Demon Slayer Season 3: What to Know About the Swordsmith Village Arc (2023)


Tanjiro and friends are off to the Swordsmith Village. Here is everything you need to know about Demon Slayer season 3.

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This article contains spoilers from the Demon Slayer manga.

Now that Demon Slayer has slashed its way through two seasons, the trailer for season 3 is giving us a preview of some pretty sick moves and even sicker demons.

Gotoge Koyoharu’s manga, which was adapted by Ufotable, has already leapt off the page and into fantastic swordfighting action that will only level up as more demons are unleashed. The Swordsmith Village arc that will be featured this season isn’t nearly as tame as it sounds. This village is teeming with demons, and not just any demons, but the dreaded Twelve Kizuki that make up the upper ranks of Kibutsuji’s army. If it is anything like the manga, it will also be the season Inosuke shows more of his actual face than ever.

Season 3 premieres on Crunchyroll April 9. Grab your sword and get ready to face off against some terrifying forces of evil.

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Will Tanjiro Be the Central Character?

If the manga is any indication, the Swordsmith Village arc does not have a character spotlight. This is a deviation from seasons 1 and 2, though there is no questioning that Tanjiro will always be the protagonist. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the focus will exclusively stay on him—or Zenitsu, Inosuke and Nezuko.

Next to Tanjiro, season 2, the Mugen Train arc, focuses heavily on Kyojuro Rengoku, the Flame Hashira. Rengoku’s lethal battle against the demon Akaza puts out a bright flame, but there will be echoes of his presence in Season 3. Most of the other Hashira still remain shrouded in mystery after the end of the Mugen Train arc. The only others who we meet in seasons 1 and 2 are Giyu Tomioka, the Water Hashira, who trains Tanjiro in Water Breathing and Shinobu Kochu, the Insect Hashira who allows Tanjiro and his friends to recover from battle at the Butterfly Estate. It is almost as if the others are too godlike to touch. This won’t be the case in season 3.

Many new characters will try to ward off demons with Tanjiro in season 3, including several masked swordsmiths along with Muichiro Tokito, the Mist Hashira, and Mitsuri Kanroji, the Love Hashira. These two are not entirely what they seem to be at Tanjiro’s trial. Tokito may still come off as cynical, but his small frame is deceptive when it comes to strength. Mitsuri is also stronger than she appears. Despite her pink hair and schoolgirl skirt, she is not another mahou shoujo stereotype. Both these Hashira display extraordinary power in the manga. You will probably also see a depth of character in them that wasn’t obvious at first glance.

Will Anything from the Red Light District Arc Show Up?

Much of what happens in the Red Light District arc is contained in that arc, so it is understandable why it was cut from the anime series, even though it introduces the Sound Hashira, Tengen Uzui. That doesn’t necessarily mean its most important aspects will not appear in some other way.

The most significant thing about this arc is that Gyutaro, the demon who is finally defeated, is the first of the 12 Kizuki to be killed in a hundred and thirteen years. He was also one of the strongest at the rank of Upper Moon 6. This triggers a gathering of the Upper Moons at the Dimensional Infinity Fortress in the very beginning of the Swordsmith Village arc. Maybe there will be a flashback type of scene that shows exactly how he was taken down. This makes sense because the fight against him is unlike any demon fight that we have seen in the manga or anime so far, since any of the 12 Kizuki, especially Upper Moons, are an entirely different beast from ordinary demons.

Gyutaro is far more difficult to kill for certain supernatural reasons. His death also shakes Kibutsuji’s elite band of demons to their rotten cores, and a flashback of his downfall would explain why they are all so nervous despite their powers.


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Speaking of Kibutsuji, something he reveals towards the end of the Red Light District arc has an enormous significance that reaches far beyond the next arc. Maybe the demon king will hiss his secret this season. There is a possibility for that revelation to make its way into the Dimensional Infinity Fortress scene, but it could also be held back during this season since it is mentioned again in the Hashira Training arc that follows. Whether that arc will be featured in its entirety, or at all, in season 4 is still unknown.

There are a few other things that happen in the Swordsmith Village arc which continue to unravel afterward, so it will be interesting to see whether they make it into season 3 or are just teased to build up suspense for season 4.

