The third season of Demon Slayer: Swordsmith Village Arc ended beautifully for the Kimetsu no Yaiba animation series. It left fans with high anticipation for the next season.
On the 10th of December 2023, Aniplex streamed the first official promotion reel for the new Demon Slayer: Hashira Training Arc that followed. We were given a surprise with the date revelations as well!
World Tour Premiere Screenings
A special 1-hour first-episode screening of the new season will be made into a World Tour, where it will be available exclusively in theatres in numerous countries and regions. The date for the first premiere screening is confirmed to start on 2nd February 2024.
The special first episode consists of the episodes from the Swordsmith Village Arc (Episode 11 – A Connected Bond: Daybreak and First Light) and the first episode of the Hashira Training Arc itself. Hence, it will bear the title of Demon Slayer: To the Hashira Training.
Crunchyroll did not waste any time. They already bought the licensing to be one of the platforms to stream the new season at the same time as Japan. So, make sure you have a Crunchyroll account or you will be flooded by spoilers!
What is a ‘Hashira‘?
If you are still unclear on what ‘Hashira’ is, directly translated to ‘Pillar’, it is the highest rank a Demon Slayer could obtain within the Demon Slayer Corps. They are among the most skilful and loyal soldiers who are not only feared by their corps members but also by the Twelve Kizuki, high-level demons.
In previous seasons, even though Kamado Tanjiro had shown some high-skill ‘breathing techniques’, there was still no ‘invitation’ for him to be promoted to the Hashira. Hell, he even managed to kill 3 out of the Twelve Kizuki demons, and 2 of them were from the upper rank!
Do you know why? It’s because he killed them while he was still in the 7th rank of Demon Slayer Corps – KANOE. One of the requirements to be a Hashira is to be in the 1st rank of Demon Slayer Corps – KINOE. So, Hashira is considered an S-rank.
To be clear, the requirements to be a Hashira are as follows;
- Kill at least 50 demons or; kill a member of Twelve Kizuki
- There must be a vacancy in Hashira’s post. This may occur because of the death or retirement of any Hashira.
- Must be in at least a Kinoe rank.
- Must gain approval or impress fellow Hashira with their skills
Needless to say, one must have a high level of skills mastery to complete all the requirements.
What to Expect?
We can expect the next season will cover when Tanjiro meets (not a spoiler) Stone Hashira (Gyomei Himejima) to train him and his friends. The plot is already teased at the end of the extended 70-minute finale episode for season 3 that was aired on the 18th of June, in Japan. The finale closed its episode with a shot of the Hashira lineup with the Stone Hashira.
Of course, to be as strong as the Pillars, they will not be trained by the Stone Pillars alone. Other Pillars will also join in the training with each of their regime based on their specialities.
Even though Gyomei is portrayed as a soft-hearted character in previous scenes in the anime, he is admitted to be a formidable fighter. Also regarded as the strongest Hashira by the Demon Slayer Corps. members. It is for his raw physical strength which comes from his painful pasts, and super sharp senses apart from being blind. So, Tanjiro and his friends won’t have it easy.
Manga Fans Are Not That Thrilled
For those who have read the manga which ended in 2020, surely, it’s no spoiler for them. Season 4 – is expected to cover 8 chapters about the Hashira Training Arc.
Besides some excited Kimetsu no Yaiba fans, the manga readers are not exactly thrilled with the new arc as it is considered a momentum killer for its short chapters. To follow right after the Swordsmith Village Arc, sure does slow down the momentum, especially after the reveal of Nezuko’s ability.
However, as a manga reader myself, I shall say the arc is important as an act like the calm before the storm. The arc that will come next after the Hashira Training Arc is the Final Battle Arc which consists of the Infinity Castle Arc and Sunrise Countdown Arc.
It makes sense, no? When they discovered Nezuko’s upgrades + Tanjirou was killing Muzan’s demons one by one including some of the Twelve Kizuki, they knew they needed to become stronger as combatants, and scarier as enemies. Hence, all of them needed to step up their game fast and quickly before Muzan got to them.
We could see that even though Tanjirou is logically stronger than Zenitsu and Inosuke, he still doesn’t really know what he’s doing or should be doing. One time he discovered his fire-breathing form when he was pressed in a fight, and another time it won’t work. He, himself knows he needs to learn more.
Since it will continue with the Infinity Castle Arc right off the bat after the Hashira Training Arc, we do hope that some of the chapters are included in the last episodes of Season 4. Hence, you may expect some teasers at the end of season 4.
Keep your eyes open for more posts about anime by us! Until then, MATA NEE~