Few anime have enjoyed as monumental success so quickly as Demon Slayer has. Also known as Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba, ufotable’s dazzling animation and intense action scenes have led to the anime smashing records, with it even converting plenty of first-time viewers who had no interest in anime beforehand. In a word, it’s fantastic. If you’re new as well, you’re likely looking for a Demon Slayer watch order.
Demon Slayer is relatively straightforward as anime shows go, it following Tanjiro and his sister who’s been turned into a demon as they seek out vengeance against the demon who killed their family. Tanjiro enrolls in the Demon Slayer Corps to build up his strength, and the pair meet Zenitsu and Inosuke along the way, two other prospective Demon Slayers who they quickly become friends with.
If you’re thinking of getting into this massively popular anime ahead of the release of its upcoming third season, here’s how to watch Demon Slayer in order.
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Recommended Demon Slayer Watch Order & Relevant Arcs
Here’s the order in which you should watch Demon Slayer, as well as which arcs in the manga they are adapted from, just in case you want to read the source material afterwards.
– Demon Slayer: Season 1 (Final Selection Arc, Kidnapper’s Bog Arc, Asakusa Arc, Tsuzumi Mansion Arc, Mount Natagumo Arc, Rehabilitation Training Arc)
– Demon Slayer: Mugen Train (Mugen Train Arc)
– Demon Slayer: Season 2 (Mugen Train Arc, Entertainment District Arc)
– Demon Slayer – To the Swordsmith Village
– Demon Slayer: Season 3 (Swordsmith Village Arc)
Demon Slayer has a relatively straightforward watch order as of right now, with each release being in chronological order. However, some people get confused by the fact that the Mugen Train movie and part of Season 2 both cover the same arc.
Basically, the Mugen Train movie covers the whole of its titular arc and is all you need to really watch. However, the first seven episodes of Demon Slayer: Season 2 recompiles the movie into individual episodes, though the first episode is almost all-new and focuses more on Flame Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku. It’s recommended that, unless you want to essentially watch the whole movie again, you watch the first episode of Season 2, then skip to episode 8, ‘Sound Hashira Tengen Uzui,’ which is the start of the Entertainment District Arc.
The same rule applies to another movie called Demon Slayer – To the Swordsmith Village, which basically compiles the end of Season 2 and the start of Season 3 into one big movie. If you want to just watch the show, you can basically skip this entirely.
Demon Slayer OVA Watch Order
Demon Slayer also has a couple of OVAs that are available to watch online.
Kimetsu Gakuen: Valentine-hen is a five-part OVA that follows Zenitsu in high school as he looks to find himself a Valentine with predictably not amazing results. He teams up with Tanjiro to take aboard some romantic wisdom from the members of the fictional Kimetsu Academy, who are also members of the Demon Slayer Corps.
The whimsical spin-off is entirely non-canon and you don’t really need to include it in any watch order, though it’s probably best to catch it after Season 1 so you’re aware of who some of the characters are.
Where To Watch Demon Slayer Online
All of the Demon Slayer anime currently released is available to watch in the following places online, as well as to rent or buy on other services like Prime Video and Google TV:
Demon Slayer: Season 1 is available on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Netflix.
Demon Slayer: Mugen Train is available on Crunchyroll and Funimation.
Demon Slayer: Season 2 can be watched on Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu.
Demon Slayer: Season 3 is due to be released sometime in 2023 and will be available on Crunchyroll.
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