Full SPOILERS ahead for Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train and the first season of Demon Slayer.
From the moment it was announced, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train became a really interesting and anticipated film because, rather than telling an original and non-canon story unconnected from the main series, Mugen Train was meant to pick up right where the Season 1 finale left off — acting as a Season 1.5, if you will. With the movie finally out in the US, and with us just about finished wiping out the tears from our faces, it’s time to look forward to the next chapter in the story.
Though Mugen Train was a mostly self-contained story, it still plants many seeds for the already-announced Season 2, so we’re here to recap everything that was left unanswered in the movie that we hope is explored in Demon Slayer Season 2.
What Will Tanjiro Learn About His Dad’s Secret Technique?
One of the biggest reveals from the show’s first season came during the mindblowing episode 19, where Tanjiro had a flashback to a memory of his frail father teaching him about a special breathing technique that allowed him to go out into the snow on New Year’s and performing a ceremonial dance to the God of Fire. Because that was the one and only memory he had of the dance, he doesn’t really know how much about it, and every time he tried asking other Demon Slayers about it, they had no clue what he was talking about. It is clear that the technique is fire-related, given the fire visuals that show up when Tanjiro uses it, but not even the Flame Hashira (or Pillar), Kyōjuro Rengoku, recognizes the name of the dance.
When Rengoku meets his tear-jerking demise at the hands of the demon Akaza, he tells Tanjiro with his dying words to go to his family residence. Inside, Rengoku says, is a book with notes left from previous Flame Hashiras, and they may contain some records on the Hinokami Kagura dance that Tanjiro’s dad practiced.
It would be quite a surprise if we don’t see Tanjiro go to the Rengoku residence in Season 2, but once he visits, he should have an emotional meeting with the former Flame Hashira’s brother, Senjuro, and his father as they get the sad news of Kyōjuro’s passing.
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Will We See More Of The Twelve Kizuki’s Upper Ranks?
Though Tanjiro has faced formidable opponents before, Mugen Train introduces a whole new level of villains: the Twelve Kizuki’s Upper Ranks. As opposed to the Lower Ranks, which we saw in the first season, the Upper Ranks are six incredibly powerful demons who answer directly to the originator of all demons, Muzan Kibutsuji. Whereas the Lower Ranks are constantly hunted down and killed by the Hashira, no one has killed an Upper Rank demon in over a century, as they can easily kill even the strongest Hashira.
In Mugen Train, we meet the Upper Rank 3 demon named Akaza. An absolutely formidable and intimidating villain, he manages to kill Rengoku, and escape with his life, though Tanjiro did stab him from a distance. It is likely Akaza, let alone Muzan, will not be happy that he was nearly defeated and that Tanjiro almost delivered the killing blow. Last season we saw Muzan order the Lower Rank demons to hunt down and kill Tanjiro, so we expect him to raise the stakes by sending more powerful demons after him now.
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Will Tanjiro Become the Next Hashira?
Though we don’t know a lot about the Hashira, we do know they are nine incredibly powerful demon slayers, with each of the Hashira developing their own unique and powerful breathing technique. With Rengoku now gone, someone has to take his place as the Flame Hashira, as he tells Tanjiro early in the movie that there’s always been a Water and a Flame Hashira, regardless of the era.
Of course, we would love to see our headbutting-enthusiast Tanjiro get the job, but he isn’t exactly at the level of other Hashira just yet and hasn’t really killed many demons. He did defeat a member of the Twelve Kizuki, Enmu, but he did it with the help of Inosuke, so it’s unclear if that counts. If news travels that Tanjiro defeated a member of the 12, then we expect him to get better and more demanding training in order to try out to fill the Hashira spot left by Rengoku.
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What Do We Know About Demon Slayer Season 2?
Though the announcement teaser for Season 2 had no plot details — possibly to avoid spoiling the movie — we do know some things. For starters, the official subtitle for the new season is “Entertainment District Arc” and it will bring back the cast and crew of the first season.
The poster features one of the nine Hashira, more specifically Tengen, the Sound Hashira. We actually met him back in episode 22. He was very enthusiastic about the idea of executing Tanjiro for being around Nezuko — that’s a big no-no in the Demon Slayer Corps. Tengen is all about grandeur, as he interjects the word “grandiose” in every sentence. In the next arc, Tanjiro, Inosuke, and Zenitsu are tasked with aiding Tengen on a mission to find a number of wives that go missing in the titular entertainment district of Yoshiwara.
This arc serves as a sort of halfway point for the story of Demon Slayer, as it leaves the sort of episodic format to Tanjiro’s missions and heads laying the groundwork for the story’s endgame.
Will Tanjiro unlock new abilities, or even join the Hashira? Will Muzan make an appearance? Will it make us cry again? We’ll have to wait for Season 2 to find out.
Let us know in the comments what you want to see happen in Demon Slayer’s second season!
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