Demon Slayer anime sequel will air in 2021 and feature Sound Pillar Tengen Uzui

Lim Yian Lu
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In this picture taken on December 16, 2020, pedestrians walk past a poster promoting the anime movie Demon Slayer -- Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train -- at a cinema in Tokyo. - An anime epic in which a teenager hunts down and beheads demons has become the surprise sensation of Japanese cinema during the pandemic, and could soon be the country's top-grossing film of all time. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP) / To go with AFP story  Japan-entertainment-film-anime-health-virus, FOCUS by Mathias CENA, Katie Forster (Photo by KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP via Getty Images)
In this picture taken on December 16, 2020, pedestrians walk past a poster promoting the anime movie Demon Slayer -- Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train -- at a cinema in Tokyo. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

After much speculation from industry insiders, it's now official – the second season of the highly acclaimed Demon Slayer anime is due for a release in Japan within this year. 

The sequel to the series, titled Kimetsu No Yaiba in Japanese, will be produced by Japanese animation studio Ufotable, who also worked on Demon Slayer's first season and a movie. 

The story will continue from the movie, released in November last year, which covered the Mugen Train arc of the manga series from which the TV series is adapted. (Read our review of Mugen Train here.)  

Season two of the anime will cover the Entertainment District arc of the manga.

In December 2020, the blockbuster anime had made a box office record of more than 32.47 billion yen (about S$405 million). This made it the highest-grossing movie in Japan of all time, overtaking Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away’s 31.68 billion yen. The movie is still screening in cinemas in Japan, and is being released in various Asian countries.

Demon Slayer Tengen Uzui, the Sound Pillar, on the poster for the second season of the anime series Demon Slayer, or Kimetsu No Yaiba.
Demon Slayer Tengen Uzui, the Sound Pillar, on the poster for the second season of the anime series Demon Slayer, or Kimetsu No Yaiba.

The Entertainment District arc still follows the main four characters as they battle bloodthirsty demons – Tanjiro Kamado voiced by Natsuki Hanae, Nezuko Kamado voiced by Akari Kito, Zenitsu Agatsuma voiced by Hiro Shimono, and Inosuke Hashibira voiced by Yoshitsugu Matsuoka. 

However, the limelight now shifts from the Flame Pillar Kyojuro Rengoku (voiced by Satoshi Hino), who is featured in the movie, to the Sound Pillar Tengen Uzui (voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi), who is on the anime teaser poster.

Konishi said about the new season, “This (anime) must continue and I want the Pillars to play an active role, so I’m very happy that the Entertainment District arc will be animated on television!”

The second season of Demon Slayer will be one of the most, if not the most highly anticipated anime series of the year. If you have not watched or heard of Demon Slayer, you can catch the first season on Netflix.

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