Even if you aren’t a big-time anime enthusiast, you’ve heard of Kimetsu No Yaiba. After the release of two stellar anime seasons and an animated movie that went on to break records in both Japan and the rest of the world, people are left wondering. When is the Kimetsu No Yaiba: The Final Season going to be released?
After the success of the 26-episode anime came the sequel film, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train, which went on to become the highest-grossing Japanese film of all time. We got a second season, further covering the Mugen Train arc and the Entertainment District arc. The third season involving the Swordsmith Village arc has been announced, but no scheduled date is out.
After so much hype and so many achievements, all the fans have the same question: When will Kimetsu No Yaiba the Final Season come out? Well fans, let’s look at what we have so far!
What is Kimetsu No Yaiba All About?
Kimetsu No Yaiba is an award-winning anime based on the Shonen manga written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotouge. It had its beginnings in Weekly Shonen Jump, home to manga like Naruto Shippuden, Bleach, and One Piece. It skyrocketed in popularity once it was picked up for an anime adaptation by Ufotable, a legend in the animation studio industry.
The story follows our teenage protagonist, Tanjiro Kamado, an empathetic and smart young man who lives in the mountains with his family, including little sister Nezuko. He provides for the family by selling charcoal in nearby towns. But one day he comes back t to find his family butchered by demons, leaving only Nezuko alive. However, Nezuko shows signs of becoming a demon herself.
And so, we see Tanjiro, heartbroken and scarred, encounter a Demon Slayer named Giyū Tomioka and embark on a path of vengeance. He vows to help his sister gain her humanity back while avenging his family by becoming a demon slayer himself
What are demon slayers, you ask? In Japan, there exists a secret society termed the Demon Slayer Corps. It is an organization that has existed since ancient times, its only reason for existing is to protect humanity from the wrath of demons. Demons themselves are a creation of Muzan Kibutsuji, the first demon king, who is driven by his goal of living without the fear of death by attaining true immortality.
Final Season of Kimetsu No Yaiba: Release Date
So, by that logic, fans can expect the first part of Kimetsu No Yaiba The Final Season in 2024 at the earliest. And that the second part of it would follow at least a year later, perhaps in the middle of 2025? We can only speculate but here’s hoping!
What Has Happened So Far in Demon Slayer?
Before we go to speculate what Kimetsu No Yaiba The Final Season has in store for us, we need to take a look at where the second season left us. Since the first 1/3rd of the season was a continuation of the Mugen Train arc that was partially covered in the movie, we had it come to an end at the climax of the Entertainment District arc.
Beginning of The Entertainment District Arc
The season started with our first introduction to the character Rengoku, the Flame Hashira. Impressed by his charismatic demeanor and incredible skills, Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke immediately became his pupils in order to learn his ways. And so, they boarded a demon-infested train together.
The demon was recognized as being Enmu, a Lower Moon One demon, who would torture and break its victims by infiltrating their dreams. Thanks to its extremely vicious and cruel nature, it needed to be eradicated as soon as possible. And so, the team does, but successfully getting rid of the monster did not bring them the joy they expected.
However, more misfortune awaited our heroes, when they end up encountering Akaza, the Upper Moon Four demon. While Enmu was hard enough to beat, Akaza is on a whole different level. And Rengoku almost destroyed him singlehandedly, before he slipped and was killed by the Upper-Rank demon.
Broken-hearted and scarred, the remaining trio head to the Entertainment District where they meet Tengen, a Sound Hashira, and start aiding him in his mission. There is a demon on the prowl in the area and his 3 wives, who were working undercover as courtesans, have gone missing. The demon reveals itself as being Daki, the Upper Moon Six demon, who has been pretending to be an Oiran.
The Climax of the Entertainment District
Inosuke ends up discovering the bunker where two of the wives were being held captive through Daki’s Obi and aids them in rescuing the rest of the human courtesans before they got reabsorbed by the demon. The three reunite with Tengen and the wives go on to evacuate citizens from the district in lieu of the incoming battle.
Initially, the fight wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, with Tengen easily being able to defeat Daki by himself. However, the kicker came when it was revealed there was another demon working in tandem with Daki, her brother Gyutaro. The siblings are a twisted amalgamation that co-exists as one entity and make up the Upper Moon Six rank together.
After that, the real battle between the demons and the demon slayers started. And it was a close call, where they almost lose Inosuke to a pierced heart at the hands of Daki. But eventually, Zenitsu and Inosuke land the death blow, decapitating Daki. And that’s where the season concludes, with the gang left dealing with the aftermath.
Demon Slayer Final Season: What To Expect?
Since Kimetsu No Yaiba The Final Season will be the conclusive end of Tanjiro and Nezuko’s saga, we need to take a look at how much of the manga has been covered so far. We know that the manga has ended and that there are 11 arcs in total.
The first season consisted of 26 episodes that covered the following arcs: Final Selection arc, Kidnapper’s Bog arc, Asakusa arc, Tsuzumi Mansion arc, Mount Natagumo arc, and Rehabilitation Training arc.
Then we had the movie and the first 8 episodes of the second season that completed the Mugen Train arc. The next 28 episodes of the second season focused on one specific arc, The Entertainment District arc, which concluded during the season finale.
This indicates that the newly announced third season, spanning 13 episodes slated for a 2023 release, will cover the Swordsmith Village arc. Since the episode count is so low, it likely won’t cover the remaining 2 arcs in the manga.
The last remaining arcs are the Hashira Training Arc and the Final Battle arc. The last arc itself is divided into 2 parts: the Infinite Castle arc and the Sunrise Countdown arc. This means there is more than enough material for Kimetsu No Yaiba The Final Season to focus on and adapt in the future.
Final Season of Kimetsu No Yaiba: Scheduling Timeline
Since Kimetsu No Yaiba Season 3: Swordsmith Village TV anime was confirmed for 2023, we have a timeline of how frequently we get new Demon Slayer content that we can base our predictions on.
Ufotable is used to announce their projects with a year in between. For example, the Demon Slayer movie was released a year after the first season finished, in October 2020. Then, the second season got a premiere in October 2021, a year after the movie.
But the first season covered multiple arcs, while the second covered two. Season 3 will cover the Swordsmith Village arc, which leaves two arcs remaining. So, we need to keep in account how the last part of the manga, the Final Battle arc, alone is so big that it had to be divided into two subsequent parts. That means Kimetsu No Yaiba The Final Season will likely cover the Infinite Castle arc, at least initially. And then it’ll move on to the Sunshine Countdown arc, maybe with a break in between?
Splitting a finale season into two isn’t a bad way to go about things. We’ve seen it happen with Shingeki No Kyojin and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure recently. So, it makes sense and would give the animation studio breathing time between seasons instead of rushing through things.
And Ufotable is a smaller studio, but they are known for being impeccable with their work and their schedule, doing very few projects per year. This means they won’t have to cut corners and they can devote their full time to whatever major animation they’ve taken on.
All in all, the final season of Demon Slayer is going to be grand. We’ve already seen what the Hi No Kami Kagura can do in the first few seasons. However, it’s going to be an entirely different beast in the clash against Kibutsuji Muzan.
Are you excited about the epilogue to this epic story? Or do you want to see more of Tanjiro and Nezuko’s antics? Let us know in the comments below!