How Will Tanjiro’s Powers Develop?

Demon slayers tend to use mostly one type of Breathing for their battle moves. Tanjiro starts out learning Water Breathing and is further trained in it by Giyu, but we later find out that fire is in his blood. Though he only vaguely remembers it, he has memories of his father practicing the mysterious Dance of the Fire God, which explains why he combines Fire Breathing with Water Breathing in the Mugen Train arc. Expect to see more fire along with water in season 3. Merging the two creates some intense moves, and seeing Tanjiro off the page and in motion will only up the intensity. The trailer gives a tantalizing glimpse at that.

It is an aftereffect of Water Breathing which actually sends Tanjiro to the Swordsmith Village. A sword is only as strong as the swordsman who wields it and the strength of their techniques. Because of this, the blade can chip and possibly break from weaknesses. Tanjiro’s inborn strength is Fire Breathing. Because he is unaware of his fire powers when he starts his training, he has to work especially hard at Water Breathing, because it doesn’t come as naturally. The weaknesses in his Water Breathing technique cause dents and chips on his blade. While Tanjiro is a formidable enough opponent using Water Breathing, he only strengthens it with Fire Breathing. Whether his shiny new sword will dent the same way remains to be seen.

That Tanjiro will continue to grow stronger is inevitable. Remember that, despite all the ghoulish creatures he has had to fight, this kid is barely sixteen at the beginning of the Swordsmith Village Arc, so he still has much ahead of him. Spoiler alert: there is connection with his birthmark and an increase in strength, and he isn’t the only demon slayer something like this affects.

How Much Worse Will the Demons get?

With Upper Moon 6 dead, and five higher-ranking upper moons left, the enemies Tanjiro and the other demon slayers will have to face in season 3 are going to be absolute monsters. These abominations are far worse than the demon whose face keeps materializing in different places. They are even worse than the entire family of spider demons who thought they could entangle slayers in their web and eat them later.


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Some of the demons look exactly like the nightmare fuel you would expect them to be. To think, however vile some of the Upper Moons are, they are not even the most powerful there. What is really ironic is that the strongest demon haunting the village is nothing anyone would expect. He neither looks nor fights like the demonic entity of incredible power he is supposed to be, but he pulls off sorcery that is even more surprising. These aren’t just illusions. They are creations of flesh and blood that lead to battle scenes which are already incredible in the manga, and if the trailer keeps its promises, we’re going to be in for some stunning animation.

Alright, So Who Dies?

Wherever there are demons, there is bloodshed. That is all I’m going to say about that for now.


Demon Slayer season 3 premieres Sunday, April 9 on Crunchyroll.

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Demon Slayer Season 3: What to Know About the Swordsmith Village Arc? ›

On the villain side of things, Muzan Kibutsuji sends two of his Upper Rank demons, Gyokko and Hantengu, on a new quest. Zenitsu and Inosuke are sent on separate missions while Tanjiro (with Nezuko in tow) heads to Swordsmith Village to get his sword repaired. While there, he meets both the Love and Mist Hashiras.

What to expect from Demon Slayer season 3 Swordsmith Village arc explained? ›

The Swordsmith Village Arc features the fight against two Upper Ranks in the isolated village of swordsmiths. Instead of Zenitsu and Inosuke, Season 3 features Genya Shinazugawa, Muichiro Tokito, and Mitsuri Kanroji as Tanjiro's allies.

Is demon slayer swordsmith village arc worth it? ›

I would still rank the Entertainment District Arc higher than the Swordsmith Village in terms of story and execution. This may have been an enjoyable season, but is quite far from being this franchise's best. You can stream the series on Netflix and Crunchyroll.

What to know before watching Demon Slayer Swordsmith Village? ›

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  2. #2: Breathless. ...
  3. #3: Nezuko's Beast Mode. ...
  4. #4: The Infinity Castle. ...
  5. #5: Muzan's Memories. ...
  6. #6: Tengen is Retired. ...
  7. #7: Love and Mist. ...
  8. #8: The Many Faces of Muzan. ...

