Demon Slayer has been a monumental hit over the last two years. It soared to new heights during the pandemic with the release of its spectacularly animated canonical film, Demon Slayer: Mugen Train, which became the fastest movie to make over 10 billion yen at the Japanese box office (that’s more than $100 million). The film’s cumulative earnings surpassed $313 million in December 2020, dethroning Hayao Miyazaki’s magnum opus, the critically acclaimed animated fantasy film Spirited Away, which had held the spot since its 2001 release.
Instead of kicking off with the already announced Entertainment District Arc, as everyone expected, Funimation revealed Saturday that the film Mugen Train will be adapted into a seven-episode arc, the Mugen Train Arc. This arc will stream first and includes 70 new scenes, new music tracks, episode previews, a new theme song and a never-before-seen original episode of Kyojuro Rengoku, who’ll take on a new mission on his way to the Mugen Train.
The Mugen Train Arc will be streaming on Funimation in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand on Sunday, Oct. 10.
It’ll also be available on the European streaming service Wakanim. The Arc will come sometime later for Funimation in Latin American territories, and it’ll be on Hulu and Crunchyroll in the United States also on Sunday, Oct. 10.
Funimation, Crunchyroll and Hulu are all subscription video-on-demand homes for Demon Slayer, with Funimation leading the pack.
The Mugen Train Arc will connect season 1, the Tanjiro Kamado, Unwavering Resolve Arc, with season 2,the Entertainment District Arc, which’ll be an adaptation from the original source material, the manga written by Koyoharu Gotouge. Along with the news came a new key visual for the Mugen Train Arc and a new trailer.
The Entertainment District Arc will premiere with an hour-long episode on Sunday, Dec. 5. The Arc will continue from there to broadcast every Sunday in the winter season on Fuji TV, a Japanese television station, giving fans half a year’s worth of sword-slashing action.
The news announcement came on Saturday at the conclusion of Fuji TV’s special airings of season 1, which culminated with a showing of the Demon Slayer movie, Mugen Train, for the first time on TV. These airings included newly cut footage unseen by those of us who wish we could join the Demon Slayer Corps.
Check out the new Season 2 Trailer:
Funimation will release the subbed episodes for English-speaking territories alongside the fall and winter Sunday airings in Japan, meaning it’llpremierethe Entertainment District Arc with the hour-long episodealsoon Sunday, Dec. 5.
The Arc will also be available on Crunchyroll and Hulu. The dubbed episodes will come to Funimation and Crunchyroll at a later date.