The popular anime show Demon Slayer has returned for Season 3, and fans are in for a treat. The movie “To the Swordsmith Village” connects Season 2 with Season 3 and introduces new characters and important plot points.
The current season will cover chapters 100 to 127 of the manga and follow Tanjiro as he faces the next Upper Moons. Not only does this season have visually impressive animation, but it also includes a lot of symbolism that is only familiar to those who have read the manga.
However, if you’re a fan of the show but only watch the anime, this article will provide you with key information about the Swordsmith Village arc and its premiere episode. Let’s dive right into the article without any delay.
Table of Contents
- Swordsmith Village Summary
- Why Season is Worthy of the Hype
- Upper Moons Meeting & Face Reveal
- Upper Moons of Swordsmith Village Arc
- Upper Moon 4: Hantengu
- Upper Moon 5: Gyokko
- Demon Slayer Corp’s in Swordsmith Village Arc
- Mist Hashira (Muichiro Tokito)
- Love Hashira (Mitsuri Kanroji)
- Genya Shinazugawa (The Demon Eater)
- Kokushibo and Yoriichi’s Connection with Tanjiro & Muichiro
A Brief Summary of the Swordsmith Village
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.
However, Muzan and his demons plan to attack the Demon Slayer Corps in response to Gyutaro and Daki’s deaths. The arc will feature two Hashiras fighting against two Upper Moons with Tanjiro, Nezuko, and Genya. Unfortunately, Zenitsu and Inosuke will not have too much screen time and will appear briefly in season 3.
Additionally, Muzan will continue his search for the blue spider lily and attempt to conquer the sun. However, the most exciting moments will involve Tanjiro using his sun breathing abilities to their fullest and Muchiro’s relationship with upper moon 1, Kokushibo.
Things That Make Season 3 Worthy of All the Hype
Demon Slayer always delivers stunning animation, CGI, and fight scenes. However, the Swordsmith Village Arc takes the story and Tanjiro’s abilities to the next level. We’ve listed all the exciting moments of this season that will thrill fans in the upcoming months,
The Upper Moons Meeting & Face Reveal
At the beginning of season 3, Akaza is summoned to Muzan’s Infinity Castle. During this meeting, we discover that all the upper moons have been gathered almost after 113 years later. The purpose of the meeting is to make them aware of their weaknesses and how pathetic they are, according to their Demon Lord, Muzan Jackson.
In this part of the episode, the faces of all the remaining upper moons, including Kokushibo, are revealed. The meeting shows that Muzan has no remorse for Gyotaro’s death and instead focuses on experimenting with his blood to become immune to the sun. Muzan becomes very angry about the perceived worthlessness of his upper moons. Hantengu points out the location of an ancient village to Muzan. Muzan confirms that Hantengu should attack the Swordsmith Village with Gyokko to prevent the Corp from obtaining the nichirin blades.
Remember that boiling anger. Even if I lose my memories, my body will remember that anger that will not leave me until I die. It’s why I trained so hard that I vomited blood to destroy demons. And more… to eradicate them!Muichiro Tokito
The Upper Moons of Swordsmith Village Arc
Demon Slayer has already featured a stylish and cruel villain, Muzan Kibutsuji. However, the third season has two new main villains, Gyokko and Hantengu. These two characters are upper moons and possess highly intricate blood demon techniques.
Upper Moon 4: Hantengu
Hantengu was a human who did many bad things, including stealing from good people and killing them in different towns and cities. He claimed to be innocent and blamed his “Hands” for the crimes, hoping to avoid accountability.
Hantengu had alternate personalities responsible for these actions and had no control over them, even though he did not want to steal and kill people. However, his statement made others perceive him as mentally unstable and his beliefs as false.
Their lack of trust in his words caused frustration among the people in the city, who became tired of him and wanted him gone. Despite his absurd claims of innocence, the magistrate eventually caught him and sentenced him to death.
When he was in prison and facing execution, Muzan Kibutsuji approached him and offered him assistance out of pity. Muzan turned him into a demon by giving him his blood. Upon transformation, he escaped prison and avenged the judge who had sentenced him to death.
Hantengu possesses a Blood Demon Art that enables him to generate copies of himself. These copies resemble Hantengu’s past emotions and exhibited mainly that particular emotion. They have distinct abilities and behave independently.
Upper Moon 5: Gyokko
Gyokko, who was once a young fisherman named Managi, and was disliked by the villagers for stealing fishing jars. He tragically lost his parents in a storm and lost his mental stability. He then killed a child and put the body in his fishing jar.
