Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc Reveals New Trailer & Upper Ranks Cast Members

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A new PV trailer has been released for Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc, highlighting four new voice cast members for the twelve Kizuki’s Upper Ranks. The anime is scheduled to premiere in April 2023 with a special 1-hour premiere. 

The additional cast members joining the anime series include Ryoutarou Okiayu as Kokushibo, Mamoru Miyano as Doma, Toshio Furukawa as Hantengu, and Kousuke Toriumi as Gyokko. 

Japanese rock band MAN WITH A MISSION and singer milet are singing the opening theme “Kizuna no Kiseki” for the anime’s fourth season. 

Director Haruo Sotozaki and character designer/chief animation director Akira Matsushima are returning to work for the Swordsmith Village Arc. Ufotable is handling the animation production for the series. 

The third season of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba will premiere early at a special red-carpet event in Los Angeles on February 18, 2023. The event will feature special appearances from Natsuki Hanae and Aniplex producer Yuuma Takahashi, as well as a musical performance by Aimer

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The premiere event is part of the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -To the Swordsmith Village- World Tour that kicks off with a two-day event in Tokyo, followed by events in Paris, Berlin, Mexico City, Seoul, and Taipei. It will feature the feature-length screening of episodes 10 and 11 from the Entertainment District Arc, followed by the hour-long premiere of the Swordsmith Village Arc in 4K with remastered audio. 

The first Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba season premiered in 2019 and was followed in 2020 by the anime film Demon Slayer – Kimetsu No Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train. The TV broadcast version of Mugen Train premiered in October 2021, while Entertainment District Arc aired from December 2021 to February 2022. Crunchyroll is streaming both the film and previous anime seasons. 

The anime is based on the manga series by Koyoharu Gotouge and was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from February 15, 2016 to May 18, 2020. Twenty-three tankoubon volumes were released in total. 

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Viz Media releases the manga in English and describes the synopsis as:

Learning to destroy demons won’t be easy, and Tanjiro barely knows where to start. The surprise appearance of another boy named Giyu, who seems to know what’s going on, might provide some answers—but only if Tanjiro can stop Giyu from killing his sister first!

The manga has inspired various spin-offs, while the anime has inspired stage plays and the Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles 3D fighting game.

Source: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Official Japanese Twitter

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He also contributes work to the website Yatta Tachi. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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