Demon Slayer: Swordsmith Village debuted in theaters on March 3, combining the final two episodes of the Entertainment District arc with the extra-long first episode of the Swordsmith Village arc. Swordsmith Village is already shaping up to be an exciting season with the introduction of many new and interesting characters.
A few of the Hashira that fans have yet to see in any of the major story arcs will debut this season, along with several of the Upper Rank demons of Kibutsuji’s Twelve Kizuki. Not all the characters are brand new, however, with familiar faces returning to the action in season 3. Swordsmith Village may have some of the best characters viewers have seen thus far in Demon Slayer, in just the first episode.
This may contain spoilers for the Season 3 premiere of Demon Slayer: Swordsmith Village.
10. Goto The Kakushi
Goto is a character viewers have seen in previous episodes but were never formally introduced to until Swordsmith Village. Goto is one of the Kakushi who serves and assists the Demon Slayer Corps.
Goto hilariously introduces himself as the Kakushi who is there the first time Tanjiro makes a fool of himself in front of the Master of the Demon Slayers and the Hashira. He is also the Kakushi who finds Tanjiro, Inosuke, Zenitsu, and Nezuko in the aftermath of the Entertainment District battle.
Inosuke makes a comical debut in the premiere of Swordsmith Village, crawling around on the ceiling above Tanjiro’s recovery bed. In true Inosuke fashion, he is quick to brag about recovering seven days sooner than Tanjiro.
After all Inosuke and Tanjiro have been through together, Inosuke still mistakenly calls Tanjiro by some twisted variation of his name. Though Inosuke won’t be featured in Swordsmith Village, he makes a memorable farewell appearance in episode one.
8. Doma, Upper Rank 2 Demon
Fans will recognize Doma’s face from the episode of the Entertainment District arc featuring Gyutaro’s backstory, as the demon who saves Gyutaro and his sister Ume. Doma is one of the Twelve Kizuki, the Upper Rank Two Demon.
With his charmingly sweet voice and cheerful, yet condescending attitude, Doma is quite captivating. There is an obvious tension that exists between him and Akaza, yet Doma handles Akaza’s violent outbursts in such a casual way, fans can’t help but be won over by his charms.
7. The Love Hashira
Mitsuri Kanroji is the Love Hashira, and one of only two female Hashira. Fans haven’t had the chance to learn much about Kanroji, thus far, other than she likes to laugh at inappropriate times. However, in Swordsmith Village, viewers get to see more of her jovial personality.
Kanroji is quite cheerful and is a substantial eater, tearing through a pile of dishes the night Tanjiro comes to the village. The best thing about Kanroji is that she fully supports Tanjiro and Nezuko.
6. Sumi, Kiyo, and Naho
Sumi, Kiyo, and Naho are the three butterfly girls that have previously helped train and take care of Tanjiro and his friends. While Tanjiro, once again, recovers at the Butterfly Mansion, the three wingless butterflies watch over him.
When they realize Tanjiro has woken from his coma, the three cry tears of joy. Sumi, Kiyo, and Naho are relieved that Tanjiro is alright. After their cheerful reunion, they immediately get started on Tanjiro’s rehabilitation.
5. Hotaru Haganezuka
Though Haganezuka doesn’t physically appear in the premiere of Swordsmith Village, his presence is definitely felt. After Tanjiro wakes from his coma, he finds several angry letters from Haganezuka, who has refused to reforge Tanjiro’s sword.
Haganezuka is apparently so angry with Tanjiro, that he has disappeared from the village, something that is common for him according to the village chief. Viewers are in for more Haganezuka shenanigans this season and will possibly learn more about the mysterious swordsmith.
Zenitsu is the first to make a full recovery from the injuries he sustained in the Entertainment District. Upon his rehabilitation, Zenitsu is immediately sent on another mission with the Demon Slayer Corps – reluctantly. Though only shown for a brief moment, Zenitsu is his usual cry-baby self.
As he screams and tears stream down his face, the other Demon Slayers try to drag him away for the mission. At one point Zenitsu hilariously breaks the fourth wall to ask Aoi if she really cares about him when she mentions his whereabouts while narrating. Zenitsu’s blubbering will be missed this season.
Viewers firs get a glimpse of Genya when Tanjiro goes to relax and recover in the hot springs at Swordsmith Village. The eccentric Demon Slayer is pulling out his teeth and tossing them over his shoulder.
Tanjiro is struck by a flying tooth, and when Genya realizes he is not alone, he turns around and shouts “die” at Tanjiro. He is already shaping up to be quite the interesting character, especially now that fans know Genya’s older brother is the Wind Hashira, Sanemi.
2. Tecchin Tecchikawahara
Fans have yet to meet many other sword forgers aside from Haganezuka. However, in Swordsmith Village, viewers get to see the entire world of the swordsmiths living in the intricately hidden village.
One villager in particular that stands out is the chief of Swordsmith Village, Tecchin Tecchikawahara. As the smallest person in the village, he is not short on personality with his straightforward remarks and self-importance.
Nezuko remains in her tiny, adorable form throughout the premiere of Swordsmith Village. Her cuteness is not lost on Kanroji, who tickles and plays with Nezuko like she’s a little kitten.
Nezuko is always by Tanjiro’s side, swimming around happily in the hot spring and accompanying him when he ventures out to find the mysterious weapon Kanroji tells him about. Nezuko never disappoints when she appears on-screen, and hopefully this season fans will get to see much more of the precious demon and her skills.