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'Demon Slayer': New Mini-Series and Season 2 Dated, 'My Hero Academia' Season 6 Announced

Over the weekend, news broke about what are probably the two current biggest anime franchises. Shonen Jump hits Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba and My Hero Academia both delivered their fans with welcome news about their future.

It was confirmed earlier this year that Demon Slayer would be returning for a second season later in 2021. However, as it turns out there will be even more demon slaying coming in the meantime.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba:Mugen Train Arc is a seven episode mini-series that adapts the arc that was featured in the international smash-hit Demon Slayer movie Mugen Train. The series will be expanded from the movie version, adding one whole new episode and 70 new scenes across the series total, plus new music and intro and outro sequences. The arc will be a must-see for fans, even if you have seen the movie, as it will act as a bridge between the first and second full seasons of the show.


Mugen Train Arc will leave the station on October 10 and will be available subtitled on Crunchyroll, Funimation's English speaking-territories, on Wakanim in select European countries and via Hulu in the US. It will be available to Funimation's Latin-American customers at a later date.

The second season proper Entertainment District Arc will arrive straight after on December 5.  The new series will kick off with an hour-long premiere that will introduce a new major demon foe called Daki. Again it will be available on Crunchyroll, Funimation, Wakanim and Hulu.

Demon Slayer is animated by ufotable, based on the hit manga by Koyoharu Gotoge. The series follows a young man's quest to find a cure for his sister who was turned into a demon in a vicious attack that killed the rest of his family. Although not specified in the announcement Funimation and Aniplex USA will almost certainly produce English 'broadcast dubs' for both new series, that will be available exclusively to Funimation subscribers at a later date.

Meanwhile, hugely popular superhero anime My Hero Academia finished up its fifth season this week. The streaming/broadcast of the season finale was marked by the (not terribly surprising if we're honest) news that it will indeed be back for a sixth season.

My Hero Academia combines popular manga/anime tropes with western-style superhero shenanigans, to portray a world where superpowers called Quirks are commonplace, leading to the rise of both superpowered heroes and villains. It follows an idealistic teenager named Deku who was born without a Quirk but inherits one from the world's top hero. Enrolling it the top hero Academy IA,  Deku gives his all to become the hero he knows he is destined to be.

There's no date for the new season yet, but sometime next year seems likely. In the meantime, the third feature film spin-off of the franchise My Hero Academia: World Heroe's Mission is hitting cinemas around the world from next month.