Demon Slayer is one of the hottest anime series out there, and fans are flooding the theatres to watch its second movie, “To the Swordsmith Village.”
It’s been a while since the anime first aired, and it can be tough to remember all the intricate details of the plot. But you wouldn’t want to be that guy, looking around in confusion during the movie while your friends gasp at the plot twists.
The second Demon Slayer movie features the climax of the Entertainment District Arc and the first episode of the Swordsmith Village Arc.
So, buckle up and get ready for a crash course in everything you need to know to enjoy the cinematic experience fully.
Demon Slayer Season 1 Recap: How it All Began –
I. Final Selection Arc (Episodes 1-5)
Tanjiro Kamado came home one day to find his whole family slaughtered by demons. The only one left was his little sister Nezuko, who was also turning into a demon!
Giyu Tomioka, a demon slayer, tried to kill Nezuko, but Tanjiro stood up for her. He told Tanjiro to train with Sakonji Urokodaki on Mt. Sagiri to become a demon slayer like him. Tanjiro had to pass a gruelling test and train for six months to prove himself.
Tanjiro took part in Final Selection, a seven-day survival test against demons. He had to face off against the “Hand Demon.” Tanjiro defeated it and even felt sad for the demon and prayed for it to have a better next life.
II. Kidnapper’s Bog Arc (Episodes 6-7)
Tanjiro headed to a village in the northwest to look into a crazy situation where young girls kept disappearing. He met Kazumi, whose fiance was the latest victim.
When the sun went down, the demon struck again. The “Swamp Demon” had two clones and could create puddles to appear from anywhere! When it looked like Tanjiro was in serious trouble, Nezuko shocked everyone with her demon powers.
Nezuko took care of Kazumi and the girl while Tanjiro went head-to-head with the Swamp Demon and his clones. Tanjiro consoled Kazumi and headed to Tokyo’s Asakusa for his next mission.
III. Asakusa Arc (Episode 8-10)
Muzan recognized Tanjiro’s Hanafuda earrings from someone he used to fear in the past and sent two of his demon minions to kill him. But Tanjiro was rescued by a demon doctor named Tamayo and her weird but cool sidekick, Yushiro.
Tamayo wanted to take down Muzan and told Tanjiro that it might be possible to make a cure for becoming a demon, but she needed blood samples from the demons Muzan had been in direct contact with.
They got attacked by a bunch of crazy temari controlled by Susamaru and Yahaba, who were part of the Twelve Kizuki. After a crazy fight with Nezuko’s leg blown off, Tanjiro took both the demons down.
Tamayo gave them a healing serum, and they left for their next mission, where Tanjiro met another demon slayer who was being a total creep.
IV. Tsuzumi Mansion Arc (Episodes 11-14)
Tanjiro and Zenitsu went to a scary mansion to save some kids from a demon. But before they even arrived, Zenitsu revealed that he wanted to die during Final Selection because he felt weak and unsure of himself.
He’s the ultimate insecure wimp. Anyway, they ended up in the mansion with the kids and got separated by weird supernatural rooms.
Zenitsu was scared to death but took out a demon in his sleep using the Thunder Breathing technique. Meanwhile, Tanjiro faced off against the powerful Drum Demon, Kyogai, and adapted to his movements using Water Breathing.
V. Mount Natagumo Arc (Episodes 15-21)
Tanjiro, Inosuke, and Zenitsu went on a mission to discover what was happening on Mt. Natagumo, where demon slayers had gone missing. They faced off against a family of spider demons controlling the missing slayers like puppets.
Giyu and Shinobu came to assist the trio, and they battled against several spider demons. Ultimately, they had to face Rui, one of the Twelve Kizuki.
Tanjiro used his unique Water Breathing technique and did an incredible Hinokami Kagura dance to defeat Rui, saving Nezuko again.
VI. Rehabilitation Training Arc (Episodes 22-26)
Tanjiro was on trial for carrying his demon sister, Nezuko. The Hashira, the strongest of the Demon Slayer Corps, discussed whether he should be executed for it!
But then, their boss, Kagaya Ubuyashiki, showed them a letter from Urokodaki, the former Water Hashira, saying that Nezuko could resist humans, so Tanjiro was allowed to keep her. Yay!
Tanjiro and Nezuko went to the Butterfly Mansion to recover and met up with Zenitsu and Inosuke again. Tanjiro started training with Kanao Tsuyuri, who was Shinobu’s student, to get better at fighting and learn the Total Concentration Constant technique.
Demon Slayer Season 2 Recap: The Journey Continues –
I. Mugen Train Arc (Episodes 1-7)
The Flame Hashira, Kyojuro Rengoku, met up with Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke on the Mugen Train, and they found out that there were two demons hidden on board.
They all fell asleep and were trapped in the Blood Demon Art of Enmu, Lower One of the Kizuki. Tanjiro realized he was in a dream and tried to wake himself by slashing his neck.
Confronting Enmu led to a tough battle, and even the Flame Hashira struggled. But Tanjiro and others finally defeated him. Then they were met by Upper-Rank Three, Akaza, who challenged Rengoku to a fight.
It was sad to watch Rengoku try to hold on and keep Akaza from getting away, only for him to pass away while seeing a vision of his mother.
II. Entertainment District Arc (Episodes 8-18)
Tanjiro, Inosuke, and Zenitsu joined forces with Tengen Uzui to look for his missing wives in the red-light district. They had to go undercover as girls to find the demons hiding there. But, as you can imagine, things didn’t go smoothly.
Inosuke found a captive girl in his house and went on a mission to find her captor, while Zenitsu realized that the Oiran in his house was a demon. Meanwhile, one of the Upper Ranks, Daki, killed the madam of Warabihime’s house.
Daki proved too much for Tanjiro to handle, leaving him unable to carry Nezuko, whose box got damaged during the fight. But the gang didn’t give up and decided to take her on anyway. It was the most intense battle in the anime yet!
In the end, Tengen decided to retire and praised Tanjiro’s potential, while Kagaya expressed his pride in them all, thinking that Muzan’s defeat was just around the corner.
About Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotoge. Its publication in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump began in February 2016 and ended in May 2020 with 23 collected tankōbon volumes.
In a world filled with demons and demon slayers, Kimetsu no Yaiba follows the lives of two siblings Tanjiro and Nezuko Kamado after— the murder of their family at the hands of a demon. Their hardship does not end there, as Nezuko’s life is spared only for her to live as a demon.
As the oldest sibling, Tanjiro vows to protect and cure his sister. The story traces the bond of this brother-sister or better yet, demon slayer and demon combo against the odds of an arch antagonist and the society.