Demon Slayer season 3 may not have a release date yet, but that hasn't stopped us speculating about when new episodes could come out. And given that a trailer was recently released, it seems they might be arriving sooner than you think. Demon Slayer was one of the best anime (opens in new tab) series in recent years, so it's fair to say anticipation for its third season is high. We do know some key aspects of the upcoming episodes, including that the batch is officially called the Swordsmith Village arc. The first trailer also gave us a glimpse at the fearsome villains that our heroes will face next in the show too. For the latest on this, as well as everything else released about Demon Slayer season 3, read on for our complete guide. We've got a breakdown of the new footage, which parts of the manga are likely to be adapted, and how you can watch past episodes. We've even taken our best guess at a release date, based on previous seasons and updates from the creator. So scroll on for everything you need to know. Nothing official yet, but we can expect Demon Slayer season 3 to release in the next 12 months, potentially in early-to-mid 2023. We had hoped Fall 2022 would be a distinct possibility but, in the COVID era, getting that done so soon feels unrealistic. If that's the case, a Winter or Spring release (January-April 2023) or Fall 2023 (September-October 2023) could all be targeted, especially as a Fall announcement should have taken place by now.
Demon Slayer season 3 is officially the Swordsmith Village Arc.
Having said that, Ufotable is usually very consistent with its work output. Demon Slayer 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 could break, but if anyone can achieve the impossible, it's Ufotable. The new trailer has some footage, which indicates production has been moving along nicely but, crucially, there's no release date in sight. We can hope for Fall 2022, but 2023 is just far more likely at this juncture. 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.
Haruo Satozaki is set to direct, with Akira Matsushima on character design duties.
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. 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 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.
It's almost Halloween, and what better way to spend October than watching psychological thrillers? If you're looking for an anime filled with suspense, amazing storytelling, and dynamic characters, Naoki Urasawa's 2004 anime series Monster gives us all of these things and more. It focuses on the life of Dr. Tenma, a brilliant Japanese brain surgeon working at Eisler Memorial Hospital in West Germany, 1986. He's the hospital's rising star and engaged to the daughter of the hospital's director when he's suddenly faced with a moral dilemma that shakes his core, forcing him to make life -changing decisions. An innocent man dies because Dr. Tenma followed orders to treat a patient of higher social and political status. He is devastated and horrified as the widow confronts him, realizing what following these orders had entailed. This is a huge turning point in his life and the beginning of our story. This moment leads him to make a decision that alters his life in ways he couldn't even begin to imagine. The dilemma Dr. Tenma had to face is one that is brought up throughout the entire series: is every life equal? Obviously, the answer is "yes," and Dr. Tenma tries to convey this time and time again.
Starting because of the innocent man dying because he wasn't deemed as a priority by the hospital, Tenma performs surgery on a boy with a gun shot wound despite receiving orders to treat the major first. When Dr. Tenma decides to help this boy, he's completely unaware that he's reviving a "monster" and the antagonist of this story. Almost immediately, Dr. Tenma is faced with tragedies and mystery at the hands of this ten-year-old boy. Most of Monster takes place 10-12 years after this point, following a string of murders occurring around Germany. It doesn't take long before Dr. Tenma is standing face to face with the murderer, who then reveals that he was the young boy Tenma brought back to life ten years prior: Johan Liebert. He shoots Dr. Tenma's patient right before his eyes and walks away like a true psychopath: cool, calm, and menacingly slow. Thus begins Dr. Tenma's journey to take Johan down, pulling him out of the shadows and into broad daylight to prevent any more murders from happening. This proves to be no easy task, though, and Dr. Tenma soon discovers there is far more than meets the eye in his journey of rectitude. The plot of Monster is imaginative, with a well executed story. The mysteries, plot, and characters are all woven together so seamlessly, and everything made perfect sense as the story progressed, while also managing to surprise at every turn. The plot is beyond compelling and riddled with depth and intrigue.
Urasawa did a great job making the characters three-dimensional and real. These characters weren't good or bad, or cookie-cutter images of other characters. They were each their own person and brought something unique to the story. They made us reflect, they made us cry, and they made us feel. Every episode brings something new and enthralling. The characters are carefully developed along the way-heroes, villains, and everyone in between. There are a lot of different types of villains in Monster (with the big bad boss being Johan Liebert), which is a big part of what makes this series so great. There's not just one bad guy and a bunch of lackeys, but multiple villains of all calibers, with various levels of evil versus humanity, none of which are the same. Even Johan's followers have their own individuality as villains. Each one brings something different to the table, and we tend to hate each of these villains (or love to hate them) for different reasons.
As the show progresses, secrets are revealed and more tragedies occur.
First and foremost, there's Johan. If you like incredibly eerie, disturbing villains-the calm and collected ones that are secretly serial killers-you've come to the right place. Johan's the main antagonist of this story and Dr. Tenma's worst nightmare come to life. He constantly taunts the doctor and murders anyone in his way-sometimes for no reason at all other than he simply can. As the show progresses, secrets are revealed and more tragedies occur. We realize just how bad Johan really is and how much he seems to hustle as a villain (seriously, where does he find the time)? He is easily one of the creepiest villains in all of anime. Everything he does is meticulous, and he can't interact with anyone without ruining their lives or convincing them they're useless and unworthy of love, or even life itself. He's calculated, intelligent, and has no remorse; he knows exactly what he wants to do and will accomplish it at all costs. He isn't predictable either, which gives the story all the twists and turns it needs to be made even more interesting. While Johan is the calm, creepy evil mastermind, there are others walking adjacent paths, such as the recurring villain Roberto. This man is so easy to hate, which makes him a good villain in its own way. In contrast to Johan's insidiousness, Roberto's more of a brute force/macho man villain that you know can beat the life out of you without breaking a sweat. While Johan uses mind games to win his wars, Roberto uses his inhuman strength and size to barrel through obstacles and demolish his enemies.
He's seditious and lacks no remorse for his actions, much like Johan. However, he still bows down to Johan and does what he's ordered to. He also thinks of his own self-indulging antics as well, as seen through his multiple affairs and his toying with people. Part of what makes Johan more evil than Roberto is that Johan seems detached from being human altogether and doesn't care about following anyone's plans or desires other than his own. There are many other villains in this series with their own twists on evil as well. Some prove to be more human than what first appears, making their stories even more interesting. This series shows us we're all human and that there are blurred lines between good and evil. We are then begged to ask the question, "can truly evil people become good in the end?" Questions like these are threaded into the entire show and addressed in ways that make us stop and think. Where there are mighty villains, there are mightier heroes. No one can watch Monster and not root for Dr.