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Yesterday on a Demon Slayer online event, the “Kimetsu TV News Announcement Special”, Aniplex released a new trailer and key visual for the upcoming second season of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. The new season is scheduled to premiere in Japan this fall and will cover the Entertainment District Arc, the events following the Mugen Train film.
To put in perspective Demon Slayer’s popularity, Aniplex noted that the new season will be airing on 30 different stations and channels around Japan. The previous record for an Aniplex show was previously 21 stations.
Aniplex USA has yet to release an English-subtitled version of the trailer at this time. On July 5, they did post an English subtitled version of the season 2 announcement trailer that was previously released in Japan back in February.
As the Entertainment District Arc follows the events of Mugen Train film, the Demon Slayer film will be essential viewing for viewers going into season 2. To help out viewers in Japan who have yet to see the film or wish to rewatch, Aniplex also announced that there will be a limited “final screening” run of Mugen Train in theaters from July 22-29. Furthermore, the film will be seeing a television airing on Fuji TV on September 25.
In North America, the film is available to purchase on digital platforms, including Apple TV, Microsoft Store, Vudu, Google Play, PlayStation Store, and Amazon. The film is also available for streaming on FunimationNow.
It’s yet to be determined if Aniplex has plans for a TV airing stateside, i.e., a Toonami airing sometime prior to a prospective dub premiere of Season 2. As mentioned in previous articles, with budgetary issues preventing Toonami from airing many movies in the modern era, there is concern among some viewers that Aniplex and Toonami will risk disenfranchising viewers if they choose to skip over Mugen Train for the Toonami audience. If you missed it, I discuss this looming problem in further detail in the editorial: “Is Toonami’s “No Movies” Policy Coming Back to Haunt Its Viewers?”
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