What to expect from Swordsmith Village Arc? ›

The plot of the Swordsmith Village Arc

The village is where powerful Nichirin blades, which can defeat demons, are crafted. However, as Tanjiro makes his way to the village, a group of demons, including two upper moons named Hantengu and Gyokko, launch a full-scale attack on the village with the goal of destroying it.

Is Hashira training arc after Swordsmith Village Arc? ›

The Hashira Training arc takes place right after the Swordsmith Village storyline. In this arc, Tanjiro, Zenitsu Agatsuma, and Inosuke train with the Hashira to become stronger and defeat Muzan Kibutsuji.

Which Hashira will be in Swordsmith Village Arc? ›

Get ready for action-packed adventures in Demon Slayer Season 3's Swordsmith Village Arc, featuring the Love Hashira Mitsuri. The long-awaited Season 3 of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has finally arrived, and it promises to be action-packed.

Is demon slayer swordsmith village arc bad? ›

To put the Swordsmith Village Arc into perspective, it's considered the worst arc Demon Slayer has by fans. The anime adaptation, however, has more than made up for the weaknesses this story had. Despite most of it being fight scenes, the anime weaves backstories, emotional moments, tension, and drama into them.

Can I skip demon slayer to the swordsmith village? ›

To the Swordsmith Village is absolutely skippable if you've already started Demon Slayer season 3.

Is the swordsmith village arc important? ›

Demon Slayer's Swordsmith Village arc is unquestionably one of the most important in the series in terms of big reveals. A lot of huge parts of the plot are finally made clearer, and the main character's backstories are more fleshed out through the series' signature emotional flashbacks.

Does Tanjiro get Yoriichi sword? ›

After season 3 of Demon Slayer anime (aka the Sword Smith Village arc), Tanjiro switched to the sword he found inside Yoriichi Type Zero, the ancient robot created for swordsmen to practice and sharpen their skills.

Is tengen uzui in the swordsmith village arc? ›

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba -To the Swordsmith Village - will show Entertainment District Arc Episodes 10 and 11 featuring the fierce battle between Tanjiro, Sound Hashira, Tengen Uzui, and their comrads against Upper Six, Daki and Gyutaro in theaters for the first time.

What is the secret weapon in the Swordsmith Village? ›

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc episode #2 sees Tanjiro discover the "secret weapon" hidden in the Swordsmith Village; a battle training doll called Yoriichi Type Zero.

Who is the villain in Swordsmith Village Arc? ›

He is the main antagonist of the Swordsmith Village Arc. Hantengu was once a human thief and murderer who pretended to be innocent through his elderly appearance and frail look, constantly blaming others for his crimes.

Who is the bad guy in the swordsmith arc? ›

Heading into the Swordsmith Village Arc, the season antagonist Hantengu was unable to match the demonic siblings as a character. Hantengu is a powerful villain, even stronger than the Upper Rank Six siblings.

Which demon died in Swordsmith Village Arc? ›

Arc Villain: Upper Moons 4 & 5, Hantengu and Gyokko, respectively, serves as the primary foes of the story arc, leading the demon offensive on the village. Bittersweet Ending: The good news: Gyokko and Hantengu were slain, and Nezuko can talk again and walk under the daylight.

Is demon slayer swordsmith village arc just a recap? ›

That's because Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba – To the Swordsmith Village isn't really a movie—it's both a recap and an early access preview. The whole thing takes us through episodes 10 and 11 of Demon Slayer's already-released second season before we get to watch the first, rather uneventful episode of Season 3.

What happens at the end of the Demon Slayer movie swordsmith village arc? ›

The episode ends with Akaza being summoned to the Infinity Castle, immediately recognizing that being called to the Infinity Castle indicates the death of an Upper Rank. Tanjiro becomes emotional and embraces Zenitsu, Inosuke, and Nezuko, relieved that they all survived the battle.

What is the story of demon slayer swordsmith village arc? ›

The Swordsmith Village Arc focuses on Tanjiro's visit to an ancient village. This village is essential to the Demon Slayer Corps because it is where the Nichirin Blade & Scarlet Crimson Iron Sand, which can kill demons, is created.


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