The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc release date is getting closer! While no release date has been confirmed, we now have a new trailer that shows us new and familiar faces.
Notably Mist Hashira Muichrio Tokito, Love Hashira Mitsuri Kanroji and Demon Slayer Genya Shinazugawa. We also meet two of the higher rank demons Gyokko of Upper Rank 5 and Hantengu of Upper Rank 4.
Here’s what we know about the new season. It covers manga chapters 100 to 127, which will give us about 10 to 12 episodes. It takes place two months after the Entertainment District Arc in the timeline.
And fan favorites Zenitsu and Inosuke won’t feature prominently in Demon Slayer Season 3. As the name implies, we’ll instead get a good look at one of the most pivotal groups in Demon Slayer: The Swordsmiths.
What can we expect from Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba The Swordsmith Arc
We learned in Demon Slayer Season 1 that there are two ways to kill a demon. Sunlight and a special sword called a Nichirin (color-changing) sword.
So far, we’ve met two swordsmiths who can craft these legendary weapons. Hotaru Hagenezuka, who forged Tanjiro Kamado’s sword, and Kozu Kanamori, who forged Inosuke’s twin swords.
But the Swordsmith Arc show us a few more and emphasize the importance of this village. Upon awakening from his two-month coma, Tanjiro discovers that Zenitsu has already left for a job and Inosuke is there to greet him.
When Tanjiro asks if his new sword (his second sword was broken off during the Entertainment Distract Arc) has already arrived, he sees that Hotaru Hagenezuka has left him a small pile of letters.
Claiming that he has no sword to give Tanjiro and that he should just die. Since Hotaru tried to kill Tanjiro before he broke or lost his sword, this doesn’t surprise him.
But Tanjiro still needs a sword and so gets permission to travel to the Swordsmith Village. But even the journey is not easy. Due to the pivotal role played by the swordsmiths, Tanjiro is blindfolded, wears earmuffs to block out sounds, and has a set of nose caps so he can’t find the village alone.
Several members of the Kakushi (Support Corps) have to carry it on their backs. Each only takes him part of the way before switching.
The Kakushi, in turn, are led by Kausgai crows who are also regularly exchanged. The only location that is harder to reach is the leader of the Demon Slayer Corps Ubuyashiki.
Once he reaches the village, Tanjiro encounters two Hashiras and a member of Demon Slayer Corp. We’ve already met these three in season 1.
What characters will we meet in The Swordsmith Arc
Genya Shinazugawa the younger brother of the Wind Hashira (Sanemi Shinazugawa) was introduced to us during the Final Selection Arc. He made quite an impression when he showed a lack of respect for the two younger sisters of the current leader of the Demon Slayer Corps.
We met the Mist Hashira Muichiro Tokito and Love Hashira Mitsuri Kanroji at the Mount Natagumo Arc. This was also our first encounter with the other Hashira, but other than Sanemi attacking Nezuko with his sword, none of them really impressed me.
The new faces we meet are Tecchin Tecchikawahara (head of the Swordsmith Village), Kotetsu (an apprentice and youngest resident), Tetsuido (only in flashbacks and he made the swords of Muichiro and Mitsuri), and Yoriichi Type Zero (a combat doll who stronger than a human).
As for the demons, we get to see Upper Rank 5 Gyokko and Upper Rank 4 Hantengu. Gyokko is said to be Muzan’s (the Demon King) favorite Upper Ranker for the vases he makes.
Hantengu is very interesting, but I also hate his personality. He has the ability to create clones of himself that represent his emotions. Each has its own name and unique abilities.
He’s the type who likes to play the victim and blame his crimes on everything from other people to his own hands. It is possible that he has a mental illness.
Hantengu had many wives and children when he was a human, and he killed them all. He also reveals crucial information about Nezuko to Muzan before being killed by Tanjiro.
When can we expect Demon Slayer Kimetso no Yaiba Season 3?
Ufotable has done a great job of releasing content at a regular pace. Demon Slayer Season 1 was released in Fall 2019 and the Mugen Train movie will hit Japanese theaters in Fall 2021.
The Entertainment District Arc came in December 2021 and Ufotable has no plans to turn Swordsmith Village into another movie. We could see it as early as 2023, or sometime in 2024 at the latest.
Personally, I don’t think we have to wait that long. Season 3 was confirmed shortly after the end of the second season. And unfortunately the manga is complete with 23 parts.
There are a total of 11 arcs in Demon Slayer. That’s easily two more seasons and maybe a movie. I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw some exclusive anime content this season.
I hope they continue to animate the TV show with Demon Slayer Season 4: Infinity Castle Arc. It’s one of those stories that pleases all emotions.
Will Tanjiro survive long enough to heal Nezuko? Does she want to be? Will the anime end the same way the manga did? Only time will tell and we’ll get some great action once Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba The Swordsmith Village Arc arrives!