slayer in order.