It’s been a hot minute since we’ve had the opportunity to talk about the shonen series that has been sweeping across the world over the last few years, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. When we last checked in with this franchise, the manga had ended and both the television and movie anime adaptations were continually setting new records in terms of viewership and sales… oh, and the third season covering the Swordsmith Village Arc was confirmed for production.
While there hasn’t been a ton of updates out of the Demon Slayer camp lately, at the conclusion of a special broadcast of Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train in Japan a surprise announcement aired that revealed the hotly anticipated third season would premiere in April 2023 with an hour-long special. If you think that’s all the crew revealed, you’d be wrong there as well, because the months leading up to this premiere will play host to a global celebration of the series.
Starting February 3rd in Japan, a special set of screenings titled World Tour Screenings: Demon Slayer: The Upper Ranks Gather and Onward to the Swordsmith Village will begin. These screenings will not only feature a re-showing of episodes ten and eleven of the Entertainment District Arc, but also the first episode of the Swordsmith Village Arc. We list the current schedule of global events below. They will reveal specific details such as participating local theaters and ticket sales as the dates get closer:
February 3rd in Japan: Screenings in 418 theaters, including 41 IMAX screens.
February 4th and 5th in Tokyo: Special screenings with guest appearances.
February 18th in Los Angeles at The Orpheum Theatre: Screening with special guests, including Natsuki Hanae, Aimer, and Yūma Takahashi. Tickets on sale on Ticketmaster starting January 7th.
February 25th in Paris: Screening with special guest: Yūma Takahashi.
February 26th in Berlin: Screening with special guest: Yūma Takahashi.
March 3rd in the United States and Canada: Screenings in over 1,700 theaters in both subbed and dubbed formats.
March 4th in Mexico City: Screening with special guest: Natsuki Hanae.
March 11th in Seoul: Screening with special guests Akari Kitō and Yūma Takahashi.
March 19th in Taipei: Screening with special guests Natsuki Hanae, Kengo Kawanishi, Kana Hanazawa, and Yūma Takahashi.
It is certainly feeling like 2023 is going to be another big year for Demon Slayer fans and the poor anime journalists who will have to report on the franchise daily once again. I’m certainly not complaining about this, but if Japan could throw us working grunts a bone every once in a while next year and occasionally talk about anything else, I know we would greatly appreciate it.
Source: Anime News Network