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Demon Slayer Season 2 - What We Know So Far

The hugely popular anime "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" (known by the shorter title "Demon Slayer") is taking the world by storm. After the popularity of the manga, the TV adaptation became an instant hit in Japan and has met equal success in the U.S. The fantasy action anime series follows Tanjiro Kamado, a young man who comes home from work to find that his whole family has been murdered by a demon, except for his sister Nezuko. While Nezuko survived the attack, she was turned into a demon herself — but maintains enough human qualities that she suppresses her instincts to kill and instead helps her brother fight demons.

When Tanjiro is recruited to become a demon slayer, he brings Nezuko along in hopes that he can find a cure to turn her human once again. It's an action-packed, often creepy, but ultimately touching story about family and friendship, and fans were elated to hear that Season 2 is officially set to release later this year. Here's everything we know so far about the next season of "Demon Slayer."

When will Demon Slayer Season 2 be released?

While there has been an official announcement regarding the next season of "Demon Slayer," no specific release date has been revealed (via Netflix Life). All that we know so far is that it's coming out sometime in 2021, though some are convinced it may be dropping as early as this summer. Unfortunately, this is bad news for Netflix subscribers. Although Crunchyroll has confirmed that it will begin airing Season 2 this summer, the first run of what is likely to be another 26-episode arc is unlikely to conclude until November 2021, at the earliest. There was an excruciating 16-month gap between the first run of Season 1 and the Netflix release back in January. That means it could be late 2022 or even 2023 before Netflix subscribers get access to the subs and dubs (via What's on Netflix). 

Though it may be several more months until we get more "Demon Slayer," fans can head to Netflix and rewatch the first season. There's also a sequel film titled "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train" that just hit theaters, and it takes off where Season 1 ended. It may be a good idea to watch it to prepare for the upcoming adventure in Season 2, whenever it drops — but be sure to check back for updates on an official release date.

Who will be in Demon Slayer Season 2?

The entire cast from "Demon Slayer" Season 1 and "Mugen Train" are returning to reprise their roles in Season 2, as reported by Crunchyroll. The Japanese voice actors include Natsuki Hanae (Tanjiro), Akari Kitô (Nezuko), Hiro Shimono (Zenitsu Agatsuma), and Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Inosuke Hashibira) as most of the main cast. Their English counterparts are Zach Aguilar, Abby Trott, Aleks Le, and Bryce Papenbrook, respectively. We'll also see the newest addition to the group, Tengen Uzui (Katsuyuki Konishi / Ray Chase), who is a major player in Season 2, as well as the main antagonist Muzan Kibutsuji (Toshihiko Seki / Greg Chun).

When the English voice cast was first announced, Aguilar spoke to Aniplex of America about his reaction to learning he landed the role. "I was ecstatic, to say the least, when I heard I got the role of Tanjiro," he explained. "As a fan of the show, I'm extremely honored to be able to be a part of such a fantastic anime. I'm giving this character my all, and I'm looking forward to going through Tanjiro's journey!" (via Toonami Faithful). You can tell the entire cast — both English and Japanese — take their roles seriously, and it makes for an exciting show in either language.

What is the plot of Demon Slayer Season 2?

Though Season 2 of "Demon Slayer" has yet to come out, the franchise movie "Mugen Train" is available in most places for fans to enjoy. It centers on Tanjiro, Nezuko, and their friends (and fellow demon slayers) Zenitsu and Inosuke. The group boards a train and heads off to meet up with Hashira member Flame Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku to hunt down a notoriously powerful demon. While you don't absolutely need to see "Mugen Train" before Season 2 premieres, it will help fans keep track of the story and avoid spoilers.

Those who have read the manga can likely guess what happens after the movie, and subsequently in the upcoming season. The Season 2 trailer is also out so fans can get a taste of what's to come. Without giving away spoilers from the film, the trailer shows the group arriving in the Yoshiwara Red-Light District, where they'll come face-to-face with new enemies and plenty of demons to defeat. It's sure to be a thrilling ride, just like the rest of the franchise has been thus far.