Later, the child’s parents discovered what happened and attacked him with fishing forks, leaving him to die. However, Muzan found him and turned him into one of his strongest demons. Gyokko possesses exceptional endurance and the capability to regenerate.
However, what truly makes him unique is his proficiency in teleportation, allowing him to avoid capture by moving from one pot to another swiftly. Additionally, he can create multiple demon-like fish and summon small fish-like creatures from his pot that possess poisonous spines capable of immobilizing his targets.
Demon Slayer Corp’s Characters in Swordsmith Village Arc
This season is also featuring two main Hashiras and a new character named Genya Shizugawa, joining Tanjiro and Nezuko.
Mist Hashira (Muichiro Tokito)
Muichiro has a tragic background. He and his late brother Yuichiro were born to a woodcutter and his wife, but when they were ten, they became orphans. Muichiro inherited their father’s emotional and kind nature, while Yuichiro had a cold and impassive outlook.
When Kagaya Ubuyashiki’s wife, Amane Ubuyashiki, arrived to recruit them for the Demon Slayer Corps, Muichiro agreed, while Yuichiro was unwelcoming and rejecting. When the twins were eleven years old, a Demon came to their cabin one summer night and attacked them. The Demon insulted them for being worthless, causing Muichiro to become enraged and use all the tools and wooden logs to kill the demon.
The Demon turned to ash at sunrise, and Muichiro returned to the house only to find his brother dead. Later, Muichiro joined the Demon Slayer Corps, leaving his past and memories behind. Due to his remarkable strength and intense training, he became Mist Hashira in just two months.
His personality changed after losing his memories, and he started to resemble his older brother in being distant and unemotional. Despite this, he was filled with profound anger that propelled him to seek out and slay demons.
Love Hashira (Mitsuri Kanroji)
Mitsuri was born during the Meiji period and exhibited remarkable strength from an early age. At only 13 months old, she managed to lift a 15 KG rock with her muscular strength. Mitsuri’s appetite was also much more significant than other children her age. Overeating, Sakura Mochi turned her hair a vibrant pink shade. Unfortunately, Mitsuri’s unusual hair color and immense strength proved to be a turn-off for the man she was supposed to marry when she turned 17.
Following her rejection, she attempted to conform with the other girls by dyeing her hair black and reducing her food intake to appear weaker. Despite altering her appearance, she still failed to secure a potential spouse.
Mitsuri’s fortunes changed when she met Kagaya Ubuyashiki, who advised her to embrace her strength as a gift and avoid restricting herself to social norms. After the encounter, Mitsuri decided to join the demon slayer corps. She worked hard and eventually achieved the position of Love Hashira.
Genya Shinazugawa (The Demon Eater)
Genya grew up with six brothers in a household led by a hardworking mother and an abusive father. Their life was peaceful until Genya’s mother went missing. Being too young, Genya couldn’t search for her, so Sanemi left home to investigate. Sanemi discovered that his mother had transformed into a bloodthirsty demon and killed his five brothers.
Genya was almost attacked by their mother, but he managed to push her out of the window and fought back with a knife. Sanemi killed his mother to keep Genya safe. When Genya saw their mother’s lifeless body at Sanemi’s feet, he held his elder brother responsible for the death and accused him of being a murderer.
Genya felt ashamed for insulting his older brother, who saved his life after he discovered what happened to his mother. He joined the Demon Slayer Corps to atone for his actions and sought to reconcile with his brother.
Genya worked tirelessly under Gyomei Himejima’s guidance and learned Repetitive Action technique due to his struggles with Breathing Techniques.
Kokushibo & Yoriichi’s Connection with Tanjiro & Muichiro
Upper moon 1, used to be a demon slayer named Michikatsu Tsugikuni. He is the older twin brother of Yoriichi Tsugikuni from almost five centuries ago. Interestingly, Muichiro, who has impressive combat skills, is a direct descendant of Kokushibo.
In season 3, we will be to know about Yoriichi’s encounter with Tanjiro’s ancestors. Tanjiro’s family lineage is believed to be traced back to Sumiyoshi, a close friend of Yoriichi. As a result, Tanjiro’s descendants inherited the Sun Breathing Technique. Moreover, in season 3, there is a possibility that Tanjiro will unleash his full potential as the Sun Breathing Hashira.
If you’re an Otaku who loves Demon Slayer, you won’t want to miss the Swordsmith Village Arc. Also, check out our website for an amazing analysis on the anime’s protagonist Tanjiro Kamado and antagonist Muzan Kibutsuji