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'Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba' Second Season Announced


Last year Japan got a new highest grossing film of all time, ending Spirited Away's nearly two full decades at the top. Despite the global pandemic putting a major dent in box-office takings in most of the around, Japanese audiences turned out to see one movie in huge numbers. Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba The Movie: Mugen Train is the first original movie outing for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba series. 

The movie followed Demon Slayer's first TV series, which ran for 26 episodes from April 2019. A compilation movie of the first five episodes subtitled Bond Of Siblings screened in Japanese cinemas before the TV airing At an event on Sunday, February 14 it was finally confirmed that a second season was on the way- and it will air this year. Season two will go by the lengthy title Demon Slayer Kimetsue No Yaiba: Entertainment District Arc.

The creative team behind the first season will be returning for the second, which will be produced again by ufotable.  Haruo Sotozaki, who directed both the first season and the movie, will be back in the director's chair. Akira Matsushima will also return as character designer. The premiere date has not been announced as anything more specific than 2021 at this point (possibly because Covid-related delays are not unlikely).

The Demon Slayer manga was created by Koyoharu Gotouge and ran in Shonen Jump between February 2016 and May of 2020. The compiled volumes have already sold more than 102 million copies. It was its publishers second best selling manga of 2019, second only to One Piece.

The series follows apprentice Demon Slayer Tanjiro as he searches for a way to avenge his family and turn his demon-possessed sister back into a human. 

The first season can be found streaming on Funimation, Crunchyroll and Netflix,  and Funimation Films and Aniplex are slated to release Mugen Train in the United States this year.