“Demon Slayer” Confirms Trilogy of Movies

July 1, 2024

The news came from “Demon Slayer,” our beloved “Kimetsu no Yaiba.” After the broadcast of the final episode, the production of a trilogy of movies was confirmed, which will adapt the “Infinity Fortress Arc.” At the same time, Crunchyroll announced that it has acquired the rights and will premiere this series of movies in the West, hopefully simultaneously with their releases in Japan.

Recently, some leaks had assured that this trilogy would adapt everything left of the original manga. However, the project is officially titled “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Infinity Castle Arc,” which involves a total of 44 chapters of the manga but leaves out the “Countdown to Dawn Arc,” which spans the final 22 chapters. Anyway, we will have to wait until the premiere of the first movie to have a clearer idea of whether it covers the final arc or not. And when we say “wait,” we say it uncertainly, as not even an approximate date for the arrival of the first installment of the mentioned trilogy has been given yet.

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Koyoharu Gotouge published the original manga through Shueisha‘s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from February 2016 to May 2020, compiling the work in a total of twenty-three volumes. The anime adaptation produced by Ufotable studios has aired a total of four seasons, premiering the first in Spring 2019 (April – June), and adding up to a total of 63 episodes to date, plus three movies (one canonical and two compilatory).

Production Team

  • Haruo Sotozaki (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Tales of Zestiria the Cross, Initial D Third Stage) is in charge of directing the anime at Ufotable studios.
  • Akira Matsushima (Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel]) is responsible for character design, with assistance from Youko Kajiyama (Majokko Shimai no Yoyo to Nene), Miyuki Satou (Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel]), and Mika Kikuchi (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood).
  • Yuki Kajiura (Sword Art Online, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero) and Gou Shiina (Tales of Zestiria the Cross, Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family, THE iDOLM@STER) are in charge of the soundtrack composition.

General Synopsis

Demon Slayer” (“Kimetsu no Yaiba“) centers on the thrilling and moving story of Tanjiro Kamado, a kind and hardworking young man who lives in the mountains with his family. After the tragic loss of his loved ones at the hands of demons, with the exception of his sister Nezuko, who has been transformed into one of these dark beings, Tanjiro embarks on a heart-wrenching and challenging journey to become a demon hunter and seek a cure for his sister.

Tanjiro joins the Demon Hunter organization and meets the Pillars, a group of the most powerful and respected warriors within the organization, each specialized in a unique breathing technique that amplifies their fighting abilities. These combat masters play a crucial role in Tanjiro‘s training and battles, teaching him valuable lessons and strategies to face the most formidable demons. The story delves not only into physical struggles but also into the personal stories and sacrifices of these powerful warriors.

As Tanjiro delves deeper into the world of Demon Hunters and learns more about the hierarchy and structure of the enemies he faces, the existence of a malevolent and extremely powerful being orchestrating many of the atrocities committed by the demons is hinted at. This dark leader is not only a constant threat to Tanjiro‘s mission but also key in the search for a cure for Nezuko, as his influence seems to be intrinsically linked to the origin and spread of the evil that demons represent.

The Pillars, with their specialized skills and knowledge, are fundamental in the fight against this being and his followers, guiding Tanjiro not only in combat but also in his understanding of how this demonic leader could be the key to reversing Nezuko’s condition. The narrative skillfully weaves this quest, maintaining a balance between revealing enough to keep interest and reserving secrets that will only be discovered through the exciting development of the series. This approach maintains tension and mystery, inviting new viewers to immerse themselves in Tanjiro and his allies‘ journey, while those familiar with the series can appreciate the complex interplay between the characters and the ominous antagonist looming in the background, promising future confrontations and revelations.

The development of “Kimetsu no Yaiba‘s” plot addresses the constant struggle between humans and demons, but also introduces internal conflicts and moral dilemmas that the characters must overcome. The Pillars, in particular, represent ideals of strength and honor, but also face their own emotional challenges and turbulent pasts. This duality adds rich depth to the narrative, exploring not only the external battle against the forces of evil but also the internal battles that each character faces on their path to redemption and peace.

Okay, perhaps we’ve gone a bit more extensive than usual in terms of plot description, but, let’s face it, you wouldn’t be here reading this if you didn’t already know most of what you just read, right? Now be a good demon hunter, and head to the comments to leave your opinion on this news, or your favorite moments from the saga, because you surely have them. And you know, breathe!… I mean… we’ll be reading you! 😉

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