Demon Slayer season 2: fewer episodes than expected for the sequel, we explain why

In 2020, the film The Infinity Train – which had been imagined to make the transition between season 1 and season 2 of Demon Slayer by adapting the eponymous arc of Koyoharu Gotōge’s manga, had broken all possible records, becoming in particular the feature film with the most admissions and being the most lucrative in the history of cinema in the country. Proof of a huge success and a monstrous hype about it.

Season 2 of Demon Slayer amputee

Also, it’s an understatement to say that the animation studio Ufotable finally surprised everyone last fall. Where we logically expected to see season 2 of Demon Slayer start with the following arc aka “The Pleasure District”, the anime had strangely returned with this famous film The Infinity Train, cut on this occasion into 7 slightly remixed / reworked episodes, and then scheduled on the air from October 10 to November 28, 2021.

An unexpected reassembly imagined to allow the rare fans who had not yet seen it to treat themselves to a small bonus catch-up session in order to be up to date and to be able to discover in the best conditions the new adventures Tanjirō, Zenitsu and Inosuke at the next to Tengen? Not at all.

The producers’ scam

As we have just learned, this useless cutting of the film was quite simply designed to artificially inflate the content of this season 2. Indeed, while it had been announced that this sequel would be composed of 18 episodes, it has just been be revealed that the arc “Le Quartier des Plaisirs” – whose episode 5 has just been released, will actually only be worn by 11 episodes. However, if we add these 11 episodes to the 7 of the redistribution of the Infinity train, we come to a total of 18 episodes.

A great scam deemed frustrating by fans of the anime, especially when we remember that season 1 had for its part been entitled to 26 episodes in total and that the DVD sales of the film The Infinity Train – an arc which will therefore be found in the S2 box set, had also exploded the records. Above all, this now asks a question: will this strategy be reused in the future or has it been exceptionally designed to deal with the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic? For now, the answer is unknown, but we would not be surprised to see the first option being favored.

After all, in terms of the film’s historic card The Infinity Train and while the manga of Koyoharu Gotōge has been completed since May 2020 and therefore has no more unreleased chapters to adapt, it is not silly to fear to see the ufotable studio and the producers reproduce this scheme in the future in the goal to make the license last and thus continue to surf on its success.