Koyoharu Gotouge's hit manga series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba may have come to a close, but the animated series continues picking up steam with a second season releasing in 2021. The Demon Slayer anime was a runaway hit in Japan and abroad, featuring a kind and relatable protagonist in Tanjiro Kamado and his quest to save his Demon sister, Nezuko.
Season 1 left off with the promise of far more adventure and electrifying fantasy battle scenes, leading right into the Demon Slayer: Mugen Train movie. Fans will undoubtedly want to see the film as its canonical story has some significant ramifications, and Season 2 will pick up right after the movie's events.
Demon Slayer's Plot Thus Far
Tanjiro Kamado lived an ordinary life in the mountains until a Demon slaughtered his family and turned his beloved little sister Nezuko into a Demon herself. Can she be saved? Tanjiro is determined to find out, and that means undergoing hellish training to become a Demon Slayer -- an elite swordsman -- and learning of their powerful Breathing Styles along the way. After more than two years in training, becoming a fully-fledged Demon Slayer, Tanjiro quickly realized that more people than Nezuko needed his help.
The King of Demons -- Muzan Kibutsuji -- skulks through a rapidly-modernizing Japan, steadily recruiting more Demons to his deadly cause. As the one responsible for Nezuko's inhuman state, even the kind-hearted Tanjiro will never forgive him. In the meantime, Tanjiro builds up his team, making friends with the Thunder Breath user Zenitsu Agatsuma and the boar-headed Inosuke Hashibira.
Tanjiro has more problems than the actual Demons, though, as the Hashira -- the ultimate Demon Slayers -- initially reject Tanjiro's quest and demand Nezuko be killed. However, she proves that she is not a flesh-hungry monster and still has a kernel of humanity left. Now, Shinobu Kocho -- the Insect Hashira -- and her fellows train Tanjiro, Zenitsu and Inosuke for the hard road ahead.
The Flame Hashira, Kyojuro Rengoku, is ready to bring Tanjiro's party along for a new quest, which leads directly into Mugen Train and Season 2. Meanwhile, in a bizarre alternate dimension that would make M. C. Escher cry, Muzan lashes out and slaughters most of the six Lower Moons -- the lower-ranked Demons in Muzan's 12 Moon forces -- in frustration, preparing the six Upper Moons for action. It's time for Muzan to bring out his best chess pieces against Tanjiro and the Demon Slayer Corps, with Rui and Kyogai being a mere warmup for what is to come.
Season 2 Trailer
A teaser trailer for Season 2 has been released, depicting the Yoshiwara Red-Light District as Tanjiro's team storms the place to find and destroy all Demons in the area. Mysterious, robed women watch as the Demon Slayers get to work, but based on one woman's wicked smile, a few of them might be the Demons, the perfect disguise. Tanjiro, Zenitsu, Inosuke, Nezuko and Tengen Uzui -- the Sound Hashira -- can't afford to let their guard down for a moment.
Demon Slayer Season 2 will release sometime in 2021, and more information will be released as it becomes available.