Demon Slayer returns for 3rd season with special 45-minute episode

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba Entertainment District Arc shifts the limelight to the Sound Pillar Tengen Uzui. (Screenshot: Netflix)
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba Entertainment District Arc shifts the limelight to the Sound Pillar Tengen Uzui. (Screenshot from Netflix)

The first episode of the highly anticipated third season of anime series Demon Slayer is out. Focusing on the Entertainment District storyline, the limelight shifts to the Sound Pillar Tengen Uzui, after the curtains closed on the Flame Pillar Kyojuro Rengoku, whose story was produced in a movie in 2020, which was then converted into a seven-episode series earlier in October.

Demon Slayer follows the story of Tanjiro Kamado, whose family was slaughtered by a demon. In order to find a cure for his younger sister Nezuko, who was turned into a demon, Tanjiro embarks on an arduous journey. As he becomes a “Water Breathing” demon slayer and starts taking on missions, he is joined by the “Thunder Breathing” Zenitsu Agatsuma and “Beast Breathing” Inosuke Hashibira.

The first episode of the latest season serves as a transition between the end of the Mugen Train arc that features Rengoku, and the beginning of the Entertainment District arc that stars Uzui. This play of events follows the story in the manga faithfully, which will likely delight Demon Slayer manga fans.

Although the first episode is already an extended version, running at about 45 minutes instead of the usual 25 minutes, it is still not enough to satisfy the “thirst” of Demon Slayer fans, who have been eagerly waiting for the sequel since the 2020 movie. This introduction to the whole season shows how the trio recovers from the intense Mugen Train battle, and sets off on a new mission with Uzui.

This transition may seem like a filler episode, but it sheds light on the background of the mysterious Hinokami Kagura technique used by Tanjiro. The revelation lays the foundation for future events, and this unique skill will ultimately have a greater part to play, especially in the showdown with the nemesis Muzan Kibutsuji.

Despite it being still too early to tell how the season will perform, it can’t be too bad as the series continues to be produced by Japanese animation studio Ufotable. Ufotable has been working on Demon Slayer since its first season in 2019. There is no excuse for them to not uphold the quality of the graphics and exciting animation sequences.

Along with the popularity of the series, the various Japanese voice actors of Demon Slayer also shot to fame. There was even a special live reading event titled Demon Slayer Party that starred the voice actors Natsuki Hanae as Tanjiro, Akari Kito as Nezuko, Hiro Shimono as Zenitsu, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Inosuke, Satoshi Hino as Rengoku, and Takahiro Sakurai as the Water Pillar Giyu Tomioka. How the career of Katsuyuki Konishi, who voices the flamboyant Uzui, will turn out after this season ends is also worthy of attention.

Outside of Japan, new episodes of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba Entertainment District Arc are available every Sunday 11.45pm (GMT+8) on the following platforms:

Bilibili
iQIYI
Viu Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines)
Netflix
WeTV (Indonesia & Thailand)
Catchplay+ Singapore
Catchplay+ Indonesia
meWatch (Singapore)
TrueID (Thailand)
Vidio (Indonesia)

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